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Fleetwood loses to East Pennsboro in District 3 Class 4A baseball quarterfinal

Fleetwood could not get enough offense going as it lost to East Pennsboro 3-1 in a District 3 Class 4A quarterfinal game Monday at Fleetwood.

The fourth-seeded Tigers (13-9) managed just four hits, while the fifth-seeded Panthers (13-7) took control with a huge fourth inning.

“They were just a little bit better than us today,” Fleetwood coach Rolland Green said. “Couple plays we didn’t execute. They scored three runs on one hit that one inning and that was the game right there.”

Fleetwood took a 1-0 lead in the second. With one out, Aiden Soumas hit a grounder to short and ended up at second on an errant throw. Travis Loy followed with an RBI double down the third base line.

However, Loy would be stranded as Ryan Stover got a fly out and a strikeout to end the inning.

Stover, who struck out seven and walked one, again got out of a bit of a jam in the third. Dalton Young led off with a ground-rule double to left, and advanced to third with one out. Stover then got a strikeout and a pop to short.

The Panthers took the lead in the fourth.

Fleetwood starter Jake Karnish walked the first batter, then gave up a single to put runners on the corners.

Green opted to replace Karnish with left-hander Moser, who has entered games in similar situations and gotten out of the jam.

This time Moser was not so fortunate.

He walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. The next batter hit a ground ball to second base, with the Tigers getting the force out at home.

Ryan Seibert then hit a sacrifice fly to deep center to tie it at 1-1.

With runners at the corners and two outs, Steel Bayer attempted to steal second base, but got caught in a rundown, but the Tigers were unable to execute and Isaac Gilbert scored the go-ahead run.

Moser then allowed an RBI single to Dakota Campbell. The Panthers also finished with just four hits.

“Execute defensively, execute defensively, and a little bit better baserunning,” Green said on what his team could have done better.

In the bottom of the inning, the Tigers were retired in order.

Fleetwood put runners on in the fifth and sixth innings, but all three were stranded.

With one last hope in the seventh, Fleetwood went down in order to end its season.

“Ended a bit shorter than what we had our mind set on,” Green said. “It was a chippy game and they came out on top. Hats off to them.”

Karnish and Nick Noll had the other hits for the Tigers. Noll also drew a walk.

“It’s a great group of kids and I’m going to miss them deeply,” Green said of the Tigers. “I wish them a lot of luck. They’re good kids and they’ll be all right.”

Source: Berkshire mont

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