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Reamstown AA Reds split Father’s Day doubleheader
The Reamstown Athletic Association Reds of the 28-and-Over Berks County Senior Baseball League spent their Father’s Day engaged in a twinbill with the Yankees at Antietam High School’s baseball field in Exeter Township in Berks County.
The Reds dropped Game One of the doubleheader, 4-1, despite getting good pitching from Todd Adair, who went the distance, giving up only two earned runs.
Reamstown scratched out just four hits and managed only a lone fifth-inning run, when Rod Martzall singled to drive in Bo Keck who had singled, stole second, and went to third on a throwing error. That run evened the score, but the Yankees went ahead in the bottom of the inning and plated two insurance runs in the sixth to give Adair his first loss of the season.
In Game Two, the Reds took an early lead in the second as Tim Patterson continued his heavy hitting with a double to the fence that scored Martzall, who had walked, and a two-out single from Steve Young that scored Bob Marino. The 2-0 lead held up until the bottom of the sixth when the Yankees finally got to Reds’ starter Josh Shipton, using a two-out run-scoring single to knock out Shipton and two more hits off reliever Rod Martzall to tie the game.
Reamstown answered right back, however, in the top of the seventh. Ephrata grad Nick Crowther broke his slump with a lined shot up the middle with one out, moved to third on a stolen base and a wild throw, and came in to score on Todd Adair’s sacrifice fly to center. In the bottom of the frame, Martzall locked down the victory, getting all three outs himself, two on strikeouts and the other on a comebacker to the mound to end the game.
With the split, the Reds are now 6-2 and in second place in the league behind the Berkshire Red Sox. Next week, the Reds travel to Alvernia University to take on the third-place Blue Jays, who knocked Reamstown out of last year’s league playoffs in a grueling 15-inning contest.