A 15-1 score line between Chichester and Glen Mills Tuesday pretty much says it all. But there were a few other points I’d be remiss to illustrate in the Del Val tilt.
– First and foremost, I can’t express enough how outstanding the condition of the field was at Glen Mills. After a day of nonstop rain and only a few hours of sunlight to dry things out, the field was in immaculate shape. Just phenomenal.
– In the first inning, in which Chichester scored four runs with just one hit, it appeared as though the Eagles would just wait out the wildness of starter Adrian Robledo. In the second, though, they earned the crooked number they posted. Chi picked up five hits en route to six runs, including some stung BBs. Brett Wilson’s double, Brian Baldwin’s double and Demetrius Muse’s triple, all within the span of four pitches, were each hard-hit.
– In talking to Brian Snyder after the game – a five-inning outing in which he faced just one over the minimum, didn’t give up a hit and retired the last 15 Battlin’ Bulls he faced – the biggest thing about the game had little to do with his right arm. “It’s nothing special,” Snyder admitted. “I’m just glad Corbyn’s catching again. I missed him catching.” Corbyn Nyemah is back behind the plate after playing third base for most of the season as he recovers from a severe knee injury from the football season. The imposing senior has a rocket arm and acquitted himself well at third, but catcher is where he really belongs. Coach Joe Thomas said that the process of easing him into the position started a couple of weeks ago, and Thomas had planned on limiting to a max of five innings Tuesday regardless of the situation (he was lifted after the fourth with the game hardly in doubt and Thomas trying to keep his bench players fresh.)
– Aside from his proficiency behind the dish, Nyemah’s ability to catch adds extra punch to the lineup. Follow the dominoes: Thomas was able to pencil in hot-hitting Danny Murray at third base and put usual designated hitter Christian Sims in right field, allowing Snyder, who’s also been hitting well of late, to bat for himself in the lineup. That still leaves options like Ed Speakman and John Millison on the bench. Pretty deep.
– The Eagles lineup is also not afraid to let the bats fly. I counted 24 foul balls Tuesday, just under one per at-bat.
– It was slated to be on the end of my notebook but cut from print for space (though it’s online), so it’s worth reiterating here: Tavon White is a solid player for Glen Mills. The lead-off man, shortstop and one of the few bright spots for the Battlin’ Bulls walked to lead off the game, stole second and third base and scored on Nyemah’s overthrow of third. He leads the county with five triples, including two two-triple games against Academy Park. He launched two home runs in a loss to Haverford School. And his nine extra-base hits place him among the county leaders. “It’s just playing with the team, seeing the ball and hitting it, and doing what my coaches tell me,” said White, who played baseball from age 8-12 in his hometown of Wilmington, Del.
– It should be noted that Johnathan Galentine deserves a lot of credit for keeping this game reasonable and getting it to the five-inning mark. He threw 3.2 innings, giving up five hits and five runs, only three of which were earned. More importantly, he limited himself to three walks, not dragging the game on.
– I’ll give another Glen Mills plaudit: Anthony Walter took a beating behind the plate, but he performed pretty well. He made some smart scoops on pitches in the dirt, despite seeing his pitchers throw five wild pitches by him; he also got saddled with one past ball that led to a run. But considering the erratic quality of the pitchers he was handling, five wild pitches is a pretty low number.