It felt more like football weather than baseball Friday afternoon at Berwind Park, where the Elk County Catholic Crusaders handed the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen an 8-1 setback.
The Crusaders were the first to get on the scoreboard as they were able to score twice in the second inning and twice in the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead. They were able to add four runs in the fifth inning.
“Ben (Daghir) set the tone for the game with his good outing. We were able to get two runs in the second to go on top,” said ECCHS coach Father Eric Vogt.
“St. Marys hits the ball and you have to hit the ball with them if you are going to win. But Ben Daghir did a great job today,” said the coach.
“But there is a lot of baseball left,” he added.
The Crusaders had six hits in the contest, led by Joe McLaughlin’s triple. Pat Brennen doubled, while Ricky Pearsall had two singles. Luke Daghir and Brock McCullough each had singles.
The Dutch had seven hits in the contest. Ryan Uhl had a double, while Branden Tyger, Brandon Vollmer, Nate Geist, Robert Watts and Justin Quiggle all singled.
“We just weren’t here today. We might have been looking past them a little bit to our doubleheader tomorrow and our seven games next week,” said St. Marys coach Tony Azzato.
“But you have to tip your hat to Ben (Daghir). He knows these guys and threw a good game,” added Azzato.
Ben Daghir started on the mound for the Crusaders and worked five innings, giving up four hits, walking two and striking out five. Jack Herzing worked two innings of relief, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out three.
Justin Quiggle started on the mound for the Dutch, going 3 2/3 innings giving up two hits, walking seven and striking out one. Rocco Harshbarger worked one inning of relief, giving up two hits, walking two and striking out one. Luke Nicklas worked 2 1/3 innings of relief giving up two hits, walking four and striking out three.
In the top half of the first inning, ECC left a runner stranded. The Dutch went down in order in their half of the inning.
Jake Cortina led off the top of the second with a walk. Brock McCullough was hit by a pitch. A triple by McLaughlin scored both Cortina and McCullough to give Elk the 2-0 lead. St. Marys went down in order in their half of the inning.
Each team left two runners on base in the third inning. In the top of the fourth, Kyle Schneider walked with one out and moved to second on a passed ball. Pat Brennen walked, as did Pearsall, loading the bases. A sacrifice fly to right scored Schneider and sent Brennen to third. Pearsall stole second. Luke Daghir walked to load the bases. Ben Daghir walked to force in Brennen, giving ECC the 4-0 lead. In the home half of the inning, Hoy walked and scored on a double by Ryan Uhl, making the score 4-1.
Elk Catholic scored four times in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Schneider walked and moved to second on a passed ball. A double by Brennen scored Schneider. A single by Pearsall scored Brennen. Eric Wehler reached base on an error. Luke Daghir reached base on an error, scoring both Pearsall and Wehler to give Elk the 8-1 lead. The Dutch left the bases loaded in their half of the fifth.
The Crusaders left two men on base in the top of the sixth. In the home half of the inning, the Dutch threatened but left the bases loaded.
In the top of the seventh, Elk Catholic left two men on base. In the home half of the inning, St. Marys only sent three batters to the plate as the Crusaders won 8-1.
Elk Catholic, now 5-1 on the season, will host Johnsonburg Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.
The Dutch, now 2-3, host DuBois this morning at 11 a.m. and Williamsport this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Berwind Park.
In junior varsity action, Elk Catholic defeated St. Marys 11-2 to raise their record to 5-1 on the season.
Ricky Pearsall 4-1-2, Eric Wehler 2-1-0, Luke Daghir 3-0-1, Ben Daghir 2-0-0, Jake Cortina 3-1-0, Brock McCullough 4-1-1, Joe McLaughlin 3-0-1, Kyle Schneider 1-2-0, Josh Feldbauer 1-0-0, Pat Brennen 2-2-1. Totals 25-8-6.
St. Marys 1
Bob Vollmer 4-0-1, Jordan Weinzierl 4-0-0, Kevin Hoy 2-1-0, Ryan Uhl 4-0-1, Branden Tyger 3-0-1, Luke Nicklas 0-0-0, Brandon Vollmer 3-0-1, David Aul 0-0-0, Nate Geist 3-0-1, Robert Watts 2-0-1, Rocco Harshbarger 0-0-0, Justin Quiggle 3-0-1. Totals 28-1-7.
Score by innings R
ECCHS 020 240 0 8
SMAHS 000 100 0 1