Colts topple Ephrata in walk-off fashion in Districts

By on May 20, 2015


Three outs were all that separated the Ephrata baseball team from moving on in the District Three Quad-A playoffs.

Facing 8th-seeded Cedar Cliff in a first-round game on Monday in Camp Hill, the 9th-seeded Mounts, just four days removed from winning the Lancaster-Lebanon League crown, took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Those final three outs, however, proved to be very difficult to nail down.

In their final at-bats, the Colts (14-7) got an RBI double from Julian Bury and an RBI single by Brayden Lackey, as Cedar Cliff earned a 4-3 walk-off victory.

That capped a game which featured a 99-minute rain delay in the bottom of the second inning and three different one-run leads by the Mounts.

Despite losing junior Nate Fassnacht to injury in the first inning, Ephrata took leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 in the contest, but couldn’t quite close it out.

With darkness settling in in the seventh, the Colts’ winning rally started with Noah Malone singling, stealing second and scampering home on Bury’s double.

Lackey then worked the count full against Ephrata reliever Gavilan Fogarty-Harnish before delivering a game-winning RBI single down the right field line.

Fogarty-Harnish, who came out of the bullpen to relieve starter Adam Schwartz in the bottom of the sixth, suffered the loss.

Earlier, the Mounts took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second and the Colts answered with the tying run in the bottom of the inning.

Ephrata managed just four hits off of Cedar Cliff winning pitcher Malone, who whiffed 11 and walked six in the game.

But they took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third as Zach Roberts scored on one of Exeter’s three errors.

It remained that way until the sixth, when the Colts got the equalizer. Bury and Lackey opened the fram with back-to-back base hits, chasing Schwartz. Following a sacrifice bunt from Grant Breneman, Jordan Stiles walked to load the bases and Tyler LaFaver’s sac fly plated the tying run.

It didn’t remain tied for long, however.

Ephrata’s Evan Frees started the seventh with a double, Chase Weik reached on a one-out error, Justin Carvell was intentionally walked to load the bases and pinch-runner Nick Auker scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

That set the stage for the bottom of the seventh.

The loss dropped Ephrata’s final record to 16-8 this season.

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