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SENIOR LEGION BASEBALL: Young Township beats Marion Center

by The Indiana Gazette on June 25, 2014 10:20 AM

Young Township broke open a one-run game with a pair of big rallies in the fifth and sixth innings and pulled away from host Marion Center to earn a 10-1 win in an Indiana County Senior Legion baseball game Tuesday.

The Renegades, who moved within a half-game of first-place Kovacik Insurance, extended their one-run lead by plating three runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 5-1 advantage.

Young Township added five runs in the sixth to stretch its lead to nine runs, 10-1.

Mike Percic struck out five, walked none and surrendered three hits in six innings to notch the win. Austin Laird allowed no runs and no hits in one inning of relief.

“They (Percic and Laird) weren’t doing anything special, but that’s what made it so discouraging,” Marion Center coach Joe Bunyak said. “We took batting practice last night for almost three hours and we hit the ball everywhere, but apparently it didn’t translate to the game. If we started hitting the ball I think we’d be a really competitive team.”

Brandon Neal finished 4-for-4 with two RBIs to pace the Renegades. Mitchel Yard doubled twice, and Mitch Johnston, Lucas Mowery and Brady Neal each singled twice.

Matt Shank struck out four and walked two in a complete-game losing effort. He also singled and doubled.

Both teams play Thursday. Marion Center (2-10) plays host to Indiana Legion, and Young Township (9-4) welcomes Kovacik Insurance.

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