TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Holland steps up, helps Klingensmith advance

TribLIVE Sports Videos

By Justin Criado
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, 12:03 a.m.
 

Dayne Holland struggled to produce at the plate for Klingensmith during the regular season. He's the first to admit it.

But the Daily News League playoffs are a new season.

Holland knocked in all three of the Blue Jays' runs Friday at Helen Richey Field in a 3-1, series-clinching victory over Carriage Inn.

“I had a rough regular season,” Holland said. “I was seeing the ball like a beach ball (Friday).”

Holland also had a game-winning, walk-off single in Game 1 Thursday, but that was overshadowed since Game 2 started immediately after, and Carriage Inn was able to even the opening-round series.

“That was all right. I don't need any recognition as a player,” Holland said.

After Carriage Inn took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on four singles, Liam Halferty allowed only two hits the rest of the way.

“With what we had, we definitely competed to the best of our ability,” said Carriage Inn acting coach Zak Kozlowski, who also catches and pitches.

The Reds managed to field only nine players and had to pitch infielder Casey Jones, who hadn't taken the mound all season, after Zack Mikolics couldn't get past the first inning with lingering hamstring and shoulder problems.

Klingensmith (14-13) took advantage of the pitching change and managed to pull even in the bottom of the second before Holland delivered the go-ahead, two-run single in the fourth, scoring Zack Podrasky and Ryan Badzgon.

“He came up in all the key situations (this series),” Klingensmith coach John Rende said. “We wanted this game.”

Klingensmith celebrated its opening-round victory, but its focus quickly shifted to the start of the next series.

The Blue Jays will face Harvey Wilner's Tavern in the best-of-five semifinals, starting Sunday.

“Kids are confident,” Rende said. “We know we can beat anyone.”

Holland, riding high after his impressive first round, feels even more confident.

“I think we'll be in the championship.”

Justin Criado is a freelance writer.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates analyst Kent Tekulve recovering after heart transplant
  2. Coroner: Heart attack caused Norvelt crash
  3. Steelers veteran defenders want young teammates to step up
  4. Steelers’ Brown combats disruptive defensive ploys
  5. Crosby appreciates his relationship with Penguins fans
  6. New approach on offense has Pirates in playoff contention this season
  7. Teacher can pursue racial-discrimination claim against PPS
  8. Pitt football coach Chryst refutes analyst Wannstedt’s opinion
  9. 2 top executives at Dick’s Sporting Goods retiring
  10. New Pittsburgh police chief gets familiar with surroundings on first day
  11. UPMC buying New Castle-based Jameson Health System
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.