Glendale falters late, drops 14-2 decision to Juniata Valley|
Friday, April 19, 2013
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
FLINTON - The Glendale baseball team has become notorious this season for having one bad inning in each of its six losses. On Thursday afternoon with the Vikings down 4-2 in the fifth inning, Juniata Valley had a six-run outburst with all of the runs coming with two outs.
The Hornet rally continued in the top of the sixth inning where Juniata Valley scored four more runs and rode stellar pitching to the finish line in its 14-2 victory over Glendale in six innings.
Viking relief pitcher Craig Hewitt held Juniata Valley to just one run until the fifth inning, a solo home run to Johnny Johnson in the third. But with two outs in the top of the fifth inning and a runner on first base, Hewitt walked two batters to load the bases.
Juniata Valley's Kordell Collins started the first of four straight base hits for the Hornets that was capped by a Johnson double three batters later to give the Hornets a 10-2 lead.
"The wheels came off in the fifth," said Glendale head coach Joe Klezek. "We need to be able to put seven innings of consistent work in. That's been our downfall."
"We've definitely been progressing from the first game up until now. We're a much better team than we were when we started. Now we just have to find a way to put seven innings together. If we can put in seven consistent innings, we'll be fine."
Juniata Valley picked up where it left off in the sixth inning, scoring four runs on five hits for a 14-2 lead. Dakota Sinclair, who came on in relief of Hewitt in the fifth inning, struck out two Juniata Valley batters in 1 1/3 innings of work.
The Vikings only committed one error in the field, which is an area Klezek said the team has improved since the start of the season.
"If you make the routine plays, your chances (to win) increase exponentially," he said. "We've been concentrating on that over the past few weeks. We don't worry about the extraordinary plays that most high school kids don't make. We just need to be consistent all seven innings."
Glendale starting pitcher Justin Kephart struggled with his control in the first inning. The senior walked four batters and gave up three earned runs, facing six batters.
Glendale leadoff hitter Matt Kimberly reached on an error to start the first inning and stole second base on the next batter. He came home two batters later on a Kephart single to left field to make the score 3-1 after one inning.
Colt Shope led off the second for the Vikings and crushed a 1-2 pitch to left field for a solo home run off Johnson.
"Shope is a hit-or-miss guy," said Klezek. "He's been like that all season long. He hit that home run hard. He always seems to come up with a big hit when we need it, though."
After the home run, Johnson gave up just two more hits in his five innings on the mound, one to Tyler Potutschnig in the second inning and a fourth-inning double to Anthony Barnhart. He ended his night giving up four hits and one earned run, while walking two and striking out six Glendale hitters.
"I thought we would hit him a little better than we did," said Klezek. "We hit him better earlier in the game than we did late in the game. Early in the game, we were having quality at-bats. We were making him put it in the zone, and we were putting pressure on him to get us out."
The Vikings dropped to 2-6 on the season and host Williamsburg today.
Collins 2b 4212, Barton 2b 0000, Belinda ss 3323, Beam ss 0000, Norris 1b 4222, Gildea 1b 0000, Johnson p 4123, Faubert cf 1000, McMullen lf 4022, Hauck lf 0000, T. Singer 3b 1100, Grove 3b 0000, Low cf 2110, Smithmyer rf 0000, Perow dh 1000, Greene c 3210, S. Singer c 0000, Claar rf-p 2221. Totals: 29-14-13-13.
M. Kimberly c 3100, Potutschnig ss 2010, Hewitt 2b-p-2b 3000, Kephart p-3b 3011, Iraca cf 2000, Schultz 1b 2000, Gates 3b 0000, Sinclair dh-2b-p 3000, Shope rf 1111, Rojas rf 0000, Barnhart lf 2010. Totals: 21-2-4-2.
Score by Innings
Juniata Valley 301 064-14 13 1
Glendale 110 000-2 4 1
Errors-Belinda; Barnhart. LOB-Juniata Valley 8, Glendale 5. DP-Juniata Valley 1; Glendale 1. 2B-Norris, Johnson, Low; Barnhart. HR-Johnson (solo, 3rd inning); Shope (solo, 2nd inning). SB-Collins, T. Singer; M. Kimberly, Iraca. HBP-T. Singer (by Hewitt); Iraca (by Johnson), Shope (by Johnson). CS-McMullen (by M. Kimberly), Shope (by Johnson).
Juniata Valley: Johnson-5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO; Claar-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.
Glendale: Kephart-1/3 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO; Hewitt-4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 6 BB, 1 SO; Sinclair-1 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.
WP-Johnson. LP-Kephart (0-3).