Manchester hammers Crestwood in 9-0 win in District 10 tourney

By STEPHEN GLOVER

Behind the strong pitching performance of Tim Hassett, the Manchester American Legion baseball team shut out Crestwood 9-0 last week in the District 10 Tournament.

Hassett, who gave up just two hits in the July 23 win over Crestwood, struck out 10 in his eighth win of the season.

“Manchester’s just a very strong team,” Crestwood head coach Ed Kopff said. “They have really good pitching and they had a perfect game for the first 62⁄3 innings.”

Crestwood starting pitcher Ryan Peterson took the loss as he gave up eight runs on nine hits in 41⁄3 innings. Peterson walked three batters and struck out five in his sixth loss of the season.

“Ryan threw well, but any pitch he got up, they hammered it and that cost us runs,” Kopff said. “I thought he had pretty good stuff, but Manchester is awfully good.”

Outfielder Scott Krysl produced one of Crestwood’s two hits in the loss with a double in the seventh.

“Scott had a very good year pitching and hitting for us,” Kopff said. “He hit from the start and never really stopped. He was a big surprise for us with his hitting and that’s why he was the team MVP.”

Crestwood’s second hit of the game came off a double from outfielder Joe Schwarz in the eighth inning.

“Joe started off the year hot for us and was one of our better outfielders this season,” Kopff said. “He cooled off a bit, but picked it back up near the end of the season.”

Although Crestwood was scheduled to compete in the consolation bracket of the District 10 Tournament, officials decided last weekend that the two undefeated teams in the tournament — Eureka and Manchester — would compete in a best-of-three championship series due to the recent poor weather conditions.

“It was really nothing that anybody could do,” Kopff said. “The only thing the district could do was let the two undefeated teams play for the championship in a best-of-three series.”

Eureka went on to win the tournament.