ICL ROUNDUP: Amfire Mining climbs above .500 mark
Amfire Mining moved above the .500 mark with a 7-1 win over Greensburg in an Indiana County League baseball game at Keystone Rehab Field on Tuesday.
The Indies were clinging to a one-run advantage when they plated five runs on six hits and an error in the bottom of the sixth inning to break the game wide open and take a 7-1 lead.
Greg Stewart highlighted the rally with a two-run single.
P.J. Kuta ripped an RBI double, and Aaron Princes had an RBI single.
“We really piled on the runs for insurance so Stewart could just throw strikes and not worry about being too fancy. It was a big inning for us,” Amfire Mining player-manager Ryan Davies said.
Kuta finished 3-for-4, Stewart went 2-for-2, and current IUP shortstop Dylan Songer had two hits, including a double, and an RBI.
Eddie Gray struck out one and allowed two hits in 2 1-3 innings to earn the win. Stewart struck out three and allowed no hits or runs in two innings of relief.
“Eddie was doing fine when I took him out. I just didn’t want to take any chances,” Davies said. “Greg (Stewart) throws much harder, so I knew the change of speed would be a good thing. He (Stewart) pretty much shut them down the rest of the way.”
Lou Downey struck out four and walked two in a complete-game losing effort for Greensburg.
Both teams play on the road Thursday. Amfire Mining (11-10-1) travels to Trendy Trades and Greensburg (3-21) heads to New Derry.
BLAIRSVILLE 8, WEST LEBANON 3: First-place Blairsville got past West Lebanon in a game at One River Field, and the Colts (21-5-1) can wrap up the regular-season championship with a win or tie against second-place Bovard at home on Thursday.
Jarred Pennavaria went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs to pace Blairsville. Jordan Truscott went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored, and David Doak added a double and scored twice.
Neal West had one strikeout and four walks in three innings to pick up the win.
Garrett Mack took the loss, striking out one and walking two in three innings.
Matt Rebyanski cracked a double, and Zach Long went 2-for-4 for West Lebanon.
West Lebanon (11-13-1) visits Apollo on Thursday.
NEW DERRY 15, TRENDY TRADES 8: New Derry matched Trendy Trades’ 14 hits and plated nine of the game’s last 12 runs, including six in the seventh inning, to roll to a win in Graceton.
Dom DePalma and Luke Yandrick paced New Derry by going 3-for-3 apiece. DePalma had a double and three RBIs, and Yandrick had an RBI and scored four runs.
Chris Bossart doubled twice and collected three RBIs. Scott Dixon singled, doubled and drove in a run, and Jesse Hart singled twice and had an RBI.
Seth Stinson struck out four and walked one in a complete-game win.
Bryan Buzi led Trendy Trades by going 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Logan Douglas and Joel Yandrick also finished 3-for-3. Douglas had three runs scored and an RBI. Chad Martin added two hits, including a double, and three RBIs.
Trendy Trades player/manager Larry Cadile struck out five and walked one in a complete-game losing effort.
Both teams play at home Thursday. New Derry (11-13) plays host to Greensburg and Trendy Trades (10-11) welcomes Amfire Mining.