In the opening game of the U10 Chippewa Invitational baseball tournament the West Holmes All-Stars gave up a run, but no-hit the Chipps en route to a 5-1 win.
Pitchers Lyle Wagler, Nick Ginsburg and Chadwick Yoder mowed down 12 Chipps and only allowed one run on a wild pitch in the third inning. The three also combined for eight walks, but no base knocks.
Wagler struck out four over the first two innings, Ginsburg fanned three and Yoder sent back five-of-the-six hitters he faced back to the dugout.
“Our pitchers were outstanding,” said head coach Rickey Felton. “Other than the walks, you’re going to have that, Chippewa really never hit a ball hard or hit one out of the infield. We were a bit wild, but they (Chippewa) didn’t have a chance with how hard and fast our kids pitch.”
On the offensive side, the Knights thumped out two runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Wagler drove home Mason Taylor with a single and Blake Norman drove home Rudy Hershberger.
West Holmes tacked on a run in the third when Brayden Miller raced home on a wild pitch setting up a drama filled bottom of the third for the Knights now leading 3-1.
Ginsburg whiffed the first Chipp in the bottom of the third and then loaded the bases on walks. In the next at-bat West Holmes catcher Korben Felton threw a pea behind the runner at third where Mason Wolfe applied the tag erasing the runner in pick-off fashion.
Apparently the Chipp’ewa runner at second wasn’t watching the pick-off play close enough because on the next pitch Ginsburg bounced one into Felton who quickly recovered and threw the runner out trying to steal from second to third on the play. The heroics from Felton behind the plate erased the Chipps’ threat and kept the lead on the Knights’ side of the scoreboard.
“It was a big turning point in the game,” said Felton about the pick-off. “It’s a play we have been working on over the last week of practice. Korben (Felton) did it to perfection with the help of Mason (Wolfe). It really turned the tide of the game.”
The deflated Chipps allowed two more runs to the Knights in the sixth inning. Miller singled home a run and was drove home by Graham Martin to extend the lead and add a bit of insurance for Yoder, who didn’t need it.
Miller finished with a hit and two runs for the Knights. Yoder, Norman, Martin, Ginsburg and Hershberger all had hits for West Holmes as well. Taylor reached base twice on a hit-by-pitch and a walk and also scored a run as an effective lead-off hitter for the Knights.
West Holmes will play Saturday morning at 10am back at Doylestown Memorial Park and then will be seeded for Sunday’s single elimination tournament.
The U10 All-Stars are sponsored by Hipp Farms and Roger Patterson.