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The Reamstown Athletic Association Reds began play in the championship tournament of the Berks County Senior Baseball League over the weekend with two wins and a loss to advance to the second week of the double-elimination playoffs.
Hosting the playoffs at Cocalico High School, the third-seeded Reds first faced the Orioles, whom they had swept in three regular season games. Things looked bleak for the Reds through the first three-and-a-half innings, as the Orioles took a 6-1 lead, with Reamstown’s only run coming on Turk Keith’s RBI-single in the third.
But in the bottom of the fourth, the Reds took a different approach at the plate, using patient at bats to get into good hitting counts or to draw walks, to rally for seven runs. Mike Sensenig led off with a base on balls, followed by singles from Steve Young and Harry Rogers. Nick Crowther and Phil Wiest both walked to drive in runs, and Rod Martzall singled to drive in another. Turk grounded out to score another run, and Todd Adair flew to right to drive in Wiest. Starting pitcher Bo Keck then doubled to deep right center to drive in the go-ahead run, and Tim Patterson’s double ended the scoring with Reamstown up 8-6.
Although Keck struggled a bit in the first four innings, he continued to battle and shut out the O’s the rest of the way. He ended his complete game victory by starting a nifty 1-6-3 double play.
In the second round, the Reds met the second-seeded Blue Jays. Sunday’s game would turn out to be a nailbiter as Todd Adair and Ryan Gerber engaged in a tight pitchers’ duel. The Blue Jays scored first, getting a run in the third after a one-out triple. The Jays made it 2-0 in the fourth on an unearned run. In the bottom of the inning, the Reds got one back, when Nick Crowther walked with two out and later scored on Bob Marino’s double.
The score stayed 2-1 until the seventh when the Jays got an insurance run, but the Reds refused to go quietly in their half. With one out, Crowther lined a double to rightcenter and scored with two out on Marino’s too-hot-to-handle grounder to short. Adair kept the rally alive with a single, but Gerber was able to get the last out on a fly ball, and the Reds dropped into the tournament’s losers’ bracket.
Reamstown wasted a fine effort from Adair, who threw only 85 pitches in his second complete game one-run loss to the Blue Jays this year. The Reds also got some great defensive play in the loss, turning two double plays and gunning down two runners at the plate.
In their first game in the losers’ bracket, the Reds faced the Reichardt Remodeling Mets, whom they had swept in three regular season meetings. Reds’ starter Josh Shipton struggled a little in the first two frames, giving up single runs in each, but he settled down and allowed no runs and five hits over the final five innings.
Down 2-0 and without a hit, the Reds finally broke through to tie the score in the third. Steve Young singled and went to second on an error to start the inning. He scored two outs later when the Mets’ rightfielder threw wildly toward third trying to get Young who had tagged from second. Shipton then walked and came in to score on Crowther’s double.
In the fourth, the Reds went ahead to stay when Rod Martzall’s single drove in Adair who had led off the inning with a hit and went to second on an error. The game remained close until the bottom of the sixth, when the Reds put up three insurance runs. Crowther got things going with a single, and Wiest reached on an error. Marino drove in both runners with a double, moved to third on Adair’s fly to right, and scored on Tim Patterson’s RBI-groundout.
Next the Reds will face the Savage 61 Dodgers on Saturday at Cocalico at 1:30 p.m. They will have to win that game and three more over the weekend to bring home the championship.