The St. Marys Legion baseball team saw their run in the Region 8 Tournament come to an end on Monday evening with a loss to French Creek Valley. The 14-4, eight-inning loss was St. Marys' second in the double elimination tournament.
"Once again it was just a matter of four or five innings where we played good ball, and then the wheels came off," said St. Marys manager Fran Pasi after the game.
Four pitchers spent time on the mound for St. Marys. Kevin Hoy started the game and worked three and one-third innings, giving up six hits and walking two. Jack Herzing worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up one hit. Mitch Meyer took over for an inning, giving up three hits and walking five. Eric Wehler worked the final two and one-third innings, giving up five hits and walking one.
"We had a couple pitchers who had sore arms, so we had to go with some kids who hadn't pitched much this year. I thought they did all right, but in a regional like this you need pitchers," Pasi said.
Jake Digiacomo and Brandon Sherman both worked the mound for French Creek Valley. Digiacomo started the game and went six innings, giving up eight hits, walking one, and striking out six. Sherman worked the final two innings in relief, giving up two hits and striking out two.
St. Marys had a total of 10 hits in the contest, led by Eric Wehler with a triple and a pair of singles. Mitch Meyer had a trio of singles, Jake Cortina recorded a double, and Kevin Hoy, Jack Herzing, and Nick Burdick all singled.
French Creek Valley had 15 hits. AJ Thompson led the way with a double and a pair of singles. Adam Bronson had a home run and a single. Stephen Sada had a double and a single, and Kyle Wise and Kyle McCray each had a pair of singles. Tyler Walters, Ryan Paden, Luke Carter, and Hunter Johnston each singled.
As the visitors on the scoreboard, St. Marys had the opportunity to bat first. They took full advantage, jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Mitch Meyer led off with a single and scored on a triple to right center by Eric Wehler. Ivan Wortman drove Wehler in on a fielder's choice, making the score 2-0. French Creek Valley answered with a pair of runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to tie things up at 2-all. With one out, Adam Bronson walked and later scored on a passed ball. Kyle Wise reached on a single and scored as Ryan Paden flied out to center.
The scoring briefly stopped in the second, but French Creek Valley got things going again in the home half of the third as they took over the lead with a solo homer by Bronson to take a 3-2 advantage.
St. Marys fought back in the top of the fourth, scoring their final pair of runs. Wortman reached base on an error and Kevin Hoy singled, and both scored on a double by Jake Cortina for a 4-3 lead. French Creek Valley came right back in the bottom of the inning, this time taking over the lead for good by pushing through four runs.
Kyle McCray walked and Luke Carter singled, and both scored on a single by AJ Thompson. Thompson ended up at second on the play and scored on a single by Stephen Sada. St. Marys changed pitchers, sending Jack Herzing to the mound. He gave up a single to Bronson, scoring Sada, to make the score 7-4.
St. Marys left a pair of runners stranded in the top of the fifth and French Creek Valley kept their momentum going, adding another four runs to their total for an 11-4 lead.
Neither team scored in the sixth inning, and French Creek Valley added another run in the top of the seventh to make their lead 12-4.
St. Marys' batters went down in order in the top of the eighth and French Creek Valley sealed the victory in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs. Hunter Johnston was hit by a pitch and scored on a triple by AJ Thompson. Brandon Sherman flied out to right, scoring Thompson and ending the game as French Creek Valley took a 14-4 lead.
Ending their Legion baseball careers were Eric Wehler, Jake Cortina, Kevin Hoy, Anthony Grimone, and Ryan Uhl.
"I really appreciate them coming out and playing Legion ball, and I hope they enjoyed the experience," Pasi said. "I hope the younger guys learned a little bit from them."
Pasi also expressed his appreciation to his assistant coaches: Kenny Vogt Jr., Mike Cortina, and Jeff Uhl.
Looking back, Pasi added that his team's season had turned out all right.
"It was a good year, better than I thought it was going to be," he said.
French Creek Valley will take on undefeated Wilcox tonight at 7:30 p.m. Wilcox previously defeated French Creek Valley 11-3 on Saturday morning in the opening game of the tournament.
St. Marys 4
Mitch Meyer 4-1-3, Luke Newhouse 0-0-0, Eric Wehler 4-1-3, Ivan Wortman 4-1-0, Kevin Hoy 4-1-1, Jake Cortina 3-0-1, Jack Herzing 2-0-1, Jonathan Dippold 1-0-0, Dan Singer 4-0-0, Nick Burdick 4-0-1, Anthony Grimone 2-0-0, Vincent Jacob 1-0-0. Totals 34-4-10.
French Creek Valley 14
Stephen Sada 4-2-2, Brandon Sherman 1-0-0, Adam Bronson 3-2-2, Kyle Wise 4-1-2, Tyler Walters 3-0-1, Scott Sada 0-0-0, Drew Durasa 0-1-0, Ryan Paden 3-0-1, Kyle McCray 4-2-2, Luke Carter 5-1-1, Hunter Johnston 1-2-1, AJ Thompson 5-3-3. Totals 33-14-15.
Score by innings R
St. Marys 200 200 00 4
FCV 201 440 12 14