Berry, Indians silence Tigers’ offense
Pitcher gets 1st win of year, goes 3-for-4
MIFFLINTOWN — Despite a slow start, Nathan Berry kept the East Juniata bats in check as Juniata defeated its cross-county rival 14-5 in a Tri-Valley League baseball game Thursday.
“Tonight, thank goodness, Nathan Berry finally got a win in the win column,” Indians coach Nick Beward said. “He deserved two more wins earlier in the year but we didn’t get the hits or get him the wins but tonight, he got what he deserved.
“I want to give a shout out to them,” Beward continued. “The way they came off the bus and start hitting right away. They were aggressive and I told coach Martin that (East Juniata was) extremely aggressive from the get-go.”
In the top of the first inning the Tigers scored four runs in and added another run in the top of the second, a 5-2 lead for the visitors after Juniata scored two in the first. But Berry remained calm.
“He doesn’t really get fazed which is what I like about him and that’s why he is a captain he raises to the challenge and he did I’m proud of him,” Beward said.
From the third inning on, Berry looked unhittable against East Juniata as he only allowed two runners to reach base for the rest of the game. Berry went all seven innings with five strikeouts and only one walk. Berry also contributed to the offense as well going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
“It was pretty good — the kids came out hitting,” Tigers coach Justin Martin said. “I don’t know what happened after that — just kind of went to sleep.”
The Indians really let loose offensively going into the bottom of the third inning, scoring eight runs starting with a Mason Druckenmiller single up the middle to score Devon Nealman. Later on Jacob Condo singled to left to bring home Jace White before Berry helped his own cause driving in Druckenmiller. Logan Kehler singled in Condo. Kehler was brought in by Jamie Bailer while Nealman came back to the plate again and scored both Will Orwig and Bailer.
“That inning was a good onslaught,” Beward said. ” When they came in I told them I’m not quite sure what we’re waiting on her it’s go time right here.”
The Indians didn’t stop there as in the bottom of the fifth they added three more runs as Bailer got it started with a leadoff triple before Nealman brought him home with a single. Nealman then scored after a C.J. Bonson triple and Bonson scored on a single from Berry. Juniata tacked on one more run in the following inning. The Indians had 10 different batters with at least a hit or more in the game.
“We got everybody to do something so everybody contributed and I like everybody in,” Beward said.
Nathaniel Losch got the start for the Tigers but was pulled out early. Jadyn Martin finished the game off for East Juniata, striking out seven to tyry and give his team a chance.
“Losch did well the first couple innings and they just started hitting him for whatever reason,” Martin said. “He’s throwing strikes which is what we ask. I just think its their lineup is a pretty good hitting ream. they hit the ball well.
“Jadyn came in and he pitched pretty well,” Martin continued. “There were a couple mistakes on the field that kind of forced him to pitch more than he really needed to but he pitched really well.”
Juniata (4-6, 4-5) will host Susquenita while East Juniata (3-7, 3-6) hosts Millersburg, both on Tuesday.
Juniata 14, East Juniata 5
East Juniata 410 000 0 — 5-6-3
Juniata 208 031 x — 14-17-2
WP: Nathan Berry. LP: Nathaniel Losch. SO: Berry 5 (J); Losch, Jadyn Martin 7 (EJ). BB: Berry (J); Losch 2, Martin 2 (EJ). 3B: Jamie Bailer, C.J. Bonson (J). 2B: Daniel Kanagy (EJ). MH: Bailer 3-5, Devon Nealman 3-4, Bonson 2-5, Jacob Condo 2-4, Berry 3-4 (J). RBI: Bailer, Nealman 3, Bonson, Jace White, Mason Druckenmiller, Condo 2, Berry 2, Logan Kehler 2 (J); Logan Wagner 2, Cy Fronk (EJ).