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April 8, 2014

Indians hold SK hitless in DL baseball

Staff Report

Junior pitcher Matt Anderson struck out 12 and walked in a no-hitter as visiting Stamford defeated South Kortright, 8-0, on Monday in a Delaware League baseball game.

The game was shortened to six innings as sleet began to fall.

“He had good command,” SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said of Anderson. “He was ahead of hitters all day. He pitched a really good game. It was the first game out for him. It was a cold day to pitch, but he did a nice job.

“He has a good curveball and keeps the ball down,” VanValkenburgh continued. “He was mixing his pitches well. He’ll be tough throughout the year.”

VanValkenburgh said Ed Newman nearly had a hit for his squad in the third inning, but Geoff Mattice snared his line drive.

Mattice also hit a three-run homer to left during Stamford’s five-run first inning.

Griff Metzko struck out 12 over four-plus innings for South Kortright (0-2), which will travel to Davenport on Wednesday.

Margaretville 3, Downsville 2

Matt Van Valkenburg scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, snapping a 2-all tie to lead Margaretville to a Delaware League win at Downsville.

Van Valkenburg drew a leadoff walk from losing pitcher Collin Tallman and stole second. Tallman struck out the next batter before intentionally walking Kyle Short. The runners moved up on a wild pitch and, after Tallman got a pop out to second, Van Valkenburg came home on a passed ball.

Winning pitcher Short followed with a scoreless seventh to cap a three-hitter. The Eagles’ Dylan Fisk led off the seventh with a single. After a strikeout, pinch-runner Joe Schwartz was caught stealing by Margaretville catcher Cooper Reither.

“Cooper’s really improved the quickness of his delivery,” Margaretville coach John Bernhardt said. “That was a big play for Cooper. He had passed ball that let the tying run score in the fifth and he thought he should have stopped it.”

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