INDIANA COUNTY LEAGUE: WEST LEBANON 5-8, GREENSBURG 1-4
Behind some solid pitching performances, West Lebanon was able to pick up a doubleheader sweep against Greensburg.
In the opener, Garrett Mack picked up the win, going six innings while striking out nine and walking seven. He allowed just two hits.
West Lebanon did most of its damage in the bottom of the fourth inning.
After player/manager Josh Mottorn and Mack reached base on errors, Todd Smyers lined an RBI single to left to give West Lebanon a 2-1 lead. Mitchel Yard followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1, and after West Lebanon loaded the bases, Matt Griffith drew a walk to score another run and make it 4-1.
Smyers, who had been in a recent slump, and Shane Wingard led the way with two hits apiece.
“Todd had been struggling to hit the ball recently,” Mottorn said. “But it was nice to see him step up and carry the load.”
In the second game, West Lebanon got a complete-game pitching performance from Tyler Beitel to finish off the twinbill sweep.
Beitel struck out four and walked two in seven innings.
In the sixth inning, things seemed to come apart for Beitel as he allowed five straight hits, allowing Greensburg to put three runs on the board and cut West Lebanon’s 8-1 lead to 8-4. He then got a double play to get out of the inning.
“He was strong all game long until the sixth,” Mottorn said. “He wasn’t able to locate his pitches in the sixth and things started to snowball. But he has been strong all year and gave us a chance to win today. That’s all we ask of him.”
Beitel had breathing room, though, due to a strong offensive performance.
West Lebanon’s first two hitters in the lineup, Beitel and Wingard combined to go 5-for-8 with three RBIs and four runs scored.
“Shane did a good job of getting on base any way that he could as the leadoff guy,” Mottorn said. “He really stepped up for us and played well in both games.”
Matt Rebyanski added a double for West Lebanon.
West Lebanon (10-7-1) plays host to New Derry, and Greensburg visits Apollo on Tuesday.