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 BY JEFF FALK

 PALMYRA – Depth. It’s what separates Campbelltown from many of the other entries in the Lebanon County American Legion Baseball circuit.

 For C-town, ‘Next man up’ isn’t some worn-out slogan. It’s a team approach to the game of baseball.

 On a warm Monday night at Palmyra High School, Campbelltown’s team depth was the difference, as it shaded Fredericksburg 2-0, in a tightly-contested, well-played affair. A number of reserves stepped up for Post 831, which also received another strong outing from starting hurler Braeden Drescher.

 Despite being at less than full strength, Campbelltown moved to 8-1 and strengthened its hold on first place in the West Division of t he Lebanon County American Legion Baseball League. Fredericksburg slipped to 2-5 in the West Division.

 Back on June 4th, Campbelltown had defeated Fredericksburg 8-4 at Earl Wenger Memorial Field.

 “Tonight, we didn’t have our starting outfield,” said Drescher. “Basically, we had three new outfielders. Everybody expects to play during the legion season. It’s the mentality of ‘next guy up.’ Everybody comes ready to play.”

 “They weren’t missing their key guys,” said Fredericksburg head coach Tim Schaeffer of Campbelltown. “They had their key guys here. Two of their key hits were off bad pitches. But their key guys didn’t hurt us. And those two balks didn’t help us.

 “We need to pick up the enthusiasm,” Schaeffer added. “It looks like we’re tired. They (Campbelltown) played a good game. We’ve got to hit the ball to get on base, and we’ve got to get on base to score runs.”

 Drescher certainly took his opportunity to step up to heart.

 The lanky right-hander was on cruise control from the very first pitch, and he allowed just one hit – Trevor Zohn’s one-out single in the top of the fourth inning – whiffed six and walked one. Among his 93 pitches, Drescher recorded seven outs in the air and seven outs on the ground.

 He also extended his score-less inings streak to 14.

 “I got rushed before the game,” said Drescher. “I didn’t think I had my best stuff. But as the game went on, I got stronger. (Catcher Roe) Jake and I worked hard and got the job done.

 “I like working inside and outside, and throwing the curveball to keep people off balance,” continued Drescher. “I kept hitting the zone. I think I’ve done really well so far. I’m happy how I’m throwing. And I’m happy how the defense has been playing (just one error).”

 “He (Drescher) threw a good game,” said Schaeffer. “We stopped being patient after the first three games of the season. It’s not that we’re a bad team. We have good players. But they (Campbelltown) have good defense. It’s hard to get balls through their infield.

 “When they (his players) get the pitch they’re looking for, I want them to put a good swing on it,” Schaeffer continued. “I don’t want them to put the ball in play. I want them to hit it hard.”

 The contest was tied at zeroes before Campbelltown came to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, four straight C-town hitters reached base, on three singles and a walk.

 Seven-hole hitter Jake Kern drove home teammate Isaac Kleinfelter with the first run of the game. A batter later, Drescher provided himself with a little insurance by knocking in Kern with a hit.

 Two balks also figured in the scoring.

  “The scoreboard shows it,” said Drescher. “We fought through, got the hits when we needed them the most and played well defensively.”

  “He threw lots of strikes,” said Schaeffer of his starter, Zohn, “and mixed it up really well. If we’re only going to give up two runs, I’m going to be happy.

 “We played fantastic defense,” continued Schaeffer. “Trevor and Tyler (Hess) threw great. I have no complaints about how they threw. We stayed in the game.”

 Before giving way to Hess to start the bottom of the sixth, Zohn yielded a total of four hits, struck out none and walked one. Before the fifth, the only safety Zohn had allowed was Trevor Binner’s two-out double in the first.

 “Pitching and defense have been the keys to our success,” said Drescher. “We’ve got a great staff and a great defensive team. We’ve also been getting those timely hits. We trust everybody. Everyone’s ready to play.”

 “It’s been going OK,” said Schaeffer. “I’ve got them (his players) out of the high school mode. They’re OK station to station. But you’ve got to make something happen out there.

 “We have the same record as we did last year at this time,” Schaeffer added. “We’ve got to put a run on it this week.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 Campbelltown Schedule

  Day Date Time   Status Score Visitors Home Venue  
  Fri 5/31/2019 6:00 pm   W 0-8 Annville   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Sun 6/2/2019 6:00 pm   SPD 13-1 Campbelltown   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Tue 6/4/2019 7:00 pm   W 8-4 Campbelltown   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Fri 6/7/2019 6:00 pm   W 16-2 Campbelltown   Richland   Lyle Krall Stadium @ Elco High School  
  Wed 6/12/2019 6:00 pm   W 10-1 Campbelltown   Myerstown   Myerstown  
  Tue 6/18/2019 6:00 pm   W 0-1 Richland   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Wed 6/19/2019 6:00 pm   W 0-10 Myerstown   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Fri 6/21/2019 7:00 pm   W 6-5 Campbelltown   Ephrata   War Memorial Field  
  Sun 6/23/2019 6:00 pm   L 5-0 Ephrata   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Mon 6/24/2019 6:00 pm   W 0-2 Fredericksburg   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Tue 6/25/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   Campbelltown   Conrad Weiser   In The Net  
  Wed 6/26/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Campbelltown   Annville   Annville High School  
  Thu 6/27/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   5th Ward   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Fri 6/28/2019 8:00 pm   TBP   Conrad Weiser   Campbelltown   Womelsdorf  
  Mon 7/1/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   Campbelltown   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Tue 7/2/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Annville   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Fri 7/5/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   5th Ward   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Fredericksburg Schedule

  Day Date Time   Status Score Visitors Home Venue  
  Thu 5/30/2019 7:00 pm   W 9-4 Fredericksburg   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Tue 6/4/2019 7:00 pm   L 8-4 Campbelltown   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Sat 6/8/2019 6:00 pm   W 5-0 Fredericksburg   Conrad Weiser   Womelsdorf  
  Wed 6/12/2019 7:00 pm   L 5-6 Fredericksburg   Ephrata   War Memorial Field  
  Fri 6/14/2019 7:00 pm   L 8-4 Myerstown   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Sun 6/16/2019 7:00 pm   L 2-0 Conrad Weiser   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Wed 6/19/2019 7:00 pm   PPD N/R Ephrata   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Mon 6/24/2019 6:00 pm   L 0-2 Fredericksburg   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Tue 6/25/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Fredericksburg   Annville   Annville High School  
  Wed 6/26/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   5th Ward   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Thu 6/27/2019 5:30 pm   TBP   Fredericksburg   Richland   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Thu 6/27/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   Richland   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Fri 6/28/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   Annville   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Sun 6/30/2019 5:00 pm   TBP   Fredericksburg   Myerstown   Myerstown  
  Mon 7/1/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   Campbelltown   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Tue 7/2/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   5th Ward   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Fri 7/5/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Fredericksburg   Annville   Annville High School  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lebanon County American Legion Baseball League

 West Division Standings

Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Campbelltown 8 1 0 .889 61 17
Annville 3 6 0 .333 5.0 16 40
Fredericksburg 2 5 0 .286 5.0 27 30
5th Ward 3 8 0 .273 6.0 23 52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 East Division Standings

Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Ephrata 9 1 0 .900 83 25
Myerstown 7 4 0 .636 2.5 45 42
Richland 2 5 0 .286 5.5 26 56
Conrad Weiser 2 6 0 .250 6.0 13 32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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