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IMG_4354BY JEFF FALK

SCOTLAND – There’s no shame in losing, especially when you leave it all on the field. But what’s unfortunate is that many seasons are remembered by how they end, not how they were accelerated.

On Sunday morning at Greene Township Municipal Park, during the second day of the eight-team, double-elimination Region Four tournament, the Annville American County Legion baseball club endured a difficult 3-2, season-ending loss to Shippensburg. In the big picture, the Lebanon County champions probably didn’t hit enough and were guilty of too many errors, in going 0-2 in the event.

IMG_4268Still, Annville had a chance to pull it out, down 3-1 entering the bottom half of the ninth inning. Annville eight- and nine-hole hitters Tyler Talhelm and Cole Waldhausen drew back-to-back, lead-off walks, and Annville pulled to within a run of the lead thanks to a throwing error on a ball hit by Eli Setlock.

But the game and Annville’s summer ended when its final two batters struck out.

Annville concluded its campaign at 13-9. Shippensburg, the champions of Franklin County, lived to fight another day.

“The one thing is, we exceeded expectations – everyone but our’s – getting here in the first place,” said Annville rookie head coach Ken Sauley. “The big thing we need to work on is timely hitting. We had runners all over the place and scored two runs. And if not for the three errors, I’m standing here jubilant. That throwing error was a killer. That needs to be tightened up. And we need to work on bunting.It seemed the teams we played did a better job of getting the bunt down.

IMG_4385“When I took this job, I said we’re going to regionals,” added Sauley. “Everybody said, ‘Don’t get ahead of yourself’. But I don’t think you should be doing this if you don’t think you can get here.”

With the contest deadlocked at one, Shippensburg notched what would prove to be the decisive runs in the top of the seventh inning. Shipp’s Nate Holt singled home teammate Adam Maring to make it 2-1.

Yet after an Annville error and a walk loaded the bases with one away, Annville had a chance to get out of the dilemma on a come-backer to the mound. But instead of coming home to get the lead runner, the Annville pitcher threw to first base.

“There’s a run they shouldn’t have had,” said Sauley of Shippensburg. “That’s a dead double-play ball. We did not take advantage of that. That’s a mental error. And when you do that, and you’re not a hard-hitting team, it’s going to cost you.



“I believe in both games, seven of the eight runs we gave up were unearned,” Sauley added. “You can’t have that. We didn’t score much ourselves, but we needed to make the plays.”

One of those unearned runs Shippensburg scored in the top of the sixth, and it tied the game. Shippensburg entered the frame scoreless in its first 14 innings of Region Four play, and Annville starter Alec Barr retired the first two Shipp batters he faced.

IMG_4390But Shippensburg’s Colton Zigler ripped a Barr offering into the left-center field gap for a triple, and when Annville failed to execute the cut-off throw from the outfield, Zigler raced home.

“The most disappointing thing was the way we played defense,” said Sauley. “I thought we pitched well enough to win. And the second thing I’d have to say is timely hitting. But even if we didn’t have timely hits, we could’ve still won if we had made the plays.”

Annville assumed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third.

Mitch Long walked and stole second. Then after a one-out walk to Hunter Long, Barr drove home M. Long with a single.

“I was trying to get them (his players) to take more pitches,” said Sauley. “Make the pitcher work. Just put the ball in play. Too many fly balls. Way too many.

“But my guys fought hard,” Sauley continued. “They didn’t quit. They kept battling.”

IMG_4272Before being relieved by Setlock in the seventh, Barr yielded four hits, struck out three and walked two. He didn’t give up a hit until the top of the fourth inning.

Annville collected three hits, stranded ten runners on base and committed three errors.

“I felt great,” said Sauley of his side’s opportunity in the bottom of the ninth. “One out, a runner on third base and we had our best hitters coming up. But you can’t leave it in the umpire’s hands.

IMG_4393“Once I got those two guys on base I was confident,” continued Sauley. “We were in a great situation. Unfortunately, what are you going to do? You’ve got make them make a play. If you do, you never know what’s going to happen.”

