HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Mistake-filled afternoon drops Indians to 1-4
Indiana only lost by three runs, so it was easy to see the difference in the game as the Indians fell to 1-4 on the season.
“The game was definitely ours to be had, but 10 errors, 11 walks, that’s not a good formula for success,” Indiana coach Ryan Davies said following the Indians’ 13-10 loss to Greensburg Salem in their WPIAL Section 2-AAA opener Tuesday in Greensburg.
Indiana held an 8-4 lead after 4½ innings but gave up eight runs in the fifth inning alone.
“We’re a much better team than the way we’re playing right now,” Davies said. “We just have to play better defensively.”
Indiana’s Sean Thompson slugged two home runs and finished 3-for-4 with four runs scored and five RBIs.
A right-handed pitcher committed to play for Virginia Commonwealth University, Thompson struck out three and walked two in three innings as the starter.
Trent Ream took the loss, with no strikeouts and three walks in 1 1-3 innings.
Ryan Creps went 2-for-3, and Ream and Zach Schultz also had two hits. Creps had a triple and Jordan Hudzicki had a double. Creps, Ream and Cole Shaffer scored two runs apiece.
Indiana (1-4, 0-1 section) visits Laurel Highlands today.
BLAIRSVILLE 14, MARION CENTER 4: Host Blairsville improved to 4-0 with a six-inning, mercy-rule victory over Marion Center in a Heritage Conference game.
Blairsville freshman Ryan Shirley had eight strikeouts and two walks, throwing all six innings in his first start.
“He threw really well,” Blairsville coach Mark Zerfoss said. “We told him before the game, just throw strikes. … He’s not overpowering, but he had good control and hit his spots.”
Rickey Shirley went 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs, and Cam Livingston finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. John Distefano cracked a triple for one of his two hits.
Scott Thompson scored three runs and Ryan Shirley and Anthony Faulk had two each, and Corey Ramsden drove in two runs.
Matt Shank scored three runs for the Stingers. Matt Janosko went 2-for-3, and Hunter Stiteler had two RBIs.
Shank took the loss, striking out four and walking two in four innings.
Blairsville plays host to United today, and Marion Center (2-1) welcomes Ligonier Valley on Friday.
UNITED 7, PURCHASE LINE 5: Kolt Jarvis hit an inside-the-park home run and a double and tossed five innings as the winning pitcher in United’s victory over Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference game in Armagh.
United’s No. 2 hitter, Jarvis homered in the first inning, part of a four-run outburst for the Lions. He finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
“Jarvis had an outstanding game,” United coach Jerry Hammack said. “He was just all around today.”
Purchase Line fought back with three runs in the third inning, but United never lost its grip on the lead.
United’s Calvin White smacked a two-run double in the first and finished with three RBIs. Tayler Sheriff, Beau Sheriff and Ben Smith had two hits each. Tayler Sheriff had a double.
Jarvis had eight strikeouts and walked two.
Darren Bingaman went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Red Dragons. Evan Ober went 2-for-3 and scored two runs, and Austin Patterson was 2-for-3 with a double.
Bingaman took the loss. He struck out five and walked four in four innings.
Both teams play today. United (1-2, 1-2) travels to Blairsville, and Purchase Line (0-4, 0-3) visits Penns Manor.
RIVERVIEW 11, APOLLO-RIDGE 0: Riverview scored 11 runs in the first inning and put away Apollo-Ridge in a five-inning, mercy-rule-shortened WPIAL non-section game in Spring Church.
Mitchell Johnston led the Vikings, going 2-for-3 with a double.
Apollo-Ridge (0-2) plays host to Deer Lakes today.