YORK TWP. — The Buckeye baseball team has spent much of the spring flexing its muscle and bashing opponents.
The Bucks met their match in the form of Keystone pitcher Sean Saterlee. The sophomore snapped Buckeye’s 12-game winning streak by tossing a two-hitter Tuesday to lead the Wildcats to a 7-0 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division victory in the final game at James H. Tighe Field.
“(Saterlee) did a great job of taking advantage of what was there, pitched everybody away, away, away, and we didn’t do a very good job of making adjustments,” Buckeye coach Mike Wolf said. “My hat’s off to him. He pitched a great game.”
Saterlee struck out seven and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning to slip Buckeye (13-2, 6-1) into second place behind Keystone (11-2, 8-0) in the Stars Division.
“That guy just hit his spots on us,” Bucks leadoff hitter Adam Matras said. “Pitched most of us outside all game, and as a team we failed to make adjustments, but we’re better than that.”
Bucks starter Bryan Benedict matched Saterlee the first time through the lineup, but leadoff hitter Nathan Archer’s one-out double in the third inning led to the first run when the sophomore scored on an errant pickoff throw by Benedict.
Keystone broke open the game in the next inning with five runs, capped by a three-run double to center by Michael Mileski. A second error helped extend the inning.
“In our two losses, both of them echo defensive lapses. When we play good defense, we are able to compete with anybody on our schedule,” Wolf said. “By the same token, those guys made every play and that’s baseball. Sometimes things don’t work your way.”
Buckeye first baseman Max Wilson snapped Saterlee’s no-hit bid when he ripped a hit down the third-base line to lead off the fifth inning, but Saterlee retired the next three Bucks.
Buckeye put a runner on second base only twice, and the innings ended with the next batter.
In the third, Thomas reached second on a two-base error when left fielder Joseph Guaghan got turned around. Second baseman Collin Wright followed Thomas with a line drive to the right side, but second baseman Cameron Emerick snagged the ball and doubled Thomas to end the inning.
Matras had a one-out single in the sixth and was pushed to second on a walk by Case. Left fielder Rob Banaga followed with a sharp ground ball on the left side, but shortstop Kevin Mealwitz made a nice play in the hole and first baseman Kyler Yusko made a full stretch to just beat Banaga.
“When you combine lack of hitting with a lack of defense, that’s usually what happens,” Wolf said. “They’re a solid team, well-coached, athletic, but it’s one baseball game and we get them again.”
Keystone 7, Buckeye 0
KEYSTONE 001 501 0 — 7 7 1
BUCKEYE 000 000 0 — 0 2 3
WP — Sean Saterlee (2-1) 7 innings, 2 walks, hit by pitch, 7 strikeouts. LP — Bryan Benedict (2-1) 3⅓ innings, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 4 hits, 4 walks, hit by pitch, 5 strikeouts. Keystone (11-2, 8-0) — Nathan Archer double, 2 runs; Cameron Emerick 2 singles, run RBI; Michael Mileski double, 3 RBIs; Nathen Prunty 2 walks, run. Buckeye (13-2, 6-1).