Maplewood lead holds up vs. Eagles

A pair of early runs was enough for Maplewood to leave Youngsville with a 2-1 non-region win Tuesday at Davis Street Field.

The Eagles threatened with runners on second and third and no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but a flyout to right field led to the tying run being thrown out at home for the double play. A diving stop by the Tigers’ first baseman ended the game one batter later.

“We had the hits, we just couldn’t get them at the right time,” said Youngsville coach Wayne Marino, whose team falls to 2-2 with the loss. “There were some baserunning mistakes late in the game, and we couldn’t come up with the big hit when we needed it.”

Thomas Henry took the loss on the mound after allowing two runs in three innings of work. Bryce Sherrard took over in the fourth, keeping the Eagles within one the rest of the way.

Offensively, Sherrard, Jake Marino, Aaron Hoover, Tyler Lehman, James Frazier, and Chris Johnson recorded singles, and Tanner Humphrey doubled.

Marino came around to score the Eagles’ only run on a fielder’s choice by Aaron Hoover in the bottom of the third inning.

Youngsville hosts Eisenhower in a Region 4 game on Wednesday, and though it’s still early in the season, the first meeting between the Knights and Eagles could make an impact on the District 10 Class A playoff picture. Youngsville is 2-1 in the region, Eisenhower is 1-2, and Iroquois is 0-3 with only one Class A team out of Region 4 receiving an automatic bid to the district tournament.

First pitch in the varsity only contest is scheduled for 4 p.m.

MAPLEWOOD (2): Nuhfer, p-2b, 3-1-1-0, Marvin, 2b-3b, 3-0-0-0, Eimer, rf, 3-0-1-1, Greathouse, 3b-rf, 2-1-0-0, Douglas, 1b, 2-0-2-0, Fosburg, ss, 2-0-0-1, Mattocks, c, 3-0-0-0, Coyle, lf, 3-0-0-0, Weldon, cf, 3-0-0-0. Team 24-2-4-2.

YOUNGSVILLE (1): Marino, c, 2-1-1-0, Henry, p-rf, 3-0-0-0, Hoover, 2b, 4-0-1-0, Lehman, 1b, 2-0-1-0, Frazier, lf, 2-0-1-0, Humphrey, ss, 3-0-1-0, Sherrard, rf-p, 2-0-1-0, A. Johnson, cf, 3-0-0-0, C. Johnson, dh, 3-0-1-0, Hendrickson, 3b, 0-0-0-0. Team 24-1-7-1.

Maplewood 011 000 0 – 2 4

Youngsville 001 000 0 – 1 7

2B-Douglas (M), Humphrey (Y). WP-Nuhfer. LP-Henry.