Crafted in Pennsylvania finishes 21-0
It’s not often a baseball team manages to run the table over the course of an entire season.
That’s exactly what happened to Crafted in Pennsylvania as it cashed in on six free passes, which helped power an early explosion, as CIP captured the Altoona Teener Minor League championship on Tuesday night at Seitz Field in a 14-0 shutout against J&P Auto Mart to finish the season 21-0.
“We had kids that were mature, we had natural leaders,” Crafted in Pennsylvania coach Cory Seymour said. “We had several natural leaders on this team. They played hard, and they played well, and they gelled right from the very beginning.”
The rout was on in the bottom of the first as Robbie Maurer-Mullin belted a two-run double on a line drive to help spark a six-run opening frame.
That also helped the Crafted hurler on the mound as he pitched a complete-game shutout, giving up just two hits and striking out four.
“Words can’t explain the heart and desire that kid had all season,” Seymour said. “Not just this game, but all season. He was absolutely lights out as he was for the majority of the season. I can’t be any more proud of him.”
He was also 2-for-3 from the plate, driving in three runs with the double.
Nick Boslet kept the momentum up in the second and contributed a two-run single to help activate the 10-run mercy rule after the stanza.
“It wasn’t a true showing of what we’ve been a part of all season long,” J&P Auto coach Brian Buffone said. “I feel really bad for the kids, because up until this point, every inning of every game, they were top-notch kids. It just didn’t go our way today.”
“You got to hand it to Crafted. They did a great job. I think they had as many hits tonight in one game as they had against us in four previous games.”
Seymour was proud to be a part of a team that managed to run the table.
“It’s difficult to do,” he said. “The more you win, the more likely it is you’re going to lose. There were games that were really, really close, and J&P played us close for the majority of the season.”
Even with how the season ended, Buffone was grateful for the opportunity to coach the team that he did.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids,” he said. “Even though it didn’t turn out exactly how we wanted it to, I wouldn’t re-draft this team for the world.”
J&P AUTO (0): DeLattre ss 200, Hartman 2b-p 200, Harbaugh p-rf 200, Rossman c 100, Davis 1b 201, Musselman cf-p-cf 201, Buffone 3b 100, Simmons eh 100, Schrecengist lf 100, Lewis rf-lf-2b 100, Clifford eh 000. Totals — 16-0-2.
CRAFTED IN PENNSYLVANIA (14): Albright 2b 131, LaRocco ss 131, Maurer-Mullin p 332, Boslet eh 121, Dean 1b 222, Kraft c 212, Huey Kish lf 300, Knox eh 200, Peters 3b 201, McCrystal cf 100, Shields rf 200. Totals — 20-14-10.
SCORE BY INNINGS
J&P Auto 000 0XX X – 0 2 3
Crafted in Pa. 640 4XX X – 14 10 0
2B–Albright, Mauer-Mullin. RBIS–LaRocco, Mauer-Mullin 3, Boslet 2, Dean 3, Kraft 2.
Harbaugh (L)–0 IP 1 H 4 R 4 ER, 3 BB 0 SO
Musselman–1 IP 2 H 4 R 4 ER 3 BB 1 SO
Hartman–3 IP 5 H 6 R 6 ER 0 BB 2 SO
CRAFTED IN PENNSYLVANIA
Maurer-Mullin (W)–5 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 4 SO