BERWICK — In a fast paced pitchers’ duel it was hard to figure out who would generate enough offense, but ultimately Berwick clipped Shamokin-Mount Carmel (St. Francis) for a 2-1 win on Wednesday in the American Legion baseball playoffs.
In the first inning, Berwick got on the board after a Jared Marshman RBI single sliced up the middle, which allowed the Bulldogs to score easily and give the blue and white an early 1-0 lead against SMC starter Tommy Reisinger.
Reisinger kept Berwick off the bases in the second and dodged trouble in the third after getting back-to-back strikeouts with the bases loaded.
Reisinger said that he has started throwing the football in preparation for Mount Carmel’s upcoming season on the gridiron and it has been a tough task trying to to stay tuned up for legion playoffs.
“This is the first time I’ve actually pitched a game in two weeks, so that was probably the biggest challenge I’ve had to focus on,” Reisinger noted about getting back on the mound.
Berwick starting pitcher Sawyer Kemp kept St. Francis in check through the first three innings, before allowing an RBI double to Mark Wetzel in the fourth inning — making it a tie game.
Kemp shut SMC down in seven innings, allowing three hits, one run and no walks to go along with four strikeouts.
“Well played game. Well pitched game by both teams. Our guy was phenomenal. 67 pitches in seven inning game. You just don’t hear that very often. I thought he took complete control of the whole game,” Berwick head coach Rich Pinterich said about the playoff game.
Berwick’s right-hander had pinpoint accuracy throughout the duration of the contest and kept SMC off balance consistently, making it difficult to get the barrell of the bat on the ball.
Berwick would add another run in the third as Ian Kishbaugh dipped a singer to center, scoring another Bulldog from second base — making it a 2-1 game at that point.
Shamokin will host Danville tonight at 5:30, at Shamokin Area High School.