Squires punch a state ticket, invade the title game of District 3 | Sports
Hunter Zerby of Upper Dauphin was embarrassed by Fairfield’s powerful attack with a full game at 65 venues to end the Knights season in the district’s quarter-finals last Friday. The short and stocky right-hander will not repeat himself against the Catholic Delaunay.
The Squires overtook him in five runs in the first two innings, knocking him out of the game when they passed the visiting Trojans 10-0 in five innings in the Class 2A baseball semifinals on Monday night at McSheristown.
Delaunay (16-5) for the first time since 2013 enters the district game for the championship title, it was the last time the Squires captured the district crown, and they also for the first time after the same campaign broke a ticket to the PIAA tournament.
The first seeded Camp Hill (17-5) awaits the Squires, seeded No. 2, in the title, which is scheduled for Thursday at the venue and time to be announced. The Lions earned their place by taking off 2-1 in the second half of Cutztown on Monday.
“It’s nice to succeed this year,” said Jake Sherdel, Squire’s senior. “We hit well, put the ball well and play our best ball of the season.”
Delone captain Jim Smith added: “For the boys and for the school, the opportunity to play for the district title means a lot.”
Sherdel, ace of Delaunay, threw four strokes with five strokes and one move. It took him 75 fields to get there, 50 of which were strikes. He will have the right to speak on Thursday if summoned.
“Jake is one of our captains and one of the leaders of our team,” Smith said. “He’s also not just our ace. He’s also a great third baseman and left field defender, whatever we ask him to do. We can give it away on Thursday if we need it. But we’ll see how it feels before we commit to doing it. ”
Sherdel said of his availability on Thursday: “If the coach needs me to deliver, I’ll go. Our main goal now is to win the game on Thursday. “
Monday’s contest went to the bottom of the second, tied at zeros. Delaunay then sent 10 batters to a plate in the frame and interrupted the game.
Brady Detinburn came home in the first run of the game when he doubled up only in the third base bag to chase home runner Aidan Groves.
A throwing error led Ryan Moore home, then Miles Shearer distinguished himself at Deatinburn.
With runners on second and third and one out, Delaunay backstop Brody Collins watered the ball into the gap in the left center. Central Field Trojan Brady Morgan ran away forever and made a nice catch to rid Collins at least twice. But while Morgan rose to his feet, both Shearer and Aidan Whitmer scored and increased the lead to 5-0.
“This season we struggled with slow serving, so we had to adjust our approach to the plate,” Sherdel said. “We did it in the second inning.”
Smith added: “We told the guys to be patient and try to drive the ball the other way.”
Upper Dauphin (9-13) trailed by five when loading base one down in the fourth, but Chase Crosby was cut off trying to score from third on the wild, then Sherdel tricked Mike Nestor to end the threat.
“I had high fastball early on,” Sherdel said. “Then my bend and split finger later.”
Delaunay added a series in the fourth when Trent Giraffe on the flop released on the flop one just inside the right line of the field and killed Whitmer, who started inning with a single player before stealing the second.
The Squires were able to enforce the rule of mercy in the fifth of four places since Detinburn and Tyler Hilson released the RBI singles, then Collins tore up the single with two series to put an end to it.
Delaunay’s offense scored 12 strokes, two strikes from Whitmer, Hilson, Giraffe and Detinburn.
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Upper Dauphin 000 00 – 0 4 2
Catholic Delone 050 14 – 10 12 1
Hunter Zerby, John Patterson (3) and Brock Troutman; Jake Sherdel and Brody Collins. SO-BB: Cerby 2-2, Patterson 1-2; Sherdel 5-1. W – Sherdel. L – Cerby. 2B: DC – Brady Detinburn.