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Press photo by Linda RothrockKyle Saylor and the Zephs hit the .500 mark with a win over Eastburg South. Press photo by Linda RothrockKyle Saylor and the Zephs hit the .500 mark with a win over Eastburg South.

Zephyrs reach .500

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

On Tuesday afternoon, the Whitehall baseball team turned to Robbie Lamm, and the senior delivered with a strong outing on the mound to help the Zephyrs notch their sixth win of the season.

It was the first start of his career, and he went three scoreless innings against East Stroudsburg South without yielding a hit to get the win. The Zephs won the rule-shortened game 17-6 to reach the .500 mark for the season.

Lamm, who has pitched in relief this season, said that taking the ball as a starter required a slightly different approach on the mound.

“In relief I try to pound the zone with more fastballs, and today I threw a little bit more off-speed [pitches], so I kind mixed more of those in,” said Lamm who finished the day with four strikeouts.

Lamm said that he had a first inning hiccup, allowing two walks, but was able to get out of the frame unscathed. After retiring the side in order in the second, he once again had to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the third, but saw his way through the predicament to keep the Cavaliers off the board.

His stint on the hill as a starter also served as confidence booster.

“It went really well,” said Lamm. “I surprised myself. I had a lot of confidence in myself, and I knew it was going to be all right, and I just tried to pound the zone, and I had the team behind me to help me out.”

Manager Shaun O’Boyle said that they wanted to put Lamm in the mix because they have a number of games strung together in the upcoming days, playing eight games in nine days. He said that they’re looking to have him take the ball again this Friday against Easton.

O’Boyle liked Lamm’s performance on the mound and how he attacked the Cavalier hitters

“It was good,” said O’Boyle. “We were happy with how he pitched.”

Lamm also helped himself at the plate, going 2-3 with three RBIs. Lamm serves as the catalyst at the top of their lineup and gets things rolling for the middle of their line up. He has 12 runs scored so far this season, while Jake Lisicky leads the team in that category with 15.

Jake Lisicky also put his imprint on the win, smacking had a double, while Joe Lisicky was perfect at the dish going 3-3.

Also having a multihit game for the Zephs was Jake Paashaus who went 2-4, including an RBI, while Ben Antonchak went 2-2, including two RBIs. The Zephs also got RBIs from Adin Hoderewski, Zach Hartman, Matt Ziminsky, Jacob Snyder, Owen Fischl and Joe Lisicky.