Regardless of record, matchups between Youngsville and Eisenhower are always major affairs.
Thursday was no different, as the Eagles found a way to top the Knights, 7-2, at Werner Park in Russell.
Youngsville grabbed an early 4-0 lead in the second inning, despite the fact that they didn't record a single hit. With the bases loaded on walks, James Frazier and Dan McLaughlin both raced home on wild pitches from Eisenhower pitcher Kyle Hunt. Jake Marino scored the third run when he sprinted home with ease as the Knights tried to catch Aaron Hoover stealing second. Hoover was safe and scored the fourth run of the inning when Thomas Henry reached on an error.
Times Observer photo by Jon Sitler
Safe at home
Youngsville’s James Frazier beats the play to the plate in front of pitcher Kyle Hunt in the Eagles’ 7-2 Region 4 win over Eisenhower on Thursday at Werner Park in Russell.
The Eagles tacked on two more runs in the third when Brandon Cochran knocked in Andy Kerr on a groundout and McLaughlin brought in Frazier with a sacrifice fly.
The early six-run cushion was plenty for Hoover, who pitched a complete game for the Eagles, striking out five while allowing eight hits.
The Knights struggled to put any type of rally together until the late innings when Shane Arford and Ryan Williams each knocked in a run with singles in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.
Despite the rocky second inning, Hunt settled down on the mound and put zeroes on the board in the fourth, fifth and sixth. He finished with six strikeouts.
The Eagles added their final run in the seventh when Frazier knocked in Tyler Lehman with a base hit.
Eisenhower coach Jon Vincent was disappointed with the way his team played in the loss.
"You can't win if you can't hit, and we can't hit," Vincent said. "In the second inning we spotted them four runs on no hits."
On the opposite end, Eagles coach Wayne Marino was ecstatic about his teams victory.
"This is a very big win," Marino said. "We've talked about this game the whole season. These guys have been up all week. We came out hot and we got base runners. I'm proud of the kids."
The fact that the victory came against their county rival only sweetened the deal.
"In any sport, it's always a big battle between us," Marino said. "It doesn't matter what your record is. It's the (baseball) version of the Backyard Brawl."
Eisenhower (1-5) will take on Titusville Friday while Youngsville (2-4) is off until Monday when it takes on Mercyhurst Prep.
YOUNGSVILLE (7): Marino, cf, 2-1-0-0, Hoover, p, 3-1-0-0, Henry, 3b, 3-0-1-1, Lehman, 2b, 4-1-1-0, Kerr, c, 4-1-0-0, Frazier, lf, 2-2-1-1, Cochran, 1b, 3-0-0-1, Humphrey, ss, 4-0-1-0, McLaughlin, rf, 1-1-0-1. Totals 26-7-4-4
EISENHOWER (2): Cantrell, 2b, 3-1-0-0, Vincent, ss, 4-0-2-0, Williams, 1b, 4-0-1-1, Hunt, p, 4-0-0-0, Lundmark, c, 1-1-0-0, Arford, lf, 3-0-2-1, Bellardo, rf, 3-0-0-0, Spencer, 3b, 3-0-1-0, Fedorchuk, cf, 3-0-2-0. Totals 28-2-8-2
Youngsville 042 000 1 - 7 4 1
Eisenhower 000 001 1 - 2 8 2
Warren 9, Fort LeBoeuf 3
Warren found a way to rebound from Monday's close loss to Harbor Creek, defeating region foe Fort LeBoeuf, 9-3, Thursday at Old Legion Field.
Warren recorded just five hits in the game, but took advantage of several walks, as well as six Bison errors to put nine runs on the board.
The Dragons started their scoring in the third inning when they jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Following a walk, Austin Schwanke singled and then stole second to put runners at second and third. Collin Fantaskey drew a walk to load the bases before a fielders choice groundout brought in the first Dragon run.
Tanner Stanz drew another walk to again load the bases and back-to-back errors from the Bison allowed three more Warren runners to score.
Fort LeBoeuf rebounded to score three runs in the top of the fourth, but Warren did well to avoid further damage as starting pitcher Carter Cerra got out of a bases-loaded jam to end the inning.
Warren's offense then went back to work in the bottom half of the inning. Ed Ord drew a pinch-hit walk before Schwanke recorded his second single of the night. Fantaskey singled to bring home pinch runner Quinn Boger and Jason Stanton brought home Schwanke with a sacrifice fly. Stanz drove in Fantaskey with a single and the Dragons added their final run on yet another LeBoeuf error.
Cerra pitched four innings for the Dragons, allowing just two hits while striking out four and walking two. Only one of the three runs he allowed was earned. Tanner Teconchuk pitched the final three innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two.
"We only got five hits, but we took advantage of the errors and walks," said Warren coach Rick Eaton. "Both pitchers threw well today. We were able to get out of the bases loaded jam after giving up the three runs."
The Dragons also won their junior varsity matchup, 4-1. Sage Anderson earned the win, pitching five innings. Sammy Sherrard, Matt Sweigart, Derek Reagle and Mark Reiff all recorded RBI.
Warren (5-4, 4-1 in Region 7) will be back in action on Friday, visiting General McLane.
FORT LEBOEUF (3): Savoia, cf, 4-0-0-0, Steadman, 2b, 3-1-1-0, Greggs, ss, 2-1-0-0, Carroll, 3b-lf, 3-1-0-1, Ehrhart, lf-p, 2-0-0-0, Lombardozzi, pr, 0-0-0-0, Litz, p-3b, 3-0-1-1, Peters, 1b, 3-0-0-1, McNerney, c, 3-0-0-0, Falk, rf, 3-0-1-0. Totals 26-3-3-3
WARREN (9): Fantaskey, lf, 2-1-1-1, Stanton, 1b, 3-1-0-2, Stanz, ss, 3-2-1-1, Hultquist, 3b, 4-1-0-0, Gustafson, rf, 0-0-0-0, McIntosh, dh, 3-0-0-1, DeLattre, pr, 0-0-0-0, Fasenmyer, c, 3-0-1-0, Reagle, ph, 1-0-0-0, Cerra, rf, 3-0-0-0, White, rf, 0-0-0-0, Teconchuk, 2b, 1-0-0-0, Ord, ph, 0-0-0-0, Boger, pr, 0-1-0-0, Schwanke, cf, 2-2-2-0. Totals 27-9-5-5
Fort LeBoeuf 000 300 0 - 3 3 6
Warren 005 400 x - 9 5 2
2bSteadman (F). WPCerra. LPLitz.
Junior varsity game
Fort LeBoeuf 000 100 - 1 1
Warren 000 04x - 4 7
2b-Reiff (W), Lee (F). WP-Anderson. LP-Wolf.