FREDERICKSBURG — Baseball is a fleeting and sometimes unforgiving pursuit.
It’s not about what you’ve done. It’s about what you’ve done lately.
On a sticky Thursday night at Fredericksburg’s Earl Wenger Memorial Field, Pleasureville fell victim to its own lack of momentum and dropped a 10-4 decision to host Post 915 in the eight-team, double-elimination Region 4 Tournament. The Fredericksburg offense unleashed a dozen hits on Post 799, which was guilty of six errors.
Pleasureville misplaced its momentum a night earlier, during a lackluster 9-2 loss to Linglestown in the event’s so-called "throw-away game." Before that game, Pleasureville had resembled a well-oiled machine in becoming the event’s last remaining undefeated team.
Meanwhile, Fredericksburg created its momentum — or at least sustained it — with a 3-1 triumph over Linglestown earlier on Thursday in the tournament’s final elimination game. Fredericksburg won five straight games to win the championship, after dropping its Saturday opener 3-1 to Pleasureville and Landon Ness.
So it will be Fredericksburg, not Pleasureville, representing Region 4 in the eight-team, double-elimination Pennsylvania American Legion Tournament that begins Tuesday at Ephrata’s War Memorial Field. Fredericksburg improved to 25-7 overall.
Before ending its summer with back-to-back losses, Pleasureville had won eight straight games. Let the record show that Post 799, the champions of York County, finished the 2017 season with a 23-3-1 record.
Pleasureville has never captured a Region 4 championship.
After spotting Fredericksburg a 2-0 opening-inning advantage, Pleasureville struck for three runs in the bottom of the first. Pleasureville was helped by a Post 915 error and three wild pitches.
There were also RBIs from Ben Reed and Brandon Walters and a lead-off safety by Michael Reisinger.
Fredericksburg, however, came right back in its next at-bat in the top of the second. Fredericksburg's first two hitters in the frame reached base against Pleasureville starter Beau Burris, and both scored, on Noah Gingrich’s sacrifice fly and Michigan Daub’s two-out, RBI-double.
It gave Fredericksburg a 4-3 lead it would never relinquish.
Fredericksburg pushed its lead to four runs in the top of the sixth, when Post 915 batted around against Ness, who had come on in relief. All three runs were unearned, however, as Bailey Keefer and Zach Seltzer picked up two-out RBIs for Fredericksburg.
Fredericksburg made it a 10-3 game in the top of the seventh, after its first four hitters reached base. The big blow — a booming two-run double — was struck by the red-hot Daub.
Fredericksburg starter Hayden Johnson, who reached his limit of 120 pitches following 6 2/3 innings of work, picked up the win. Johnson yielded five hits, fanned seven and walked three.
From the first to the fifth inning, Johnson retired 12 Pleasureville batters in a row. Johnson’s relief, Will Rivera, was the ninth pitcher that Fredericksburg used in the tournament.
Post 799 recorded its fourth run in the bottom of the seventh. Reisinger singled with one out and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch.
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