Coplay looks to stay in hunt
The Coplay Connie Mack team remains in the hunt for a state championship, splitting a pair of games in the opening round of the playoffs.
When the state playoffs began on July 20 at Limeport Stadium, Coplay drew Hatfield-Towamencin from the Bux-Mont Connie Mack Baseball League. Hatfield-Towamencin, the third seed, handed Coplay, the eighth seed, a 10-2 loss.
That put them in a must-win game against Nazareth. Coplay responded with a 12-2 win, earning them another game which is set for Tuesday against Catasauqua.
They defeated Catasauqua 5-3, setting up another game that’s scheduled for Thursday against the winner of the Doylestown and Warrington which is set for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Manager Jack Lisicky said that Andrew Snyder got the win, pitching seven innings for the complete-game victory. Lisicky said that Snyder was extremely efficient, tossing about 70 pitches over that span.
“He really handcuffed them through the whole game,” said Lisicky.
Snyder also benefitted from some stellar defensive play. Lisicky said that the play behind Snyder was superb, especially in the infield.
Third baseman Jake Paashaus, shortstop A.J. Capille, and second baseman Joe Lisicky all made plays that robbed Catty batters of hits, while first baseman Ben Hudak made a diving catch that was a real deflator for the opponent.
Derek Bonshak had two hits in the victory, while Snyder helped his cause in a big way, ripping two hits, with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Lisicky said that Coplay took a 2-0 lead which stood up until the sixth inning when Catty tied it. Coplay answered with three in the top of the seventh, reclaiming the lead, but Catty trimmed the lead to two in their half of the seventh. Lisicky said the game ended when the Catty runner tried to take the extra base and was thrown out by catcher Aidan Hoderewski who got the ball to Joe Lisicky for the tag.
Lisicky said that the team played well, making them one of the final six teams remaining in the playoffs. He said that three teams from both Bux-Mont and Lehigh are still in the hunt.
In their win against Nazareth, Lisicky said that Capille went six strong innings to earn the win. Lisicky said that Capille only tossed about 60 pitches
“He pitched great,” said Lisicky.
Capille was extremely economical in getting the win which propelled them into the next round. Lisicky said that Capille only tossed about 60 pitches. He was aided by the 10-run rule after Coplay scored in the top of the seventh.
Coplay trailed 2-0 early, but rallied to take a 3-2 lead in the fourth. But the fireworks really began in the top of the fifth as they pushed eight runs across to blow open the game. Lisicky said that the big hit in that inning came off the bat of Joe Lisicky whose Texas leaguer with the bases loaded scored multiple runs.
Coplay had a number of players whose bats came alive in the win. Hoderewski went 4-4 with four singles, while Joe Lisicky was 2-4 and Matt Snyder was 2-3.
Lisicky said that is was a good bounce back win. Even though they got behind quickly, they didn’t quit and began to make contact, outscoring Nazareth 12-0 in the final four innings.