By Don Seeley
The Brookers (41-4), who advanced into tonight’s winners bracket final against Middletown, Del., bunched 10 basehits around a pair of hit-batsmen and three walks to get create the eight-run cushion. There were also three errors in that stretch, making exactly half of those runs unearned. Offensively, the Bears managed just one hit against Brooklawn starter Mike Shawaryn, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander who happens to be just 16 years of age. Shawaryn didn’t allow a hit until Schnell singled with one down in the third. He only permitted three when he left after throwing 105 pitches through five innings.
Brooklawn’s pitchers issued 10 walks. Brooklawn’s defense committed two errors.
Those two specific statistics alone usually add up to a Boyertown romp in the park. But through six innings Friday night, the Bears got just one baserunner on to start an inning and, despite all the walks and an improved offense later on, they would strand at least one runner in every inning, including two an incredible six times, and 15 overall.
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