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Post 594 baseball team splits pair to start American Legion season

Posted 6/6/18

By Larry Etter

Press & Journal Staff

Following a season-opening 7-2 win over Lawnton, the Middletown American Legion baseball team came up short in its second game against visiting …

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Post 594 baseball team splits pair to start American Legion season

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By Larry Etter

Press & Journal Staff

Following a season-opening 7-2 win over Lawnton, the Middletown American Legion baseball team came up short in its second game against visiting Linglestown on Monday evening.

Linglestown, a team made up mainly of players who just finished their scholastic season at Central Dauphin, claimed a 4-2 victory over Post 594 in what Middletown head coach Mark Chimel felt was a relatively well-played game.

But Chimel wasn’t sure it was going to get started.

“I had three players call to tell me they would not be available,” he said.

And, up until about 20 minutes prior to the first pitch, he had just seven players warming up. Fortunately, three more showed and the game got under way as planned.

In the absence of several carryovers from the recently completed varsity season, those that competed did very well for themselves, despite the loss.

Linglestown scored one unearned run in the top of the first inning and plated 3 more in the top of the fourth to build a 4-0 lead.

Middletown scored a pair of runs in the home half of the fourth to make things interesting, and the pitching and defense prevented further scoring by the visitors the rest of the way.

In the bottom of the fifth, Post 594 had an excellent chance to tie the game or take the lead. But their efforts went unrewarded when the Linglestown pitcher induced a third out on a shallow fly ball with the bases loaded, ending the home team’s chance to rally.

Post 594’s starting pitcher was Trystan Housman, a Bishop McDevitt player in the scholastic season. He pitched five solid innings and recorded eight strikeouts in the loss. He scattered five hits and two of the four runs were unearned. Christian Bates earned the win for Linglestown, giving up just five hits as well.

A pair of walks and an error led to Linglestown’s first run that came on a fielder’s choice ground out in the top of the first inning. Middletown left just two runners stranded through the first three innings, getting just one hit, and a two-out single by Shane Costello in the third.

Linglestown’s Alex Ramos led off the top of the fourth with a single and scored on a sacrifice. Back-to-back hits by Luke McNamara and Derek Danko produced two more runs that put the visitors up 4-0.

But David Alcock led off the home half of the fourth with a double to center and Housman also doubled to center to put the first two runners in scoring position. With one out and Avery Williams at the plate, a wild pitch allowed Alcock to score 594’s first run. Williams then singled to left, knocking in Housman for run No. 2. But Bates got out of the inning without giving up another score.

In the bottom of the fifth, Steve Kleinfelter drew a two-out walk, Alcock was safe on an error and Housman also drew a base on balls loading the bases for Johan Sanchez-Padilla. But all three were left stranded when Bates got Sanchez-Padilla on a shallow fly to left, ending the Middletown threat.

Alcock took over on the hill in relief of Housman and escaped trouble in the sixth and seventh. A double play ball ended Middletown’s chances in the bottom of the sixth, and Costello was left standing on first after punching out a single with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

Reliever McNamara ended the game with a pair of strikeouts to lock down the 4-2 win for Linglestown.