FREDERICKSBURG- After two weather postponements, Hempfield and Pennsbury finally got to play their first round playoff game at Wenger Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Pennsbury pitcher Logan Buell took full advantage of the extra rest and played a big part in ending Hempfield's state playoff run in a 2-0 contest.
"It was a little nerve-racking to wait those extra two days because you get all hyped-up during the weekend," Buell said. "It was good to get out here and then move onto the next game."
Buell essentially shut down the Black Knights' bats; holding them to just three hits in seven innings while striking out six with no walks.
"We knew they took pitches early so we tried to get ahead as best as possible and then come back with off-speed to keep them off-balanced," Buell said. "They were having a rough time picking it up and hitting it solid so I was able to keeping throwing it all game."
Of Hempfield's three hits, Tim Gailor accounted for two with two singles while leadoff batter Grant Oberholtzer hit an infield single.
The Falcons manufactured their first run in the top of the third when DJ Endler roped a double to left center field that scored Pat Lawrence.
Pennsbury would get an insurance run in the top of the sixth via a sacrifice fly by Freddie Schrandt that brought Endler home.
Despite the loss, Hempfield starter Jon Peterson put together a solid line; allowing five hits in seven innings while striking out four and walking four.
"Unfortunately they got those two runs across on him with the big double and the sacrifice fly but that's baseball, that's the way it goes," Hempfield coach Jeremy Morrison said. "Unfortunately we got the short end of the stick today on the scoreboard but Jon was great."
The Knights end their season with an L-L Section One title and a District 3 championship to their name.
"It was a great season by these guys. It's unfortunate to end the season on a loss but at this stage of the game, that's how it's going to go for every team except one," Morrison said. "I think it was a very fine season by everybody."