Edmeston knocks Devils out of sectionals

Staff report
A deep Edmeston batting line-up proved daunting for Margaretville as the Panthers scattered 11 hits in eliminating the Blue Devils, 6-1, last week Tuesday in Section IV quarterfinal play.

Margaretville pitching ace Kyle Short had little trouble with the first four batters in the Edmeston lineup. The Blue Devils’ junior right-hander was nearly perfect, retiring 10 of the 12 Panthers he faced batting in those spots. Oddly, Edmeston’s run production was almost all generated by hitters at the opposite end of the lineup.

Clayton Lyon, the number five Panther in the order and Nathan Truay who batted behind him, were the Edmeston culprits responsible for most of the offensive damage. Both went three-for-three with Lyon scoring three times and Truay knocking him home twice.

The Panthers scored single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings carrying a 3-0 advantage into the final three innings. A pair of Panther runs in the fifth made the chances of a Margaretville comeback a long shot at best.

Mike Clark was impressive on the hill for Edmeston, throwing a complete game while allowing a single unearned run in the sixth. Danny Conroy’s infield single and a pair of Mitch Hull outfield base hits was the only offense the Blue Devils could muster. Clark struck out 10 and walked only one batter.

Margaretville finished the season at 8-8.