YOUTH LEGION BASEBALL: KOVACIK INSURANCE 11, UNITED NRG 0
KOVACIK INSURANCE 11, UNITED NRG 0: Kovacik Insurance mounted run-scoring rallies in each of the first three innings, limited United NRG to just two hits and improved to 15-0 with a win in an Indiana County Youth Legion game at WyoTech Park.
The game was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Bubba Seitz and Rick Shirley teamed up to toss a two-hitter. Seitz struck out five, walked four and allowed two hits in four innings to get the win, and Shirley struck out two, walked one and yielded no hits in one inning of relief.
“Neither one of them had really pitched much this year, but that just shows the depth we have in our staff,” Kovacik Insurance coach Dan Shirley said. “They just went out and threw strikes and let our defense catch the ball behind them. It was a good day, especially since we got to save some arms.”
United NRG (2-10) visits Clymer Legion on Wednesday, and Kovacik Insurance travels to Walbeck Insurance on Thursday.
MARION CENTER 8, S.W. JACK 2: Marion Center broke open a one-run game and plated six runs in the top of the sixth inning to topple S.W. Jack at Charlie Hogan Field.
Marion Center was nursing a one-run lead before scoring six runs on two hits and five walks in the sixth to take an 8-1 lead. With the bases loaded and no outs, Eric Stitt sparked the rally by belting a three-run double.
“We started to struggle throwing strikes, and that killed us,” S.W. Jack coach Mitch Pacconi said. “The walks did us in that inning, but we didn’t hit the ball either.”
Jordan Williams struck out five, walked six and allowed two hits and two runs in 5 1-3 innings to get the win.
Jared Marshall went 2-for-4 to pace Marion Center.
Both teams play Wednesday. S.W. Jack (9-7) travels to Young Township, and Marion Center (7-7) visits I-Medical.
I-MEDICAL 8, SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME 3: I-Medical plated four runs in each of the first and fifth innings and surrendered just three hits en route to a win over Shoemaker Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.
Joey DiPietro struck out 10 in 5 2-3 innings to earn the win.
Zack Olechovski struck out four and allowed seven hits in a complete-game losing effort.
Dylan Direnzo led Shoemaker Funeral home with two hits and two RBIs.
I-Medical (11-4) plays host to Marion Center on Wednesday, and Shoemaker Funeral Home (2-11) travels to Indiana Lions on Monday.