Youngsville rebounds from first loss of season

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — David Manning was 5 for 5 with five RBIs, and Nathan Lucks struck out nine and allowed just one hit in five innings as the Youngsville Eagles defeated Cambridge Springs 10-4 in Region 3 baseball Wednesday.

The win improves Youngsville to 7-1 on the season and begins to erase the bad taste left in its mouth after the season’s first loss Monday against Saegertown.

Manning was all over the box score Wednesday and even when he wasn’t driving the runs in, he was setting the table for additional offensive damage.

“David had a big day at the plate driving in five runs from the cleanup spot,” said Youngsville coach Eddie Dorunda. “Lucks pitched great and kept the momentum on our side the entire game.”

In the second, Manning doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice from Wyatt Dalrymple. Moments later, Manning was able to score on a double steal that gave Youngsville the lead for good.

After Talon Mesel started off the third with a double, James Johnson delivered an RBI single that made it 2-0. Moments later, Manning started driving in runs bringing home Johnson after an RBI single to push the lead to three.

Meanwhile, Lucks was cruising on the mound facing the minimum 12 batters through the opening four innings with seven strikeouts.

His offense continued adding to the lead making it 5-0 in the fifth. Again, Manning started the scoring with another RBI single. Rylan Benton entered the game to run for him and would also later score after back-to-back singles from Dalrymple and Cole Johnson and a sacrifice fly from Brayden Baker.

The Blue Devils finally recorded their first hit to start the fifth and scored their first run of the game on a passed ball later in the inning.

Youngsville got that run back and more in the sixth inning, pushing the advantage to 7-1. Mesel and Matt DeSimone were both hit by pitches and James Johnson’s bunt single loaded the bases for Manning who delivered a third run scoring single on the day. Teammate Cole Johnson added an RBI hit of his own before the inning was over.

Tiring of one-run singles, Manning cracked a two-run single to score DeSimone and James Johnson in the seventh and Dalrymple closed out Youngsville’s scoring with an RBI single that plated Lucks.

Cambridge Springs would plate three runs in the bottom of the seventh but the outcome was already decided.

“Talon is starting to be more aggressive and needs to continue that approach at the plate,” added Dorunda. “Wyatt is starting to break out of his slump and got down a beautiful bunt for us, Cole did his job and got a big run in for us with a sacrifice fly and James continues to sting the ball and hold down the middle infield for us.

“We still left 11 guys on base and struck out too many times,” Dorunda said. “But tonight was a huge improvement in the attitude and effort that we gave Monday.”

The Eagles return to Region 3 play once more Friday when they travel to Maplewood.


Matt DeSimone, cf, 3-1-0-0, James Johnson, ss-p, 4-4-3-1, Nathan Lucks, p-ss, 4-1-0-0, David Manning, 1b, 5-1-5-5, Rylan Benton, cr, 0-1-0-0, Wyatt Dalrymple, 2b, 4-0-3-1, Cole Johnson, c, 5-0-2-1, Brayden Baker, 3b, 3-0-0-1, Lane Buccardo, rf, 4-0-1-0, Chase Myers, cr, 0-0-0-0, Gavin Bundy, rf, 0-0-0-0, Talon Mesel, lf, 3-2-2-0, Totals 35-10-16-9


J. Gorton, 2b-lf, 3-0-0-0, P. Gorton, ss, 3-0-1-0, Ross, c-3b, 2-1-0-0, Riley, 3b-p, 3-1-2-1, Mazzadra, p-c, 2-2-0-0, Schmidt, cf, 3-0-1-0, Doubet, lf-p, 2-0-0-0, Simmerman, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Fitzpatrick, rf, 2-0-0-0, Totals 23-4-4-1

Youngsville 012 022 3 — 10 16 1

Cambridge Springs 000 010 3 — 4 4 1

2B–David Manning (Y), Talon Mesel (Y), Riley (CS). WP–Nathan Lucks. LP–Mazzadra.


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