With a chance to get the upper hand on Bovard in the standings and improve to 8-0, the Blairsville Colts just couldn’t get it done offensively in the clutch.
The Colts had the game-winning run standing on third base with no outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, only to watch Bovard reliever Mike Johnson work out of the jam and preserve a 4-4 tie in an Indiana County League baseball game Thursday at One River Field. And that’s the way it ended.
The game was called after 10 innings due to darkness.
Scott Harsh tied the game for the Colts in the 10th when he ripped an RBI triple to score Bobby Thompson.
But Johnson struck out Ben Doak, induced a groundout from Scott Thompson, and then baited Craig Paouncic into flying out to center field to end the game.
“We tied it up and we were looking for the win. It just didn’t happen,” Blairsville player-manager Joe Culler said. “Mike’s a good pitcher and he pitched his way out tonight.”
Doak went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Jarred Pennavaria finished 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Culler singled twice, and Harsh finished 2-for-5.
Harsh struck out five and gave up no walks in 5 1-3 innings.
Anthony Marazza singled and drove in two runs for Bovard. Joe Novak singled twice and drove in the go-ahead run for Bovard in the top of the 10th.
Johnson struck out five and walked three in six innings of relief.
Both teams play Sunday. Blairsville (7-0-1) travels to Trendy Trades, and Bovard (4-2-1) plays host to Amfire Mining.
WEST LEBANON 11, APOLLO 5: West Lebanon piled up a season-high 16 hits and used an eight-run fourth inning to run away from host Apollo in a game that was shortened to six innings due to darkness.
Matt Rebyanski broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth with a grand slam, and he finished with a game-high five RBIs.
Rebyanski also earned the win, striking out three and walking one in three innings of relief.
Josh Mottorn led West Lebanon’s 16-hit barrage, going 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Shane Wingard singled three times, while Todd Smyers and Nick Coccaro each had two singles.
Phil Shallenberger doubled twice and drove in a run to pace Apollo.
Both teams play at home Sunday. West Lebanon (5-2) plays host to New Derry, and Apollo (1-7) welcomes Greensburg.
TRENDY TRADES 7, AMFIRE MINING 1: Trendy Trades’ offense finally woke up after a slow start to the season.
With the game tied 1-1, the Homer City entry erupted to plate six runs on five hits in the bottom of the sixth inning. Larry Cadile and Ryan Bernat each stroked two-run doubles during the inning, and Trendy Trades finished with nine hits, one of its better offensive showings of the year.
“That’s the first time we’ve really hit the ball well as a team all year,” player-manager Cadile said. “We came into the game hitting .163 as a team, and we were getting shut down again by Danny Clark. The guys just started hitting. We went back-to-back with a bunch of hits for the first time in six games.”
Cadile led Trendy Trades with two doubles, Bernat doubled twice, and Logan Douglas singled twice drove in a run.
Winning pitcher Matt Wilson fired a four-hitter, striking out seven and walking one.
P.J. Kuta doubled twice for Amfire Mining.
Both teams play Sunday. Trendy Trades (2-4) plays host to Blairsville, and Amfire Mining (4-3) heads to Bovard.