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 BY JEFF FALK

 LEBANON – Yesterday was the longest day of the year.

  For Richland, it seemed even longer. But Fifth Ward enjoyed every minute of it.

 On a moderate Friday night at Fifth Ward Athletic Club, the home team was both aggressive and opportunistic during a 9-2 Lebanon County American Legion Baseball beat down of Richland. Fifth Ward jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, then rode the pitching of right-hander Raymond Colon-Rodriguez to the finish line.

 The result lifted Fifth Ward to 3-5 in the local summer circuit. Meanwhile, Richland slipped to 2-4.

 Back on June 14th, Richland had scored an 8-2 victory over Fifth Ward at Elco High School’s Lyle Krall Field.

 “I don’t go into any game thinking we can’t win,” said Lebanon head coach Greg Kreiser. “But you’ve got to get the games you really think you can win. The playoffs are always my goal. Right now, we’re sitting there with three wins. We’re all bunched there together.

 “We lost 2-1. We lost 3-0,” added Kreiser. “Campbelltown’s the only game where we really got blown out. Hopefully we can carry this over.”

   “I talked to our guys at the beginning of the season, and we’ve got to take care of our business,” said Richland head coach Travis Thome. “Lebanon, Myerstown, Annville, I’m not saying they’re bad teams, but they’re teams we think we should beat.

 “If you look at the history of our league, if we take care of those teams – and we’re in the same boat as well – you find yourself at the top of the league,” Thome added. “We have to take care of those teams to take care of ourselves.”

  The start of the contest played a pivotal role in its outcome.

  Fifth Ward registered four runs in the bottom of the first inning, on four hits, three stolen bases and RBIs from Luis Pinales and Antonio Collazo. But Lebanon also benefited from two Richland errors and a balk.

 Then in the third, Fifth Ward extended its advantage to six runs, thanks in part to Pinales’ single and two more Post 880 miscues.

  “That’s key,” said Kreiser. “It’s a huge confidence builder for us. When we jumped out like that we were like a different team. They (his players) relaxed. But I wanted to ten-run them, that’s what I wanted to do. We’ve been waiting for that all year.

 “We finally hit the ball,” continued Kreiser. “We’ve been in games, and our defense has let us down and our hitting has let us down. But tonight we hit the ball well and played good defense.”

  “It was 4-0 after the first inning,” said Thome. “Coming off that first inning, we put our heads down a little. We have to have the confidence that we’re going to score four runs. We didn’t, but we’ve got to believe that we can.

 “We gave up some unearned runs,” Thome continued. “They hit, we didn’t. They made the plays, we didn’t. You’ve got to give the credit to them.”

 Colon-Rodriguez wasn’t overpowering. What he was was pitching to contact, moving the ball within the strike zone and not beating himself.

 During his route-going effort, Colon-Rodriguez didn’t strike out a batter and walked three. Richland touched him for the unearned run in the top of the fourth that made it 6-1, and for Jude Anthony’s sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth.

 ” ‘Worm’s’ been pitching good all year,” said Kreiser. “This was important because we have a lot of games in-a-row coming up. If our starters can go deep into games, it’s huge.

 “He doesn’t throw hard,” Kreiser continued. “But he moves the ball around and keeps hitters off balance.”

 “Their guy threw well,” said Thome of Colon-Rodriguez. “He didn’t walk many. He made us put the ball in play.

 “Lebanon’s aggressive,” continued Thome. “They stand in there. They swing the bats. They didn’t throw the ball around. They didn’t give us anything extra.”

 Fifth Ward padded its lead to 7-1 in the bottom of the fourth, after Jose Porte singled, stole second and came around on Raylin Pena’s safety. Lebanon tallied its final two runs in the sixth, on an RBI-double by Pena and an RBI-triple from Braden Collazo.

 In the final tally, Fifth Ward out hit Richland 9-5.

 “We’re always pretty patient,” said Kreiser of his team’s plate approach. “I like to be patient at the beginning of the game. If a pitcher throws strikes, we want to attack. If a pitcher is throwing balls, we want to be patient. Their first kid (Reilly Peiffer) didn’t throw hard, their second kid (Jude Anthony) cranked it up, but we still hit him.”

