Blair's John White and Youngsville's Cory Craig each went the distance for their respective teams in Monday's Senior American Legion Baseball League contest. When the dust settled, Blair walked away with a 2-1 victory over Post 658 at Old Legion Field in North Warren.
Blair improves to 2-6 with the win, while Youngsville drops to 6-5 on the year.
The two teams traded scoreless innings until Blair's bats broke through in the third inning when Matt Hultquist connected on an opposite-field single to score Collin Fantaskey for the game's first run. Fantaskey made it a two-run lead in the fourth with a two-out single that brought in Mitch Dorunda, who had led off the frame with a double.
Times Observer photo by Ben Oviatt
Blair’s John White slides into third base while Youngsville’s Jacob Linkerhof applies the tag during Monday’s Senior American Legion game at Old Legion Field. White’s Blair team defeated Post 658, 2-1, to improve to 2-6 on the year.
Youngsville cut the Blair advantage in half in the top of the fifth inning when Thomas Henry scored on a passed ball. A walk and a pair of singles from Caleb Linkerhof and Henry loaded the bases for Post 658 in the sixth inning, but a hard hit groundball off the bat of Shane Arford was snagged by shortstop Fantaskey, who made the throw to first to end the threat.
Craig struck out 11 batters over his six innings of work for Youngsville, and Fantaskey notched two hits for Blair, which returns to action on Wednesday at Old Legion Field against undefeated Post 135.
Youngsville 000 010 0 - 1 5
Blair 001 100 x - 2 6
2B - Mitch Dorunda. WP - John White. LP - Cory Craig.
Post 135 15, Tidioute 0
Post 135 14, Tidioute 0
Warren Post 135 is 9-0 after a doubleheader sweep over Tidioute on Monday, starting a busy end to the regular season that includes a game at Corry on Tuesday, vs. Blair on Wednesday, and again at Corry on Thursday.
Trystan Rushia threw a four-inning no-hit shutout in game one. Austin Schwanke had four hits in the leadoff spot, and Mark Reiff and Ryan Gustafson three each for Post 135, which scored six runs in the first inning. Todd Fasenmyer and Gustafson homered.
In the second game, Fasenmyer was 3-for-3, and Schwanke, Hank Morrison, Gustafson and Sammy Sherrard had two hits each for Post 135, which scored six runs in each of the first and second innings. Reiff, Schwanke and Gustafson combined on the four-inning one-hit shutout in game two.
Tidioute 000 0 - 0 0
Post 135 654 - 15 15
2b-Mark Reiff (P) 2, Brad Walters (P), Ryan Gustafson (P), Todd Fasenmyer (P), Trystan Rushia (P). HR-Gustafson (P), Todd Fasenmyer (P). WP-Rushia.
Tidioute 000 0 - 0 1
Post 135 662 x - 14 13
2b-Sammy Sherrard (P) 2, Hank Morrison (P), Ryan Gustafson (P), Austin Schwanke (P). 3b-Morrison (P). WP-Mark Reiff.