Four Leaf SLL falls at states to Montoursville|
Thursday, July 24, 2014
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor DuBOIS - The Four Leaf Clover Senior Little League team was cruising right along in the opening game of the Pennsylvania Senior Little League Tournament at Showers Field in DuBois on Wednesday.
The Section 4 champs scored a run early to take the lead before a heavy downpour came, delaying the game by 40 minutes.
Then it was the Section 3 champ Montoursville that rained on Four Leaf's parade, scoring seven runs in the fourth inning to take home the 7-1 victory.
"We had one bad inning and we let it get to us," said Four Leaf head coach Ken Fernburg. "We had a very uncharacteristic defense today.
"We were also just a touch undisciplined at the plate. We are going to work on it. We are going to strap it on Friday and come back through the loser's bracket."
The loss drops the Section 4 champs into the loser's bracket, where they will await the loser of today's Pennridge-Great Valley game to play Friday at 1 p.m.
It was the first loss of the season for Four Leaf Clover, which swept the Section 4 title with two wins over Worthington last Friday and Saturday.
The Four Leaf Clover team that showed up after the rain delay was one Fernburg hasn't seen so far this all-star season.
The Section 4 champs committed three errors and suffered through two base-running mistakes.
Four Leaf Clover got on the board in the first inning, as leadoff batter Mark Glace reached on a two-base error. Cam Lytle also reached on a two-base error with one out, scoring Glace for the first run of the game.
Montoursville starter Devin Singer got out of the inning with a popup and a strikeout to end the threat.
The Section 3 champs threatened in the second inning, as Roy Farr reached on a two-base error, before moving to third on a groundout.
Four Leaf Clover pitcher Josh Lannen got another groundout to end the frame, leaving Farr stranded at third.
The Section 4 champs put runners on again in the second inning, as Nate Hahn reached on a single. He was erased from the basepaths on a fielder's choice by Creighton Coble. Coble was then erased on an unusual 8-6 fielder's choice by Jimmy Pilosky.
Pilosky moved to second on a walk issued to Lannen, before both runners moved up on a passed ball.
But Singer once again got out of trouble, striking out the next batter to end the threat.
Lannen set the Montoursville batters down in order in the third, needing just six pitches and three great plays from his defense. Two of those plays came from Four Leaf's corner outfielders, while the third out was a play by third baseman Vince McDowell.
Things started to look even better for Four Leaf Clover in the bottom of the third, as Brandon Zwick singled and Lytle was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.
McDowell came up to the plate and got to a 2-2 count before the rains came down and the tarps were brought out on the field.
After a 40-minute delay, McDowell resumed his at-bat against a new Montoursville pitcher, Mitchell Rothrock. Rothrock caught McDowell looking before giving up a sacrifice bunt and a popup to end the inning.
Lannen stayed in after the delay and gave up a single and a walk and got a popup for an out.
After another error that allowed a run to score, Lannen walked one more batter before he was replaced by Zwick.
Zwick gave up a single to Brycen Mussina and allowed a fielder's choice to Nick Russo, allowing two more runs to score. That put Montoursville up 3-1.
Montoursville scored three more runs before Four Leaf got out of the inning, taking a 7-1 advantage.
That was all the Section 3 champs would need, as Rothrock shut down Four Leaf Clover for three innings, then gave way to Mussina, who finished the final two innings.
Neither Montoursville pitcher gave up a hit and combined for eight strikeouts in the 7-1 victory.
"The last two Montoursville pitchers really kept us off-balance," said Fernburg. "That second pitcher especially did. I think they were working their pitching so they would have everyone available for tomorrow. And, so were we.
"I think the physical aspect of the game isn't what I have to worry about, it's the mental part. I just need to keep them focused mentally, and I think we can do that.
"Everyone is still available on Friday except Josh. We are in good shape so far. We are just going to fight and claw our way through the loser's bracket and see what happens."
Four Leaf Clover plays at 1 p.m. on Friday at Showers Field.
Miller cf 4121, Krizan ss 4111, Singer p-3b-1b 2110, Rothrock 3b-p-3b 3112, Fontenot 2b 4010, Bailey c 0000, Farr dh 3100, Plants lf 2100, Mussina 1b-p 2011, Fox ph 1000, Russo rf 2101, Rodriguez ph-rf 1010. Totals: 28-7-8-6.
Four Leaf Clover-1
Glace 2b-p 4100, Zwick ss-p-2b 3010, Lytle cf 1000, Williams cf 1000, McDowell 3b 3000, Guenot c 0000, Fernburg dh 2000, Hahn lf 2010, Couteret lf 1000, Coble rf 2000, Barrett rf 1000, Pilosky 1b 2000, Maguire 1b 1000, Lannen p-ss 2000. Totals: 25-1-2-0.
Score by Innings
Four Leaf Clover 100Á000Á0-1Á2Á3
Errors-Rothrock 2, Krizan, Mussina; Coble, Hahn, McDowell. LOB-Montoursville 6, Four Leaf Clover 6. SAC-Fernburg. CS-Singer, Fontenot, Plants (all by Guenot); McDowell (by Bailey). HBP-Lytle (by Singer).
Montoursville: Singer-2+ IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO; Rothrock-3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO; Mussina-2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO.
Four Leaf Clover: Lannen-3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO; Zwick-2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO; Glace-3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.