The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch baseball team lost a 10-9, nine-inning contest to the Brookville Raiders Thursday afternoon at Berwind Park.
Brookville took the lead 7-5 after three innings of play. The Dutch scored four times in the fourth inning to take the 9-7 lead. Brookville would tie the game at nine with two runs in the sixth inning. Neither team would score until the top of the ninth when Brookville was able to score a run on one hit, a hit batsman and an error.
“It seems to be our story every year. We can’t execute when we need to,” said St. Marys coach Tony Azzato. The Dutch stranded 15 runners while the Raiders left 10 men on base.
“We have to start taking advantage of the other team’s errors and we didn’t do that today,” said Azzato. Brookville had seven errors in the contest to the Dutchmen’s two.
“We got down three, then came back to go up 9-7. We score the four to go up and we kinda die off. We have to execute. It’s the little things that win games and we didn’t do it,” he said.
“Dalton (Kline) came in and did the job. He got the ground balls, then the errors hit. We have to take this one off the chin and come back tomorrow,” said Azzato. The Dutchmen entertain the Coudersport Falcons this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. at Berwind Park.
The Dutch had eight hits in the contest led by Robert Watts’ three singles. Branden Tyger had two singles, while Justin Beimel, Jerri Newell and Mitchell Meyer each had a single.
Zane Hackett led the Raider offense with a three-for-five night with a double and two singles.
Justin Beimel started on the mound for St. Marys, going six innings and giving up 10 hits, walking six and striking out three. Dalton Kline worked three innings of relief, giving up one hit and striking out two.
Tyler Dombrowski started on the mound for Brookville, going three innings, giving up three hits, walking three and striking out two. Nathan St. Laurent worked two innings of relief, giving up four hits, walking five and striking out two. Hackett worked four innings of relief, giving up one hit, walking one and striking out six.
Brookville scored three times in the top of the first inning on two hits, a walk and an error. In the home half of the inning, Watts singled with one out. He moved to second on a passed ball. With two outs, Beimel reached base on an error, scoring Watts to make the score 3-1.
The Raiders scored a run in the top of the second to take a 4-1 lead. Newell led off the home half of the second with a single. David Aul walked and Meyer reached base on an error. With one out, Kline reached base on a fielder’s choice, erasing Meyer but allowing Newell to score. A single by Watts scored Aul as St. Marys cut the Brookville lead to 4-3.
The Raiders scored three runs in the top of the third on three hits and left two men on base to take a 7-3 lead. In the home half of the inning, Beimel led off with a walk. With one out, Newell walked and Aul reached base on an error to load the bases. Meyer reached base on a fielder’s choice erasing Beimel at the plate. Quinn Cunningham reached base on an error, allowing Newell and Aul to score and cut the Raider lead to 6-5.
Brookville went down in order in the top of the fourth inning. Watts reached base on an infield single to open the home half of the fourth. Tyger reached base on a fielder’s choice, erasing Watts. Beimel singled and Vollmer walked to load the bases. Tyger scored on an infield sacrifice by Newell. Aul walked to keep the bases loaded. Meyer reached base on an infield single, allowing courtesy runners Luke Schreiber and Nick Burdick to score. Cunningham drew a walk to load the bases. A walk to Kline scored Aul as St. Marys took the 9-7 lead.
Each team left a man on base in the fifth inning. Brookville scored twice in the top of the sixth on three hits and left the bases loaded as the game was tied at 9-9. St. Marys left a runner stranded in the sixth inning.
Brookville went down in order in the seventh and eighth innings. The Dutch left one man on base in the seventh and left the bases loaded in the eighth.
In the top of the ninth Brookville scored a run on a hit batsman and an error to take the 10-9 lead. St. Marys left a man on base in the home half of the ninth as Brookville won 10-9.
St. Marys, now 1-3 on the year, hosts Coudersport this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. at Berwind Park.
Seth Connor 5-1-2, Pat Brush 5-1-0, Tyler Dombrowski 5-1-1, Zane Hackett 5-3-3, Nathan Bonfardine 5-1-2, Nathan St. Laurent 2-1-1, Lance Conrad 0-0-0, A.J. Skerkavich 2-0-1, Dakota Singleton 4-0-0, Cameron Yard 0-1-0 Brock Beitz 4-1-1. Totals 37-10-11.
St. Marys 9
Dalton Kline 4-0-0, Robert Watts 6-1-3, Branden Tyger 6-1-2, Justin Beimel 5-0-1, Luke Schreiber 0-1-0, Brandon Vollmer 4-0-0, Nick Burdick 0-1-0, Jerri Newell 4-2-1, Alexx Tyger 0-0-0, David Aul 3-3-0, Mitchell Meyer 5-0-1, Quinn Cunningham 4-0-0. Totals 41-9-8.
Score by innings R
Brookville 313 002 001 10
St. Marys 122 400 000 9