Hot Reds close with victory, host playoffs
TROY BOYER Special To The Review
, Staff Writer
The Reamstown Athletic Association Reds of the 28-and-over Berks County Senior Baseball League finished their regular season on Sunday with a 5-0 nine-inning win over the Angels on their annual Family Day at Reamstown Memorial Park. With the win, the Reds finish the season with a 10-8 record and a fourth place finish in the eight-team league.
The victory was the Reds eighth in their last nine games, a streak marked by excellent pitching and stellar defense.
To prepare their arms for the playoffs, the Reds threw four pitchers in Sunday’s shutout, as Mike Bashore, Rodney Martzall, Todd Adair, and Bo Keck combined to allow only three hits and one walk while striking out 10, with Bashore being credited with the win for his five-strikeout effort in three perfect innings. The large Family Day crowd saw Reamstown play another clean game, as the Reds committed just one error after the outcome was no longer in doubt.
On offense, the Reds scored two in the third and three in the sixth to back the strong pitching and defensive performance.
The scoring started with Turk Keith coming home on Bo Keck’s single. Keck ended up on third after Tim Patterson’s two-out hit and scored on Bashore’s RBI-single to left. Patterson was in the middle of the scoring again in the sixth, sending Pete Manko to third on his lined single up the middle. After a ground out to the drawn in infield failed to score a run, Brent Wilson put down a perfect bunt single that drove in Manko. After Wilson stole second, the Reds failed to score on a short fly ball to left, but Nick Crowther came through with a two-out hit that drove in both runners.
The Reds will now move on to the league playoffs as the number four seed and will play the fifth seed Angels again next week in an opening round game.
The Reds will be hosting the playoffs again this season, with all games being played at the Cocalico High School varsity and JV fields. The Reds-Angels game will be one of two starting on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. That game will be followed by two games each at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The double-elimination tournament will continue on Sunday with games scheduled for 1:30 and 4 p.m. The playoffs then resume the following weekend with semifinals on Saturday and the final game on Sunday, Aug. 18.
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