Safe Harbor Lions claw Knights of Columbus

Members of the Knights of Columbus junior midget team head for high ground in the shelter of the dugout after the rains came Monday night.

By Keith Schweigert
Special to the New Era

On Monday night, the Safe Harbor Lions saw their 5-0 lead over the Knights of Columbus get erased by the torrential thunderstorm that engulfed Lancaster County.

On Wednesday, in the makeup of that postponed game at West Lampter, the Lions proved that Monday’s rains only delayed the inevitable.

Safe Harbor scored 11 runs in the first three innings, then watched while pitchers Paul Salamh and Kurt Miller limited K of C to four hits as the Lions rolled to an 11-3 victory in junior-midget action at the New Era Tournament .

With the win, Safe Harbor advances to the quarterfinals, where it will face Elizabethtown Red next Tuesday at Mount Joy’s Kunkle Field.

Centerfielder Doug Stevens provided the offensive spark for the Lions, going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Safe Harbor wasted no time in building a lead on Wednesday, scoring three runs in the first inning before K of C could record an out.

Jeremy Morrison started the game with a leadoff walk, then stole second and scored on consecutive errors by catcher Mark Cunningham and centerfielder Luis Rodriguez when K of C tried to throw him out.

After Morrison scored, shortstop Adam Young was safe on an error and scored on Stevens’ double to left center. Chris Stark then drove in Stevens with a single to give the Lions a 3-0 edge.

Safe Harbor made it 7-0 in the second inning. With one out, second baseman Joel Rincer singled to right, and then took second on a passed ball. Morrison then followed with a single to drive in Rincer, and then scored on a triple by Stevens.

Salamh followed with a triple to drive in Stevens, and then scored the Lions’ seventh run on a single by Stark.

After K of C scored two runs in the bottom of the second, Safe Harbor generated four more runs to put the game away.

Shawn Smith started the rally when he was safe on an error. After Smith stole second, Jared Kleinhaus single to drive him in, but was caught while trying to stretch his base hit into a double.

Rincer followed with a single, stole second, and scored on a base hit by Morrison. Young plated Morrison with a base hit, and scored on a single by Salamh.

An eight-run edge was more than enough for Salamh and Miller to hold, as K of C could do no real damage to either hurler. Salamh picked up the win with four strong innings, giving up all three runs on just three hits. Salamh fanned six batters while walking only one.

Miller also was effective in relief of Miller, pitching the final three innings. Miller gave up just one hit and one walk on the day, and allowed just one K of C runner to make it past second base.

Rene Andino steals second as Joel Rineer takes the throw and Adam Young backs him up.