BY JEFF FALK
ANNVILLE – Catch a couple breaks.
Gain a little confidence.
Pick up some momentum.
And anything can happen.
Fredericksburg is playing its best baseball of the summer. Post 915 has gotten hot at the right time.
On a humid Friday night at Annville-Cleona High School, Fredericksburg pummeled Annville 11-0, in a critical Lebanon County American Legion baseball contest shorted to five innings by the mercy rule. F-burg scored a whopping nine runs in the top of the third inning, and slinging southpaw Brandon Shollenberger took care of the rest.
The outcome gave Fredericksburg a one-game advantage over Annville in the race for the final playoff spot in the summer baseball circuit – second place in the West Division. With two regular-season contests remaining, Fredericksburg is 6-9 in the league.
Annville dropped its third straight, and fourth in its last five outings, to fall to 5-10.
The squad which finishes second in the West will play the champion of the East Division, in a best-of-three series beginning on Tuesday.
Annville had taken the previous two regular-season meetings with Fredericksburg this summer, 7-2 at Earl Wenger Memorial Field on June 28 and 3-1 in Annville on June 25.
“We’ve played well a couple times this season and lost,” said Fredericksburg manager Tim Schaeffer. “We’ve not been out of many games. I think we’ve lost five games by one run. They’re (his players) better than they’ve played. They just have to believe.
“We’ve gotten a little more intensity from our top players,” continued Schaeffer. “We still don’t have that leader. But that’s OK, because we play as a team.”