The winless Post 6 Patriots traveled up to Christiana Saturday, July 17, to take on the winless Post 10 Generals.
In Game 1, the Patriots jumped on the General's starter, Jake Holloway, scoring 5 runs in the first 3 innings, a lead they never lost. Jude Dean and James Knisley had 5 RBI's each. Gage Lunn and Dean batted 4 for 5 in the game as Benjamin Brown, Tyler Noell and James Knisley all doubled.
Tyler Noell got the win scattering 5 hits, pitching 6 shutout innings, James Knisley finished the game, striking out 1. Jake Holloway took the loss for the Generals.
In Game 2, Wade Brooks pitched 6 1/3 no hit innings, also striking out 12, giving up 5 walks. Carl Stump came in with one out in the 7th, walked one batter, but got the final 2 outs to complete the 7 Inning No Hitter.
At Bat, the Patriots were led by Ben Brown's 2 for 4 2 RBI game, James Knisley added 2 RBIs, scoring all of their runs off General's starter Ben Bolan.
Over the 2 games, the Patriot pitchers combined for 25 strikeouts on the day.
The Patriots now move to the Delaware American Legion Baseball State Tournament where they occupy the 5th seed. Those games begin on Saturday, July 24th at St. Mark's High School Baseball Field in Newark.
The Patriots took at 2-1 lead into the top of the 7th (and supposedly final) Inning, and with 2 outs, DE Post 1 tied the game after Christian Collmery doubled, then scored on Mason DeLuca's RBI single to left.
Post 6 couldn't score in the bottom of the 7th, and in the top of 8th, Ryan Reichard led off with a single, followed by Tommy Bosso's infield single. Both scored on Jack Szcerba's 2 RBI double to left and DE Post 1 was sitting on a 2 run lead. As darkness fell, Post 6 again couldn't mount an offense, and the game ended after 8 Innings in a DE Post 1 Win.
Pat Crawford got the win, pitching all 8 Innings, and allowing just 2 runs, on 5 hits, and striking out 8. Tyler Noell took the loss in relief of starter Wade Brooks, who only allowed 1 run on 5 hits with 4 K's. Noel finished allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, and also had 4 strikeouts. Jude Dean got the last Post 1 batter to fly out.
Jack Szcerba and Christian Comery both doubled for Post 1, Branden Widdowson and Wade Brooks doubled for Post 6. Widdowson also batted 2 for 4 in the game, Ryan Reichard of Post 1 did the same, also scoring twice.The Patriots also turned a 6-3 double play when Shortstop Ben Brown caught a fly ball in short left field, then threw out the baserunner who had tried to advance on the play.
It was a tough loss for the home team who is winless on the year, even though they have played some of the other teams in the league close. The Patriots now head on the road to Dover to finish a game that is tied 7-7, and then play the final regular season game with Fox Post 2.
Last Week, DELVETS Post 1 Manager Mike Buono lost his mother, Kathleen Buono.
Most of us probably don't remember her, but she used to cheer her son Mike when he played Legion Baseball for Delvets all those years ago. Her funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.
Then, over the weekend came the word of the sudden death of long time Jos. Stahl Post 30 manager, Bob Anderson.
Bob was the SAL representative on the Delaware American Legion Baseball committee, and had been the manager of the Stahl Post 30 since the late 1990's. He was an outstanding baseball manager, who took his team to the playoffs every year, and whose teams usually played in the final game of the championship most years, winning 8 during his tenure as manager.
Funeral services are expected to be Thursday at the Spicer-Mulligan funeral home.