Never give up on an inning.
Youngsville had nobody on with two strikes and two outs to the number eight batter during Friday's game with Rocky Grove at Davis Street Field.
That batter - Dan McLaughlin - worked a walk - and the Eagles would score seven runs before the third out of the inning was recorded during an 11-1 victory over the Orioles to improve their record to 2-7 on the season.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Youngsville pitcher Broc Horn — typically finding himself on the other end of the pitch as catcher — helped Youngsville to its second victory of the season Friday, pitching four shutout innings in the Eagles’ 11-1 victory over Rocky Grove at Davis Street Field. At right is Eagles second baseman Jake Linkerhof.
"That was a big inning," said Youngsville coach Tom Craig. "Those hitters never gave in and we just kept the inning going and going. Thomas Henry continues to do a great job for us at third base despite limited varsity experience and Broc (Horn) gave us four great innings today in getting the win."
The Eagles scored a run in the bottom of the first to take an early 1-0 lead, but it was the bottom of the second that won them their second game of the year.
Down in the count 0-2, McLaughlin used a good eye to work a walk and Henry followed with a bloop single to keep the inning alive. Jake Marino was up next and gapped a two-run double to give the Eagles a 3-0 advantage. The score was pushed to 4-0 after Caleb Linkerhof's RBI single scored Marino.
Before the inning was over, Josh Lewis and Cory Craig had added RBI doubles, Sawyer Dininny an RBI single and a seventh Eagles run scored on a Rocky Grove error.
Horn took care of the rest, firing four shutout innings on the mound, allowing only six hits. Lewis pitched the fifth and allowed only an unearned run on two hits.
Craig led the team offensively, finishing a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBI, a double and a triple. Marino also tripled, Lewis doubled and Linkerhof, Dininny, Brodie Turner and Henry singled.
The Eagles will look to make it two straight Monday when they visit North East.
ROCKY GROVE (1): ab-r-h-rbi: Guthrie, 1b, 2-0-0-0, Ganoe, ss, 3-0-0-0, Adams, lf, 3-0-2-0, Schneider, c-p, 3-1-2-0, Kirwin, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Heuer, p, 3-0-0-0, Musgrave, 3b, 3-0-0-0, Proper, rf-2b, 2-0-2-0, Gill, cf, 2-0-2-0, Totals: 23-1-8-0
YOUNGSVILLE (11): ab-r-h-rbi: Marino, c, 3-2-1-3, C. Linkerhof, cf, 2-2-1-1, J. Linkerhof, 2b, 0-0-0-0, Lewis, dh, 3-1-1-1, Craig, ss, 3-1-3-3, Horn, p, 3-1-0-0, Dininny, 1b, 3-0-1-1, Turner, lf, 3-0-1-0, McLaughlin, rf, 2-2-0-0, Henry, 3b, 3-2-1-0, Totals: 25-11-9-9
Rocky Grove 000 01 - 1 6 1
Youngsville 170 3x - 11 10 5
2b-Adams (R), Schneider (R), Lewis (Y), Craig (Y). 3b-Marino (Y), Craig (Y). WP-Horn. LP-Heuer.
Warren 11, Corry 0
Warren improved to 7-1 overall on Friday with an 11-0 six-inning win over Corry at Old Legion Field in North Warren.
The Dragons jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two innings, and is now 4-1 in Region 8 and tied for first with General McLane. Corry is 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the region.
Kevin VanOrd capped a four-run first inning with a three-run home run for Warren. Eddie Dorunda started the scoring with an RBI single.
Dan Maeder, Chris Danielson and Kory Thomas started the second with three straight singles. Two batters later, Hank Morrison had a bases-loaded double, and Dorunda added another RBI single for a 9-0 lead.
Morrison threw five scoreless innings for the win for Warren, striking out two. Ed Ord pitched the sixth inning for Warren.
"It was the first start Hank's had all year, and he pitched great," said Warren coach Jeff Passaro. "He really shut them down. And, defensively, we played great behind him."
Andrew Bevevino put an exclamation point on Warren's fourth straight region win with his first varsity home run, down the left field line.
Due to field conditions at Oil City, the Oilers will travel to Warren for a noon start on Saturday at Old Legion Field.
CORRY (0): Wood ss 3-0-0-0, Patton cf 3-0-2-0, Silvis c 3-0-2-0, Cragg cr 0-0-0-0, Engle rf 3-0-0-0, Berkhous lf 3-0-0-0, Sonntag 3b 1-0-0-0, Shopene 1b 2-0-0-0, Melnichek dh 2-0-1-0, Gerould p 0-0-0-0, Zajac p 0-0-0-0, Brown 2b 2-0-0-0. Totals 22-0-5-0.
WARREN (11): Thomas ss 3-1-1-1, Fantaskey ss 1-1-1-0, Bevevino c 2-3-1-2, Morrison p-lf 2-2-1-3, Dorunda 2b 3-1-2-2, Walters 2b 0-0-0-0, VanOrd 3b 3-1-1-3, McIntosh 3b 0-0-0-0, Jaskolka rf 3-0-1-0, McMeans 1b 1-0-0-0, Maeder lf 3-1-1-0, Ord p 0-0-0-0, Danielson cf 3-1-1-0. Totals 24-11-10-11.
Corry 000 000 - 0 5 2
Warren 450 002 - 11 10 0
2b-Patton (C), Morrison (W). HR-Bevevino (W), VanOrd (W). WP-Morrison. LP-Gerould.
Fairview 11, Eisenhower 3
Eisenhower allowed four unearned runs in the first inning of a 11-3 non-region loss to Fairview on Friday at Werner Park.
Freshman Kyle Hunt came on in relief and "pitched well," according to Eisenhower coach Jon Vincent, whose Knights are 4-6 overall. He also hit well with "one nice line drive into the gap for a hit and another into the gap where the kid made a nice catch," said Vincent. "Shane Arford had a nice day at bat, and Jake Lewis came up with a hit in the seventh and drove in two runs."
Eisenhower made two of its four errors in the first inning.
"After that first inning, we were fine," said Vincent. "We made four mistakes on the bases, though, too."
Arford and Trevor Spicer had two hits each in the loss.
Ike is 2-0 in Region 4, but does not play a region game until it hosts Youngsville next Friday. The Knights are at Seneca on Monday and host North East Wednesday.
Fairview is now 9-2 overall and in first place in Region 6.
FAIRVIEW (11): ab-r-h-rbi, LaRocca,ss 4-1-0-0, Connell,c 4-2-2-3, Roberts,p 4-1-1-1, Jackson,2b 4-3-2-0, King,3b 4-1-2-1, Malthaner,1b 4-1-2-0, Jageman,rf 3-1-1-3, Klemm,lf 3-0-0-0, Samsel,lf 1-0-0-0, Tregaskis,cf 3-0-0-1, Gorman,cf 0-1-0-0. Totals 31-11-10-9.
EISENHOWER (3): Hastings 2b 2-0-0-0, Hunt 1b-p 3-0-1-0, Jackson 3b 2-0-0-0, Rutsky 1b-lf 3-0-0-0, Arford p-lf 3-1-2-1, Williams c 3-0-0-0, Spicer ss 3-1-2-0, Fedorchuk cf 2-0-0-0, Garris rf 0-0-0-0, Lewis dh 3-0-1-2. Totals 24-3-6-3.
Fairview 600 211 1 - 11 10 0
Eisenhower 000 100 2 -3 6 4
2b-Connell (F), Jackson (F), Arford (E). HR-Connell (F). LP-Roberts. LP-Arford.