The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch baseball team opened their season Tuesday, but only got 2 1/2 innings in before the game with the Punxsutawney Chucks was suspended with St. Marys on top, 6-3.
The game will be picked up when the Dutch travel to Punxsutawney on May 2.
“I was very pleased with the way we played offensively today. We executed well today,” said St. Marys coach Tony Azzato.
“Our pitching and defense has some work to do. Punxsy had the bases loaded in two innings, but our pitchers (Bob Vollmer and Kevin Hoy) battled back and they left the bases loaded.”
“We had four kids playing in their first varsity game today and they all executed well,” said Azzato of Mitchell Meyer, Branden Tyger, Robert Watts and Brandon Vollmer.
“Brandon Vollmer really stepped it up behind the plate and we needed that,” he added.
Bob Vollmer started on the mound for the Dutch and worked two innings, giving up three hits, walking two and striking out two. Kevin Hoy worked one inning of relief, giving up two hits, walking two and striking out one.
Brodi Lowmaster started on the mound for the Chucks, working two innings, giving up five hits, walking one and striking out three.
The Dutch were led offensively by Kevin Hoy with a home run and a double. Luke Nicklas, Branden Tyger and Justin Quiggle all singled.
In the top half of the first inning, Punxsy left the bases loaded. In the home half of the inning, Bob Vollmer reached base on an error. Jordan Weinzierl walked. Hoy doubled to score both Vollmer and Weinzierl. Ryan Uhl reached base on an error. A single by Nicklas scored Hoy, then Nicklas moved to second on a passed ball. With one out, Tyger singled, scoring Uhl. A sacrifice fly to center by Robert Watts scored Nicklas, giving St. Marys the 5-0 lead.
In the top half of the second inning, the Chucks scored twice on two hits and left two men on base. With one out in the home half of the inning, Hoy hit a home run to deep right center, giving the Dutch the 6-2 lead.
Punxsy was able to score a run in the top half of the third inning, but left three runners stranded.
The umpires then called the game due to unplayable conditions. The game will be picked up at Punxsy on May 2.
Zak Dickey 1-0-1, Devan Neal 2-0-0, Jordan Mesoraco 1-0-0, Ty Zimmerman 2-0-0, Brodi Lowmaster 1-0-1, Ryan States 0-1-0, Taylor Neal 2-0-0, Jamie Bush 1-1-1, Luke Janocho 2-1-0, Dane Baker 0-0-0, Joe Pisano 2-0-2. Totals 14-3-5.
St. Marys 6
Bob Vollmer 2-1-0, Jordan Weinzierl 1-1-0, Kevin Hoy 2-2-2, Ryan Uhl 2-1-0, Luke Nicklas 2-1-1, Brandon Vollmer 1-0-0, Mitchell Meyer 0-0-0, Branden Tyger 1-0-1, Robert Watts 0-0-0, Dalton Kline 0-0-0, Justin Quiggle 1-0-1. Totals 12-6-5.
Score by innings R
Punxsy 021 3
St. Marys 51x 6