ROYERSFORD — Roslyn’s season came to an end with a 5-4 loss to Nether Providence in the Region 3 semifinals Monday evening at Ram Stadium at Spring-Ford High School.
The Blue Hawks held a one-run lead in the sixth inning and needed two extraordinary plays from shortstop Joe DiMaria.
The recent Abington grad made the first play, but the second was just a bit off.
With two outs and the tying run on third, Nether Providence hit a slow roller deep in the hole at shortstop. DiMaria scooped it up with a backhand and made an off-balance throw to first that just pulled Connor Duddy off the bag, allowing NP to tie the game at four.
“That was a tough play,” DiMaria said. “I had to throw across my body. I thought I had him, but can’t make every play.”
Two batters later Roslyn made a bases-loaded error, allowing the game-winning run to cross the plate.
DiMaria appeared to make the game-saving play earlier in the sixth inning. With no outs and a man on first Nether Providence tried a hit-and-run and the ball went over Cameron Marrow’s head in center field. After slipping, Marrow hit DiMaria in the middle of the outfield. DiMaria relayed it home to Griffin Wittenberg, who applied the tag and kept the Blue Hawks ahead, 4-3.
“I saw the ball drop and I knew I had to do the cutoff and try to help him out,” DiMaria said. “He was out there pretty far. I just caught the ball and let loose, gave it all I had. Griff made a nice tag.”
Roslyn started the game with a three-run top of the first inning. Wittenberg and Michael Yoast singled in runs and Stephen Vogl hit a sacrifice fly.
Nether Providence responded with three of their own in the bottom of the first on four hits and one error to tie the game, 3-3.
The Blue Hawks took the lead back in the third. DiMaria hit a leadoff triple and scored on a Duddy sacrifice fly.
It looked like Roslyn was going to add on to that lead in the fifth when they had two runners on. Lightning struck and rain followed, resulting in a 122-minute delay. When play restarted, they couldn’t score, leaving the bases loaded.
“(The delay) didn’t really change anything,” DiMaria said. “Maybe the energy a little bit. (Wittenberg) had a 2-0 count and it looked like we were about to score some more runs, but other than that it probably hit both teams equally.”
The loss ends Roslyn’s championship season. The Blue Hawks brought home their third Lower Montco League title in the last five years and first since 2016.
“I don’t even know where to start I had so much fun,” DiMaria said. “This is probably the last time I get to play with most of these guys. It was a blast. No one expected us to be here but it was a great opportunity for us.”