ICL BASEBALL: Colts, New Derry beat rain, win games
Blairsville pitcher Jarred Pennavaria tossed a gem, and the Colts plated seven runs in the fourth inning to topple West Lebanon, 7-1, in an Indiana County League baseball game Wednesday at Bertolino Field.
The game was shortened to five innings due to rain.
Pennavaria fired a four-hitter, striking out nine without issuing a walk.
The Colts trailed 1-0 before scoring seven runs on five hits, two walks and an error in the top of the fourth. Scott Harsh ignited the rally by cracking a two-run double with the bases loaded. Ben Doak added a two-run single, and Joe Culler, Pennavaria and Dan Leonard each smacked RBI singles.
“We left a lot of guys on base — mostly in scoring position — in our last game,” Culler, Blairsville’s player-manager, said of Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to Trendy Trades. “(Nick) Draghi loaded the bases with a bunt, and then we just busted out. Harsh came up big with that double. He’s been coming up big at the bottom of the lineup all year.”
Leonard led Blairsville by going 2-for-3.
Both teams play today. Blairsville (18-4-1) plays host to New Derry, and West Lebanon (11-8-1) welcomes Trendy Trades.
NEW DERRY 8, TRENDY TRADES 2: New Derry raced to a 4-0 first-inning lead and racked up 12 hits en route to a win over host Trendy Trades in a game that was shortened to five innings due to rain.
Scott Dixon hit a home run and drove in three runs to pace New Derry. Andrew Oshnock and Jordan Hope each singled twice and drove in a run, and Ben Emminger singled twice.
John Santoro tossed a four-hitter to earn the win. Santoro struck out four and walked three.
Bryan Buzi singled and doubled to lead Trendy Trades.
Craig Krejocic struck out five and walked one in a complete-game losing effort.
Both teams play today. New Derry (9-11) travels to Blairsville, and Trendy Trades (7-11) visits West Lebanon.