To say that North Schuylkill 'brought the sticks' in Tuesday night's Legion game at Tamaqua would be an understatement.
North Schuylkill banged out 11 hits, including five home runs, as it outlasted the Blue Sox' valiant comeback effort and posted a 10-9 Schuylkill/Berks Legion Baseball League
win. It was North Schuylkill's initial victory of the season.
"[Derek] Dumboski's home runs were obviously huge tonight for us," said North Schuylkill head coach Lance Hornberger. "He also pitched pretty well for us down the stretch and that proved to be pretty big, as well."
The winners built what proved to be an insurmountable lead through the top of the third inning as they led 8-1.
Instead of rolling over and quitting though, Tamaqua battled back as it went on a hitting streak of its own to eventually cut the lead to 10-9, before their seventh-frame challenge was ended by a Dumboski strikeout.
"We definitely let them hang around a while and gave them plenty of opportunities to come back and even win," Hornberger stated. "When you play against a good and scrappy team like them, they'll take those opportunities. Thankfully, we pulled out the win."
"I think this was another game that we could have won," Tamaqua head coach Todd Heisler said. "But those long balls hurt us."
A two-run homer by Dumboski in the top of the first inning got the winners out to an early lead.
In the top of the third, North Schuylkill (1-3-1) batted around the order and delivered four homers that produced six runs, to build an 8-1 advantage.
"We definitely hit well in those first couple of innings," Hornberger said. "It proved to be the difference."
That's when the Blue Sox started battling back.
Back-to-back singles by Ryan Palsgrove and Toby Rosen were followed by a Jordan Heisler walk to load the bases with no outs. Derek Linkhorst's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Jackson George scored another to cut into the lead, but the Blue Sox still trailed 8-3.
NS tacked on its final two runs of the game in the top of the fourth inning, before the Sox blew up in the bottom of the frame.
A walk and an error put two runners on for Palsgrove, who delivered another RBI single. Heisler doubled in two more runs and Mike Streisel doubled in one. An error brought in the inning's final run and pulled Tamaqua to within 10-8.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Blue Sox (3-5) tacked on another run thanks to two walks and a ground out.
In the bottom of the seventh, Tamaqua challenged as Dumboski walked Rosen and Heisler was hit by a pitch. But the hurler struck out the final batter to preserve the win.
Dumboski was the hitting star for North Schuylkill as he had two home runs and three RBIs.
For Tamaqua, Heisler finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Palsgrove was 2-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI.
No. Schuy. 206 200 0 - 10 11 3
Tamaqua 102 501 0 - 9 7 3
Nikonenko, Hornberger (4), Dumboski (5) and Malloy; Roberts, Palsgrove (3) and George. W-Nikonenko. L-Roberts. HR: NS - Dumboski 2 (1st, one on; 3rd, none on), Nikonenko (3rd, none on), Hornberger (3rd, one on), Weist (3rd, one on).
Northern Valley posted a 15-0 mercy-rule victory over Emmaus in a Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League game.
Payton Bachman had a huge game for Northern Valley as he singled, homered, drove in five runs and scored four.
Also contributing offensively for the winners were Kyle Schomp (two hits, three runs); Ty Cunningham (four RBIs); Tyler Hill (two hits, three RBIs); Talon Williams (two runs); Sawyer Smith (three hits); and Dalton Conway (two hits).
Hill allowed three hits in three shutout innings on the mound to earn the pitching victory.
Northern Valley improves to 10-1 on the season. Emmaus falls to 1-9.
Emmaus 000 00 - 0 4 3
No. Valley 155 4 x - 15 15 0
L. Miller, C. Miller (4) and Trinkle; Hill, Conway (4), Williams (5) and Hoch. W-Hill. L-L. Miller. HR - Northern Valley: Bachman (4th, three on).