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The Reamstown Athletic Association Reds’ season ended on Saturday with an 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays in the losers’ bracket final of the Berks County Senior Baseball League championship tournament at Cocalico High School.
The Reds advanced to play the Blue Jays with a 2-1 victory in an eight-inning pitchers’ duel against the Savage 61 Dodgers earlier in the day. Bo Keck allowed no Dodger runners past second base through the regulation seven innings, but the Reds did nothing to help him at the plate, as they could not manage a hit until Harry Rogers singled in the sixth.
In the top of the eighth, the Dodgers finally broke through after a leadoff walk, a sacrifice, and an RBI single. But Keck was not going to allow his great mound effort to go to waste or the Reds’ season to end at this point, as he led off the Reds’ half with a double to left-center. He came in to score after the Dodgers’ threw away a vain attempt to put out Turk Keith on a superb bunt. After Turk went to third on a balk, the Dodgers decided to walk the next two batters to load the bases. Although the Dodgers got an out on a strikeout, their strategy backfired when Mike Sensenig was hit by a pitch to drive in the winning run.
The losers’ bracket final pitted the Reds against the Blue Jays for the fifth time this season. The Jays got out to a three-run lead in the first, taking advantage of four Reamstown miscues to score three unearned runs. From there, the Jays never looked back, as their potent offense plated five more runs, including two homers, while the Reds managed only single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The Reds got their first run on a groundout-RBI from Turk that scored Randy Martin who led off the fourth with Reamstown’s first hit of the game. In the fifth, Keck led off with a double, moved to third on Todd Adair’s base hit, and scored on an error.
Starting the tournament as the third seed, the Reds ended up in third place for the tournament, their two losses both coming to the Blue Jays, who lost the championship game to the regular-season champion, Berkshire Red Sox.
While the Reds’ offense that hit .306 during the regular season never got untracked in the playoffs, their strong pitching continued during the tournament, and their third-place finish in both the playoffs and the regular season marked “one of our best seasons in a while,” according to general manager Todd Adair.
Individual highlights for the season included Bob Marino, who hit .438, Brent Firestone (.444), Keck (.379), and Tim Patterson, who hit .433 and slugged .633. On the mound, Adair posted a 1.47 ERA in the regular season, and Keck went 6-1, including his two playoff wins. Perhaps the most amazing individual feat for the year was Rodney Martzall’s reaching base in all 19 games in which he had a plate appearance.
With everyone expected back for 2015 and the hope of adding some fresh younger talent to the team, the Reamstown Reds are primed to climb another rung in the BCSBL ladder next year.