INDIANA COUNTY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS: Blairsville forges tie in series
Blairsville’s Ben Doak drove in the eventual game-winning run with an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of seventh inning to spoil a New Derry comeback in a 7-6 victory that tied their Indiana County League semifinal-round playoff series at one game apiece at New Derry Field on Tuesday.
With one out and the game knotted 6-6, Doak lifted a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Scott Thompson.
Then, with two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh, Doak, pitching in relief, induced a groundout to first base from New Derry’s Cameron Gerhard to end the game.
The Tigers erased a 6-0 deficit by plating three runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings.
Brock Harsh went 2-for-3 with a solo homer to lead the Colts. Bobby Thompson singled and doubled, and Doak drove in three runs.
Doak allowed no hits and no runs in 2-3 innings to get the win. Steve Janik struck out five, walked one and allowed six hits and four runs (one earned) in five innings.
Romulus Marino came on in relief, pitched 1 1-3 innings and allowed the tying run but picked up the win. Doak notched a save.
Tyler Pakos went 3-for-4 with a double to pace New Derry. Steven Tucci singled twice, and Dom DePalma singled and drove in three runs.
John Santoro fanned three, walked four and allowed eight hits and five earned runs in a complete-game losing effort.
Blairsville plays host to New Derry in Game 3 today.
BOVARD 4, WEST LEBANON 3: Bovard’s Jon Murphy escaped a bases-loaded jam with one out in the seventh inning to help the Bison nip visiting West Lebanon and earn a sweep in their semifinal-round series.
West Lebanon loaded the bases in the seventh after scoring a run to trim Bovard’s lead to 4-3. Murphy, however, worked out of the jam by striking out the next two batters to end the game.
The Bison plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead.
West Lebanon answered with a run the following inning to make the score 4-2.
Brandon Hassinger struck out five, walked one and allowed nine hits in six innings to earn the win.
Tyler Beitel struck out five and walked five in a complete-game losing effort.
Top-seeded Bovard, the three-time defending league champ, will play the winner of the semifinal series between New Derry and Blairsville in the best-of-seven league championship series, which is scheduled to begin Sunday.
West Lebanon concluded its season with a record of 10-17-1.