Shamokin lets needed win slip away
COAL TOWNSHIP - Shamokin Area had South Williamsport on the ropes Thursday afternoon.
It was a game the Indians both needed and wanted.
A win would have put them into the District 4 AAA playoffs.
It would have also been a signature victory over a quality team and could have provided the kind of boost needed to make a postseason run.
But it wasn't to be.
Down two runs through four innings that included an hour-long rain delay, the Mounties rallied for three in the fifth and one in the sixth for a 5-3 Heartland II victory.
That leaves Shamokin at 9-8 with three games remaining. The Indians host Mahanoy Area Monday, then travel to Central Columbia for a doubleheader on Thursday, still needing one victory to punch their ticket for the second season.
"They're a good club, and we missed an opportunity," Shamokin coach Billy Clark said. "We really wanted to beat a good team, because when you go into districts, you'll be playing good teams."
Shamokin starter Darien Craft was strong through the first four frames, allowing only a single run in the second. In the fifth, however, he left with one out, one run across and two runners on base.
Then, with reliever Paul Gurba on the mound, Zane Staver rapped a two-run single to right that put South Williamsport ahead for good.
Ryan Orgitano's RBI single in the sixth gave the Mounties an insurance run.
After South Williamsport's run in the second for the 1-0 early lead, the Indians tied it in the third when Austin Fry launched a solo home run over the left field fence.
They went in front in the fourth when, with two outs, Craft and Theo Deptula singled and Nate Malett followed with a two-run double down the right field line.
After the Mounties took the lead, the Indians managed only two baserunners over the final three innings, and one of those was cut down attempting to steal.
Cody Nelson, the second of three lefthanded pitchers South Williamsport used, eanred the victory.
Craft, who was charged with four of the five runs the Indians gave up, suffered the loss.
Gurba worked the final two-plus innings of solid relief, allowing a run while striking out three.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT (AB-R-H-BI) - House 4-1-1-0, Knee 4-1-2-0, Orgitano 4-1-3-2, Caruso 3-0-1-0, Staver 4-1-1-2, Alexander 0-0-0-0, Nelson 4-0-1-0, Balawajder 3-0-0-0, Rummings 3-0-0-1, Mischetta 3-1-1-0. Totals 32-5-10-5.
SHAMOKIN (AB-R-H-BI) - Deptula 4-1-1-0, Malett 4-0-2-2, Fry 4-1-2-1, Ju. Deitrick 4-0-0-0, Gurba 3-0-1-0, Rodarmel 3-0-1-0, Young 2-0-0-0, Demsko 0-0-0-0, Jo. Deitrick 0-0-0-0, Miller 3-0-1-0, Craft 2-1-1-0, Campbell 1-0-0-0. Totals 30-3-9-3.
Extra-base hits: 2B - Orgitano; Malett. HR - Fry.
IP H R ER BB K
House 3 5 1 1 0 2
Nelson (W) 2 2 2 2 0 2
Rummings 2 2 0 0 0 4
Craft (L) 4.1 6 4 4 2 0
Gurba 2.2 4 1 1 0 3