POTOMAC PARK — Eli Wallace pitched a no-hitter to lead the Cresaptown Eagles to the Hot Stove League semifinals with a 15-0 five-inning win and two-game series sweep over Bedford R.C.’s Print Shop Wednesday at Holler Field.
Wallace struck out six batters and walked one in five innings of work as the Eagles used a four-run first, a seven-run fifth and a pair of two-run innings to advance. Shortstop Darian Bauer and third baseman Alex Kennell made the plays in the field to help preserve Wallace’s gem.
Kennell doubled and singled twice to knock in two runs for the Eagles, while Wesley Athey and Eli Wallace both had two singles. Bauer and Jacob McClay both hit RBI doubles.
The Eagles will play Frostburg Legion in Game 1 of the semifinals Monday, 5:30 p.m., at the Hot Stove Complex. Both teams enter the series with 16-2 records.
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POTOMAC PARK — Frostburg Legion scored three runs in the third inning to take the lead for good in defeating the Keyser Moose Wednesday at Hamilton Field and advance to the semifinals of the Hot Stove League playoffs.
Christian Beeman singled twice to knock in two runs for Frostburg and Landon McAlpine singled in two runs. David Miller singled twice.
Evan Cook pitched a complete game, allowing four runs and seven hits, striking out four and walking two. He got the final out of the game on a liner to short with the tying run on on third base.
Gavin Root hit a triple and two singles to knock in two runs for Keyser, while Corey Kasen had two singles and an RBI and Andrew Rotruck an RBI single.
Frostburg took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but Keyser countered with three in the bottom half. The Legion scored three in the third and held the two-run lead before Keyser’s Sam Bradfield reached on a two-out error in the bottom of the seventh and scored on Root’s triple to left-center to make it a one-run game.
Frostburg Legion (16-2) will face the Cresaptown Eagles in the best-of-three semifinals with the first game being played Monday 5:30 p.m., at the Hot Stove Complex. Keyser Moose finishes the year at 9-9.
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POTOMAC PARK — Rush Services advanced to the Hot Stove semifinals on Wednesday night, sweeping the series in two games with a win over Cumberland Rotary at Memorial Field.
Rush was led by by Jamison Warnick, Chase Taylor and Mason Brenneman with two singles apiece. Brenneman knocked in three runs, Chance Ritchie knocked in two runs with a single and Taylor knocked in a run.
Jamison Warnick pitched all five innings and allowed two hits, striking out seven and walking only one.
Logan Mallery had both Rotary hits.
Rush took the opening game on Tuesday, 10-0, in six innings after it was postponed by rain on Monday. Ritchie doubled and singled twice and knocked in two runs, while Brenneman doubled twice and knocked in three runs. Brenneman went the distance for the win, giving up one hit and two walks and striking out 10. Mallery had the lone Rotary hit in the third inning.
Rush Services (14-3) will open the semifinals against Grantsville SAL Monday at Memorial Field, beginning at 5:30 p.m.