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The St. Marys American Legion Post 103 squad picked up a pair of victories over Port Allegany on Saturday in a doubleheader played at Berwind Park. St. Marys won the first game 10-0 in five innings, and went on to take a six-inning 15-5 win in the nightcap.
The victories snapped a three-game skid by St. Marys, who dropped a pair of contests to Wilcox earlier in the week and then fell to Smethport on Friday evening.
"Overall I thought we played all right," said St. Marys coach Fran Pasi. "It's just been a long week. I mean, to lose three games in a row, that really took the heart out of these guys, but they came back and did all right."
Kevin Hoy started on the mound for St. Marys in the first game, which also found the Post 103 squad as the visitors on the scoreboard. Hoy worked four innings, giving up three hits, walking one, and striking out four. Luke Newhouse took over in relief for the final inning, giving up one hit and walking one.
"That's the first time he's ever pitched," Pasi said of Newhouse. "He did a nice job."
Cory Burr started on the mound for Port Allegany, giving up six hits and walking one while also striking out one. Chad Gains worked the final two innings, giving up six hits, walking two, and striking out one.
St. Marys had a total of 12 hits in the contest, led by Eric Wehler with a double and a pair of singles. Mitchell Meyer and Hoy each had a double and a single. Ivan Wortman had a double, and Jack Herzing, Jake Cortina, Ben Cortina, and Vincent Jacob all singled.
Port Allegany had four hits, all of which were singles.
Both teams left runners on base in the first and second innings.
St. Marys finally got on the board in the top of the third. With one out, Meyer doubled and scored on a single by Eric Wehler. An error on the play also allowed Wehler to pick up an extra base, and he made it home on a double by Ivan Wortman. A single by Kevin Hoy scored Wortman. Hoy made it to second on a passed ball and later stole third. Jack Herzing walked, giving St. Marys runners on the corners, and Hoy scored on a fielder's choice by Dan Singer, who was out at first after grounding to the shortstop. Keeping the momentum from their 4-0 lead going, St. Marys sent Port's batters down in order in the home half of the inning.
The Post 103 squad left two runners stranded in the top of the fourth, and then worked out of a jam in the bottom of that inning as Port left the bases loaded.
St. Marys scored their final six runs in the top of the fifth. Hoy led things off with a double and scored on a single by Jake Cortina. Cortina scored as Singer singled and picked up an extra base on an error on the play. Rudy Gleixner reached base on an error that sent Singer to third. A single by Vincent Jacob scored Singer. Gleixner scored as Newhouse flied out to right field for the first out of the inning. A single by Meyer found Jacob caught in a rundown between third and home, but he was able to make it in for the score after one of the Port players overthrew the ball. Meyer also made it all the way to third on the play. A single by Wehler scored Meyer, and then the final two outs came on a double play as Jon Dippold flied out and Wehler was thrown out at first, giving St. Marys a 10-0 advantage. Port left a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the inning, but St. Marys was able to keep them from scoring and secured the 10-0 victory.
After a short break, the teams faced off in the second game, this time with St. Marys as the home team. The Post 103 squad was initially unable to keep their momentum going from their earlier victory, and struggles at the mound allowed Port to jump out to a 3-0 first-inning lead.
Jake Cortina started on the mound for St. Marys, walking five straight batters before being replaced with Mitchell Meyer. Meyer worked two innings, walking four and striking out one. Ivan Wortman took over on the mound for the final four innings, giving up two hits while striking out six.
Charlie Buchanan started on the mound for Port, working two innings and giving up seven hits, walking four and striking out one. Chris Lashway worked the final four innings, giving up seven hits and walking four.
St. Marys had 14 total hits, led by Jack Herzing with trio of singles. Eric Wehler had a pair of triples, Mitchell Meyer had a double and a single, and Luke Newhouse had a pair of singles. Rudy Gleixner and Anthony Grimone each had a double, and Jake Cortina, Jon Dippold, and Vincent Jacob all singled.
Port Allegany had two hits, an inside-the-park home run by Cory Burr, and a single by Buchanan.
In the top of the first inning, Cortina walked Buchanan, Chris Lashway, and Seth Lowery to load the bases for Port. Rickie Bova also walked, scoring Buchanan. Tyler Shaffer walked, scoring Lashway, and St. Marys decided it was time to change pitchers. Mitchell Meyer took over on the mound and walked Cory Burr, scoring Lowery. Chad Gains hit into a double play, flying out to Cortina, who was now playing first base. Cortina also tagged the base, taking out Burr. RJ Veilleux walked, but Casey Vollmer flied out to right field, holding Port to a 3-0 lead. St. Marys erased Port Allegany's advantage in the home half of the inning with three runs of their own. Meyer led off with a double and scored on a triple by Eric Wehler. Ben Cortina flied out to left field, scoring Wehler on the play. After Kevin Hoy flied out to third, Jake Cortina singled and advanced to second as Jack Herzing was hit by a pitch. A single by Jon Dippold scored Cortina and moved Herzing to second. Vincent Jacob walked to load the bases, but Luke Newhouse hit a shot straight to the second baseman, leaving the score tied at 3-all.
