Cage Hankinson scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Marion Center to a 3-2 win over visiting Shoemaker Funeral Home in an Indiana County Youth Legion baseball game Sunday.
Hankinson, who led off the seventh with a base hit, advanced to third base on Eric Stitt’s double. Two batters later, Shoemaker Funeral Home pitcher Dylan Direnzo threw a ball in the dirt, allowing Hankinson to score the game-winning run.
“As soon as the ball hit the dirt I sent him,” Marion Center coach Don Stitt said. “He’s got enough speed, and with the backstop being a nice distance behind the catcher, I knew he’d score easily.”
Eric Stitt struck out two, walked three and allowed eight hits in a complete-game win. He also stroked two doubles.
Taylor McCunn singled twice for Marion Center.
Zack Olechovski, Tyler Doran and Marty Foreman each singled twice for Shoemaker Funeral Home.
Direnzo struck out four, walked two and allowed 10 hits in a complete-game losing effort.
Both teams play today. Marion Center (6-7) travels to S.W. Jack, and Shoemaker Funeral Home (2-10) visits I-Medical.
SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME 14-0, CLYMER LEGION 2-8: In a doubleheader played Saturday, Clymer Legion scored in each of the first five innings to win Game 2 and split with Shoemaker Funeral Home.
Shoemaker Funeral Home defeated Clymer Legion, 14-2, in Game 1.
In Game 2, Clymer Legion’s Austin Shirley struck out two, walked three and allowed six hits in a complete-game win. Shirley also went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
Clarence Johnson singled twice for Clymer Legion.
Zack Olechovski smacked two singles to lead Shoemaker Funeral Home.
Dylan Direnzo went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to pace Shoemaker Funeral Home in Game 1. Direnzo also fanned four, walked none and allowed seven hits in five innings to earn the win. Joey Lynch struck out one, walked two and allowed no hits and no runs in two innings of relief.
Garrett Henigan singled twice and drove in two runs for Shoemaker Funeral Home. Marty Foreman ripped a two-run double.
Zach Johnston singled twice for Clymer Legion.
Losing pitcher Zac Horwat struck out four and walked three in six innings.
Clymer Legion (2-12) plays host to Walbeck Insurance today.