YOUTH LEGION BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Young Township rallies for comeback win
WEST LEBANON — Young Township broke open a tightly contested game with big innings in the fourth and fifth, and then held off a late push from Walbeck Insurance to earn a 5-3 win in an Indiana County Youth Legion baseball game at Bertolino Field.
Tyler Hill ripped a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Young Township a 2-1 lead. Brady Neal scored later in the inning on a fielder’s choice to make it a 3-1 game.
An inning later, Doug Shaffer legged out a bunt single and then scored on the play from first base on a throwing error, plating the eventual game-winning run to give Young Township 4-1 lead.
Devin Fairman paced Young Township by going 2-for-3 with four stolen bases. Hill finished 2-for-3.
Tanner Yard struck out four, walked one and allowed seven hits in a complete-game win.
Matt Alexander singled twice for Walbeck Insurance.
Stephen Novak struck out three, walked four and allowed seven hits in a complete-game losing effort.
Both teams play Monday. Young Township (8-5) travels to Fezell Enterprises, and Walbeck Insurance (5-6) plays host to I-Medical.
FEZELL ENTERPRISES 3, UNITED NRG 0: Peyton Graham tossed a no-hitter to guide visiting Fezell Enterprises to a shutout win over United NRG.
Keeston Perry broke the game open with a two-run double in the top of the sixth inning to give Fezell Enterprises a 3-0 lead.
Graham struck out eight and walked three for the only three baserunners he allowed all game.
“He pitched a great game,” United NRG manager Steve Barbus said. “He had good location and he kept our hitters off balance. We made contact, but not good contact. He just pitched a phenomenal game.”
Beau Sheriff struck out five, walked two and allowed six hits in a complete-game losing effort.
Fezell Enterprises (5-8) plays host to Young Township on Monday. United (1-9) travels to Kovacik Insurance on Tuesday.
FEZELL ENTERPRISES 12, MARION CENTER 2: In a game played Wednesday, Fezell Enterprises outhit visiting Marion Center 14-3 to coast to a win in a game that was shortened to six innings due to the mercy rule.
Dylan Huey paced Fezell Enterprises by going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Caleb Smith went 3-for-5, and Canaan Knox finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Joey DiPietro went 2-for-3, and Michael Greenblatt singled and drove in two runs.
Trent Stouffer struck out four and allowed three hits in five innings to pick up the win.
INDIANA LIONS 11, MARION CENTER 4: Visiting Indiana Lions racked up 13 hits and scored the game’s first nine runs en route to an easy victory over winless Marion Center.
Taylor Hudzicki doubled twice and drove in two runs to power Marion Center. Ben Strong chipped in three singles.
Winning pitcher Tommy Budash struck out four, walked one and allowed two hits in four innings. Budash also stroked a pair of singles.
Jared Marshall and Devon Wood had two singles apiece for Marion Center.
Marion Center (0-17) travels to Derry on Monday. Indiana Lions (9-4) heads to Young Township on Wednesday.
CLYMER LEGION 11, DERRY 2: Clymer Legion had big innings in the second, fourth and sixth and erased an early two-run deficit to thump visiting Derry.
Mike Hildebrand singled, doubled and drove in two runs to lead Clymer Legion. Hildebrand also struck out two and allowed three hits in four innings of work to notch the win.
Luke Popovich finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs for Clymer Legion. Garrett Crowe added two base hits.
Jeremiah Yuhouse went 2-for-2 for Derry.
Clymer Legion (10-4) travels to Walbeck Insurance today. Derry (4-9) plays host to Marion Center on Monday.
I-MEDICAL 10, S.W. JACK 0: Punxsutawney-based I-Medical scored early and often and ran away with a surprisingly easy shutout of the Black Sox.
I-Medical scored three times in the first inning, tacked on three more runs in the second for a 6-0 lead and made it 10-0 with a three-run fourth.
The game was called after the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
I-Medical starter Lance Pennington struck out seven in four innings and earned the win.
I-Medical limited the Black Sox to two hits.