MT. CARMEL — Mt. Carmel coach Dave Stoneberger was glad to see his 12-year-old all-star baseball team showed no ill effects after an emotional loss to Olney Wednesday in the District 1 tournament.
“It was a tough loss last night, but they blew it off,” Stoneberger said. “We were in the cages earlier in the day and they were loose and ready to go.”
The more-relaxed Aces 12s bounced back from the 8-7 loss, in which Olney scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth, by eliminating Lawrence Co., 13-0, in a shortened four-inning game Thursday night.
The district tourney field, which was at four before Salem dropped out two days before play began, is now down to two. Mt. Carmel gets a rematch with Olney at 7 p.m., and must win to force a winner-take-all game Saturday at 7 p.m., with a birth in next week’s Section 1 tourney on the line.
Not only was the offense clicking against Lawrenceville, but the pitching was sharp as well. Four Mt. Carmel hurlers combined to throw a no-hitter.
Adam Stoneberger pitched the first two innings, striking out four, before giving way to Cade Newkirk, Connor Lane and Luke Hall to keep the gem alive.
“(Adam) was able to go two innings and pitch 20 pitches to set the tone,” said coach Stoneberger of his starter son. “That was a big lift.”
By managing pitch counts, Stoneberger said Mt. Carmel is in good pitching shape as the championship round begins.
“We’ve still got a lot of kids who can throw, so we’re comfortable where we’re at,” he said.
The Aces 12s banged out 11 hits, including a grand slam for the second straight night.
Cade Newkirk’s slam was the key blow of a 7-run second inning, which extended the lead to 8-0.
Chevvy Wood also sent one over the wall in the third, a 2-run shot as Mt. Carmel extended the lead to 12-0.
“The guys started staying back on the ball and got some good rips tonight,” Stoneberger said.
• In Bridgeport, Mt. Carmel opens play in the 11-year-old district tournament tonight against Olney at 6 p.m.