The St. Marys Area Dutch baseball squad fell to Altoona 17-3 on Thursday afternoon in a contest at Berwind Park.
"That final score doesn't constitute how this game was, I don't think. I think we played better than the 17-3 score," said St. Marys Area coach Tony Azzato.
Altoona took a three-run lead in the first inning and went up 4-0 with another run in the second. Both teams scored a run in the fourth to make the score 5-1 and the Dutchmen pushed two more runs through in the fifth to cut the Mountain Lions' lead to 5-3.
"We got back into it," Azzato said. "Branden Tyger had a big hit off the wall to make the game 5-3."
In addition to Tyger's two-run double in the fifth inning, Robert Watts and Mitchell Meyer both singled for the Dutchmen.
The Mountain Lions recorded 17 hits in the contest, led by a three-run double by Anthony Lombardo in the first inning and a two-run double by Trevor Arnold in the sixth.
Quinn Cunningham started on the mound for St. Marys and worked five innings, giving up nine hits, walking four, and striking out one. Jerri Newell worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up one hit and walking three. Dalton Kline worked one inning, giving up five hits, walking three, and striking out one. Mitchell Meyer worked the final one-third inning, giving up two hits and a walk.
"Going into the sixth inning, we were only down 5-3 and Quinn was up at his pitch limit, so we had to make the move to get him out. Jerri (Newell) struggled, but it wasn't his day. It wasn't Dalton's day, but that's baseball. That happens day in and day out. You're not going to get out there and you're not going to throw strikes every day, we understand that, and we've just got to put this behind us and move on to the next day," Azzato said.
Jason Douglas started on the mound for Altoona and worked four innings, giving up two hits and striking out one. Ben Foose worked the fifth inning for the Mountain Lions, giving up one hit and walking two. Alec Lytle worked the final two innings, walking one and striking out there.
Dylan Oswalt, Jared Green, and Christian Helsel all singled to load the bases for the Mountain Lions to start the first inning. A double by Anthony Lombardo scored all three, giving Altoona a 3-0 advantage. Robert Watts singled to give the Dutchmen a base runner, but the next three batters went down in order.
With one out in the bottom of the second, Colby Fink hit a double and Oswalt walked. With two outs, Fink scored on an error that saw Helsel make it on base, putting Altoona up 4-0. The Dutchmen went down in order in the bottom half of the inning.
Both teams went down in order in the third inning.
Fink singled for the Mountain Lions in the top of the fourth and scored on a single by Oswalt, extending Altoona's lead to 5-0. St. Marys finally put a run on the board in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Branden Tyger reached base on an error and scored on an error that saw Justin Beimel reach first, making the score 5-1.
The Mountain Lions failed to score in the top of the fifth, leaving two runners on base. St. Marys added their final pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Rudy Gleixner started things off by walking. With one out, Watts also walked. After another out, Tyger hit a double, driving home both Gleixner and Watts and cutting Altoona's lead to 5-3.
Oswalt walked, Green singled, and Helsel walked to load the bases for Altoona in the top of the sixth. Lombardo flied out to left field, scoring Oswalt, and Ben Wyland walked to reload the bases. Shea Stayer reached first on a fielder's choice that saw Green thrown out at home. Conrad reached base on an error that also scored Helsel, and a double by Trevor Arnold scored both Wyland and Stayer, extending Altoona's lead to 9-3. After Vollmer reached base on an error to start the bottom of the sixth, the next three batters went down in order for the Dutchmen.
The Mountain Lions used a strong eight-run seventh inning to seal their victory. Tyler Negri started off the inning with a walk. With one out, Helsel singled and Jared Berardinelli reached base on an error, loading the bases for Altoona. A single by Wyland scored both Negri and Helsel. Stayer flied out to left field, scoring Berardinelli. Conrad singled and Chris Sinisi walked to reload the bases. Fink singled, scoring Wyland; Negri walked, scoring Conrad; and Travis Baker walked, scoring Sinisi. A single by Helsel scored Fink, and a single by Berardinelli scored Negri, putting Altoona up 19-3, as Wyland ended the top half of the inning when he was unable to beat the throw to first after grounding to the second baseman. The Dutchmen left Watts on base in the bottom of the inning, falling 17-3 to the Mountain Lions.
St. Marys is now 2-5 will return to action today when they travel to State College for a 4:15 p.m. contest.
Dylan Oswalt 2-2-2, Tyler Negri 0-2-0, Jared Green 4-1-2, Travis Baker 1-0-0, Christian Helsel 4-3-3, Anthony Lombardo 3-0-1, Jared Berardinelli 2-1-1, Ben Wyland 5-2-2, Jake Chesney 2-0-0, Shane Stayer 2-1-0, Dylan Conrad 5-1-2, Chris Sinisi 3-1-0, Trevor Arnold 1-0-1, Colby Fink 5-3-3, Jason Douglas 0-0-0, Ben Foose 0-0-0, Alec Lytle 0-0-0. Totals 39-17-17.
St. Marys 3
Robert Watts 2-1-1, Dalton Kline 4-0-0, David Aul 0-0-0, Branden Tyger 4-1-1, Justin Beimel 3-0-0, Brandon Vollmer 3-0-0, Mitchell Meyer 3-0-1, Quinn Cunningham 2-0-0, Jerri Newell 1-0-0, Rudy Gleixner 2-1-0, Luke Schreiber 3-0-0, Nick Burdick 0-0-0. Totals 27-3-3.
Score by innings R
Altoona 310 104 8 17
St. Marys 000 120 0 3
Dutch jvs lose
The St. Marys Area junior varsity squad fell to Altoona 15-7 on Thursday.
St. Marys had seven hits in the contest. Lukas Lovenduski had a trio of singles, Tyler Yetzer had a pair of singles, and Dillon Gallagher and Justin Eckert both singled.
Both teams recorded a run in the first inning. Altoona added two more in the third, while St. Marys had one. Altoona scored another pair of runs in the fourth, but St. Marys scored three in the bottom of the inning to tie things up at 5-all. Altoona had one run in the fifth, but the Dutchmen pushed two across the plate to take their first lead of the contest 7-6. Altoona retook the lead with a seven-run sixth inning and capped their victory with two more runs in the seventh for the 15-7 victory.