Sham-MC, LM play to tie
Even with two extra innings, Shamokin-Mount Carmel and Line Mountain couldn't figure out a winner in Susquehanna Legion Baseball action Friday night.
By the end of nine innings the score was still tied 4-4. The extra innings needed to find the winner will be played later in the season, though the exact date has not been figured out yet.
With 12 total hits, S-MC had chances to score, but once the batters got on base, problems started. Several times players were tagged out, caught in a pickle between two bases.
Coach Rob Sopko believed the mistakes made on the bases were the difference in the game.
"We didn't execute on the bases," Sopko said. "We could have won the game three times."
However at the start, base running was the least of the problems for Shamokin-Mount Carmel, which trailed 3-0 at the end of the first inning, and gave up six hits.
"I don't think we were ready at the beginning of the game," Sopko said. "We didn't come ready to play, but realized these guys are ready to play. We knew we had to step it up."
The team stepped it up quick. S-MC scored three runs in the top of the second, off two runs batted in from Paul Gurba, tying the game.
Shamokin-Mount Carmel then took a 4-3 lead in the third inning.
The defense didn't hold on for long with Line Mountain tying the game in the fourth. From there the score remained the same through the next five innings.
However, Shamokin-Mount Carmel wasn't the only team that had chances to score with runners on base. Twice, in the fifth and seventh innings, Line Mountain, had the bases loaded but failed to score.
While base running and readiness were a problem for S-MC, pitching, which has been a strength of the team lately, was strong yet again.
Jake Jones pitched for four innings, while Gurba took over in the sixth to preserve the tie.
"I think Jake and Paul threw very well," Sopko said. "They put the ball in the strike zone and we fielded the ball."
Besides his RBIs and pitching acumen, Gurba also recorded three steals, along with two hits. Josiah Miller hit a double and Brady Haupt led Shamokin-Mount Carmel with three hits. J.P. Lanker had a double for Line Mountain and Troy Harris led the team with three hits.