 

 

 

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IMG_4378American Legion Region 4 Tournament
Double-Elimination
Games at Greene Twp. park except where noted
Saturday, July 16
Game 1: Carlisle 5, Shippensburg 0
Game 2: Ephrata 5, Dallastown 1
Game 3: Lawnton 5, Annville 1
Game 4: Hampden 5, Fayetteville 1

Sunday, July 17
Game 5: Shippensburg 3, Annville 2 (Annville eliminated)
Game 6: Dallastown vs. Fayetteville, noon (at Fayettevile)
Game 7: Carlisle vs. Lawnton, 1
Game 8: Ephrata vs. Hampden, 5

IMG_4325Monday, July 18
Game 9: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 9:30 a.m.
Game 10: Shippensburg vs. Loser Game 8, 1
Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 5

Tuesday, July 19
Game 12: Winner Game 9 or 10 vs. Loser Game 11*, 1
Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 9 or 11*, 5

IMG_4337Wednesday, July 20
Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13, 1
Game 15: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 14, 4 (if necessary)

*-The matchups for Games 12 and 13 will be set to avoid rematches

 

 

2016 Annville Results

Date Status Score
6/30/2016 W Annville  Campbelltown 0
6/29/2016 W Annville 6  Richland 2
6/28/2016 PPD Annville  Campbelltown 0
6/26/2016 W Annville 10  Myerstown 3
6/23/2016 L 5th Ward  Annville 4
6/22/2016 W Annville 10  Campbelltown 0
6/21/2016 W Annville 4  Fredericksburg 3
6/19/2016 L Richland  Annville 2
6/14/2016 W Annville 17  Myerstown 6
6/12/2016 L 5th Ward  Annville 3
6/9/2016 L Fredericksburg 8  Annville 1  
6/6/2016 W Annville  Richland 2  
6/1/2016 W Annville  Myerstown 3  
5/31/2016 W Annville 9  5th Ward 0
5/29/2016 L Fredericksburg  Annville 1
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IMG_4349Lebanon County American Legion League
Past Champions
 2016 – Annville
2015 – Myerstown
2014 – Myerstown
2013 – Campbelltown
2012 – Campbelltown
2011 – Annville
2010 – Campbelltown
2009 — Fredericksburg
2008 — Fredericksburg
2007 — Richland
2006 — Richland
2005 — Richland
2004 — Annville
2003 — Fredericksburg
2002 — Richland
IMG_43132001 — Fredericksburg
2000 — Fredericksburg
1999 — Fredericksburg
1998 — Palmyra
1997 — Fredericksburg
1996 — Fredericksburg
1995 — Fredericksburg
1994 — Fredericksburg
1993 — Fredericksburg*
1992 — Palmyra
1991 — Palmyra
1990 — Fredericksburg
1989 — Fredericksburg
1988 — Palmyra
1987 — Fredericksburg
IMG_43521986 — Fredericksburg*
1985 — Myerstown
1984 — Richland
1983 — Lebanon
1982 — Lebanon
1981 — Fredericksburg*
1980 — Richland
1979 — Fredericksburg
1978 — Myerstown
1977 — Fredericksburg
1976 — Fredericksburg
1975 — Myerstown
1974 — Lebanon
1973 — Fredericksburg
1972 — Myerstown*
1971 — Myerstown*
1970 — Annville*
1969 — Annville*
IMG_43811968 — Myerstown
1967 — Myerstown
1966 — Myerstown
1965 — Myerstown
1964 — Richland
1963 — Lebanon
1962 — Richland
1961 — Richland*
1960 — Not Contested
1959 — Fredericksburg
1958 — Fredericksburg
1957 — Fredericksburg
1956 — Lebanon
1955 — Myerstown
1954 — Jonestown*
1953 — Myerstown
1952 — Palmyra*
1951 — Palmyra
1950 — Palmyra
IMG_43141949 — Annville
1948 — Myerstown*
1947 — Lebanon
1946 — Myerstown
1945 — Not Contested (World War II)
1944 — Not Contested (World War II)
1943 — Not Contested (World War II)
1942 — Not Contested (World War II)
1941 — Lebanon*
1940 — Myerstown
1939 — Myerstown
1938 — Myerstown*
1937 — Lebanon*
1936 — Lebanon
1935 — Annville
1934 — Annville
1933 — Myerstown
1932 — Lebanon*
IMG_43311931 — Orioles*
1930 — Fifth Ward
1929 — Progressive
* Denotes regional champions
Note — The 1937 Lebanon squad was the only team from the county to win a state title. The 1981 Fredericksburg, the
1948 Myerstown and the 1938 Myerstown clubs were all state runners-up.

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