Mounts sink Eagles in regular-season finale
The Ephrata baseball team primed itself for the upcoming L-L League playoffs Tuesday afternoon in Denver, earning a 9-2 victory over host Cocalico in the regular-season finale.
With the score tied at 2-2, the Mounts went ahead to stay with three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
That was all starter Gavilan Fogarty-Harnish would need as he silenced the Eagles the rest of the way en route to the complete-game victory.
Fogarty-Harnish struck out four and scattered five Cocalico hits to pick up the win.
With the victory, Ephrata finished the regular season with its fifth-straight win as the three-time Section Two champions improved to 14-2 in league play (16-3 overall).
Up next, the Mounts will face the Section Four runner-up in Saturday’s quarterfinals to be held at a time to be announced at War Memorial Field. Games times for all four games are 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Back to Tuesday’s contest where Nate Fassnacht and Charlie Warden each led the way for the Mounts with two hits apiece. Colin Albright and Warden both knocked in a pair of runs in the victory.
After Ephrata took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second off Eagle starter Nate Baxter, Josh Sawyer got the Eagles on the board with a single to plate Brock Rutt in the bottom of the inning.
Cocalico tied it on an unearned run in the third, and it stayed that way until the fourth when Ephrata cashed in three times to retake the lead at 5-2.
Fassnacht delivered an RBI double to plate one run. Brady Sipe then singled home the second run before Fassnacht stole home with the final run of the frame.
Ephrata then broke it open with two more in the fifth as Albright knocked in one run on a single before Warden also delivered an RBI hit.
The Mounts then added solo runs in the sixth and the seventh to salt this one away.
In addition to Sawyer’s RBI hit, Jeremy Marshall, Jake Terry, Mark Anthony and Baxter each had one hit for the Eagles, who finished section play at 5-11 (8-11 overall).
Baxter allowed seven runs but only one earned in four-plus innings to absorb the loss. He struck out three and walked two while allowing six Ephrata hits.
Monday afternoon, Ephrata knocked off Conestoga Valley, 6-3 while the Eagles were edged by Solanco, 4-3 in a game played in Quarryville.
In Ephrata’s win, Morgan Stauffer went five innings to capture the victory on the mound. He struck out two and walked two.Anthony Embiscuso had a pair of hits to pace the Mounts’ six-hit attack.
In Cocalico’s loss, the Eagles scored two runs in the top of the fourth to knot the game at 3-3. However, the Mules scratched across the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to keep their L-L playoff hopes alive.
Colin Myers struck out four and allowed just six hits in absorbing the loss.
Last Friday afternoon, Ephrata blanked visiting Elizabethtown, 3-0 behind pitcher Austin Lowrey, who struck out three and scattered five hits en route to the shutout win.
Fassnacht, Chase Weik and Josh Gehman all had two hits to lead the eight-hit Ephrata attack.
And last Thursday, Cocalico dropped a 6-4 decision to host Conestoga Valley. In that one, Terry hit a home run for the Eagles to pace the offense.