Lititz’s bats quieted in doubleheader
As Lititz Legion skipper Steve Chretien put it, Penn Manor pitcher Cody Simet and Bainbridge hurler Alec Gibbons were the two best arms his team has seen this season.
The results showed it.
The Post 56’ers managed just four hits total in a doubleheader loss on Sunday, dropping a 3-0 loss to Penn Manor and then suffering a 6-2 setback to Bainbridge in the nightcap.
“We just didn’t hit the whole day,” Chretien said. “We pitched pretty well, we played good defense, but we didn’t hit.”
On Tuesday night, Strasburg-Willow Street forfeited to Lititz, giving the Post 56’ers a 5-5 record heading into their game this Thursday at Columbia. They also play at Conestoga Valley this Sunday, June 22 at 6 p.m.
Last Sunday, Bainbridge put together a two-out rally in the top of the third to grab a lead it never lost, capitalizing on a walk and three consecutive singles off of Lititz starting pitcher Tyler Shirk to go up 2-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Lititz threatened after loading the bases on a hit batter, a Bainbridge throwing error and a walk. But Gibbons got out of it, recording one of his 11 K’s and a fly out to right.
Gibbons relied on a slider and a fastball which Chretien thought was hitting the mid-80’s.
“(Simet and Gibbons) could pitch backwards,” Chretien said, “and Gibbons was just blowing our doors in. He was throwing hard.”
After adding one in the top of the fourth, Baingbridge took a commanding 6-0 lead with three in the fifth. They loaded the bases before Adam Rohrbach took the ball in relief, and the righty struck out the first two batters he faced. But Bainbridge capitalized on a couple of walks and a hit batter to extend their advantage.
The Post 56’ers loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth and finally broke through when Seth Earle blooped a two-run single into shallow left.
But that’s all they could muster.
“We just ran into some good pitching &tstr; that’s the bottom line,” Chretien said.
Shirk pitched four-plus innings and suffered the loss for Lititz.