LEWISBURG — Post 36 was emblazoned in white letters on a blue background across the baseball jerseys of the visiting team. The schedule indicated that Lewisburg Post 182’s squad would be facing Jersey Shore — home of American Legion Post 36 — in West Branch League action.
But only one Shore product — catcher Zach Hines — was on the field Friday night. The Post 36 side is actually a fusion of South Williamsport and Williamsport talent with Hines thrown into the mix.
Because of South’s run to the Eastern Finals of the PIAA Class 2A baseball tournament earlier this month and the persistent rain that’s plagued teams in the West Branch League this season, Post 36 had yet to play a game before their encounter with manager Luke Smith’s Lewisburg team.
None of that mattered as Jersey Shore rode the arm of Cole Brewer and three-run fourth inning to a 5-4 victory.
Lewisburg, in its first action this week, managed to put the tying and winning runs on base with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning but couldn’t pull out the win and fell to 4-2 this season.
“We definitely came out flat,” Smith said. “We were missing a couple of players but the guys that were here played well — it just took us three innings to wake the bats up.”
Jersey Shore to a 1-0 lead in the first inning Logan Burkett laced a one-out single to left to score Nate Persun. But Lewisburg starter Jacob Brooks escaped a bases-loaded jam with a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Post 36 pushed the lead to 4-0 in the fourth getting and RBI double from Dom Harding and a two-run single from Persun.
“You’ve got to give credit to Jersey Shore because they took advantage of every opportunity that we gave them,” Smith said. “That was their first game of the entire season so all the credit goes to them.”
Brewer, who didn’t walk a batter in six innings, hit Dakotah Snyder and Brooks in the bottom of the inning and paid the price for his bit of wildness thanks to RBI singles from No. 8 and No. 9 hitters, Forrest Zelechoski and Dustin Terry.
Persun plated what turned out to be the game winner in the sixth with a run-scoring single that sent home Tyler Trojan.
Lewisburg rallied to a pair of runs in the bottom of that inning when Terry followed Brett Herman’s double with another RBI single and then scored on a double by Andrew Ramirez.
“My favorite part of this game was Dustin Terry and what he did,” Smith said. “I bat him in the ninth spot, not because he can’t hit, but because he does a great job in that spot.”
Snyder beat out an infield hit with one out in the bottom of the seventh and Colt Kline was hit by a pitch but closer Landon Lorson induced a fly-out to right field and a grounder to short to end the game.
“Jersey Shore had the momentum right from the start and we couldn’t get it from them,” Smith said. “They held us off.”
Lewisburg is back at home on Monday at 5:45 p.m. against Williamsport.
Jersey Shore 5, Lewisburg 4
Jersey Shore 100 301 0 — 5-6-0
Lewisburg 000 202 0 — 4-7-0
Cole Brewer, Landon Lorson (7), and Zach Hines; Jacob Brooks, Aaron Hoover (5), Dakotah Snyder (7), and Snyder and Kaydn Magyar.
Jersey Shore hitters: Nate Persun, 2-for-2, 3 RBI; Logan Burkett, single, RBI; Cole Brewer, single; Jared Baker, single; Dom Harding, double, RBI.
Lewisburg hitters: Andrew Ramirez, double, RBI; Hoover, single; Snyder, single; Brett Herman, double, Dustin Terry, 2 singles, 2 RBI.