SENIOR LEGION: Young Township forces playoff to determine regular-season champ
WEST LEBANON — Kovacik Insurance and Young Township have been battling atop the Indiana County Senior Legion standings for weeks, and now, they’ll have to wait one more day to determine who’ll be the regular-season champion.
Young Township scored eight runs in the fourth inning and raced to a 12-2 win over Kovacik Insurance on Saturday afternoon to force a one-game playoff for the regular-season league title.
“Now, it’s winner takes all,” Young Township coach Barry Thomas said. “We knew coming in that we needed to win to have a chance, and we won and now we’ll have a playoff. It was a good day for us and a good day for baseball.”
The two teams flipped a coin after Saturday’s game to determine where Monday’s playoff game would be. Kovacik Insurance won the coin toss, and the playoff will be played at 6 p.m. Monday at Blairsville’s WyoTech Park.
“We were hoping to play out here in West Lebanon, but you can’t win them all,” Thomas said. “We just need to go down there and keep hitting the ball.”
Young Township racked up 13 hits Saturday. Mitch Johnston went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Ian Satler added three hits and three RBIs. Johnston hit two doubles in Young Township’s big fourth inning.
“We batted around, plus some,” Thomas said. “It was an explosion of hits. We had 13 batters in that inning and made them change pitchers.”
The game was shortened to six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Jarrett Geiger earned the win, striking out five and walking three in five innings. Losing pitcher Tayler Sheriff struck out five and walked none.
“We got another solid outing from Geiger,” Thomas said. “He pitched a couple innings earlier in the week and came out and pitched five good ones today. He pitched well.”
Mitchel Yard, Devin Fairman and Geiger added two hits apiece for Young Township.
Anthony Faulk, Cameron Livingston and Andrew Schultz each had a hit for Kovacik Insurance, which scored its only two runs in the fifth inning.
“We knew what we needed to do today, and the team responded well,” Thomas said. “Now, we just need to go win another one.”