Last updated: June 27. 2014 12:35AM - 2195 Views
By Tom Fox For The Times Leader

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PLAINS TWP. – Here’s a little tidbit for any manager that draws Plains Township in the District 16 championship bracket next week. Don’t switch pitchers against Carl Yastremski.

The hard-hitting third baseman isn’t very welcoming to any newcomer that jogs to the mound.

Twice, Hanover manager Chris George switched hurlers. Twice, someone had to retrieve the ball in the center-field parking lot.

Yastremski smacked a grand slam in the third inning, and added a three-run shot for good measure in the fourth as Plains Township racked up 17 hits in a 16-0, four-inning victory over Hanover in District 16 Major pool play.

The win assures Plains a spot in the next week’s championship finals as the team improves to 3-0 in pool play with one game remaining. Hanover drops to 1-2.

“If we come out hitting, and swing the bat the way we are capable of, we can score some runs,” Plains Township manager Kyle Costello said. “We just want the kids to let their ability take over.”

Yastremski put the icing on the cake.

With Plains already up 7-0 in the third inning, the infielder framed up a perfect waist-high fastball from Hanover relief pitcher Evan Materna, lofting it just beyond the center-field wall.

“I just wanted to hit the ball hard somewhere,” Yastremski said. “I didn’t feel like the grand slam was going to be a home run. I didn’t think that I got all of it.”

The same can’t be said for his three-run jack – which easily cleared the center-field fence.

“He is on fire, and he’s been on fire all year,” Costello said. “They have been walking our No. 1 hitter, and if they walk him, they have to face Carl and Tanner (Smith). It’s a tough two guys to go through.”

No doubt, Plains Township is flat out stroking the ball.

Two days removed from putting 17 runs on the scoreboard against Jenkins Township, Kyle Costello’s group passed the hot bat down the lineup again.

It just wasn’t one player.

The top three hitters in the lineup combined for seven hits.

Jamie Pahler, in the middle of the order, was 4 for 4 with one RBI, while Garret Wardle – out of the No. 8 spot – was 3 for 3 with three runs scored.

“We work on hitting a lot,” Pahler said. “We have a coach that throws pretty hard, and we just try to hit it. I think their pitcher was trying to throw his curve, but we had a nice read on it.”

It’s hard to beat a team with you see hitting in all parts of the order.

“The thing with our team is that we can hit anywhere, No. 1 through No. 9. Even the guys off the bench can hit the ball,” Costello said. “We are capable of hitting the ball out at any time, and that’s what turns the lineup over. Then, the top three get the ball rolling.”

Pahler’s run-scoring single to right in the first gave Plains a 1-0 lead after one frame.

While Hanover escaped further damage, it couldn’t do the same in the second.

The first three batters – Ethan Cegelka, Wardle and Darren Clark – each reached base, and Tanner Smith dropped his third hit into the outfield as a three-spot in the inning gave Plains a 4-0 lead after two.

“We just ran into a very good team tonight,” George said.

Clark picked up the victory for Plains, allowing just one hit in 2 2-3 innings of work.

His lone rough spot was the second. Justin Stefanowicz smoked a double just past the outstretched arms of the shortstop, and Hunter Thompson followed with a full-count walk.

Clark never got rattled. He forced a fielder’s choice to Yastremski for the first out, sat down the next batter and coaxed a slow roller back to second baseman Smith to end the frame.

“For the kids, it’s a great opportunity to have a chance to win a district championship,” Costello said. “These kids have an opportunity to do something a lot of kids haven’t had a chance to do. It’s a lot of fun. I’m just happy to be part of this.”

Plains Twp.`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Kyle Costello ss-p`3`3`2`2`1`0`0

Carl Yastremski 3b`4`2`2`7`0`0`2

Tanner Smith 2b-ss`4`1`3`1`1`0`0

Jaden Davis lf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Chad Regan lf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jamie Pahler 1b`4`1`4`1`0`0`0

Josh Rhodes c`4`0`2`0`0`0`0

Ethan Cegelka rf`0`1`0`0`0`0`0

Jacob Gibbon rf`1`1`0`1`0`0`0

Pat Delbalso cr-rf`0`2`0`0`0`0`0

Garret Wardle cf`3`3`3`1`2`0`0

Darren Clark p-2b`2`1`1`1`0`0`0

Krisjin Billwin ph`1`1`0`0`0`0`0



Evan Materna cf-p`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Todd Kolbicka 2b-cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jordan Stefanski cf-p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Connor Hummer 1b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Justin Stefanowicz c`2`0`1`0`1`0`0

Hunter Thompson ss`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Auggie George lf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Zach Halenda 3b`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Matt Beecham 3b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Joseph Rowley rf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Nick Pikul rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Max Mendrzycki p-2b 1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Plains Twp.`137 `5 –`16

Hanover`000 `0 –`0

Plains Twp.`IP `H`R`ER`BB`SO

Darren Clark (W)`2.2`1`0`0`2`3

Kyle Costello`1.1`0`0`0`0`4


Max Mendrzycki (L)`2.1`9`9`9`2`0

Evan Materna`0.2`5`6`5`1`1

Jordan Stefanski`1`3`1`1`0`0

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