Snyder, Bulldogs get revenge
Eric Snyder never forgot what happened in last year's District 11 playoff game against Pine Grove.
In Wednesday's D-11 Class AA quarterfinal rematch, the Northern Lehigh senior pitcher got another shot at the Cardinals.
It wasn't going to be easy for Snyder and the Bulldogs, however, as they were facing the Cardinals' Dave Hafer the same left-hander that shut down them down a year ago.
But this time, it was Snyder who was just a little bit better.
Snyder was able to put last year's heart-breaking setback behind him with a 3-2 win over the Cardinals.
"It felt good getting my revenge on them finally," said Snyder, who was dealt a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals in last year's District 11 semifinals. "It was a year in the waiting and it finally feels good to get it over with."
In last year's game, the Cardinals' Hafer only surrendered one hit and recorded 14 strikeouts.
Yesterday however, the Bulldogs found a little more offense.
Zach Palansky got things started for Northern Lehigh offensively when he smoked a triple to left-field to leadoff the third inning. Snyder followed with an RBI single to put the Bulldogs ahead. Snyder moved to third base as Chad Mazepa reached first on a Cardinal miscue. Trevor Yashur, the Bulldogs' lead-off hitter, than plated Snyder with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
Northern Lehigh coach Erv Prutzman was glad to watch his team to score early yet alone double last's year run total in a single inning. It was even nicer for him to see the bottom of the lineup come through when needed.
"We're solid all the way up and down the lineup," Prutzman said. "So, when the top doesn't do it, sometimes the middle does it or sometimes the bottom does it. So, we can count on everybody to come through."
Over the first five innings of play, Snyder only surrendered a third-inning single to the Cardinals' Dylan Spotz.
He did allow two walks in the second and an error allowed a Cardinal runner to reach base in the fifth. But on both of those occasions, the Bulldogs' defense turned inning ending double plays.
Northern Lehigh increased it's lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Yashur reached on a bunt single and eventually scored on another Cardinals' fielding error.
The Cardinals' finally got on the board in the sixth when Ty Zimmerman ripped an RBI single to score Brandon Scheibly, who reached on a free pass.
In the seventh, Hafer doubled to right centerfield and scored on a throwing error as the Bulldogs tried to turn a bled to right centerfield and scored on a throwing error as the Bulldogs tried to turn a double play.
But Snyder overcame the miscue by getting a ground out and a strike out to end the game.
"I think right now we're playing our best baseball as a team collectively," Snyder said. "Baseball is a team game and everyone's got to play. Today, that's what happened.
"Hopefully, now we can come home with the championship."
The No. 2 seeded Bulldogs (18-4 overall), who with the win capped a perfect 10-0 record at home this season, will face No. 3 seeded Salisbury at 4 p.m. this afternoon at Parkland High School. Salisbury was a 2-1 winner over Minersville.
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Hafer and T. Zimmerman; Snyder and Bender. W - Snyder. L - Hafer.