Bushkill routs Franklin Twp.
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Shawn Tripp (left) of Bushkill Township slides into second base safely as Franklin Township's Cole Rex can't hold onto the throw.
It was a game that was hard enough to watch yet alone play in for the Franklin Township Hurricanes.
In the winner's bracket final of the Keystone Babe Ruth League's National Division Tournament against Bushkill Township, the Hurricanes experienced four innings of play on the baseball diamond that they would like to simply put behind them.
The No. 1 seeded Hurricanes returned to their style of play in the later innings, but by that time the No. 2 seeded Minuteman were in control and wekk on their way to a 14-3 victory. In doing so, the Minuteman guarenteed themselves a spot in Saturday's National Division Final.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will return to Christman Field on Thursday at 6 p.m. to face the winner of Allen Township and Phillipsburg at in the loser's bracket final.
"With every loss, you want to find something positive to come out of it," said Franklin Township manager Ricky Strohl. "At the end of the game in the seventh inning, we were finally hitting the ball.
"But it is a reality check for these guys. We know we have to come hard the next game."
The Hurricanes were able to bang out a total of nine hits against Minuteman pitcher Adam Recker, but could only produce runs in two innings.
"Yeah, we're a good hitting team," Strohl said. "It was just one of those days where everything we hit was right at them and they were hitting everything where we were not.
"I'm not taking anything away from them they're a good team. It was just one of those days. Hopefully, we see them again real soon."
It may have been a whole different ball game if it weren't for the third inning, in which Bushkill Township batted around the lineup to score six runs on five hits. The Minuteman created havoc thanks to a Zac Huber RBI double, a Jimmy Flannery two-run double and a Greg Stagnita two-run triple. The Hurricanes didn't help themselves out either as they committed three errors in the frame.
"Any time you give up more than three outs in an inning, you're going to get behind," Strohl said. "It just kept piling up and piling up.
"Plus, their pitcher threw a good game. We just couldn't bunch anything together against him."
The Hurricanes were able to have some spurts through the game.
Cole Rex and Bill Angst collected singles in the third. Rex scored on a balk and Angst later scored on a Jeff Noyes' RBI single.
Zac DeMarco led off the last inning with a double and later scored on a Rex RBI single. Devin Graver laced a pinch-hit single, but it wasn't enough to spark a rally.
The rally was short lived, but this setback will definitely serve as a motivator for the Hurricanes over the next couple of days.
"Revenge is always sweet," said an optimistic Strohl. "So, hopefully they come out with a never-day-die attitude and a killer instinct on Thursday and hopefully see Bushkill again on Saturday."
Bushkill 136 200 2 - 14 13 0
Franklin 002 000 1 - 3 9 6
Recker and Klemka, Schlegel (5); Noyes, Stermer (3) and DeMarco. W - Recker. L - Noyes.