SENIOR LEGION: Ferguson lifts Renegades in playoff opener; Punxs'y shocks top seed Kovacik
Ryan Ferguson capped a three-run rally and drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift host Young Township to a 6-5 win over Indiana Legion in Game 1 of the Indiana County Senior Legion baseball semifinal playoff series Wednesday.
With the bases loaded and the score tied 5-5 in the seventh, Ferguson ripped an RBI single to right-center field to score Mitch Johnston for the game-winning run. Mitch Yard and Ian Satler each belted RBI singles earlier in the inning.
“He came up big for us and got the single that put the fork in them,” Young Township coach Barry Thomas said of Ferguson. “It was a tight, well-played game with lots of action. Fortunately, our No. 8 guy (Ferguson) came through and we didn’t have to go to extra innings.”
The Renegades plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the Ponies’ lead to 4-3.
Bo Putt clubbed an RBI double the following inning to give Indiana Legion a 5-3 lead.
Yard led the Renegades by going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Mike Percic singled and doubled, and Brandon Neal singled twice.
Neal fanned one, walked none and served up two hits in two innings of relief to earn the win. Starting pitcher Jarrett Geiger struck out three, walked three and surrendered six hits in five innings.
Jordan Hudzicki went 2-for-3 with a double to pace the Ponies. Chase Kromer went 2-for-4.
Indiana Legion‘s Matt Griffith struck out eight, walked three and allowed 10 hits in a complete-game effort.
Second-seeded Young Township (16-6) will face third-seeded Indiana Legion in Game 2 of the best-of-three series today at Keystone Rehab Field.
PUNXSUTAWNEY 7, KOVACIK INSURANCE 4: Punxsutawney pulled away in a tied game and plated three runs in the last two innings to topple four-time defending regular-season champ Kovacik Insurance in Game 1 of the semifinals at WyoTech Park.
With the game tied, Punxsutawney scored a run in the top of the sixth inning to take a 5-4 lead.
Punxsutawney then plated two runs in the following inning to stretch its lead to 7-4.
Cory Geer fanned four and walked none in two perfect innings of relief to pick up the win.
Brandon Blose went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to power Punxsutawney. Ruben Taylor singled twice and drove in two runs, Brandon Douthit singled and doubled, and Braxton Giavedoni singled twice.
Top-seeded Kovacik Insurance will travel to fourth-seeded Punxsutawney for Game 2 today.