ALBION -Youngsville coach Wayne Marino knew the Eagles would have to hit early to get off to a good start, and hit early they did on Saturday in a 9-7 non-region win over Northwestern in a home game on the road.
Youngsville rebounded from a lopsided loss at North East to score seven runs over the fourth and fifth innings Saturday, and even its record at 1-1.
"Caleb Linkerhof is a senior and he said he's never beaten Northwestern as long as he's been playing," said Marino. "I've been telling them, we have the talent. They understand if they want to win they have to work hard, and they have been... There was never a doubt in their minds we could do this."
Trailing 2-0, senior Andy Kerr started off his big day with a two-run single in the bottom of the second to tie the game. Kerr keyed a three-run fourth inning with another two-RBI single, and added a two-run double in a four-run fifth.
Kerr, in his first varsity game at catcher, finished 3-for-3 with six RBI. Jake Marino was 2-for-4, Dan Henry 2-for-3, and Brandon Cochran 1-for-3 with two RBI for Youngsville, which outhit Northwestern, 10-9.
Leading 9-2, Youngsville's Aaron Hoover finished his complete game with Northwestern having the go-ahead run at home plate. He struck out five without a walk, and gave Kerr his first start at catcher. Hoover is the Eagles' primary backstop.
"They started to catch up to the curve ball, which had been working (all game)," said Marino.
Austin Slocum pitched 4 1/3 innings of solid ball in the Eagles' junior varsity win.
Youngsville and Northwestern played in Albion because the Eagles' Davis Street Field was not yet playable this past week.
NORTHWESTERN (7): ab-r-h-rbi, Panko ss 3-3-3-2, Clinger p 4-0-1-1, Noe 1b 4-2-2-1, D. Bird c 4-0-1-2, E. Bird 3b 2-0-0-0, Friend 3b 1-0-1-0, Wright lf 3-0-0-0, Yochin cf 2-0-0-0, Adomson cf 1-0-0-0, Depalma rf 2-0-0-0, Howard cf 1-1-0-0, Hites 2b 1-0-0-0, Virigh 2b 2-1-1-1. Totals 30-7-9-7.
YOUNGSVILLE (9): Marino cf 4-1-2-0, Hoover p 4-1-1-0, Linkerhof ss 2-1-0-0, Lehmen 2b 3-3-1-1, Henry 3b 3-2-2-0, Kerr c 3-1-3-6, Cochran 1b 3-0-1-2, McLaughlin lf 3-0-0-0, Sherrard rf 0-0-0-0, Pollow dp 3-0-0-0. Totals 28-9-10-9.
Northwestern 200 002 3 - 7 9 1
Youngsville 020 340 x - 9 10 1
2b-D. Bird (N), Mariuni (Y), Kerr (Y). LP-Clinger.