LEGION BASEBALL: S-MC eliminated from playoffs
ALMEDIA - Shamokin-Mount Carmel had a rough final two days of its season.
The Stripes and Strikes struggled in just one inning of its finale Thursday against Bloomsburg in the Susquehanna Valley American Legion League playoffs, but that one inning was enough.
S-MC allowed seven runs in the second and managed just three hits in what ended up a 9-1 loss in the consolation bracket.
The loss comes on the heels of a six-error, 7-2 loss, to Danville Wednesday.
"Two games in a row, one bad inning has killed us," Shamokin-Mount Carmel coach Shawn Kalinoski said. "And we just didn't hit. You have to have more than four hits in a game. Bloomsburg put the ball in play and they made it happen."
Shamokin-Mount Carmel did jump out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Paul Gurba started the game being hit by a pitch and worked his way around to score.
Gurba advanced to second on a single by Theo Deptula, then scored after he advanced on a fly ball by Austin Fry and scored when a throw from the outfield missed the cutoff and skittered past the third baseman.
That was all Shamokin-Mount Carmel was able to muster off Bloomsburg starter Adam Novack. Novack finished by striking out six, walking two and giving up three hits, although he did plunk Gurba twice.
Bloomsburg provided him with all the run support he'd need in the second inning.
Tanner Thrush started things off with a single, then S-MC starter Jake Jones walked Walker Fetterman. Thrush scored on an Anthony Stone double.
Jones did strike out Devon Sanders, but the next six batters reached base. The only break Shamokin-Mount Carmel got was when Novack tried to score following an overthrow at home that Jones was able to corral and get back to catcher Steve Bressi for the tag out.
Bloomsburg added a run in both the fourth and fifth innings, both credited to Jones.
The loss ends the season for Shamokin-Mount Carmel, which had a taste of success after defeating Sunbury-Northumberland 7-4 in the opening round.
"That's what's more disappointing, because we were playing well," Kalinoski said. "The pitching got better as the year went on because we were dinged up. Once we got healthy, we got on a role. That's why these two games aren't indicative of the way we have been playing.
"We do have a lot to build on. We're pretty much young and we're only losing a couple guys."
SHAMOKIN-MOUNT CARMEL (AB-R-H-BI) - Gurba 2-1-0-0, Deptula 3-0-1-0, Fry 2-0-1-0, Young 2-0-0-0, Lesko 2-0-0-0, Tocyloski 2-0-0-0, Bettleyon 0-0-0-0, Bressi 2-0-1-0, Jones 3-0-0-0, Miller 1-0-0-0, Joraskie 2-0-0-0. Totals 21-1-3-0.
BLOOMSBURG (AB-R-H-BI) - Thivierge 4-1-1-1, Miller 4-1-2-2, Novack 3-1-1-1, Bowman 2-1-1-0, Thrush 3-1-3-2, E. Sanders 1-0-0-0, Fetterman 2-1-0-0, Kreisher 1-0-0-0, Stone 4-2-2-1, D. Sanders 2-0-0-0, Streater 1-1-0-0. Totals 27-9-10-7.
Extra-base hits: 2B - Thrush, Stone.
IP H R ER BB K
Jones (L) 4 9 9 7 4 3
Gurba 2 1 0 0 1 2
Novack 6 3 1 0 2 6