Young comes through in clutch for Shamokin-Mount Carmel
COAL TOWNSHIP - Shamokin-Mount Carmel evened things up a bit in the Susquehanna Valley American Legion League Friday with a 2-1 win over Danville at Bunker Hill.
Brody Young's run-scoring double in the bottom of the seventh was the difference as Shamokin-Mount Carmel improved to 2-5, and Danville dropped to 4-2.
"We let one get away Thursday, and we got a big hit tonight," said Shamokin-Mount Carmel coach Dave Langton.
Zach Tocyloski pitched a great game for Shamokin-Mount Carmel, giving up five hits, striking out nine batters and walking just one, and earned his second win.
Danville took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on an unearned run. Bryson Crossley struck out but reached first base when the ball got by Shamokin-Mount Carmel catcher Dan Lesko. He stole second and third base and scored on a single by Jalen Bickhart, who had two of Danville's hits.
But Austin Fry, Shamokin-Mount Carmel's leadoff hitter in the fifth inning, belted a long home run over the left field fence to tie the game.
"Our pitcher (Kurtis Mordan) got the ball up and he jumped on it," said Danville coach Harold Albertson. "I think the league has as much parity as it's had in awhile. We're 4-2 and starting four kids who were freshmen in high school ball this spring, and they've come a long way in a short time, and we were missing three starters. They (Shamokin-Mount Carmel) are 2-5, and they have as much talent as anyone."
Fry led off the seventh inning by being hit by a pitch from reliever Zach Brent. Lesko sacrifice bunted him to second and Young followed with a gapper between center and right field.
The hit made up for a mental error Young made in the top of the inning, when the base umpire ruled Mark Mullery safe on a grounder to Young at first, saying Young tagged the bag with his bare hand, and not the ball, before attempting to throw to second for a double play.
But Tocyloski struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.
Shamokin-Mount Carmel plays Bloomsburg at Central Columbia High School on Sunday.
DANVILLE (AB-R-H-BI) - Krum 3-0-0-0, Schiffino 3-0-0-0, Mordan 0-0-0-0, Brent 3-0-0-0, Keefer 3-0-1-0, Crossley 3-1-1-0, Bickhart 3-0-2-1, Lupini 2-0-0-0, Mullery 3-0-1-0, Fisher 3-0-0-0. Totals 26-1-5-1.
SHAM-MC (AB-R-H-BI) - Deptula 3-0-1-0, Pupo 3-0-1-0, Fry 2-2-1-1, Lesko 3-0-1-0, Bressi 0-0-0-0, Young 2-0-2-1, Tocyloski 3-0-0-0, Rodarmel 2-0-0-0, Miller 2-0-0-0, Kashner 2-0-1-0. Totals 22-2-7-2.
Extra-base hits: 2B - Kashner, Young. HR - Fry.
IP H R ER BB K
Mordan 5 6 1 1 4 4
Brent (L) 2 1 1 1 1 0
Tocyloski (W) 7 5 1 0 1 9