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PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKSalisbury’s Josh Negron delivers a pitch during an early-season Connie Mack game. PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKSalisbury’s Josh Negron delivers a pitch during an early-season Connie Mack game.
PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK Salisbury’s Hayden Kuhns gets his bat on the ball during an early-season Connie Mack game. PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK Salisbury’s Hayden Kuhns gets his bat on the ball during an early-season Connie Mack game.

Errors plague CM team in loss to Thorpe

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by TODD KRESs tkress@tnonline.com in Sports

When you finish a baseball game with as many errors as hits, the chances of winning that game is slim to none.

The Salisbury Connie Mack team found out just how tough it could be in that situation.

A total of six errors played a key role in Jim Thorpe’s 10-2 victory at Salisbury High School on Monday evening to hand the Falcons their fifth loss in their last seven games. Two of those errors came in the first inning when the Olympians were able to jump out to a 2-0 lead and never look back.

“The concentration wasn’t there to start,” head Salisbury coach Steven Wagner said. “We had as many hits as errors. That’s not a way to win baseball games. But it’s not the end of the world. We have 10 wins still. Going forward we have two games left and have to win at least one to get in [the playoffs].”

But a win against Jim Thorpe would have gone a long way in Salisbury’s hopes of qualifying for the state playoffs. Both teams entered the week at 10-5 and holding two of the final eight postseason spots. Now, the Falcons have to win at least one of their final two games to likely earn that spot after an 8-1 start to the summer.

“It would have been a big one to have,” Wagner said. “Now they have the tiebreaker over us.”

Jim Thorpe, meanwhile, has seemed to flip the switch at the right time in its own hopes of a state playoff berth. Monday’s win was the Olympians 10th out of their last 11 games following a 1-4 start. They had been on a nine-game win streak before Sunday’s loss against Balliet Vikes of Central Catholic.

And the constant over that stretch had been the Olympians’ bats. It showed once again against the Falcons.

After an error in the top of the third kept the inning alive for Jim Thorpe following two quick outs, Ethan Dart’s RBI-single scored another unearned run for the Olympians. And that’s when the floodgates opened.

Colin Binder and Mike Dougherty led off with a pair of singles in the top of the fourth inning, and two batters later, Dart reached base on another Falcon error to score Binder. Spencer Hunsicker would then walk to load the bases, opening the way for two more runs to cross home when Drew Frank’s grounder went between the Salisbury third baseman’s glove.

Ian Hubbard put the stamp on the seven-run onslaught with a three-run triple to center field.

“We’ve had games where we had bounced back,” Wagner said. “Like against Catasauqua, we were down 6-0 in the top of the first, and we came back and beat them. It’s a mindset coming in. It was a lazy infield and outfield and it carried over.”

Josh Negron grounded out to score Quinn Warmkessel in the bottom of the fourth to help the Falcons fight off the 10-run mercy rule. Salisbury added another in the bottom half of the seventh.

Wagner plans to start Negron in Tuesday’s game against Palmerton. Results were not available at time of press. Hayden Kuhns is scheduled to pitch in the regular season finale against Stroudsburg on Saturday.