 “We threw the ball around a little bit,” said Thome. “Walks are going to kill you. We were missing spots and getting behind in counts. When you do that, it gives them an opportunity to hit the ball. It wasn’t our best pitching performance.

 “We play five or six games next week,” Thome. “I’ll be able to tell you where we’re at by Wednesday.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 2019 Fifth Ward Schedule

  Day Date Time   Status Score Visitors Home Venue  
  Tue 5/28/2019 6:00 pm   L 2-1 Annville   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Thu 5/30/2019 7:00 pm   L 9-4 Fredericksburg   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Sun 6/2/2019 6:00 pm   SPD 13-1 Campbelltown   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Tue 6/4/2019 6:00 pm   W 2-3 Myerstown   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Mon 6/10/2019 7:00 pm   L 0-4 5th Ward   Ephrata   War Memorial Field  
  Wed 6/12/2019 6:00 pm   W 3-1 5th Ward   Conrad Weiser   Womelsdorf  
  Fri 6/14/2019 6:00 pm   L 2-8 5th Ward   Richland   Lyle Krall Stadium @ Elco High School  
  Wed 6/19/2019 7:00 pm   L 3-0 Conrad Weiser   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Fri 6/21/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Richland   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Sat 6/22/2019 5:00 pm   PPD   Ephrata   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Sun 6/23/2019 5:00 pm   TBP   5th Ward   Myerstown   Myerstown  
  Mon 6/24/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   5th Ward   Annville   Annville High School  
  Wed 6/26/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   5th Ward   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Fri 6/28/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   5th Ward   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Mon 7/1/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   Annville   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Tue 7/2/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   5th Ward   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Fri 7/5/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   5th Ward   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2019 Richland Legion Schedule

  Day Date Time   Status Score Visitors Home Venue  
  Mon 6/3/2019 6:00 pm   L 10-3 Ephrata   Richland   Lyle Krall Stadium @ Elco High School  
  Fri 6/7/2019 6:00 pm   L 16-2 Campbelltown   Richland   Lyle Krall Stadium @ Elco High School  
  Wed 6/12/2019 6:00 pm   W 8-5 Richland   Annville   Annville High School  
  Fri 6/14/2019 6:00 pm   W 2-8 5th Ward   Richland   Lyle Krall Stadium @ Elco High School  
  Mon 6/17/2019 5:00 pm   PPD N/R Fredericksburg   Richland   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Mon 6/17/2019 7:00 pm   PPD N/R Richland   Fredericksburg   Earl Wenger Memorial Field  
  Tue 6/18/2019 6:00 pm   L 0-1 Richland   Campbelltown   Palmyra High School  
  Wed 6/19/2019 6:00 pm   PPD N/R Annville   Richland   Lyle Krall Stadium @ Elco High School  
  Fri 6/21/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Richland   5th Ward   5th Ward Athletic Club  
  Mon 6/24/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Richland   Myerstown   Myerstown  
  Tue 6/25/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   Richland   Ephrata   War Memorial Field  
  Wed 6/26/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Conrad Weiser   Richland   Lyle Krall Stadium @ Elco High School  
  Fri 6/28/2019 7:00 pm   TBP   Richland   Conrad Weiser   Womelsdorf  
  Mon 7/1/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Myerstown   Richland   Lyle Krall Stadium @ Elco High School  
  Mon 7/1/2019 6:00 pm   SPD 0-0 Myerstown   Richland   Lyle Krall Stadium @ Elco High School  
  Tue 7/2/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Richland   Conrad Weiser   Womelsdorf  
  Wed 7/3/2019 6:00 pm   TBP   Ephrata   Richland   Lyle Krall Stadium @ Elco High School  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lebanon County American Legion Baseball League

 East Division Standings

Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Ephrata 7 0 0 1.000 58 19
Myerstown 5 4 0 .556 3.0 26 38
Richland 2 3 0 .400 4.0 21 34
Conrad Weiser 2 6 0 .250 5.5 13 32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Division Standings

Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Campbelltown 6 0 0 1.000 53 7
Fredericksburg 2 4 0 .333 4.0 27 28
5th Ward 2 5 0 .286 4.5 13 29
Annville 2 6 0 .250 5.0 16 40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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