INDIANA COUNTY LEAGUE BASEBALL: New Derry tops Colts in series opener
Scott Dixon ripped an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning to drive in the eventual game-winning run and propel New Derry to a 5-4 win over Blairsville in the opening game of the semifinal-round series of the Indiana County League baseball playoffs Sunday at One River Field.
Third-seeded New Derry (11-13) plays host to second-seeded Blairsville in Game 2 of the best-of-five series today.
Dom DePalma tied the game for the Tigers in the seventh by belting an RBI single that plated Keith Rhea.
The next batter, Dixon, stroked an RBI single to score Ty Ferlin, giving New Derry a 5-4 lead.
Winning pitcher Zach Bowman allowed no runs in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the win.
A two-run double from Rhea and an RBI single from Tommy Kelly helped New Derry jump out to a 3-1 lead in the top of the second.
Scott Harsh cracked an RBI single in the bottom of the second to trim the Tigers’ lead to 3-2.
Ryan Bernat hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to give Blairsville a 4-3 lead.
Rhea finished 2-for-3, and DePalma and Dixon each went 2-for-4.
Bowman fanned three, walked none and allowed 10 hits in a complete-game win.
Bobby Thompson doubled twice to lead Blairsville.
Harsh struck out eight, walked four and surrendered eight hits in a complete-game losing effort. Harsh also went 2-for-3.
BOVARD 9, WEST LEBANON 2: Three-time defending league champ Bovard gave pitcher Tim Buzzard all the run support he needed in the third inning en route to a win over visiting West Lebanon in Game 1 of their semifinal series.
Top-seeded Bovard travels to West Lebanon for Game 2 today.
The Bison added to their two-run lead and plated six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 9-1 lead.
Buzzard struck out eight, walked two and allowed seven hits and no extra-base hits.
Steve Zerbini cracked a solo homer to power Bovard.
Matt Rebyanski suffered the loss for West Lebanon.