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Brewers rally late to extend Phils’ struggles
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org, Staff Writer
The end of the Lititz Phillies’ skid seemed to be in sight.
They led 5-3 with one out in the top of the sixth inning and their horse, pitcher Jason Griffith, had just notched his fourth straight K.
But then it started to unravel for Lititz.
Bookies Brewers eventually scored three unearned runs in the sixth, on two of Lititz’s five errors, to regain the lead and then they held on for an 8-5 win in Lititz in Quad County Optimist League action, sending the Phillies to their sixth straight loss.
The Phillies, who started the season with a 4-2 record, fell to 5-10 with the loss.
Although Griffith took the loss, he deserved a better fate. The workhorse right-hander finished with 11 K’s, while walking three and scattering six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
The Brewers touched him for three unearned runs in the first inning, on two hits, a walk and two Lititz errors. But then Griffith settled in, retiring 13 of the next 15 batters he faced.
Meanwhile, the Phillies chipped away at the Brewers’ lead off of pitchers Chris Kiehl and Stephen Darrenkamp. T.J. Sinnott, who was 4-for-4 to lead the Phillies’ offense, got things started for Lititz in the bottom of the first with a one-out double, Mike Freeman (2-for-4) singled and Sinnott scored on a Brewers’ error. Skylar Gingrich’s RBI single cut it to 3-2.
Then in the second inning, with reliever Darrenkamp on the hill, Sinnott’s RBI base hit drove in Alex Myers with the tying run.
It remained deadlocked until the fourth when the Phillies got a boost from the bottom of their order, with Austin Landis beating out an infield base hit. Sinnott added a one-out single to right, and Freeman laced an RBI hit to left-center to give Lititz its first lead, 4-3. Gingrich then followed with a sac fly to center field to extend the Phillies’ lead to 5-3.
Unfortunately for Lititz, it didn’t last. With one out in the top of the sixth inning, Justin Sisbarro and Tyler Dishong got back-to-back singles. Sisbarro scored when Kevin Cotchen’s hard hit fly ball to left was dropped, and then two more runs scored when Greg DiPanfillis’ pop fly fell for an error in shallow left field, putting the Brewers up 6-5.
They added two more runs in the top of the seventh, as Justin Price singled and scored on Sisbarro’s RBI ground out and Ian Bently singled and scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the seventh, Lititz’s Andy Thompson and Alex Myers worked walks off of reliever Jake Bailey to bring the potential tying run to the plate with two outs. But Bailey pitched out of trouble by getting a game-ending ground out to second base.
Evan High chipped in with 2-for-4 game at the plate, with a hard-hit triple to left-center, in the losing cause.
The Phillies return to the field this Thursday and Friday, hosting Exeter Redbirds and Berkshire Blue Sox at 6 p.m. More QUAD COUNTY, page B-3