ICL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Indies sweep, climb over .500 mark
Amfire Mining outhit West Lebanon 20-4 on the afternoon and the Indies earned a doubleheader sweep in Indiana County League baseball action Sunday at Bertolino Field
Amfire Mining won the first game, 8-6, and the second game, 4-0, to climb above the .500 mark on the season and improve to 8-7-1.
In Game 2, Clark tossed a one-hitter and the Indies amassed nine hits en route to a shutout.
Thomchick walked and then scored on an error in the top of the sixth to give the Indies a 2-0 lead. Four batters later, Trimble cracked a two-run double to stretch Amfire Mining’s lead to 4-0.
Clark struck out eight and walked two. Rebyanski stroked a double off Clark in the bottom of the first for West Lebanon’s lone hit.
“He had some really good velocity today,” Amfire Mining player-manager Ryan Davies said. “His breaking ball was really working well for him, too. Aside from the double Rebyanski hit, and a couple of walks, he was pretty close to perfect.”
Trimble led Indiana by going 3-for-4. Greg Stewart finished 2-for-4 with a double.
Garry Wurm struck out three, walked five and allowed nine hits in a complete-game losing effort.
The Indies racked up 11 hits and scored the game’s last four runs in the opener to score a come-from-behind win.
Amfire Mining trailed 6-4 before plating three runs on three hits and a walk to take a 7-6 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Danny Clark, Dylan Songer and Travis Holby each ripped RBI singles to fuel the rally.
Greg Stewart fired a hitless inning of relief to get the win. Starter Troy Trimble struck out seven and allowed three hits in five innings, and Joe Pacconi also had a hitless inning of relief.
Jordan Hudzicki paced Amfire Mining by going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Clark and Mark Thomchick each singled twice.
Matt Rebyanski and Josh Mottorn each singled and drove in two runs for West Lebanon. Matt Griffith drove in a pair of runs.
Rebyanski struck out five and walked four in a complete-game losing effort.
Both teams play Sunday. Amfire Mining travels to Blairsville, and West Lebanon (8-7) plays host to Greensburg.
APOLLO 11-4, TRENDY TRADES 10-6: After blowing an 8-3 lead, Apollo was able to rally twice in extra innings to pull of an 11-10 win over Trendy Trades in an error-filled game before.
After taking a 4-0 lead in the first and extending the advantage to 8-3 with another four-run frame in the sixth, Apollo saw its big lead evaporate as Trendy Trades scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to get within 8-7.
Apollo scored twice again in the seventh to take a 10-7 lead before Trendy Trades forced extra innings with a three-run bottom of the seventh.
Ryan Bernat and Larry Cadile provided much of the offense for Trendy Trades, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs apiece.
But it was Apollo’s Josh Sasse who stole the show, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and four runs scored — including the go-ahead run in the top of the eight inning. After reaching on an error and advancing on a fielder’s choice, Sasse scored on another Trendy Trades error — their fifth of the game.
“He [Sasse] hadn’t been hitting the ball real well,” Apollo coach Andy Proch said. “It was good to see him turn it around today and help us pick up the win.”
Caleb Kilgore picked up the win in relief, going two innings while striking out two and walking two.
Bernat was the losing pitcher for Trendy Trades. He didn’t register a strikeout and didn’t walk a batter in one inning of work.
In Game 2, Joel Yandrick went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs to help Trendy Trades grind out a win and a split of the doubleheader.
Cadile drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game, 3-3, in the bottom of the sixth inning. The next batter, Yandrick, smacked a three-run double to make it 6-3.
Ben Carnahan ripped an RBI single in the top of the seventh to trim Trendy Trades’ lead to 6-4, but that’s as close as Apollo got.
Mike Panchik ended the game by striking out the next batter, Ryan McGonigle.
“Joel had a really nice game,” Cadile said. “He was seeing the ball really well and hitting it hard. He came up really big with that hit. We left the bases loaded twice before that, so Joel really came up big there.”
Bernat, Chad Martin and Craig Krejocic each singled twice for Trendy Trades. Seth Tassos singled and drove in a pair of runs.
Panchik tossed a five-hitter to earn the win. Panchik struck out five and walked three.
Ken Johnson singled twice and drove in a run for Apollo.
Trendy Trades (6-9) plays host to Bovard on Tuesday. Apollo (7-14) welcomes New Derry on Sunday.
BOVARD 3-6, NEW DERRY 2-1: Second-place Bovard racked up a combined 21 hits in two games to sweep New Derry in a doubleheader at New Derry Field.
In Game 1, Bovard plated the eventual game-winning run in the top of the 10th inning off New Derry reliever Stephen Tucci.
Bovard reliever Jon Murphy earned the win. Murphy struck out one, walked one and allowed no runs in four innings.
Jimmy Hauser singled, doubled and drove in a run to lead New Derry. Luke Yandrick finished 2-for-5.
New Derry starting pitcher Zack Bowman struck out seven and walked three in six innings.
In Game 2, Bovard outhit New Derry 15-1 en route to an easy win.
Anthony Marazza finished 3-for-4 with a double for the Bison. Nick Glesk singled twice and drove in three runs, Josh Holtzer, Brad Walor, Steve Anderson and Pat Kohl each had two hits. Anderson and Kohl had doubles.
Steve Zerbini doubled and drove in two runs.
Bovard ace Joel Martin struck out 13, walked none and allowed one run in six innings to earn the win. Anderson struck out two in one inning of relief.
Ben Emminger notched New Derry’s lone hit, a single.
Losing pitcher Seth Stinson struck out five and walked one in six innings.
Bovard (11-3-1) travels to Trendy Trades on Tuesday. New Derry (7-9) travels to Apollo on Sunday.
BLAIRSVILLE 7-7, GREENSBURG 0-0: First-place Blairsville won both games of the scheduled twinbill by forfeit. The Colts (16-3-1) play host to Amfire Mining on Sunday, and Greensburg visits West Lebanon.