Delone Catholic's Chase Kint struck out just one batter, but it came in a huge spot in the Squires' 3-2 victory over Biglerville in YAIAA Division IV baseball action Monday afternoon at Yost Field in Biglerville.
Biglerville (7-3, 7-1 YAIAA IV) had runners at first and second with no outs in the bottom of the sixth when Kint fanned Gavin Parker. The senior righty then retired the next hitter on a fly out, before shortstop Austin Kuntz made a great play to retire Brandon Miller to end the inning.
Kuntz took two steps to his left and slid to gather the ball. He then flipped to second baseman Evan Haymaker to end the threat.
"I'm not a strikeout pitcher, I pitch to contact and trust my defense," Kint said. "I was just trying to make a pitch and get out of the inning. The defense was big all day and they made some great plays."
Kint went the route on 83 pitches, 54 strikes and allowed one earned run on eight hits.
"Chase is a pitcher, not a thrower," Delone coach Doug Arnold said. "He bears down when the pressure is on."
Delone (4-6, 4-1) broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the fifth when Phil Goyette scampered home on a passed ball. It was the second Squires run that came via a passed ball as Cody Pfaff scored that way in the first and Delone's other run scored when Haymaker came in on an error in the third.
"We did not execute well enough today," Biglerville coach Jeff Taylor said. "We had too many mishandled balls and we didn't hit the ball well enough. I'm proud of our boys, though."
Trailing 1-0 in the second, Biglerville loaded the bases with no outs, but didn't score until Miller's single with two down in the frame.
Then down 2-1 in the third, Conner Griest bounced a single into center field that plated Noah Ayers to even the count.
Chase Long was tough in defeat for the Canners as he went the distance on 81 pitches, 66 strikes. He allowed two earned runs on four hits with 12 strikeouts and one walk.
"Chase deserved to get the win," Taylor said. "He pitched a whale of a ballgame today."