HS BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Indians cough up lead again, but prevail in 11 innings
Indiana staged a big seventh-inning comeback, then coughed up its lead, but the Indians went 11 innings to pull out a 7-6 victory over Laurel Highlands in a WPIAL Section 2-AAA baseball game Tuesday in Uniontown.
“I’m almost speechless after this one,” Indiana coach Rob Stossel said. “This is a good testament to the team we’re building.”
A day after the Indians had an eight-game winning streak snapped with a loss at Mount Pleasant, Indiana went into the top of the seventh inning trailing Laurel Highlands, 4-1.
Bo Putt smacked a two-run double, Danny Clark hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game, and Indiana went ahead, 5-4, on Trent Ream’s bases-loaded walk.
The Mustangs (5-10, 2-7 section) plated a run in the bottom of the inning to force extras, though, and the teams exchanged runs in the 10th.
Ream singled in Ryan Creps in the top of the 11th, and Zach Schultz shut the door in the bottom of the inning. The freshman pitcher finished with five strikeouts and two walks in five innings of relief to earn the win.
A day earlier, Indiana entered the final inning with a 7-4 lead before Mount Pleasant plated four seventh-inning runs to pull out an 8-7 win and snap Indiana’s winning streak.
The Indians proved they weren’t affected by the loss.
“I can’t understate the importance of this win, obviously in the win-loss column, but also in the character it took to fight back,” Stossel said.
“It’s one of those games that happens every so often, and being on the winning side of it gives us a great feeling.”
Jordan Hudzicki also doubled for Indiana. Putt finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Clark, Creps, Matt Griffith and Sean Thompson had two hits each.
Indiana (13-2, 8-2) can clinch at least a share of the section title with a win over Uniontown this afternoon at the White Township Recreation Complex.
BLAIRSVILLE 6, SALTSBURG 2: Blairsville avoided a letdown the day after taking over sole possession of first place in the Heritage Conference, rapping 13 hits in a victory over rival Saltsburg.
Anthony Faulk led off the game with a home run and added a double, Cameron Livingston went 3-for-3 and John Distefano went 2-for-2 with two doubles for the Bobcats.
Bobby Thompson struck out eight and walked two in seven innings to earn the win. He allowed two runs on six hits.
Reed Ratkus went 3-for-4. He and Faulk scored two runs each, and Colton McMillan added two hits.
Mitchel Yard took the loss for Saltsburg. He struck out four and walked two in six innings.
Both teams play Thursday. Blairsville (9-1) welcomes United for a doubleheader, and Saltsburg (6-5) plays at Northern Cambria.
NORTHERN CAMBRIA 15, MARION CENTER 9: Northern Center used a six-run surge in the top of the eighth inning to topple host Marion Center in a wild Heritage Conference game.
Northern Cambria trailed 9-6 before plating three runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie it at 9.
Two innings later, the Colts erupted for six runs in the eighth to take a 15-9 lead. Josh Bonatesta and Adam Polites fueled the burst with a two-run double and a two-run single, respectively.
Matt Eckenrode had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs to lead Northern Cambria.
Josh Bonatesta and Joe Olish went 3-for-5 each, and Josh Prasko was 3-for-6 with a double and an RBI. Bonatesta had a double and three RBIs, and Olish had two RBIs. Joey Frontino was 2-for-6 with two RBIs.
Evan Waldron struck out one and allowed no runs in three innings of relief to notch the win. Olish, the starter, struck out three and allowed nine runs in five innings.
Brodey Thompson paced Marion Center by going 3-for-5. Hunter Stiteler and C.J. Stiles scored three runs each.
Justin Tonkin struck out four and walked four in a complete-game losing effort.
Northern Cambria (4-6) plays host to Penns Manor today. Marion Center (6-4) welcomes Penns Manor on Friday.
UNITED 9, PURCHASE LINE 4: United outhit Purchase Line 11-9 and scored the game’s first nine runs en route to a win in a Heritage Conference game in Armagh.
The Lions led 2-0 before plating four runs on five hits in the bottom of the third inning to stretch their lead to 6-0.
Johnny Nau paced United by going 3-for-4 with an inside-the-park homer and four RBIs.
Taylor Sheriff and Bailey Skavang had two hits apiece. Skavang doubled and had two RBIs, and he struck out seven and walked two in a complete-game win.
Luke Barnett led Purchase Line with a solo homer. Derrick Deyarmin and Darren Bingaman had two hits apiece for the Dragons.
Barnett struck out five and walked two in a complete-game losing effort.
Both teams play on the road Thursday. United (2-11) travels to Blairsville and Purchase Line (1-10) heads to Penns Manor.
DERRY 6, YOUGH 4: Derry erased a late three-run deficit and scored five runs in the last three innings to outlast Yough for a win in a WPIAL Section 2-AAA game at Cougar Field.
The Trojans trimmed Yough’s lead to 4-3 by scoring two runs on two hits, a walk and an error in the top of the fifth inning.
Derry scored a run on two hits in the sixth inning, and then scored a run on two hits in the seventh to pull away for the win.
Luke Ridilla powered the Trojans with two singles, a double and two RBIs.
Joey Kelly struck out one, walked one and allowed two earned runs and seven hits to earn a complete-game win.
Derry (8-5, 7-3 section) plays host to Indiana on Friday.
APOLLO-RIDGE 11, WEST SHAMOKIN 0: Delbert Brown had 12 strikeouts out of the 15 outs he recorded in a five-inning, mercy-rule-shortened WPIAL Section 3-AA game in Spring Church.
Brown allowed just one hit and one walk to earn the win.
Mike Percic and Sam Held both slugged two-run home runs in the fourth inning and finished with three hits for the Vikings (8-9, 4-5). Mitchell Johnston had a double and a triple, and Held added a double.
Travis Anderson took the loss for West Shamokin (2-10, 1-7).
The teams play at West Shamokin today.