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SENIOR LEGION ROUNDUP: Kovacik, Young Township set for key clash

by The Indiana Gazette on July 05, 2014 10:40 AM

Kovacik Insurance plated seven runs in the first inning and put itself in position to win the regular-season title by easing past Marion Center, 10-3, in an Indiana County Senior Legion baseball game Thursday at WyoTech Park.

The winner of today’s game between defending champ Kovacik Insurance (14-4) and Young Township (14-5) will win the regular-season title.

“This was a huge win,” Kovacik Insurance assistant coach Todd Faulk said.

“Marion Center’s a tough team but our starting pitching was strong and Tayler Sheriff gave us three solid innings of relief, plus our top three hitters, Anthony Faulk, Reed Ratkus and Cam Livingston, each had two hits.”

Faulk led Kovacik Insurance by going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Ratkus went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Livingston finished 2-for-4, and Nick Payne singled and drove in two runs.

Payne fanned one and allowed five hits and three runs in four innings to get the win.

Sheriff threw three scoreless innings of relief and picked up the save.

Justin Tonkin and Erik Hicks each singled twice to lead Marion Center.

Marion Center (2-14) travels to Indiana Legion today.

YOUNG TOWNSHIP 10, HOMER CITY LEGION 8: Playoff-bound Young Township plated five runs in the top of the eighth inning and then held off a strong push from Homer City Legion to earn a win at First Commonwealth Field.

Homer City Legion plated three runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Renegades’ lead to 10-8 before Jacob Vilcek grounded out to second base to end the game with the bases loaded.

“My team played an inspiring game tonight, and we gave them all they could handle,” Homer City Legion coach Joe Silveri said.

“To give a playoff team a good battle was nice, but in the end, they showed us why they’re going to the playoffs and why we’re not.”

Homer City Legion, which forfeited its games this weekend because of a lack of available players, concluded its season with a 1-19 record. Young Township (14-5) plays host to Kovacik Insurance today.

KOVACIK INSURANCE 12, HOMER CITY LEGION 2: In a game played Tuesday, host Kovacik Insurance scored 11 runs in the last three innings to rout Homer City Legion in a game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.

Anthony Faulk went 3-for-3 to power Kovacik Insurance. Tayler Sheriff singled and drove in three runs.

Colton McMillan struck out three, walked two and surrendered three hits and no runs in four innings to pick up the win.

Homer City’s Alex Arone fanned five and walked five in a complete-game effort.

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