W hitehall’s baseball team had a Jekyll and Hyde performance over their last three games.
The team followed up a tidy, all around performance against Hadley-Luzerne and a strong performance against a good Hartford team with a sloppy loss to Salem on Monday.
On Friday, Whitehall defeated Hadley-Luzerne 12-2 in a complete performance that featured good hitting, strong defense and solid pitching.
The game was close for the first three innings as Whitehall held a 1-0 lead behind the strong pitching of AJ Ricketts.
In the fourth inning, the Railroaders bats came alive as they scored six runs to open a commanding 7-0 lead. They would add four more runs in the following inning before Hadley Luzerne finally got on the scoreboard. But by the point it was too late, as Whitehall held an 11-2 advantage and would go on to tack on another run in the seventh.
In the game, Whitehall only allowed three hits and played a flawless game in the field. Ricketts earned the victory and the bottom part of the order score five runs.
The following day, Whitehall traveled to play a very tough Hartford team.
The Railroaders were shut down through the first three innings, trailing 4-0, before getting on the board in the fourth to make it 4-1.
In the following inning they scored three runs to tie the game at 4-4 but Hartford surged back with another three runs to take a 7-4 lead.
Whitehall didn’t roll over through, showing resilience as they scored another three runs in the seventh to force a 7-7 tie.
Unfortunately, Hartford was able to scratch ahead the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to make the Railroaders a tough luck loser.
Codie Bascue was 2 for 4 with two RBI’s and two runs and Dillion Griffin had two doubles.
On Monday, Whitehall played arguably their worst game of the season in a 18-5 lose to Salem.
The team allowed 14 runs in the first three innings and trailed 14-0 before their play improved over the last several frames.
Head coach Jason Hoagland blamed poor defense for the performance saying Salem probably shouldn’t have score more than five runs.
Tim Cook made a great diving catch in right field for the Railroaders whose postseason hopes remain alive if they can win four of their final five league contests.