Mounts force first-place showdown Win three-straight to improve to 3-1 in Section Two play
Pitcher Seth Griffith went seven strong innings while Brandon Miller clubbed a two-run home run to highlight an impressive 8-2 victory over visiting Elizabethtown in baseball action Monday night at War Memorial.
Griffith scattered five hits while striking out six and walking just one in his complete-game gem which earned him his second victory of the season without a loss.
Miller’s blast helped ignite the Mounts’ offense, which broke open a 4-2 game with a four-run fifth inning. Matt Herbener led Ephrata’s nine-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored out of the lead-off spot.
The win was the Mounts’ third-straight in league play and helped them keep pace with undefeated Conestoga Valley, which out-slugged Cocalico, 17-7 Monday.
Ephrata (3-1 section, 5-1 overall) will get a chance to draw even with the Buckskins (4-0 section) Wednesday afternoon (4:15 p.m.) when the Mounts travel to Witmer in a battle for first place in Section Two.
Last Friday, Ephrata traveled to Cocalico where the Mounts got a nearly-perfect performance from senior right-hander Scott Liebl in an eventual 12-0 victory.
With the outcome well in hand, the only drama was whether or not Liebl could finish off a dazzling performance with a perfect game.
Liebl (2-0) faced the minimum of 15 batters through five. However, the Eagles’ Brandon Martin led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to right field to spoil the perfection and end the drama.
The Ephrata right-hander struck out three and walked none in his gem, and was lifted after the Martin hit. Morgan Stauffer and Brody Hoshour closed out the win for the Mounts.
While Martin had Cocalico’s lone hit, Paul Larusso paced the Mounts with a pair of hits, including a double. Trevor Seibel knocked in a pair of runs on the day with his lone hit.
Eagle starter Jason Terry went four-plus innings and was tagged with seven earned runs and the loss. he did strike out three Ephrata batters.
Both local teams also were in action last Wednesday when the Mounts hung a 12-spot in the second inning to key a convincing 16-1 victory over visiting Lebanon. Cocalico dropped a 12-4 game at home to Elizabethtown.
Larusso had three hits to pace the Mounts’ 12-hit attack. Herbener, Miller and freshman Nate Fassnacht each added two hits in the three-inning victory.
Liebl went all three innings on the hill for Ephrata, scattering five hits while striking out one to earn the easy victory.
In Cocalico’s loss to E-town, the Bears broke it open with five runs in the fifth.
In the Eagles’ 17-7 loss to CV Monday, the host Buckskins overcame a 3-0 hole with 11 runs in the first two innings to key the victory. More BASEBALL, page B-2