Reamstown AA Reds split with the Phillies
On a day when the Reamstown Athletic Association Reds of the Berks County Senior Baseball League needed a doubleheader sweep to reach .500 on the season and possibly jump from seventh to third in the league standings, they fell just short. Instead, they earned a twinbill split against their long-time nemesis, the Reichardt Remodeling Phillies.
The friendly rivalry with the Phillies has seen a number of exciting, close ballgames, and Sunday’s two one-run games did not disappoint.
Game one featured a pitcher’s duel between the Phillies’ Craig Sinnamon, who beat Reamstown twice in last year’s playoffs, and the Reds’ Mike Bashore, who had been a "Phillie-killer" in his many years with the Hamburg Astros. The Phillies got out to an early lead in the top of the first inning on a one-out triple which followed a walk and a fielder’s choice. After a hit batter put runners at first and third, Bashore got out of the inning by inducing a double-play grounder to shortstop Ed Flinton. The twin-killing was one of the themes of the doubleheader, as both teams recorded double plays in each of the first two innings of game one, and the Reds turned a total of four on the day.
The first-inning run was all the Phils would get off Bashore, who did not allow a runner past first base the rest of the way. The Reds needed his dominance on the mound, as they failed to muster any support at the plate until they finally tied the score in the sixth with two out on Bashore’s bases-loaded walk. That plated Rodney Martzall, who led off the inning with a single. After Bashore put the Phillies down in order in the top of the seventh, the Reds managed to get the winning run to third with one out following a walk to Doug Sturtevant, who moved to third on Jim Evans’s single to right. When Sinnamon got a grounder to his drawn-in third baseman for the second out and then had Steve Young down in the count 0-2, it appeared as though the game would go to extra innings. But Young, who has had some great at bats for the Reds this year, punched a walk-off hit to left to give the Reds the thrilling come-from-behind victory.
In many respects, game two was a mirror image of game one, as the Phillies’ Bryan Faus faced the Reds’ Rodney Martzall in another matchup of pitching gems. As in game one, the Phillies struck first, scoring in their half of the second on a bunt single that rolled to the outfield. The Reds got the run back in the fourth on a double by Flinton, who scored on Todd Adair’s 0-2 single to center.
After the Phillies plated an unearned run in the sixth, the Reds, as in the first game, came back from the one-run deficit in the sixth, but this time they took their own one-run lead to the seventh on an RBI hit from Adair and Sturtevant’s long triple to deep right-center. Unfortunately for the Reds, it was the Phillies who staged a rally in the seventh inning to take a 4-3 lead, which Faus managed to hold despite the Reds getting the tying run to second with two out.
The Reds’ record now stands at 7-9 heading into the last week of the regular season. Of the nine losses, six have been by one run and another game went to extra innings before the Reds fell.
The Reds will play their final two regular-season games next Sunday when they head to Perry Township in Berks County to play the Astros. More REDS, page B-3