INDIANA COUNTY LEAGUE: Blairsville closing in on regular-season title
First-place Blairsville inched closer to clinching the regular-season title and reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in team history with a 9-7 win over host Apollo in an Indiana County League baseball game Sunday.
The Colts (20-4-1) secured at least the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.
“We set a goal to make it to 10 wins early in the season,” said Blairsville player-manager Joe Culler, who struck out nine and walked one in a complete-game win.
“After getting to 10, we said, ‘If we can get to 20, we’ll at least ensure ourselves a first-round bye.’ I’ve just got to take my hat off to these guys for coming to games regularly and getting the job done. We have the same 10 or 12 guys every game, and we’ve gotten used to consistently playing ball with one another.”
Jordan Truscott drove in the eventual game-winning run for Blairsville when he hit a two-run single in the top of the fifth inning to give the Colts an 8-7 lead. Truscott finished 2-for-2.
Bobby Thompson singled twice and had two RBIs to lead Blairsville. David Doak and Scott Harsh each singled, doubled and drove in a run, and John Distefano singled twice and knocked in a run.
John Shaffer belted a pair of two-run homers to lead Apollo.
Shaffer finished 4-for-4, and Ryan McGonigle went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Both teams play at home Tuesday. Blairsville plays host to West Lebanon, and Apollo (8-17) welcomes Bovard.