Barons play long ball in win over Annville-Cleona
Through four innings on Monday afternoon at Annville-Cleona, Manheim Central had already scored seven runs.
Yet, the Barons knew it wasn’t enough.
“It was a day that hitters on both teams seemed locked in,” MC skipper Matt Huber said.
That was certainly the case for Central in the top of the sixth inning. Leading 7-6, they tacked on six more runs and held on for a wild 13-10 win over the Little Dutchmen in a Section Three-Four crossover.
The two teams combined for six long balls &tstr; four of those from the Barons. Dan Wiederrecht (3-for- 4, 4 RBI’s) went yard twice for Manheim Central, while Andrew Bucher and Blake Reiff (3-for-5, 5 RBI’s) also hit round-trippers. Bucher also pitched three innings and got the win, while Reiff went the rest of the way in relief for the save.
“I think for there to be six home runs in any ball game, just like the Pirates and Cincinnati (on Monday night in MLB), it got pretty high scoring quick,” Huber said.
With the win, Central improved to 5-2 in Section Three (7-2 overall), tied for second place with ELCO, a half-game behind Donegal (5-1 L-L).
“I think we’re going to continue to take one game at a time but right now, we’re heading into the halfway point on a positive note,” Huber said.
After A-C took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second, the Barons answered with five in their next at-bats. Ben Bomberger walked and then Reiff followed with a game-tying two-run blast.
“He was just seeing the ball really well and making great contact and the ball was just jumping off his bat,” Huber said.
The inning continued with Damon Crouse’s single, and then following Bucher’s walk, Wiederrecht hit the first of his two home runs to make it 5-2.
The Little Dutchmen tied it, then MC regained the lead with a two-run rally in the top of the fourth. They were still leading when they got some breathing room with a six-run sixth inning. Frank Bowman and JJ Sanchez singled, then Colin Fry delivered an RBI base hit, Reiff stroked a two-run double, Bucher cranked a two-run homer and Wiederrecht went back-to-back.
“Even when it was 7-6, we knew it wasn’t going to be enough,” Huber said. “Thankfully we came in and responded with a big number. (Dan)’s been making some really good contact with the ball and he got ahold of two.”
Last Friday, Josh Flanagan and Bucher both hit home runs to help lead MC in a 7-2 win over Columbia in a Section 3-4 crossover.
The Barons scored in each of the first five innings of support of winning pitcher Tanner Fahnestock, who struck out six and walked two in six innings.
The Barons were also on the diamond last Thursday, when they snapped a tie with three runs in the top of the sixth inning and held on to defeat host Lampeter-Strasburg 9-6.
Crouse was 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI’s to lead the Barons. Reiff added two hits and two RBI’s in front of pitcher Bucher, who went the distance, allowing six runs on five hits for the win. He struck out seven and walked three.
Last Wednesday, April 9, Reiff recorded his first win of the season in Manheim Central’s 3-1 win over Garden Spot in a Section game in Manheim. He allowed just one run on eight hits, while striking out two and walking one.
Fry (2-for-4, 2 RBI’s) opened the scoring with an RBI double to right-center in the first inning. Bomberger, Wiederrecht and Crouse had two hits apiece, as the Barons scored single runs in the first three innings.
Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 721-4451.