Mounts rip Bears to stay perfect in section
A year ago, Elizabethtown denied Ephrata the Section Two title. Monday afternoon in E-town, the Mounts exacted some sweet revenge.
Offensively, the Mounts pounded out 15 hits off three Bear pitchers. Meanwhile, four Ephrata pitchers limited the Bears to just four hits.
It all added up to a surprisingly easy 14-0, five-inning win for the Mounts, keeping them perfect in league play with a 4-0 mark.
Jeremy Franck led the Mounts’ hit parade, going 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Paul Larusso, Brandon Miller, Andre Hoover and Ryan Schwark added two hits apiece to pace the Mounts offensively.
The 14 runs was more than Hoover would need as the senior lefty tossed three innings, striking out four before giving way to the pen.
Cocalico, meanwhile, finally got its first win of the season Monday afternoon at home vs. Conestoga Valley in an 8-3 verdict. The bat and arm of starting pitcher Adam Marshall led the way.
Marshall allowed just five hits while striking out six CV batters. Offensively, Marshall ripped a home run to pace the five-hit Eagle attack.
Cocalico improved to 1-6 overall (1-3 section play).
Last Thursday in Ephrata, Cocalico plated a run on the board in the top of the first to take a 1-0 advantage against the Mounts. It all went downhill from there for the Eagles, who saw Ephrata plate four runs in the bottom of the inning to take command en route to an 8-1 Mountaineer victory.
Brandon Miller went the distance on the mound for Ephrata, striking out eight while allowing just three hits to claim the win. Miller, Hoover and Evan Weaver led the Ephrata offense with two hits apiece as Eagle starter William Sinnott pitched four innings and was tagged with the loss.
Both local teams also were in action last Wednesday afternoon. At E-town, the host Bears scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to walk off with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Eagles.
Andrew Harven hit a home run to lead the Cocalico offense.
At Lebanon, Hoover and Tim Murray each collected three hits as Ephrata thumped the Cedars, 11-3. Franck, Colin Albright and Weaver each added two hits to chip in to the 12-hit Ephrata attack.
Seth Griffith picked up the win for Ephrata, striking out eight and walking just one in four innings of work.
And finally, this past Saturday the Mounts traveled north to face Emmaus in a non-league game in the Lehigh Valley. Unfortunately, Parke Martin collected the lone Ephrata hit as Emmaus won a 4-0 tilt.
Ephrata is back home Wednesday afternoon for a Section Two contest against Conestoga Valley (4:15 p.m.). Cocalico host Solanco at 4:15 p.m. in Denver. More BASEBALL, page B-3
Posted: April 11th, 2012 under Sports.