YOUTH LEGION ROUNDUP: Walbeck sweeps twinbill from Black Sox; first-place Kovacik rolls
Walbeck Insurance used late rallies in each game to sweep S.W. Jack, 12-8, and 8-7, in an Indiana County Youth Legion baseball doubleheader Wednesday at First Commonwealth Field.
In Game 1, Walbeck Insurance scored the game-winning run and tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning with a pair of bases-loaded walks.
Matt Alexander drew a walk with one out to give Walbeck Insurance an 11-10 lead, and then Sam Cunkleman drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs to make it a 12-10 game.
“That’s not the way you want to win a game, or see another team lose, but a win’s a win,” Walbeck Insurance coach Doug McNulty said.
Jesse Lee struck out 12 and walked five in six innings to notch the win.
Alexander singled twice and doubled to lead Walbeck Insurance. Michael Ginter smacked two singles.
Losing pitcher Taylor Squiric fanned six and walked five in four innings.
Ryan Dixson singled twice to power the Black Sox.
Walbeck Insurance amassed each of its nine hits and scored all of its runs in the fifth and sixth innings of Game 2.
Walbeck Insurance erased a five-run deficit by plating four runs on four hits and two walks in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 5-4.
In the following inning, Walbeck Insurance scored four runs on five hits to take an 8-5 lead.
The Black Sox answered in the top of the seventh with two runs to trim Walbeck Insurance’s lead to 8-7.
But with two outs and the tying run on second, Walbeck Insurance relief pitcher Corey Cavalier got Luke Wachob to ground out to third base to end the game.
“Nathaniel (Davis) did an excellent job keeping us in the game through the first five innings, but then he hit a wall,” McNulty said. “Corey’s been doing an excellent job for us, so we went with him, and he didn’t let us down.
“Those guys are both 13 years old and I think it’s safe to say that they have bright futures.”
Davis struck out five and walked three in five innings to get the win.
Lee singled, doubled and drove in three runs to lead Walbeck Insurance. Jake Saiani, Davis and Alexander each singled twice.
Luke Thomas singled three times to guide the Black Sox.
Both teams play Monday. Walbeck Insurance (6-7) travels to Clymer Legion and S.W. Jack (8-6) plays host to Marion Center.
KOVACIK INSURANCE 11, I-MEDICAL 1: First-place Kovacik Insurance jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and limited second-place I-Medical to two hits en route to a win in a game that was shortened to six innings due to the mercy rule at WyoTech Park.
Omar Ward tossed a two-hitter to get the win. Ward, who struck out 10 and walked three, also stroked three base hits.
Dakota Sunday singled three times for the Giants.
Bubba Seitz singled and doubled.
Both teams play Friday. Kovacik Insurance (13-0) plays host to Clymer Legion and I-Medical (9-4) travels to United NRG.
CLYMER LEGION 12, MARION CENTER 0: Host Clymer Legion plated 11 runs in the first two innings and handcuffed Marion Center to earn its first win in a game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
“They’ve been battling bad luck all year long,” Clymer Legion coach Bill Lightner said. “Almost every game we’ve lost came down to one bad inning, and today, we finally had two big innings in a row.
“Once they got going, they really fed off one another. It was great to see.”
Clayton Stupic tossed a two-hitter to earn the win. Stupic struck out seven and walked two. He also went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs.
Jimmy Lightner went 2-for-3 for Clymer Legion. Austin Shirley and Dylan Myers each singled and drove in a run, and Zac Horwat drove in two runs.
Both teams play on the road Friday. Clymer Legion (1-11) travels to Kovacik Insurance and Marion Center (5-6) heads to Young Township.
INDIANA LIONS 9, YOUNG TOWNSHIP 2: Indiana Lions pitcher Ian Helsel fired a four-hitter and got all the run support he needed in the fourth inning to rout Young Township at Bertolino Field.
Indiana Lions erased a one-run deficit and plated four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead.
Indiana Lions tacked on two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to pull away for the win.
Helsel struck out seven and walked six. He also singled and doubled.
Taylor Hudzicki singled and doubled for Indiana Lions. Tommy Budash banged out two base hits.
Devin Fairman struck out five, walked four and allowed 10 hits in a complete-game losing effort.
Young Township (9-4) plays host to Marion Center on Friday. Indiana Lions (9-5) travels to Walbeck Insurance on Friday.