As Yogi Berra once opined, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Nowhere was that more apparent than a beautiful Tuesday afternoon at Central Dauphin High School as the Rams baseball team pulled off a come from behind seventh inning victory over the visiting Huskies of Mifflin County.
After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first, the Rams wasted no time heating up the bats. After a Scotty McManamon double, centerfielder, Troy Schreffler (2-2, 2B, HR, 4 RBI,) launched his third round-tripper of the year with a towering ball to left.
Mifflin County would add four runs in the third inning off starter Jack Clemente.
The Rams stayed relaxed and answered in the bottom of the third inning to cut the deficit to 6-5. Left fielder Anthony Dorris led off with a walk and stole second. Mifflin County then committed an error, allowing Dorris to score as Dustin Sites, who walked, and Scotty McManamon advanced. Schrefflers sacrifice fly would plate Sites, and then Christopher Smith (2-3, RBI) smacked a laser that scored McManamon.
Mifflin County pushed a run across in the sixth inning to take a 7-6 lead.
After a few missed opportunities, the Rams came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning. McManamon led off with a walk, stole second and third to set up the tying run. After a Troy Schreffler walk and defensive indifference that allowed him to advance to second, Mifflin County played the odds and walked the hot hitting Smith to load the bases and set up a force play.
That was just what senior catcher Carson Beleski needed. After falling behind with a 1-2 count, Beleski got just enough of his bat on the pitch and the ball dribbled down the first base line as McManamon raced home. The throw to force McManamon out at home went wide of the catcher, allowing Schreffler to sprint home with the game winner!
Reilly Shafer, a freshman, entered the game in relief of Clemente and held the Huskies bats in check over the next four innings, striking out four and scattering four hits to earn his first varsity win.
The Rams are back in action on Thursday at home against Commonwealth rival Red Land at 4:15 p.m.