PM evens series with FT
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Mike Cataldo catches the ball for a force out during Game 1 of the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth championship series.
TANNERSVILLE - The Pocono Mountain Outlaws knew they had their work cut out for them.
Resuming a game that was halted due to stormy weather on Thursday night, all tied up at 1-1 while batting in the bottom of the second, they wanted a quick start at Mountain View Park last night.
The Outlaws, with runners on first and second with one out, did just that completing what would be a five-run inning en route to a 6-4 win over the Franklin Hurricanes to even up the best-of-three Keystone Babe Ruth Championship series at 1-1.
The Hurricanes will now host the Outlaws tonight at 7 o'clock at Christman's Field for the league title.
"It's always hard to come in to resume a game," said Franklin Hurricanes manager Ricky Strohl. "We came into the game today really flat. I don't know what was going on in the kids head today, but we came out flat and they took advantage of it."
The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead in the second inning yesterday when Dan Dailey singled, moved around to third on two walks and scored on a passed ball.
The Outlaws tied it up in the bottom of the second before the rain came as Dylan Transue was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a Tim Donadio fielder's choice. Terrence Quiteh walked putting three runners on base with one out when it was halted.
T.J. O'Connor stepped to the plate when play resumed a day later and he reached on an error that scored Jon Furino, Donadio and Quiteh giving the Outlaws a 4-1 lead. Chris Maddelena's shot to center was mishandled and O'Connor scored giving the Outlaws a four-run lead.
Pocono widened their lead to 6-1 in the fourth when Donadio, who reached on an error, scored on a single by Quiteh.
The Hurricanes buckled down over the last three innings, but just fell shy of a comeback.
P.J. Salerno doubled and scored on a Justin Kaminski single with the latter scoring when Cole Rex, the losing pitcher, was it by a pitch with the bases loaded. Steve Shanton, who drew a walk earlier, also scored to make it 6-4.
Franklin loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh, but winning pitcher Transue got back-to-back grounders back to the mound for the final two outs.
Shanton was the lone multiple hitter for the Hurricanes with two singles.
"After coming out flat, we outscored them 3-1 after the third inning," Strohl said. "But they're a good team and coming back on them is a hard thing to do."
Franklin 010 030 0 - 4 5 3
Pocono 050 100 0 - 6 2 1
Rex and Shanton; Transue and Archibald. W - Transue. L - Rex