The St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen baseball team was dealt a tough 11-1 five-inning loss by DuBois Area High School on Wednesday afternoon at Berwind Park in St. Marys.
St. Marys' lone run came in the second inning, while DuBois scored one in the first, three in the third and fifth, and four in the fourth.
"I feel bad for my pitchers," said St. Marys Area coach Tony Azzato. "Out of those 11 runs they (DuBois) had, what, nine or 10 were unearned, at least. It's the little things that it comes down to: Take a ball off the chest, throw the ball and hit the guy in the chest. We've got to go back and learn the fundamentals."
Mitch Meyer went the distance for the Dutchmen, giving up eight hits, walking four, and striking out two.
"You can't ask much more from Mitch Meyer. [It was his] second time out this year, first start, and he threw strikes," Azzato said. "He got the ground balls we needed. He got the popups when we needed them. He had DuBois off balance."
Kyle Haskins worked the mound for the Beavers, giving up two hits, walking two, and striking out six.
Robert Watts and Justin Beimel both singled for St. Marys.
Darren McKee and Derek Heckathorne both had a pair of singles for DuBois, while Devon Walker, Bryson Paulinellie, Sean Sleigh, and Nathan Liddle all also singled.
DuBois Area jumped out to an early lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Walker was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a single by Paulinellie. A fielder's choice saw Heckathorne reach base and Walker advance to third, while Paullinellie was thrown out at second. With Anthony Vizza, courtesy runner for Heckathorne, caught in a rundown between first and second, Walker stole home. Heckathorne was able to take advantage of a Dutchmen error and safely reach second. Sean Sleigh tried to keep things going by grounding to the shortstop, but was unable to beat the throw to first, ending the top of the inning with a 1-0 lead. St. Marys' batters went down in order in the bottom half of the inning.
DuBois' batters also went down in order in the top of the second. The Dutchmen took advantage of this in the bottom half of the inning by pushing in a run of their own to briefly tie the game. With one out, Justin Beimel singled to center field and advanced to second on an error that saw Meyer also reach base. Rudy Gleixner hit a fielder's choice to the second baseman, resulting in Meyer being thrown out at second but also allowing Beimel to score, tying things up at 1-all.
The score did not stay tied up for long, though, as the Beavers added three more runs in the third inning to pull ahead for good. With one out, Walker singled and picked up a pair of bases on a single by Heckathorne. John Georgino walked to load the bases. Sleigh hit a high fly ball to left field, and Dutch left fielder Luke Schreiber lost sight of it. Center fielder Robert Watts tried to cover, and made a valiant effort to get the out, but the ball bounced off his glove as he dove to try to make the play. Sleigh was able to make it to second on the play, which also saw Walker, Heckathorne, and Georgino score, giving DuBois a 4-1 advantage. The Dutchmen went down in order in the bottom half of the inning.
DuBois pushed four more runs through in the fourth inning to extend their lead. Darren McKee singled and stole second, and Garrett Brown walked to give the Beavers a pair of base runners. Both scored on an error that saw Clayton Reed reach first. Walker walked, advancing Reed to second. With one out, a single by Heckathorne scored both Reed and and Walker, putting DuBois up 8-1. St. Marys managed to a pair of base runners in the bottom half of the inning as both Branden Tyger and Beimel walked, but neither was able to score.
Three more runs in the top of the fifth gave the Beavers a 10-run lead. Liddle started things off with a single and McKee also singled. Brown flied out to center field, allowing Liddle to score. With two outs, Walker walked and Anthony Vizza reached base on an error, loading the bases for DuBois. An error on the second basemen allowed Heckathorne to reach first and saw both McKee and Walker score, giving DuBois an 11-1 advantage. The Dutchmen were unable to battle back in the bottom half of the inning. Nick Burdick reached base on an error, but was thrown out at second on a fielder's choice that saw Quinn Cunningham reach first. Cunningham was also thrown out at second on a fielder's choice that saw Watts reach first. Watts was left stranded, though, as Jerri Newell struck out to end the game and hand DuBois the 11-1 victory.
The Dutchmen are now 2-7 on the season and will be back in action on Friday as the visitors in a cross-town match-up with Elk County Catholic which is scheduled to get under way at 4:15 p.m.
Devon Walker 1-4-1, Bryson Paulinellie 3-0-1, Anthony Vizza 1-1-0, Derek Heckathorne 4-0-2, John Georgino 3-1-0, Sean Sleigh 3-0-1, Nathan Liddle 3-1-1, Kyle Haskins 0-0-0, Darren McKee 3-2-2, Garrett Brown 2-1-0, Clayton Reed 3-1-0. Totals 26-11-8.
Robert Watts 3-0-1, Dalton Kline 2-0-0, Jerri Newell 1-0-0, Branden Tyger 1-0-0, Brandon Vollmer 2-0-0, David Aul 0-0-0, Justin Beimel 1-1-1, Mitch Meyer 2-0-0, Rudy Gleixner 2-0-0, Luke Schreiber 1-0-0, Nick Burdick 1-0-0, Quinn Cunningham 2-0-0. Totals 18-1-2.
Score by innings R
DuBois 103 43 11
St. Marys 010 00 1