COAL TOWNSHIP — Shamokin pitcher Quinn Rollman hurled seven innings of lights out baseball and the Indians offense picked him up in the sixth for a 4-1 win over Milton, Tuesday.
Rollman tossed a complete game, allowed zero earned runs and struck out 11 Black Panthers.
The senior multi-sport athlete struck out the side in the second frame and escaped danger in the fifth by getting a called third-strike on Dalton Guisewite with runners on first and second base.
Milton scored a run in the first after lead-off hitter Phillip Davis had a double to left center field, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on an errant throw during a pickoff attempt from Shamokin.
The Indians would tie the contest in the third frame after Nathan Miller reached first on an error at second. During the play John Delorso zipped home, knotting the score at one apiece.
“We have a young team the kids are working hard. I thought we played a great game. We played right with them. Two errors — take the errors away this could be a different ball game. These are good kids. They keep working. Our record is not that good, but we’re working. Today they picked it up. They played through the mistakes and that’s what it’s about. We’re going to get it. We’re going to turn it around,” Milton head coach Chip Rearick noted about his club.
Brandon Feltman had a stellar outing for the Black Panthers as he fanned a dozen Indians through six innings and allowed only four hits. The senior also struck out the side second inning and continued to control the strike zone even when Shamokin had players on the base paths.
In the sixth frame the Indians went to work and finally broke through for a multi-run inning.
Casen Sandri walked to begin the frame, then Miller followed by drawing a walk of his own. After Jake Thompson struck out looking, Mark Wetzel singled and drove in Sandri from second. Wetzel took second after a throw from left field sailed home. Miller would cross home plate after a wild pitch and John Delorso added the fourth and final run on an RBI ground out, which allowed Wetzel to dart to the plate, making it 4-1 Indians in front.
“Our team just fights to the end. Luckily, we weren’t down, we were tied, which is a good thing. Quinn was amazing today. Eleven strikeouts, probably the best performance he’s ever had. He gave up three doubles, three hard hit balls, but other than that they couldn’t touch him,” Shamokin head coach Andrew Derr said about his team.
Feltman was lights out throughout the contest and surrendered only one hit in the final three innings. However, the right-hander allowed three of his four walks in the sixth frame.
Rearick was pleased with his starter’s performance and felt good leaving him in to pitch the sixth frame.
“He pitched wonderful. That last inning he just missed a couple spots, got a little frustrated with himself. He pitched a great game. I went and asked him before the inning and he said ‘Hey I’m ready.’ So, when a kid tells me he’s good, he’s going to play. He’s a great guy. It was a tough one — tough one for us, but we’ll be back,” Rearick said.
Derr thought his team had the potential to score more runs before the sixth, but was glad it was able to bounce back and chip away in its final at-bats.
“I kind of had that feeling the three innings before that. I was planning to play some small ball (in the sixth), but the walks helped us. Miller was supposed to bunt, he missed the bunt and he battled and drew a walk. That was better than a bunt, we didn’t give up an out. We stayed in the game and that’s what we needed to do,” Derr explained about his thoughts about his team’s finish.