Crusaders fall in extra innings to Ridgway

Elk County Catholic baseball lost a 2-1, 8-inning game to Ridgway Wednesday afternoon at Sandy Beach Recreational Park. Sam and Josh Roselli had RBI singles in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, for the Elkers. In the eighth inning, Josh Roselli hit a flare which dropped just over shortstop for the Crusaders, which allowed Jesse Reynolds to score the winning run from second base. After a 5-3 groundout and a strikeout, Reynolds was able to reach second base on an ECC throwing error trying to get Reynolds out at first. In the bottom of the seventh, Josh Mitchell led off with a walk. Mitchell was able to move to second on a passed ball. After a strikeout, Sam Roselli was able to single into center field to score Mitchell and tie the game at one. It also broke up a bid for a no-hitter from Jack Herzing, as Herzing had no-hit the Elkers through 6 1-3 innings. Herzing finished with 14 strikeouts for the Crusaders. Pat Brennen opened the game with a long 1-out double to left center field for the Crusaders. After a groundout, ECC was able to get the first run of the game off of a hard-hit ball by Ivan Wortman and a subsequent misplay in left field, which would turn out to be Elk County Catholic's lone run of the game. Ridgway had a strong chance in the home half of the first inning to knot the score. Reynolds and Josh Roselli walked to lead off the game for the Elkers. Herzing was able to get a flyout to left and two straight strikeouts to escape the threat and strand two Ridgway runners on base. The two consecutive strikeouts would be a start of a tear through Ridgway's lineup as Herzing went through a stretch striking out 10 of 11 Ridgway hitters, including striking out the side in the second and the fourth innings. While Herzing was striking out Elkers, Mitchell had much the same performance for Ridgway, finishing with 10 strikeouts in a complete-game victory. The Crusaders threatened to add to the 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Wortman walked to lead off the inning and Joe McLaughlin followed with a single. After a flyout, Brock McCullough singled to center field. The relay throw was in time to get Wortman out on a play at the plate and it kept the lead at 1-0. The Crusaders threatened in the eighth as Dan Singer walked with one out. Wortman singled up the middle to put runners at first and second, but Mitchell was able to get a 4-3 and a 1-3 groundout to end the ECC threat in extra innings. Brennen was the only player on either team to have multiple hits; he finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. McCullough reached on a walk in the second inning with one out but was stranded at second. McLaughlin had the same thing happen in the sixth. Ridgway (4-5) is scheduled to host Brockway next Tuesday at 4 p.m. Elk County Catholic is scheduled to host St. Marys at 4:15 p.m. on Friday. ECC AB R H BIVincent Jacob 4 0 0 0Pat Brennen 4 1 2 0Dan Singer 3 0 0 0Ivan Wortman 3 0 1 0Joe McLaughlin 3 0 1 0Jack Herzing 4 0 0 0Brock McCullough 2 0 0 0Ben Cortina 2 0 0 0Brandon Schlimm 3 0 0 0Totals 28 1 4 02B: Brennen. SAC BUNT: Cortina. Ridgway AB R H BIJesse Reynolds 3 1 0 0Josh Roselli 3 0 1 1Josh Mitchell 2 1 0 0Ben MacDonald 3 0 0 0 Sam Roselli 3 0 1 1JoJo Jaques 3 0 0 0Mike Covac 3 0 0 0Zac McKnight 3 0 0 0Evan Nourse 2 0 0 0Luke Pierce 1 0 0 0Ryan McClelland 0 0 0 0Totals 26 2 2 2ECC 100 000 00 - 1 4 1Ridgway 000 000 11 - 2 2 2Two outs when winning run scored. ECC IP H R BB KHerzing 7.2 2 2 3 14Ridgway IP H R BB KMitchell 8 4 1 4 10