COAL TOWNSHIP — Shamokin baseball was down big entering the bottom half of the fifth inning, but fought back in a 13-10 loss to Danville, Wednesday.
The Ironmen had a 13-2 lead, before Shamokin got things rolling with a three-run fifth as Nathan Miller, Mark Wetzel and Jake Thompson each walked and Connor Fenix had an RBI ground out.
The Indians had to cut the Danville lead to nine to keep the contest from ending in the inning and right on cue John Delorso reached on a two-base error, which sent Thompson and Wetzel flying around the bags to home plate.
With the score Ironmen 13, Shamokin 5, entering the bottom half of the sixth, Casen Sandri got on base with a single and scored after Wetzel singled him home. Then, Thompson drilled a double, which drove in Wetzel, cutting the deficit to 13-7.
“That’s the way we’ve been the past couple years. We came out flat. Obviously, the wind didn’t help us, defensively. But, we fought the rest of the game. We chipped away. That’s what I told them to do. That’s what we did,” Shamokin head coach Andrew Derr said about his team having to mount a comeback.
Shamokin reliever Collin Bowers kept the Danville bats from igniting for more runs by hurling two scoreless innings.
In the seventh frame, the Indians continued to make noise against the Danville pitchers when Cameron Orner drew a one-out walk. Then, Bowers made it to first on an error in center field. Lead-off hitter Quinn Rollman knocked in both runners with a single and after a Sandri flyout, Miller smacked a Shane Kozick fastball for double that sent Orner home.
Kozick then got Wetzel to fly out to right to end the threat and the ball game.
Danville got out to the 13-2 advantage, in part, because of Patrick Yost hitting a pair of home runs to deep right field in the fourth inning as the Ironmen batted around.
“I was just seeing the ball well. The first two games I didn’t have great games. I thought I’ve been seeing the ball a little bit better at practice this week. Just to sit on a fastball the first at-bat I was able to smoke it. The second at-bat I was looking fastball, he (Wetzel) threw me a change-up and I just went yard,” Yost said about his at-bats in the game.
“I think we had a great first four to five innings, then we had a little bit of difficulty the last three innings. We pushed through by making great catches in the outfield. It was a great quality win.”