Post 429ers continue to roll
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The Ephrata Post 429 legion team lost its first game of the season Tuesday night in a 7-3 non-league setback at Fredericksburg.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is the team remains unbeaten at 7-0 in District 10 play and in first place in its division.
This past Sunday, Ephrata upped its mark to 7-0 with a doubleheader sweep at home at War Memorial Field.
As has been the case most of the season, pitching was the story on this day.
In Game One vs. Quarryville, Ephrata starter Seth Griffith allowed just three hits over six innings to lead the Post 429ers to a 2-0 shutout victory.
Griffith, who has not allowed a run in 17 innings of work this year, struck out two and walked two before giving way to Brandon Miller in the seventh.
Griffith improved to 3-0 on the season with the win while Miller notched his first save of the season.
Offensively, Ephrata scored single runs in the first and third innings and that proved to be enough. Miller led the way offensively for Ephrata, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Paul Larusso scored both Ephrata runs.
Evan Young got the ball in Game Two vs. Lancaster, and it was more of the same as he gave up just one run on three hits in going the distance for a 3-1 victory.
Young struck out six and walked four en route to his third win on the year.
Ephrata trailed 1-0 before scoring single runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth to take the lead to stay. Miller again was the offensive star, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
While the offense has been sporadic, the pitching has been there since Game One for Ephrata.
"The pitching has been great," Ephrata Coach Derek Sipe said. "The thing that I kept saying to the pitchers is that we are still walking people as a staff, and getting away with it right now. It might catch up to us at some point but I think that shows how good are starters are and how good their stuff is. They have been doing a heck of a job, especially in league games."
In Tuesday’s non-league affair, Fredericksburg did touch up Ephrata starter Ethan Sipe for all seven runs in 4-plus innings. That was more than enough for Fredericksburg, which held the Ephrata offense pretty much in check.
Paul Larusso did go 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Post 429ers. Luke Morgan also chipped in with an RBI triple.
Brandon Smith also was a bright spot in relief duty of Sipe, throwing two-plus innings of scoreless relief.
Ephrata also was scheduled to play a non-league contest last Friday night at Hampden Township. however, that game was rained out and will not be made up.
As for the upcoming week, Ephrata has a busy slate, beginning Wednesday night at home in a non-league contest vs. Berks Co. power Shillington at 7 p.m. at War Memorial.
The Post 429ers return to District 10 action Thursday at Penn Manor (6 p.m.), before traveling to Bristol Saturday (2 p.m.), at Falls (PA) Sunday at 10 a.m., at New Brunswick (N.J.) Sunday at 1 p.m., and at New Oxford Monday at 6:15 p.m.
All four of the latter contests are non-league games.
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