Lancers beat Mounties for second time in four days

the middle of the sixth inning, South Williamsport coach Shawn Finn took his players behind the dugout and tried to rally his team to score some runs and close the gap on a 7-2 Loyalsock lead. Riley Thomas started off the inning with a single and Anthony Caruso immediately followed with a single.

The two later advanced on a passed ball and South Williamsport was in business with two runners in scoring position with just one out.

But poor base running led South to hitting into a double play to end the threat and the inning and Loyalsock held on to win 7-2 at South Tuesday afternoon. It was South’s third loss to the Lancers this season and second in the last four days as Loyalsock won the Backyard Brawl with a 6-3 win last Saturday.

Loyalsock used a three-run second inning and a four-run fifth was enough to pull away from the Mounties.

“We haven’t been scoring those guys (Jimmy Webb, Phil Krizan) a lot of runs over the last couple of outings,” said Loyalsock coach Jeremy Eck. “So to come out and give Jimmy three, four runs there and Phil to come in with the five-run lead you know was big for both of them to just settle in and feel confident.”

“You got to eliminate the big innings,” said Finn. “You know they’re a good team, they’re going to put the ball in play but you got to make some plays behind it. Pitcher made a couple, he didn’t hit his location on a few and you know good teams are going to capitalize on that. We had a lot of chances as well to get back in the game and we left too many guys on base.”

Loyalsock was held hitless in the first inning but it came out in the second with a Tommy Baggett single and a sacrifice bunt by Larry Van Stavoren that moved Baggett into scoring position. Joseph Balawajder followed with a double to make it 1-0. Balawajder scored later in the inning on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 and after Nick DiFrancesco was walked and advanced on the wild pitch was scored by a Kyle Datres single to make it 3-0.

South came storming back in the third with back-to-back doubles by Derek Wisner and Bryce Merrill to put two runners in scoring position with one out. Carter Alexander grounded out but scored pinch-runner Brennen Reyes and Thomas ripped a single that scored Merrill to make it 3-2 Loyalsock.

The Lancers added four more runs in the fifth on a Baggett single that scored Datres and Webb who scored on a throwing error and Van Stavoren and Balawajder each added RBI singles to make it 7-2. Loyalsock received some good production from the bottom of its lineup as Van Stavoren (1-for-2 RBI) and Balawajder (2-for-3 2B, 2 RBI, run) each provided an extra boost.

Webb started for Loyalsock and went four strong innings but Krizan relieved in the fifth inning and allowed just three hits in three innings and struck out two.

“He enjoys being out there, competing out there on the mound,” said Eck. “So when he gets the opportunity he’s going to give you everything he has. He’s done a great job for us.”

South also received great pitching from its relievers as Cody Nelson and Aaron Guerresky pitched the last 2 2/3 innings and gave up just one hit combined.

“Anthony’s thrown well for us all year, he gave us five decent innings,” said Finn. “But Cody came in, he’s only thrown three innings all year, battling arm problems. He has three good pitches, he throws them for strikes a lot of times. We brought in a freshman (Guerresky) and that’s his first varsity appearance and he did a great job.”

Loyalsock 030 040 0- 7 9 0

South 002 000 0- 2 6 2

Jimmy Webb, Phil Krizan (5) and Evan Moore. Anthony Caruso, Cody Nelson (5), Aaron Guerresky (7) and Derek Wisner. W- Webb. L- Caruso.

Top Loyalsock hitters: Kyle Datres 2-4 2B, RBI, run; Jimmy Webb 1-4 run; Tommy Baggett 2-3 RBI, 2 runs; Larry Van Stavoren 1-2 RBI; Joseph Balawajder 2-3 2B, 2 RBI, run; Evan Moore 1-3 2B.

Top South hitters: Riley Thomas 2-3 RBI; Derek Wisner 1-2 2B, BB; Bryce Merrill 2-2 2B, run.

Records: Loyalsock (14-5); South (12-5)

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