Berlin — The 2018 baseball season came to a close for the Northern Bedford County Black Panthers in a 10-0 five-inning loss to Berlin Brothersvalley.
The Panthers closed with a 7-11 record but return many underclassmen for next season.
Berlin hurler Nick Gooden faced only 16 batters and allowed two singles. Andrew Foor reached in the second but was thrown out stealing, and Garett Clouse singled in the fourth inning.
Gooden struck out nine and aided his own effort with a defensive catch of a line drive off his left shoulder by Andrew Lazor to open the fourth inning.
Gooden’s pitch total was 55, while NBC starter Andrew Foor threw 34 pitches alone in the bottom of the first inning, when the Mountaineers sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs.
“We fell in a hole early,” Northern Bedford coach David McIlnay said. “The play at first was close with (Will) Spochart, but instead of a first out, the call went their way. (Gooden) only walked four batters all season, and we told our kids that they need to swing the bat. We went down looking five times. It was just one of those days. ”
Spochart led off with the close call at first, and Gooden doubled to right-center field. Sam Marker drew a walk to load the bases, and Tyler Custer walked to plate Spochart. Riley Simpson and Gideon Snyder had back-to-back singles to score Gooden and Marker, and Brady Boburchock scored Custer and Simpson on an error.
Berlin added two runs in the bottom of the third inning with a combination of a Snyder walk, single by Boburchock and Nate Thomas base on balls to load the bases.
NBC switched pitchers at that point with Luke Weidemann coming into the bases-loaded, no-out situation. He gave up a single to Charlie Fisher for the first run, and another single by Gooden scored Thomas.
Gooden was thrown out at second base on a nice throw from Colby Imler to Andrew Lazor as he tried to advance on the throw home.
The final three Berlin runs in the fourth inning resulted from Marker reaching on an error, a single by Custer and a walk to Simpson. Snyder hit a ball to second, but the throw home was wide and Marker scored. Boburchock was the first out on a 4-3 groundout, which allowed Custer to score.
Gooden recorded two strikeouts in the final inning to preserve the shutout and end the game in five.
Berlin will play No. 3 Meyersdale next Tuesday in a semifinal game.
Berlin Brothersvalley (10): Spochart cf 311, Gooden p 312, Marker c 220, Custer ss 221, Simpson 3b 221, Snyder 1b 311, Boburchock dh 301, Thomas 2b 210, Fisher rf 301. Totals — 23-10-8.
Northern Bedford (0): Lazor 2b 200, Leidy lf 200, Clouse ss 210, Foor p-3b 210, Imler c 200, Russell cf 200, Grine 1b 200, Weidemann 3b-p 100, Donaldson rf 100. Totals — 16-2-0.
Score by Innings
Berlin Brothersvalley 502 3xx x — 10 8 0
Northern Bedford 000 00x x — 0 2 3
E–Weidenann 2, Foor. 2B–Gooden, RBI–Boburchock 2, Custer, Simpson, Snyder, Fisher. WP–Gooden. LP–Foor. SO–Gooden 9, Foor 2, Weidenmann 1. BB–Foor 4, Weidenmann 1.
Records: Berlin Brothersvalley (17-4), Northern Bedford (7-11).