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LOCK HAVEN — With the groups heading towards qualifying for the PSAC postseason, Lock Haven and Shippensburg each wanted to take a giant step ahead this weekend.
After a 7-1 mark the previous two weekends, the Bald Eagles entered the primary of two days on this weekend’s collection with the Purple Raiders with an Eight-Eight mark. At Eight-Eight, the Bald Eagles are solely two video games out of second place within the standings as Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg and West Chester all sport an similar 10-6 log.
Alternatively, Ship got here into the weekend with a convention mark of 6-10, two video games behind LHU.
Profiting from some good residence cooking, and an exquisite day, the Bald Eagles dumped the Purple Raiders by scores of Four-Zero and 6-Zero to maintain their successful methods rolling alongside whereas gaining some separation from Ship.
With final week’s outcomes, the Bald Eagles have now gained 9 of their final 10 video games.
Within the first sport, the Bald Eagles performed considered one of their greatest, if not arguably, their cleanest sport of the season.
They mixed excellent pitching with timely-situational hitting whereas enjoying errorless baseball.
Offering the work on the bump was Jesse Slinger, the righthander bouncing again after a sub-par outing towards Millersville final week. Slinger scattering seven hits whereas hanging out 4 and strolling one.
“Slinger was hitting his spots at the moment, scattering their hits to maintain us out of hazard,” stated LHU head coach Heath “Smoke” Stover. “We made the routine performs and he obtained the out when he wanted it. We had been capable of execute on offense to attain some runs. You by no means know what’s going to occur to you all through a sport, however at the moment we executed rather well in each video games.”
As for the opportunity of playoffs, Stover is aware of that his troops can just about management their very own future in the event that they proceed to win.
“For those who hold successful good issues are going to occur,” Stover stated. “If we will try this we will presumably get an actual good shot at the very least by that final collection. That’s what most groups shoot, simply to be in it. If they will try this, it makes issues actually thrilling.”
The signal of a superb pitcher is his skill to make changes on the fly and Slinger was ready to do this. Along with his fastball and curve doing the job over 5 innings, Slinger additional saved the Raiders off stability down the stretch by mixing in his changeup.
“As we speak I used to be extra targeted on simply going at hitters to get my stuff working early,” stated Slinger. “I obtained my breaking ball going early and I used to be capable of work my fastball off of it. Later within the sport, I used to be capable of work in my changeup and so long as I stayed forward of hitters, every thing went my method. When you’ll be able to change speeds and get issues going later, it confuses hitters. As we speak I used to be capable of go to all three of my pitches at totally different speeds and that may trigger havoc with the batters.”
The Bald Eagles scored what would grow to be the one run they would want for the win within the first inning.
Liam McArthur walked, stole second, moved to 3rd on a Ship error and scooted residence on an RBI groundout by Jimmy Webb.
With the 1-Zero LHU lead holding up by the primary 4 innings, and Slinger in command, the Bald Eagles all however put the sport away within the fifth after they manufactured a crooked quantity “Three” to take a Four-Zero lead.
John Banes singled to left, was sacrificed to second by Colby Hiddemen and scored on a Shippensburg error.
With one out, Demetrius Haskins singled to middle and McArthur adopted go well with with an RBI single to middle. One out later, Max Joseph obtained into the hit parade when he chased McArthur residence with an RBI single to quick.
With one win within the books, it was Scott Leitholf’s flip to strut his stuff and he did it in high-quality vogue. For his full sport, Leitholf allowed the Raiders simply three hits, strolling two and hanging out eight.
Offensively for the Bald Eagles, McArthur and Banes every drove in two runs and recorded one hit.
Joe Zgleszewski led the crew offensively by going Three-for-Four whereas additionally scoring two runs. Hiddemen and Demetrius Haskins every notched two hits to assist tempo The Haven offense.
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