Eagles’ rally comes up just short vs. Maplewood

The Youngsville Eagles battled back from a 7-run deficit to nearly pull off a dramatic win over Maplewood. And although they ultimately fell by an 8-6 decision, coach Kevin Hoover was proud of how his team battled.

“The boys battled back and made it a close game,” he said. “The last inning we had the tying run at the plate and a runner on.”

Maplewood scored four times in the second and three more in the third to build an 8-1 lead on the strength of three RBI from JD McFadden and two from Cameron Bienio.

Alex Kemery and Jake DeSimone came in and settled things down on the mound and the Eagles got right back in the game with a 5-run sixth inning.

Back-to-back RBI singles from Isaac Smith and Brandon Victor with one out got Youngsville (2-2) to within 8-3. After a strikeout, Jason Beers delivered an RBI single of his own and the Eagles pulled off a double steal, with Victor racing home from third base to make it 8-6.

After a scoreless top of the seventh from DeSimone, Dominick Walton walked with one out to bring the tying run to the plate, but McFadden was able to get a pair of strikeouts to end it.

“The boys are doing really good and not giving up when they get down,” Hoover added. “They’re playing hard. A timely hit here or there and the game could have gone are way.”

Damon Reese and DeSimone each had three hits to pace Youngsville.

“Damon Reese has been hitting the ball well, and so has Jake,” noted Hoover.

The Eagles return to action today at Cambridge Springs.

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MAPLEWOOD (8)

Bineo cf 3-2-2-2, C. Hochstetler p 3-0-2-0, McFadden ss-p 3-0-2-3, Mattocks lf 4-0-0-0, Gerow rf 2-1-0-0, Carson 3b-p 3-1-2-0, Carson 3b-p 4-2-2-0, Niedbala dh 2-0-1-0, Marshall 1b-p 3-0-2-1, Woge c 2-0-1-0, Totals 29-8-14-7

YOUNGSVILLE (6)

Beers p-3b 4-0-2-2, Hoover ss 3-0-0-0, DeSimone 3b-p 4-0-3-0, Reese lf 4-2-3-0, Walton 2b 2-1-0-0, Kemery 1b-p 4-1-1-0, Smith c 4-1-2-2, Victor cf 3-1-1-1, Curry rf 2-0-0-0, Totals 30-6-12-5

Maplewood 140 300 0 – 8 14 0

Youngsville 010 005 0 – 6 12 1

2B – Carson (M); 3B – McFadden (M)

IP H R ER BB SO

Maplewood

C. Hochstetler (W) 4 5 1 1 0 6

Carson 2/3 4 3 3 1 1

Marshall 1 3 2 2 2 2

McFadden (Sv) 1 1/3 0 0 0 1 4

Youngsville

Beers (L) 4 11 8 8 1 3

Kemery 2/3 0 0 0 0 0

DeSimone 2 1/3 3 0 0 3 0

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