Dominant first inning lifts Jersey Shore baseball over St. John Neumann | News, Sports, Jobs
There was no shortage of buildup between the Jersey Shore and St. John Neumann baseball teams meeting.
Bulldogs first-year coach Sadiq Burkholder and his dad, Cory, met one-on-one on Tuesday to brag.
“He’s been talking trash since October, when I got the program,” Sadiq said. “Before that, the last two weeks it got worse, but he’s been doing it for five or six months.”
Sadiq took that trash talk, but his hitters turned it on in response. Jersey Shore defeated the Golden Knights, 11-1 in five innings at Bowman Field.
The Bulldogs (4-14) exploded with eight hits and nine runs on 29 pitches and a pair of field errors in the top of the first inning.
“I knew he was going to have his team well prepared. These guys who play here, the seniors who never played here (before), they showed no nervousness. Cory said. “He did a good job preparing his guys. We talked a lot, it was a good rivalry. Very good historical game for District 4, I’m very proud of his efforts.
The opening frame was a wealth of riches for the entire Jersey Shore lineup. Kooper Peacock (two RBIs), Tyler Bauder (three RBIs), Eddy Danneker and Connor Davis all went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Bauder batted second in the lineup and hit a triple RBI for the first inning of the game, followed by a triple RBI from Brandon Laubach immediately after.
Laubach held the Golden Knights (8-8) to two hits and struck out 11 batters while the Bulldogs unloaded 11 hits.
“We kind of picked up our pace quite late. In the last two games we kicked the shit out of the ball and kind of carried the same energy from the last two games to today,” Sadiq said. “The energy was super high, they were super focused off the bus, so when you have that kind of energy off the bus, it makes things easier from the start.”
Top 1 | Gage Martzall brings another runner home on a sacrifice fly.
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In the top of the second inning, another pair of errors brought two more points for Jersey Shore. St. John Neuman committed six errors on the night.
Jerval Weeks-Shuler scored the Golden Knights’ lone run. After recording the first hit of the game for St. John Neuman late in second, he slammed his way to third base and took a bold run home on a pitch, narrowly beating the tag.
Bot 2 | Jerval Weeks-Shuler records the Golden Knights’ first hit of the game, moves up to third on two outs and sneaks home.
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The two fields battled it out from there, letting nothing pass even when the runners were in scoring position.
“When we started this game, I think our nerves took over and they took advantage of it,” Cory said. “After we settled in, we started playing our game, but it was too late.”
After relieving Kane Wright to start the second, Aiden Vogt limited Jersey Shore to just three hits and a walk with a pair of strikeouts the rest of the way. But with such a big cushion from the rip, the Bulldogs focused on getting on the court right away.
“I think we just calmed down a bit. The energy was really high so when the ball is hit the energy goes through the roof, can lose focus for a second,” Sadiq said. “I think the excitement of the game in the first set finally died down and we were able to focus on defense.”
Golden Knights players, coaching staff and fans wore pink shirts to raise awareness of breast cancer. Two St. John Neumann alumni, Kyle Ferguson and Brandon Loner, have mothers who survived breast cancer and attended Bowman Field.
“We try to honor them and maintain the tradition and give them praise and accolades,” Cory said. “They are both survivors and they were both here tonight to support our program.”
The match was also a senior day for both programs given the neutral site. Since the two programs are not participating in the Backyard Brawl and the seniors missed the post-season competition, hosting a match at Bowman’s field was a big factor in planning the match between the two. Burkholders.
“I think it’s huge. It sucks because our seniors couldn’t play in the playoffs, couldn’t play in districts or whatever, so at least getting a game here was pretty big. Sadiq said. “That’s part of the reason my dad wanted to have him here, to give his seniors a shot at Bowman.”
Cory added, “It’s a great atmosphere. We were able to honor our seniors, our booster club president Shelby Bright did a great job orchestrating it all, so I have to take my hat off to her. It was just a great time for baseball in District 4 and the Williamsport area.
Jersey Shore 920 00 — 11 11 2
Saint John Neumann 010 00 — 1 2 4
Brandon Laubach and Ian Carlin. Kane Wright, Aiden Vogt (2) and Jerval Weeks-Shuler. W: Laubach. L: Wright.
Jersey Shore’s top hitters: Kooper Peacock 2-3, 2 RBIs; Tyler Bauder 2-3, 3 RBIs; Eddy Danneker 2-3; Connor Davis 2-3.
Records: Jersey Shore 4-14; St. John Neumann 8-8.