BY JEFF FALK
SOUTH LEBANON – The current regime set out to change the culture of baseball at Cedar Crest, to turn around its climate, to re-invent the program. And for the most part, the Falcons have accomplished that.
But one of the key ingredients of a successful program is consistency.
On a warm Tuesday afternoon at Cedar Crest High School, the Falcons put forth a disapointing effort during a 9-1 setback at the hands of the Warwick Warriors. Cedar Crest fell into an early hole and didn’t have the sticks to pull itself out of it.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the loss was that it appeared the Falcons needed a positive result to prolong their season. In the latest District Three Class power rankings, 8-11 and 7-10 Cedar Crest was listed 11th in an AAAAAA classification which takes ten teams for its playoff tournament.
But the team ahead of the Falcons in the power rankings, Penn Manor, also lost, 7-1 at Daniel Boone. There also remains a possibility that the Falcons could pick up one more non-league game between now and District Three’s May 15th deadline to complete their 20-game allotment for this spring.
The loss was Cedar Crest’s sixth in its last seven outings. Last season, the Falcons had worn the Lancaster-Lebanon Section One crown.
For Warwick, the outcome moved it to 12-6 overall and 11-5 in Section One.
“It truly is what it is,” said Cedar Crest head coach Josh Brown, when asked if his club had earned a postseason berth. “We can play with anyone. We’re right there. When we get down big-time, it’s a huge hole for us to dig out of.
“The season was a step back,” continued Brown. “I thought we’d have a better year. The guys who weren’t hitting, weren’t hitting all year long. You can only win so many games 1-0. When you play good baseball teams, you’ve got to hit.”
It took Cedar Crest all of one half of an inning to fall into that hole. Well, actually it was two pitches.