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By: TROY BOYER Special To The Review, Staff Writer
After a week off for the July 4th holiday, the Reamstown Athletic Association Reds of the Berks County Senior Baseball League went back into action on Sunday hosting a doubleheader with the Reading area-based Blue Jays. Coming into play with a record of 5-7, the Reds were looking to get back to .500 and make a move in the league standings, as they began the day only two games out of second place in a tightly-bunched race.
In game one, the Blue Jays got out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third innings, while the Reds managed only one hit, a first inning double by Dwayne Rauch, which would prove to be the Reds only extra base hit in the twinbill. The Reds finally got on the board in the fourth with a two-out single from Ephrata grad and Cocalico softball assistant Steve Young after a nine-pitch at bat. Unfortunately for the Reds, the Jays pushed their lead back to two again in the fifth when a runner scored from first on a two-out hit thanks to some shoddy defensive play.
The Reds, however, refused to quit and came from behind to take the lead with four runs in their half of the fifth, all coming after two outs, on bases-loaded walks to Rauch and Todd Adair and a clutch two-run single from Jim Evans. From there, Adair coasted home for his sixth win of the season against two losses, helped by the Reds adding two insurance runs in the sixth on two walks and two Blue Jay errors to finish the scoring at 7-3.
Despite the exciting come-from-behind win in the first game, the Reds were unable to muster the energy in game two to sweep the Jays. Jeff High, who threw a gem last year to eliminate the Blue Jays from the playoffs, started his first game of the season but never really found his good stuff. The Jays had a 7-0 lead after two innings, roughing up High and taking advantage of some less than stellar play behind him.
But it was not simply the Reds’ poor play on the defensive side of the ball that allowed the Jays to take home a 10-0 mercy rule win. Reamstown managed only one hit and two total baserunners off winning pitcher Matt Redcay. The blowout loss marked only the second time in the Reds’ eight defeats that they were not in the game from beginning to end.
The doubleheader split allowed the Reds to move up to seventh place in the 10-team league, and they trail each of the four teams ahead of them by only one game.
Next Sunday, the Reds will again be at home for a doubleheader at the Reamstown Memorial Park when they play host to long-time nemesis, the Reichardt Remodeling Phillies. The Phillies and Reds have played some memorable games in the past, and the home club hopes to see a good turnout on Sunday at 1 p.m.