Port briefly retook the lead in the top of the second. Buchanan walked and made his way to third as Lashway flied out to center field and Lowery struck out. Bova walked, giving Port runners on the corners, and Buchanan eventually made it in for the score. Shaffer flied out to center to leave Bova stranded with Port leading 4-3. St. Marys tied things up again in the bottom of the inning. Meyer led off with a single. Wehler hit an infield fly ball to the shortstop, who dropped the ball, but then recovered and beat Meyer to second for out number one. Wehler stole second and third, and then scored as Ben Cortina flied out to right field. Hoy walked and stole second, giving St. Marys the opportunity to take their first lead of the game, but Jake Cortina stuck out swinging to leave the score tied at 4-all.
Port's batters went down in order in the top of the third, and then St. Marys put together a good inning to take a lead they would not relinquish. Herzing led off with a single and made it to second on an error and Dippold walked, giving St. Marys a pair of base runners. A single by Jacob loaded the bases, and Herzing scored as Newhouse walked to keep the bases loaded. Ivan Wortman flied out to left field, scoring Dippold, and a triple by Wehler scored Jacob and Newhouse. Ben Cortina walked to put runners on the corners for St. Marys. With Hoy up to bat, Cortina tried to steal second and the resulting overthrow to the base left Port to chase down the ball as both Wehler and Cortina scored. Hoy brought about the second out with an infield fly ball. Jake Cortina walked, made it to second on a passed ball, and scored on another single by Herzing. Dippold ended the inning as he flied out to center, but not before St. Marys scored seven runs to take an 11-4 lead.
Both teams left a runner stranded in the fourth inning.
Port scored their final run in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Burr hit an inside-the-park home run to make the score 11-5. St. Marys' batters went down in order in the bottom of the inning.
Port's batters went 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth, and St. Marys used a strong bottom of the inning to claim the victory. Herzing singled and made it to second on a passed ball. Dippold flied out to left for the first out. A double by Anthony Grimone scored Herzing, and Grimone scored on a single by Newhouse. Newhouse later stole second. Meyer flied out to center field for out number two. Nick Burdick walked, giving St. Marys a pair of base runners. Dan Singer also walked, loading the bases. A walk-off double by Rudy Gleixner scored both Newhouse and Burdick, and gave St. Marys the 15-5 six-inning victory.
With their pair of wins on Saturday, St. Marys is now 6-3 on the season and will be back in action on Wednesday as they host Bradford at 7:30 p.m. at Berwind Park.
St. Marys 10
Mitchell Meyer 3-2-2, Eric Wehler 4-1-3, Ivan Wortman 3-1-1, Jon Dippold 1-0-0, Kevin Hoy 3-2-2, Jack Herzing 1-0-1, Jake Cortina 1-1-1, Dan Singer 2-0-0, Ben Cortina 1-1-1, Rudy Gleixner 3-1-0, Anthony Grimone 1-0-0, Vincent Jacob 1-1-1, Nick Burdick 2-0-0, Luke Newhouse 1-0-0. Totals 27-10-12.
Port Allegany 0
Charlie Buchanan 3-0-1, Chris Lashway 3-0-1, Seth Lowery 2-0-0, Rickie Bova 2-0-1, Tyler Shaffer 3-0-0, Cory Burr 1-0-0, Mac Tanner 2-0-0, Chad Gains 2-0-1, Mike Ernst 2-0-0. Totals 20-0-4.
Score by innings R
St. Marys 004 06 10
Port 000 00 0
Port Allegany 5
Charlie Buchanan 2-2-1, Chris Lashway 2-1-0, Seth Lowery 2-1-0, Rickie Bova 1-0-0, Tyler Shaffer 2-0-0, Cory Burr 2-1-1, Chad Gains 3-0-0, RJ Veilleux 2-0-0, Casey Vollmer 3-0-0. Totals 19-5-2.
St. Marys 15
Mitchell Meyer 2-1-2, Ivan Wortman 3-0-0, Eric Wehler 3-3-2, Nick Burdick 1-1-0, Ben Cortina 2-1-0, Dan Singer 1-0-0, Kevin Hoy 2-0-0, Rudy Gleixner 2-0-1, Jake Cortina 3-2-1, Jack Herzing 3-2-3, Jon Dippold 3-1-1, Vincent Jacob 1-1-1, Anthony Grimone 2-1-1, Luke Newhouse 3-2-2. Totals 31-15-14.
Score by innings R
Port 310 001 0 5
St. Marys 317 004 15