For a brief moment, it looked like Youngsville would end its season with a thrilling, come-from-behind win.
After loading the bases with just one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Eagles scored four runs, but the rally ended there as they fell to Union City, 8-6, in their finale at Legion Field in Youngsville.
The Bears jumped out to a big lead early, scoring three runs in the first and jumping out to a 6-0 lead by the end of the third.
Photos by Jonathan McAfoos
Above, Youngsville second baseman Tyler Lehman reaches out as far as possible to grab a ball during the Eagle’s game against Union City on Friday. The Eagles lost in what was their season finale, 8-6.
The Eagles had plenty of chances in the first three innings, but failed to capitalize. Jake Marino led off with a single but was later caught stealing, and with two runners on, Caleb Linkerhof was picked off at second base. The leadoff hitter also reached base for Youngsville in the second and third innings, only to have the next batter ground into a double play each time.
Youngsville finally got on the board in the fourth when Thomas Henry knocked in Tyler Lehman and James Frazier with a double to make the score 6-2.
After the Bears made it 8-2 heading into the seventh, the Eagles nearly pulled off a comeback. With the bases loaded, Aaron Hoover ripped a ball that snuck under the glove of the Union City second baseman to bring in two runs. Linkerhof followed with an RBI single and Lehman brought in another with a groundout, before a pop up to end the game.
Linkerhof and Dan McLaughlin each finished with multiple hits for the Eagles. Hoover pitched and took the loss.
"If we would have hit the ball earlier, we'd have been alright," said Youngsville coach Wayne Marino. "We couldn't hit until they changed pitchers. We put up a good fight. I'm not happy with the loss, but at least we didn't give up. (The season) didn't end up the way we expected. We let a couple (games) slip away. We've got some work to do for next year."
Youngsville ends its season with a 2-13 overall record.
UNION CITY (8): Mangel, 1b, 3-2-2-0, Burgess, cf, 3-1-0-0, Russell, c, 3-1-1-1, Maynard, 3b, 4-2-2-1, Dougherty, rf, 4-1-2-1, Hoban, 2b, 4-0-4-1, Kinney, ss, 4-1-1-1, Reynolds, dh, 4-0-0-0, Hopson, p, 0-0-0-0, Elias, lf, 4-0-0-0. Totals 33-8-12-5
YOUNGSVILLE (6): Marino, c, 3-1-0-0, Hoover, p, 2-1-0-2, Linkerhof, cf, 3-0-2-1, Lehman, 2b, 3-1-1-1, Frazier, lf, 2-1-1-0, Henry, 3b, 3-0-1-2, Humphrey, ss, 3-1-1-0, McLaughlin, rf, 2-1-2-0, Cochran, 1b, 2-0-0-0. Totals 23-6-8-6
Union City 312 011 0 - 8 12 3
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2b-Henry (Y), Humphrey (Y), Hoban (U). WP-Hopson. LP-Hoover.
Fairview 3, Eisenhower 2
FAIRVIEW - Eisenhower certainly looked like a playoff team Friday, taking Class AA Fairview to extra innings before dropping a 3-2 decision at Eisenhower High School.
On Friday, the Knights (5-11) were informed that they would open the District 10 Class A playoffs at 3:30 p.m, Wednesday, at Northwestern High School in Albion. Opposing the Knights will be the Rocky Grove Orioles and Ike needs just one win to advance to next Monday's D-10 Class A championship game.
After Friday's game, Ike coach Jon Vincent thinks his team is entering the playoffs on a high note.
"I feel very good going into the playoffs after this game," said Vincent. "We just smoked the ball the first three innings today, but every time it was right at someone. Later in the game, when we needed a big hit with runners in scoring position, we just couldn't get the hit. We did a nice job of getting to extra innings, but after you get there it's a toss up. One team has to win and one team has to lose."
Fairview (9-6) led early before the Knights broke through to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Casey Vincent led off with a single and stole second before moving to third on Kyle Hunt's single. Coach Vincent then put on a squeeze play, but the Knights didn't execute it well and a rundown ensued with Vincent between third and home.
The miscue turned into a break, however, when Vincent was able to score before the tag and tie the game at 1-1. Hunt moved to second on the play and scored on Logan Bellardo's RBI double to give Ike the one-run lead.
The Tigers rallied back to tie the game in the sixth as the Knights continued to miss out on chances to score.
"We had a runner on second in the fifth and sixth and runners on second and third in the seventh inning and couldn't score. That was the difference in the game," said Vincent.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers effectively used small ball to produce the winning run. Fairview got a single, sacrificed the runner to second and scored on a single to right. The relay throw from Louie Head to Vincent to Bellardo was narrowly too late.
Vincent said Ryan Williams pitched great in five and one-third innings of work, striking out three and getting a no decision. Vincent pitched in relief and got the Knights out of some tough spots before ultimately taking the loss.
EISENHOWER (2): Cantrell, 2b, 4-0-0-0, Vincent, ss-p, 2-1-1-0, Hunt, 1b-ss, 3-1-1-0, Head, rf, 1-0-0-0, Fedorchuk, cf, 4-0-0-0, Bellardo, c, 4-0-1-1, Williams, p-ss, 3-0-2-0, Lundmark, rf-1b, 3-0-0-0, Jackson, 3b, 0-0-0-0, Spencer, dh, 3-0-1-0, Arford, lf, 2-0-0-0, Totals: 29-2-6-1
FAIRVIEW (3): Klemm, 2b, 5-1-1-1, King, ss, 3-0-0-0, Roberts, 1b, 4-0-4-1, Silvis, 3b, 0-0-0-0, Malthaner, dh, 3-0-0-0, T. Connell, p, 4-0-1-0, M. Connell, c, 4-1-1-0, Samsel, lf, 4-0-2-0, Jageman, rf, 3-1-0-0, Gorman, cf, 2-0-0-0, Totals: 32-3-9-2
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Fairview 001 001 01 - 3 9 0
2b-Bellardo (E), Roberts (F). WP-C. Connell. LP-Vincent.