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Montoursville-Loyalsock 6th inning update

May 15, 2010 - Chris Masse

8:24 p.m.: Potential disastrous news for Loyalsock. Noyalis, who is pitching a fantastic game, appears to hurt himself. There already was activity in the Loyalsock bullpen and when Noyalis throws a pitch way outside, coaches come out to look at Noyalis...but he does stay in the game. Looks like a possible hamstring injury as he was stretching that out.

8:26: Now, Stephen Stopper is hurt after taking a ball in the groin behind the plate. After two minutes, though, he is back on his feet...but here's thinking coach Jeremy Eck is feeling like he's aged 30 years with the injury scares today.

8:30: Noyalis walks his second straight since suffering the apparent injury and Montoursville has two runners on with two outs.

8:32: Schmack is hit by a pitch and the player who has reached base six times today, Aaron Russell, is coming up with the bases loaded. Eck lifts Noyalis, replacing him with Brad Bailey, a young pitcher with limited varsity experience. Talk about being thrown into the fire. It's a tough spot for Bailey to come into but he has delivered when called upon previously this season. As a side note, this is the best Backyard Brawl championship I have covered. Outstanding back and forth action between two strong programs.

8:36: Bailey's first pitch bounces away from Stopper and DJ Yeagle scores the tying run, knotting the game at 4-4 while the other runners move into scoring position. Russell is intentionally walked but Clark is 2 for 3 with a triple and a RBI.

8:37: Bailey escapes trouble and gets an inning-ending flyout to right field. Nice piece of pitching by Bailey in a tense situation, but Montoursville ties the game for a third time after trailing. Great game. Montoursville 4, Loyalsock 4.

8:45: Bailey hits a pinch-hit single and James Krizan runs for him. Krizan tries to steal second but Tyler Albert apparently throws him out as the base umpire punches him out. But as Montoursville runs off the field, he changes his call and says the ball came out on the tag. Krizan stays at second with Tyler Pinkerton batting.

8:47: No controversy this time. On a throw into center field on a pickoff attempt, Greer again shows his defensive prowess, throwing out Krizan at third with a perfect throw. Couldn't ask for a much better game. At this point, momentum is on Montoursville's side. If Bailey can keep it a tie game in the seventh that should give that young pitcher a huge boost as the season continues.

Montoursville 101 101--4 5 1

Loyalsock      201 010--4 7 0


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