East Juniata storms to early lead; storm ends game early

MILLERSTOWN – The East Juniata baseball team appeared to be well on its way to ending its Tri-Valley League matchup against Greenwood early as it had a 9-1 lead with outs still left in the top of the second Wednesday.

That’s when the weather decided to take matters into its own hands.

Suspended early because of lightning, the game was halted with Greenwood’s Tony Reed on the mound with a 2-1 count, East Juniata’s Dillon Leonard at bat, a runner on third and two outs.

The time and date at which the incomplete game will be resumed has not yet been decided.

“We came out, we played hard. Their pitchers have been wild, we’ve been standing back, waiting for our pitches,” East Juniata coach Tim Brubaker said in a very succinct recap of the one and a half innings.

In the first inning, East Juniata collected two of its three hits with singles from Nick Stahr and Cole Snyder, but scored both of its first-inning runs on wild pitches from Greenwood starting pitcher Dustin Amrhein.

“We’ve just got to be able to throw strikes. We get it over the plate and let the guys hit the ball, we have the defense to make the plays,” Greenwood coach Mark Sherman said.

In the top of the second, a line drive single up the middle by Nick Lorenz brought in two runs and later in the inning Ryan Stuck picked up the other earned run with a 4-3 fielder’s choice that brought Lorenz home.

Lorenz’s was the only hit of the inning. For what remained of the inning, a slew of walks from Amrhein and Reed put the Tigers on base, then wild pitches and passed balls allowed the Tigers to score four unearned runs.

On the upside for the struggling Wildcats, they were able to match East Juniata’s three hits.

In the bottom of the first, Mitch Taylor lead off with a double to center, then scored off an RBI single to the same place from Noah Wright. Josh Shuman collected the Wildcats’ other hit with a single up the rightfield line. During the next at bat, Shuman was out at first with a pick off from East Juniata pitcher Bailey Coder.

Coder got his other outs when he forced Adam Harrison to fly out to second baseman Jeremy Pannebaker and when Greenwood’s Dakoda Weis hit a pop fly to Lorenz at shortstop.

East Juniata (3-1) is scheduled to play its next game at home Friday against Newport.

Greenwood (0-6) has its next game scheduled for Tuesday at Newport.