Barons unable to recover from early deficit

By on April 9, 2014

Northern Lebanon’s Ian Whitman pitched with a big lead for most of Tuesday’s Section Three baseball game against Manheim Central.

The Vikings’ hurler made good use of it, never allowing the Barons to get back into the game.

Backed by an offense which scored in four of six innings, Whitman tossed a five-hit complete-game to help lead Northern Lebanon to an 11-4 victory over the Barons (1-2 L-L, 3-2 overall) in Fredericksburg.

He struck out seven, walked three and allowed only two earned runs.

“Whitman pitched really well,” Central coach Matt Huber said. “I’ve got to give credit to him. He held us to five hits, he worked the plate very well, kept us off-balance, he got ahead of us and he pitched a great game.”

His teammates gave him all the run support he needed with a six-run first inning. For the game, the Vikings had 12 hits off of five MC pitchers.

“We just fell behind hitters in counts and it allowed them to look for their pitch and it was just a tough gap to overcome for the game,” Huber said.

Cole Bernhardt, who suffered a tough-luck decision in relief in Manheim Central’s 3-2 setback to Donegal last Wednesday, April 2, started and took the loss against the Vikings.

Andrew Bucher, Tanner Fahnestock, Dan Wiederrecht and Josh Flanagan all pitched in relief out of the ‘pen. In his first outing of the season, Wiederrecht allowed only two hits in 1@-E innings.

“A positive was Dan Wiederrecht came in and pitched well for us,” Huber said. “It was just something to build on.”

Another positive for the Barons was Ben Bomberger, who broke out of a mini-slump by going 2-for-3 with two doubles.

Last Wednesday, April 2, Austin Mellinger’s RBI base hit in the top of the sixth inning snapped a 2-2 tie and proved to be the difference in Donegal’s 3-2 win over Manheim Central in a Section Three game in Manheim.

Bernhardt pitched four innings in relief of Fahnestock, allowing just one earned run on two hits and five walks.

The Indians took a 2-0 lead off of Fahnestock with single runs in the first and second innings.

It remained that way behind Donegal pitcher Camren Ney until the Barons broke through to tie the game in the fourth. Blake Reiff led off with a single, Bucher reached on a fielder’s choice, Damon Crouse singled, and Josh Flanagan followed with an RBI double. Crouse scored the tying run on an Indians’ throwing error.

In the sixth, Martinez started the inning with a walk and eventually scored the go-ahead run on Mellinger’s base hit.

For the game, Flanagan, Wiederrecht and Colin Fry had two hits apiece to lead MC’s offense.

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