In the first of two games on the day for Blairsville, New Derry scored eight runs in the last three innings, including four in the top of the ninth, to earn a 9-5 win over the first-place Colts in an Indiana County League baseball game Sunday at One River Field.
The Colts were trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth when Scott Thompson ripped an RBI double to tie the game at 5.
The Tigers, however, plated four runs on five hits and a hit batsman in the top of the ninth to take a 9-5 lead. New Derry player-manager Scott Dixon cracked a two-run double to fuel the rally. Dixon finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs.
Tommy Kelly singled twice and scored a run for New Derry. Kelly walked three and allowed one run in two innings of relief to pick up the win.
Bobby Thompson finished 3-for-5 with a run scored for the Colts. Scott Thompson went 2-for-2, and Andrew Gilmore and Bobby Gaston each singled twice.
New Derry (4-6) plays host to Amfire Mining on Tuesday.
BLAIRSVILLE 8, GREENSBURG 1: Blairsville pitcher Bobby Gaston struck out 13 in six innings, and the Colts mounted scoring rallies in three consecutive stanzas to topple host Greensburg in their second game of the day at One River Field.
The Colts extended their early two-run lead by plating four runs on four hits in the top of the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Dan Leonard sparked the rally with an RBI double, and David Doak and Jarred Pennavaria each ripped RBI singles.
Gaston walked two and allowed four hits in six innings.
“He pitched really well,” Blairsville player-manager Joe Culler said. “He still has to work a little on hitting his spots, but it’s great to have another young arm around.”
Doak paced Blairsville by going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, three runs scored and three RBIs. Pennavaria singled twice, scored twice and drove in a run, and Culler singled and drove in two runs.
Both teams play Tuesday. Blairsville (9-3-1) travels to Apollo, and Greensburg (3-7) visits Trendy Trades.
APOLLO 9, AMFIRE MINING 5: Backed by a six-run first inning and solid pitching from Cody Galo, Apollo held on for a victory of Amfire Mining.
Apollo used three hits, a walk, two errors and a hit batsman to jump out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Amfire Mining scored all five of its runs in the last three innings.
After the first inning, Apollo tacked on one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Galo struck out four and walked one in six innings.
“He was very good,” Apollo manager Andy Proch said. “He was solid for five innings, but then the wheels fell off. He gave us five very good innings, which helped us win.”
John Shaffer and John Bowser had two hits apiece for Apollo. Ryan McGonigle had three RBIs, and Grant Pavlik added two.
For Amfire Mining, Danny Clark drove in two runs.
Both teams play Tuesday. Apollo (5-8) plays host to Blairsville, and Amfire Mining (4-5) travels to New Derry.
APOLLO 12, TRENDY TRADES 8: Host Apollo got outhit 14-7 but scored 12 of the game’s first 13 runs and rolled over Amfire Mining in its second game of the day.
Apollo scored seven runs on six walks, two errors and a hit batsman in the bottom of the second inning to jump out to a 10-1 lead.
“It usually happens to us in the sense that we’re the ones walking players and committing costly errors,” Proch said. “You never want to wish that on another team, but we got lucky today.”
For Apollo, Phil Shallenberger went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Jake Shaffer added three RBIs, and Ben Carnahan finished with two hits.
John Sasse picked up the win. He struck out three and walked none in two innings.
Logan Douglas went 4-for-4 with two RBIs for Trendy Trades. Ryan Bernat went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Both teams play Tuesday. Apollo (5-8) plays host to Blairsville, and Trendy Trades (2-6) welcomes Greensburg.