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The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch baseball team erupted for seven runs on four hits and two errors to come from behind to defeat the Elk County Catholic Crusaders by a 9-3 score Friday night at Berwind Park on Senior Night for the Dutchmen.
Elk Catholic led 1-0 after two innings of play. The Dutch scored twice in the third inning for a 2-1 lead. The Crusaders tied the game in the fourth and went up 3-2 in the sixth with a run. St. Marys scored seven times in the home half of the sixth to win the game 9-3.
â€śWe battled all game long,â€ť said St. Marys coach Tony Azzato. â€śWe knew what we needed to do. We were disciplined at the plate and didnâ€™t swing at bad pitches.â€ť
â€śWe put the ball in play and made them make the plays,â€ť said Azzato.
â€śMitchell Meyer threw a phenomenal game for us,â€ť said Azzato noting that the senior threw 98 pitches last night.
Mitchell Meyer went the distance on the mound for the Dutch going seven innings giving up three hits, walking one and striking out nine.
Jack Herzing started on the mound for Elk Catholic going 2 2/3 innings giving up five hits, walking two and striking out three. Joe Childs worked three innings giving up five hits, walking four and striking out three. Ben Cortina worked 1/3 of an inning.
â€śMaybe this will be a wake up call,â€ť said ECCHS coach Tom Zampogna.
â€śSt. Marys played a good game. We had our chances early and didnâ€™t capitalize,â€ť said Zampogna.
â€śIn the sixth inning we kinda fell apart,â€ť added Zampogna.
The Dutch had eight hits in the game led by Justin Beimelâ€™s double and single. Robert Watts had two singles while Mitch Meyer, Branden Tyger and Brandon Vollmer all doubled. Rudy Gleixner singled.
The Crusaders had three hits in the game. Ivan Wortman had two doubles while Jack Herzing singled.
The Crusaders went down in order in the top half of the first inning. The Dutch stranded Branden Tyger who had doubled.
Wortman led off the top of the second with a double. Joe McLaughlin reached base on an error sending Wortman to third. A sacrifice fly to center by Vincent Jacob scored Wortman as Elk took the early 1-0 lead. St. Marys left the bases loaded in their half of the inning.
Elk left a man on base in the third inning. In the home half of the inning, Tyger walked with one out. Vollmer doubled. With two outs, Watts singled scoring both Tyger and Vollmer to give the Dutch the 2-1 lead.
The Crusaders scored a run in the top half of the fourth when McLaughlin reached base on a dropped third strike. He was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Herzing. He went to third on an infield out and scored on an error knotting the game at two. St. Marys went down in order in their half of the inning.
The fifth inning saw both teams go down in order. The Crusaders took the lead in the top of the sixth when Wortman led off with a double. He moved to third on a passed ball. He scored on a single by Herzing as Elk led 3-2. In the home half of the inning, Watts walked. Gleixner reached base on an infield single and Quinn Cunningham drew a walk to load the bases. Luke Schreiber reached base on a fielderâ€™s choice as Watts was erased at the plate. A double by Meyer scored both pinch runner Nick Burdick and Cunningham. Kline walked to load the bases again. With one out, Vollmer reached base on an error as Schreiber and Meyer scored. A double by Beimel scored Kline and Vollmer. A single by Watts scored pinch runner Alexx Tyger as the Dutch led 9-3.
In the top of the seventh, Elk Catholic went down in order as the Dutchmen won 9-3.
St. Marys, now 9-11 on the season, will meet the Punxsutawney Chucks next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Brookville for the District 9-AAA championship.
Elk Catholic, now 13-6 on the season, will open play in the District 9-A tournament on Tuesday when they host the Venango Catholic Vikings at 4:30 p.m. at Berwind Park.
Pat Brennen 3-0-0, Brock McCullough 1-0-0, Wes Brennen 1-0-0, Dan Singer 1-0-0, Joe Childs 1-0-0, Ivan Wortman 3-2-2, Joe McLaughlin 3-1-0, Jack Herzing 2-0-1, Ben Cortina 2-0-0, Vincent Jacob 2-0-0, Brandon Schlimm 2-0-0, Shea Meyer 1-0-0. Totals 21-3-3.
St. Marys 9
Mitch Meyer 4-1-1, Dalton Kline 3-1-0, Branden Tyger 3-1-1, Brandon Vollmer 4-2-1, David Aul 0-0-0, Justin Beimel 4-1-2, Alexx Tyger 0-0-0, Robert Watts 3-0-2, Rudy Gleixner 2-0-1, Nick Burdick 0-1-0, Jerri Newell 2-0-0, Quinn Cunningham 1-1-0. Luke Schreiber 3-1-0. Totals 29-9-8.
Score by innings R
ECCHS 010 101 0 3
SMAHS 002 007 x 9