In a game that saw the pitchers record 19 strikeouts, Tuesday's baseball game between Delone Catholic and Susquehannock came down to a few at bats that involved getting the ball in play.

The Warriors trailed by three runs entering their final at bat, and by the time Bryan Kerr came to the plate, the home team had closed the gap to a run.

With runners on second and third and one out, Kerr battled Squires reliever Austin Buckley to a full count. Then Kerr fouled off four straight pitches, before knocking the 10th pitch of the at bat up the middle past the drawn-in infield, scoring both runners and sealing Susquehannock's 5-4 walk off win.

"After I got two strikes on me, I was just trying to stay alive," Kerr said. "I was just trying to put the ball in play and make the defense make a play. It just ended up going well."

Warriors head coach Tim Hare was impressed with Kerr's at bat.

"It shows a lot of maturity on his part," Hare said. "You saw his approach change, he went up early in the at bat trying to get a ball in the outfield because he knew the tying run was 90 feet away, and he gets down to two strikes and he shortened up his swing."

Fittingly, Sammy Miller scored the winning run for Susquehannock. Miller tossed 5 1/3 innings, allowed five hits and struck out eight and walked six.


Miller also went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs, including a two-run base hit to right field in the seventh to continue the rally.

"I pitched alright until the sixth inning and I couldn't have done it without the defense," Miller said. "I'm proud of the team for not giving up and rallying and getting a big win after yesterday's loss."

The Warriors had to rally after the Squires scored four runs in the sixth inning.

Delone scored two runs off a Warriors error and scored its final two runs off Buckley's second double of the game. Buckley finished 3-for-4 on the day.

"We finally broke through against Miller," Delone head coach Alan Felix said. "We just hit the ball hard and took advantage of their mistake, and it was a big inning for us."

Sam Stephan went six innings for Delone and struck out 10 and walked one.

"My changeup was my best pitch," Stephan said. "I was really confident with that."

Both Miller and Stephan were in a groove in the early stages of the game.

"Competition, you got to love it," Stephan said of his duel with Miller. "We both pitched as best we could."

Miller worked out of a few jams, including striking out two batters after Delone loaded the bases in the fifth.

"Sammy was fantastic on the mound," Hare said. "He kept them off balance. The biggest part of his day was keeping us in the game on the mound."

Five of the first six outs Stephan recorded were via strikeout.

"Sam is an ultra-competitive guy. He's definitely the kind of guy you want on the mound in a tight game," Felix said.

Delone Catholic   000 004 0 -- 4   7 2
Susquehannock   001 000 4 -- 5 11 1
   DC, Sam Stephan, Austin Buckley (7) and Austin Roth; Sus, Sammy Miller, Luke Knott (6) and Collin Tatersall. SO-BB -- DC, Stephan 10-1, Buckley 0-0; Sus, Miller 8-6, Knott 1-0. W -- Knott. L -- Buckley. 2B -- DC, Buckley (2), Tanner Orndorff.