EAST WHITELAND — Even in the midst of league and district playoff pushes there are things that are much more important than baseball.
The Great Valley baseball team reminded everbody of that fact during Monday's Ches-Mont League game against Bishop Shanahan.The American Division champions wore purple uniforms with the slogan "No one Fights Alone, Team Charly.'The uniform adjustment was part of a fund raiser that the entire Great Valley baseball community got behind in support of one-year-old Charly, a daughter of health teacher at the school, who is battling a brain tumor.The Patriots (13-6 Ches-Mont, 14-6 overall) capped the regular season with a convincing 5-0 victory over Bishop Shanahan. Dylan Nicklaus tossed a complete-game masterpiece, striking out 12, scattering five hits and walking just one.
"Today we wanted to raise awareness for brain tumors and raise some money,' Great Valley coach Matt Schultz said. "The kids were all behind it and it was good to win the game. Dylan worked so hard this year and he deserves everything he gets. It was just fun to play baseball.'
It was not all fun for Shanahan (11-8, 11-8), however, as the Class AAA playoff-bound Eagles committed six errors — four of them in the third inning — as starting pitcher Frank Chubb was touched for four runs on three hits.Colin Duclos led off the inning by grounding a ball to second base, but Marc Gueriera's throw pulled first baseman Alex Savini off the bag. Duclos stole second and sacrificed to third by Jake Miller. Another error on a grounder by Nicklaus scored Duclos with the first run and you could see the Eagles start to come undone.
After getting the second out on a Jake Nonnemacher foul out, the floodgates opened after three consecutive sinngles — RBI hits from Tom Allen and Austin Lenker — and one from Allen Barry made it 4-0 and Shanahan had a mountain to climb against Nicklaus."You cannot beat a bad team playing like we did today, let alone a good team like Great Valley,' Bishop Shanahan coach Brian Boyko said. "We just did not show up today and you cannot do that in baseball.
Shanahan had some chances against Nicklaus as they loaded the bases with two outs in the second inning, but Nicklaus struck out Jeff Zebreowski on a slider to end the threat."My slider was working real well today,' Nicklaus said. "It is sort of a new pitch for me, but today ,I was getting it over. And to win the Ches-Mont and go into the district playoffs off a win is huge for us. It gives us momentum. Before the season started we seniors said that we wanted to leave our mark on the school, so winning the league was very big."But that is just our first goal. We want to get to districts and get into the state tournament. And today, we played for a real good cause.'
Shanahan, who stranded seven runners on the day, had one last chance to get back in the game. Back-to-back singles to start Riley O'Day and Savini started the fourth. Ryan McCole reached on a sacrifice bunt as as Nicklaus threw out O'Day. Nicklaus then struck out Gavin Roselli and Gueriera to end the uprising. He didn't run into any problems the rest of the way to finish off the shutout.
"The kids have worked hard all year and they are a great bunch of kids,' Schultz said. "We will continue to work and get ready for Monday.'
Great Valley 5, Bishop Shanahan 0
SHAN ab r h bi GV ab r h bi
Zebrowski cf 3 0 0 0 Nicklaus p 4 0 0 0
Chubb p 0 0 0 0 Rubin pr 0 1 0 0
Terra dh 3 0 0 0 Nonnemacher rf 4 0 0 0
Kern c 3 0 0 0 Allen 3b 4 1 2 1
Anderson c 0 0 0 0 Pettine pr 0 1 0 0
Kerns ss 3 0 1 0 Barry ss 3 1 2 0
O'Day 3b 3 0 1 0 Leonetti c 0 0 0 0
Savini 1b 3 0 2 0 Lenker dh 3 0 1 2
McCole rf 2 0 1 0 Brown cf 3 0 0 0
Booth rf 1 0 0 0 Agnew 1b 3 0 0 0
Roselli lf 2 0 0 0 Duclos lf 2 1 1 0
MacDonald p 1 0 0 0 Tashijan lf 1 0 0 0
Gueriera 2b 1 0 0 0 Miller 2b 2 0 0 0
Lord 2b 1 0 0 0 Totals 26 0 5 0 Totals 29 5 6 3
Bishop Shanahan 000 000 0-0
Great Valley 004 001-x-5
Bishop Shanahan IP R H BB SO
Chubb, L 4.1 5 4 1 5
MacDonald 1.2 0 2 0 0
Nicklaus, W 7 0 5 1 12