BY JEFF FALK
ANNVILLE – There are two compelling arguments that can be made for staying on the proverbial ‘roll’.
First, it is very difficult to get on said roll. And secondly, if one stops, it’s even harder to restart it.
On a gray Friday evening at Annville-Cleona High School, the Little Dutchmen baseball team stayed on its current roll by pasting Pequea Valley 11-1, in a Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Four affair shortened to six innings by the mercy rule. Already ahead 3-1, Annville-Cleona posted eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, all in support of winning pitcher Sal Biondollo.
The result was not made any less significant by the fact that the Little Dutchmen had already pretty much locked up berths in the upcoming Lancaster-Lebanon League and District Three Class AAA playoffs – for the seventh season in-a-row. With the triumph, Annville-Cleona improved to 11-6 overall and 10-6 in the section.
With two non-league, regular-season contests still to play, Annnville-Cleona will take on Section One champion Hempfield on Saturday, May 11th, in the opening round of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs, at a site and time to be announced. Currently positioned fourth in the power rankings, the Little Dutchmen are also in line to host a District Three Class AAA opener, on Monday, May 20, at a time to be determined.
The loss dropped Pequea Valley to 8-8 on the spring and 7-8 in Section Four.
“We’re trying to take the approach that every game is a playoff game,” said Annville-Cleona head coach Mike Miller. “We’re going to keep going. I think they’ve (his players) responded well to that. I think the kids are doing a great job of buying into what we’re selling. They’re watching a ton of film and making the adjustments needed to get better.
“I think the season has been a success,” continued Miller. “But we do have higher goals and things we want to attain. I’m still waiting for us to put our best game together.”