“Getting ahead is huge for confidence,” Byerly said. “Sometimes what happens is when you get a team on the ropes, it can start feeling the pressure, and that’s big. And that can cover you a lot in the state champion game.”
The Londonderry defense did its share of work with inning-ending, ground-ball double plays in the third and fourth.
“There’s nothing better,” Demas said of the double plays. “I’ll take them every single time. They were prepared. They knew what we were doing, and had a great week of practice.”
Pinkerton finally got to Corey in the sixth when Nate Rossi drilled a one-out double and scored on Chris Gerossie’s single. But with only eight baserunners in the game, the Astros mounted few challenges.
“We knew runs were going to be at a premium,” Pinkerton coach Steve Campo said. “They did a better job of hitting Connor’s mistakes than we did hitting Tom. He stepped up and pitched a big game. (The Lancers) made plays when they needed to.”