The Punxsutawney Chucks scored four runs in the top half of the seventh inning, then limited the Dutch to two runs in the home half of the inning to escape with a 7-5 victory Tuesday afternoon at Berwind Park.
Punxsy took the 3-0 lead after three innings of play. The Dutch battled back to score two in the fifth and one in the sixth to even the game at 3-all. Then came the seventh, with the Chucks outscoring the Dutch 4-2 to win the game.
â€śThat was a tough one to take,â€ť said St. Marys coach Tony Azzato. â€śYou have to deal with how the game plays out. The wheels kinda fell off a little bit at the end, but we put ourselves in that position.â€ť
â€śI tip my hat to Punxsy. They played good defense. We were in the ball game but we didnâ€™t get the big hit when we needed it,â€ť added Azzato.
Mitch Meyer went the distance on the mound for the Dutch, giving up seven hits, walking five and striking out six. Dane Baker started on the mound for the Chucks, giving up seven hits, walking one and striking out one. Ryan Sloniger worked three innings, giving up two hits, walking three and striking out three.
The Dutch had nine hits in the contest. Dalton Kline had a double, while Robert Watts and Quinn Cunningham each had two singles. Justin Beimel, Mitch Meyer and Rudy Gleixner all singled.
The game opened with both teams leaving two runners stranded in the first inning. The Chucks got a run in the top of the second on two hits. The Dutchmen left two runners stranded.
The Chucks scored two runs in the top of the third inning on two walks and a double to take the 3-0 lead. St. Marys went down in order in their half of the inning.
The top of the fourth inning found Punxsy going down in order. In the home half of the inning, the Dutch left one man stranded.
The Chucks left a man on base in the top of the fifth. In the home half of the inning, Luke Schreiber led off with a walk for the Dutch. Robert Watts reached base on an infield single. A double by Dalton Kline scored Schreiber. A sacrifice fly to center by Branden Tyger scored Watts as the Dutch cut the Chucksâ€™ lead to 3-2.
The Chucks went down in order in their half of the inning. Meyer led off with a walk for the Dutch. With one out, Cunningham singled and moved to second on the play, scoring Meyer to knot the game at 3-all.
The top of the seventh saw the Chucks score four times on four hits, one of which was a two-run home run by Jamie Bush which gave the Chucks the 7-3 lead. Kline led off with a walk in the home half of the seventh. With one out, Brandon Vollmer drew a walk. A single by Justin Beimel scored Kline. A sacrifice fly to center by Meyer scored Vollmer, cutting the Chucksâ€™ lead to 7-5. The final batter popped up to the pitcher to end the game with Punxsy on top 7-5.
St. Marys, now 4-9 on the season, will travel to Brookville Thursday for a 4:15 p.m. game.
Taylor Phillips 3-1-0, Ryan Sloniger 2-0-0, Ty Zimmerman 3-1-1, Garrett Zimmerman 3-2-0, Jamie Bush 3-1-2, Luke Janocha 0-0-0, Alex Bevak 4-2-2, Cory Geer 2-0-0, Dalton Thomas 2-0-1, Mike Klingensmith 4-0-1, Dane Baker 3-0-0. Totals 29-7-7.
St. Marys 5
Robert Watts 4-1-2, Dalton Kline 3-1-1, Branden Tyger 3-0-1, Brandon Vollmer 3-1-0, David Aul 0-0-0, Justin Beimel 4-0-1, Nick Burdick 0-0-0, Mitch Meyer 2-1-1, Rudy Gleixner 4-0-1, Quinn Cunningham 3-0-2, Luke Schreiber 2-1-0. Totals 28-5-9.
Score by innings R
Punxsy 012 000 4 7
St. Marys 000 021 2 5
The St. Marys junior varsity squad lost a 7-1 contest to the Chucks at Memorial Park.
The Chucks scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Neither team scored in the second inning. The Chucks outscored the Dutch 4-1 in the third inning to take a 7-1 lead. Neither team scored the remainder of the game as the Chucks won 7-1.
Lucas Lovenduski led St. Marys with three singles. Kirkland McClain had two singles while Dillon Gallagher, Shane Haberberger and Mark Ehrensberger all singled.