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The Tyrone Legion baseball team brings a lot of street credibility to the table in this week’s George B. Kelley Federation championship series.
Tyrone Legion is the league’s two-time defending champions, and most of the players on the roster helped the Tyrone High School baseball team win the PIAA Class 3A state championship in June.
However, Sheetz used a big start at the opening of the championship series on Wednesday evening to at least temporarily take some wind out of the sails of Tyrone Legion.
Sheetz scored four runs on four hits and benefited from two Tyrone Legion mistakes in the top of the first inning en route to an 8-2 win at Vets Field in the first game of the best-of-five title series.
Game 2 between the two teams is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at Vets.
“There is definitely a lot of mutual respect between our team and the Tyrone Legion team,” said Sheetz manager Ben Shaffer. “Your coaches and players are great, they are the two-time defending champions in this league and have also won a PIAA state championship this year.
“It’s been a five year battle between us and them in this league,” added Shaffer. “Tonight we got off to a good start, our players counted in a hitter-friendly way, made contact and hit the ball well. “
Sheetz launched a 15-hit attack against three Tyrone Legion throwers.
Shortstop Aidan Steinbugl, who had three hits and drove in two runs, started the rally in the first inning with a one-out single in midfield against Tire’s starting pitcher Luke Brooks.
A single to center by Erik Rhodes brought Steinbugl to second place, where Steinbugl scored with another single to left by Jake Detwiler. Rhodes scored the second run of the inning due to a subsequent throwing error in the game, and Detwiler advanced to second place, from where he hit Kyle Wilson’s double to the left.
Connor Lindsey was used as the courtesy runner for Wilson, and Lindsey scored the fourth run of the first inning on Dalton Gochnour’s sacrificial fly.
“We came out and got the clubs going really well and that basically set the tone for the rest of the game,” said Steinbugl.
Tyrone Legion manager Kevin Söllner missed the game Wednesday night after his father Max died early that day. Jim Lang stepped in for Söllner as manager on Wednesday and welcomed Sheetz’s goals.
“You hit the ball very well and we hit the ball directly on the people,” said Lang.
Sheetz Startkrug Wilson played a major role in confusing the Tyrone Legion Hitters. Wilson worked six solid innings, allowed six hits, only two runs, hit a batter, and walked only one.
“I wanted to get the best out of my fast ball and tried to throw my curve ball for punches as often as possible,” said Wilson, a right-handed player. “(Tyrone Legion) hit the ball straight at people and my defense really helped me by making the moves. “
Sheetz (16: 5 this season) made only one mistake, while Tyrone Legion (15: 7) made four.
“We weren’t as sharp in the field as we should be,” said Lang.
Tyrone Legion scored a run without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the first inning, but Sheetz countered with a run in the second inning on Steinbugl’s RBI single, then added two more in the sixth inning on another RBI single from Steinbugl and a run -Scoring double from Rhodes to build a 7-2 lead.
Gochnour, who knocked two runs in the game, drove the final Sheetz run home in the seventh inning on an infield groundout after Wilson led the inning with a double and moved up to third in singles from Michael Boston.
Tyrone Legion will try to level the series tonight.
“We are very proud,” said Lang. “Our boys will be back. “
Match Notes: League prizes were awarded before the game. ReMax Realty’s Tyreke Green was named Most Valuable Player of the League and ReMax’s Cam Mauk was named Pitcher of the Year. Another ReMax player, Sam Carmel, received the League’s Golden Glove Award for Defense, and Patton Legion’s Mitchell Elias was named Rookie (Player) of the Year, while Barton’s Plumbing and Heating’s Joe Bukosky was named Rookie Pitcher of the Year was appointed. Park Home’s Aaron Carothers won the Porter Sportsmanship Award.
SHEET (8): Yost 2b-cf 412, Steinbugl ss 523, Rhodes cf-S 412, Detwiler c 412, Ferguson cr 000, Wilson p 412, Lindsey cr 010, Boston 1b 401, Gochnour 3b 301, Zitsch lf 000, Shehan dh 400, Harbaugh lf 412. Sums – 36-8-15.
TYRONE LEGION (2): Hunter cf 210, Shultz ss 301, Gampe 1b 200, Lucas rf-p 301, AJ Coleman rf-lf 101, Yingling rf 100, Brooks p-lf 300, Lang 2b 300, Crilly 2b 000, Lehner 3b-p 311, Light lf 100, Buck c 200, Walk eh 202. Sums – 26-2-6.
GET TO INNINGS
Sheetz 410 002 1-8 15 4
Tyrone Legion 100 010 0-2 6 1
E-Shultz, Coleman, Lehner, Light, Steinbugl. 2B-Wilson 2.3B-Yost. RBI – Steinbugl 2, Gochnour 2, Rhodes, Detwiler, Wilson, Hunter. SB – Boston, Harbaugh, Hunter. SF – Gochnour. LOB – Sheetz 9, Tyrone Legion 5. DP – Sheetz became one (Wilson to Steinbugl to Boston on a Lang grounder).
Sheetz: Wilson (W) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 1SO; Rhodes 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 1SO.
Tyrone Legion: Brooks (L) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 3SO; Lucas 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1SO; Lehner 1IP, 3H 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0SO.
WP – long.
Referee: Shaun McCready (panel); Bill Wolf (first base); Bob Seitz (third base).
Playing time: 1:38.
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