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 BY JEFF FALK

 EPHRATA – This notion of revenge is probably a little overstated. What’s more logical is the idea of the law of averages – especially in baseball.

  On a sweltering Saturday night at Ephrata’s War Memorial Field, during the second day of the eight-team, double-elimination Region Four baseball tournament, Lebanon County champion Campbelltown endured its most lopsided loss of the season, a 16-3, five-inning, mercy-rule drubbing at the hands of host Post 429. In opening a 16-0 cushion, Ephrata scored in each of its four at-bats, including an eight-run rally in the bottom of the first inning that set the stage for the rout.

 Ephrata, now 21-4, certainly had cause for revenge, given its 7-6 loss to Campbelltown in the Lebanon County American Legion championship game five days earlier. During the regular season, the two clubs had split a pair of meetings, each winning on the other team’s home diamond.

 But with the outcome, Campbelltown, now 19-3 overall and 1-1 in the tournament, fell into the loser’s bracket. C-town will try to keep its summer alive on Sunday at 4 p.m. when it takes on Franklin County champion Waynesboro, back at ‘The War’.

 Right-hander Cameron Dubbs is expected to toe the rubber, when Campbelltown ‘goes blue’.

 “No, I don’t see it that way,” said Campbelltown head coach Tim Morgan of the ‘payback’ explanation. “My starter (Austin Baal) just had a hard time of it. Austin is either on or he’s off. It’s just what you get. You never know.

 “I told our guys, we’re flushing this one down the toilet,” continued Morgan. “We’re going to show up tomorrow, or we’re done. Things like that never happened to me. It’s just the way it goes.”

 Down 16 and staring down the mercy rule, Campbelltown posted three runs in the top of the fifth inning. 

 Thomas Zeigler blasted a two-out, two-run double, one that followed Jake Kern’s bases-loaded walk. The frame had begun with a walk to Kasey Shughart and singles from Frank Erichetti and Braeden Drescher.

 “I asked (Ephrata head coach Sipe) Derek, ‘Do you have a surrender flag for me?,’ ” said Morgan. “It was good to lose like that, instead of having a close one come down to the last inning.

 Ephrata grabbed control of the outcome by the throat in the home half of the first. Post 429 sent 12 hitters to the plate, as its first five hitters reached base and all five scored.

 Six different Ephrata hitters drove in runs, while C-town did its part with a couple of errors and a walk.

  “Ephrata’s a quality team,” said Morgan. “They’re all good teams here. You’ve got to show up.

 “We were thinking about our pitching situation when it was 10-0 in the second inning,” Morgan continued. “We were thinking, ‘We’ve got to go with something different here.'”

 Ephrata padded its lead to double digits, courtesy of Aiden Bracken’s two-out, two-run single in the second. It became 12-0 in the third, as Justin Byler and Ricky Bromirski knocked in Ephrata runs.

 “Oh yeah, no question,” said Morgan, when asked if his club had what it took to still win the tournament, from the loser’s bracket. “If we get our players back, but we’re losing two more tomorrow. It would be hard to do, but we could do it with our pitching and defense. We’ve got to throw strikes. You can’t work your magic when you’re down that many runs.”

 The Chryslers’ lead ballooned to 16-0 with four more in the fourth. Byler rapped a three-run triple – his third of the game – and Bromirski contributed a sacrifice fly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 2019 Campbelltown Results

 

  Day Date Time Status Score Visitors Home Venue  
  Fri 5/31/2019 6:00 pm W 0-8 Annville   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  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 W 0-10 Conrad Weiser   Campbelltown   In The Net  
  Wed 6/26/2019 6:00 pm W 5-2 Campbelltown   Annville   Annville High School  
  Thu 6/27/2019 6:00 pm W 2-6 5th Ward   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Fri 6/28/2019 8:00 pm W 7-0 Campbelltown   Conrad Weiser   Womelsdorf  
  Mon 7/1/2019 7:00 pm L 5-6 Campbelltown   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Tue 7/2/2019 6:00 pm W 3-4 Annville   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Wed 7/10/2019 5:30 pm W 13-1 Campbelltown   5th Ward   In The Net  
  Wed 7/10/2019 6:00 pm W 0-5 5th Ward   Campbelltown   In The Net  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lebanon County American Legion Baseball

 Final Standings

 West Division

Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Campbelltown 15 2 0 .882 116 31
Annville 7 10 0 .412 8.0 44 70
Fredericksburg 6 11 0 .353 9.0 74 97
5th Ward 5 12 0 .294 10.0 44 87

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East Division

Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Ephrata 14 3 0 .824 150 40
Myerstown 11 6 0 .647 3.0 73 70
Richland 7 10 0 .412 7.0 84 111
Conrad Weiser 3 14 0 .177 11.0 29 108

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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