Friday, May 25, 2012


Orwigsburg Memorial Field
Tuesday, May 22  2012


As this reporter came to the ball park early today and watched our club warm up and go through their batting practice, I was a little worried! They looked relaxed, confident, and enthusiastic.  Being nothing more than a bleacher coach and a worry wart as I analyze their games through this sports column, I was a little nervous thinking about some of the big hitters on the Sylray club and what they could do if they got hold of the ball.

   After the club came up on the ball field, I started to relax. Manager Grace had our starting pitcher Drew Grace warm up in the pen with our catcher, M.J. Drew looked nice and steady on his pitches. I began to feel  more confident. I watched the infield throw the ball around under the steady eye of coaches Josh Biever, Todd Schappel and  Mr. Lipko. The boys looked easy in their movement and steady in their throws. The outfield looked confident and ready for the game. The Sylray club was quiet and watched with a careful eye the warm-up of our club hoping to beat our boys on the diamond.

   When the ump, John Boyer, called the clubs into their dugouts and the announcer called the starting line ups, I began to relax. After the playing of the National anthem, Manager Grace called the team together at the opening of the dugout and said, ”Listen, guys, the grass is thick out there so you have got to come in on the ball…Let`s start from the first pitch and jump on them quick.”

    Jakob Biever the Rohrers big and youthful pitcher and infielder was the loading slugger with two home runs to his credit in the game. Drew Grace pitched another fine game for 4 innings throwing a variety of stuff at the hard hitting Slyray club which they could not hit. He worked a change of pace with telling effect. After the third inning, Brent Kaunas took over and continued the change of pace with fastball and changeup. The Sylray team still could not hit  and were held to one run.

   In the first, Brent Kaunas hit a liner to center field that I thought it was gone but it  smacked the board with a loud thud for a double .  Drew drove one down the third base line for a double driving in Brent for the first score 1-0. Drew on the mound dropped the Slyray batters one after the other and the third one hit a high fly to right field. Blake Lipko ,who came underneath the high flyer , caught it for the out.

Top of the second, the Sylray’s pitcher knocked us down 1,2,3.  Sylray at the bat had a double to deep center field, the longest shot the Sylrays would have in the game. Their player later stole home for a tying run score: 1-1.

   In the third, Blake got the call from manager Grace to bunt. It was a fine bunt but got caught at first by the quickness of the Sylray infield.  M.J. ground out to the pitcher. Brent cracked a short hopper for a single. Drew gets walked but gets caught trying to steal second .While Sylray was concentrating on chasing Drew back and forth, Brent with lightning speed, ran home score: 2-1. In the bottom of the inning Drew fanned the three batters in order.

   Top of the fourth, up first is Jakob. And with a loud crack the ball goes sailing out over the center left field fence and into the other ball field for his seventh home run of the year! Kudos to Jakob! Nate grounds out on a short hopper to second. Dylan grounds out to the pitcher. Chase gets a single and is safe on a collision with the first baseman. Easton strikes out. To end the inning, Manager Grace changes pitchers and brings in the right hander Brent Kaunas. Brent strikes out the first batter. Second batter gets a single. Third batter drives a hard hit to short which is snagged by Drew for the out. Brent fans the fourth batter to end the inning.

   Top of the fifth and T. J. Schappell gets walked on balls. M.J. bangs out a single. Brent grounds out to short for the out. Drew hits one and M.J. gets caught stealing home for the out. Brent on the mound drops the Sylray batters in fast order one, two, three to end the inning.

   Top of the sixth, Drew gets called out at first. Jakob Biever , our big slugger, drills another homerun to make it his eighth one this season.  Again, kudos to Jakob! Nate Dixon blasts a line drive down between the third baseman and short stop for a single. Dylan grounds out to first and Chase strikes out. Brent back on the mound strikes out the first and second batters and the third man pops a high flyer out to right where Blake Lipko is waiting for the final out.
Rohrers 4 Sylray 1 in a fine exhibition of base ball.





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