S.W. Jack reliever Taylor Squiric worked his way through a rocky seventh inning to guide the Black Sox to a 5-4 win over Shoemaker Funeral Home in an Indiana County Youth Legion baseball game Friday at Charlie Hogan Field.
Dylan Direnzo hit an RBI-double off of Squiric to trim S.W. Jack’s lead to 5-3 with two outs in the top of the seventh. Direnzo then scored on a passed ball to make the score 5-4.
But Squiric remained calm and induced a groundout to third base from the next batter, Zack Olechovski, to end the game.
“He (Squiric) has a knack for getting out of tough jams … that’s for sure,” S.W. Jack coach Mitch Pacconi said. “He was in some really tough spots in a couple innings there and he worked out. He hangs tough (and) he really came through big.”
Squiric struck out eight and walked six in 5 2-3 innings to earn the win.
Direnzo singled and doubled to power Shoemaker Funeral Home. Tyler Doran singled twice.
Losing pitcher Olechovski struck out four, walked five and surrendered three hits in five innings.
Both teams play on the road Monday. S.W. Jack (7-2) travels to Kovacik Insurance and Shoemaker Funeral Home heads to Clymer Legion.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP 6, I-MEDICAL 5: Young Township built a four-run lead in a pitchers’ duel and then held off a strong push late from I-Medical to earn a win at Bertolino Field.
Aaron Gray ripped a two-run singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning to score Sam Heffrin and Jake Townsend, giving Young Township a 6-2 lead.
I-Medical plated two runs in the top of the sixth and one in the seventh to cut Young Township’s lead to 6-5.
Young Township pitcher Jake Townsend worked out of the seventh-inning jam to earn the win.
Townsend struck out 11, walked two and served up eight hits. He also went 3-for-3.
“We got a couple big two-out hits early in the game and got a nice lead,” Young Township coach J.T. Yard said. “Then we just got behind Jake. He threw seven strong innings, but they didn’t make it easy. I-Medical is a just a quality team.”
Tyler Hill singled twice and drove in three runs for Young Township. Aaron Gray finished 2-for-3.
Dylan Huey struck out 12, walked one and allowed eight hits in a complete-game loss. Huey also went 2-for-4.
Both teams play on the road today. Young Township (6-3) travels to Walbeck Insurance and I-Medical heads to Indiana Lions.