STEUBENVILLE - Getting runners on base is one thing. Moving them around is another.
Shadyside had a hard time doing either here Saturday afternoon in dropping a 7-3 decision to Steubenville Catholic in the OVAC Class 2A title tilt at sunny, but chilly, Vaccaro Field.
The third-seeded Tigers (13-7) could manage but two singles off the Crusaders' Chris Murphy, and neither before the fifth inning.
"When you don't get base hits, you're not going to win many games," noted veteran Shadyside head coach Mike Meintel. "That's the bottom line.
"Their kid pitched a great game, but we didn't come ready to play."
Steubenville Catholic (13-5) tallied twice in its first at-bat as Murphy led off with the first of his three singles and stole second. One out later, Brenton Colabella's infield bouncer was thrown wildly to first, leaving runners on the corners. Colabella promptly stole second and, with two outs, Alex Porreca lined a 1-2 pitch to left that plated both runners.
The fourth-seeded Crusaders made it 5-0 in the third as they took advantage of wildness on Shadyside starter Jared Brooks' part. A single, base-on-balls and hit batter loaded the bases with no outs. Two runs would come in on wild pitches, with the third crossing on a groundout.
"They (Steubenville Catholic) got their runners on and moved them over," Meintel said. "We couldn't do that today."
The loss wasted a solid pitching performance from Tigers' lefty Brooks, who fanned a dozen and walked just two, in a complete-game performance. He did surrender seven hits, but settled down through the middle innings, retiring 15 of 17 at one point, before being touched for a two-run single by Colabella in the seventh.
The Tigers avoided being shutout when they scored all their runs in their final at-bat.
Jacob Spencer and Luke Nardo were hit-by-pitches leading off the bottom of the seven. Chase Kinemond walked to load the bases before Adam Stupak singled to right to plate the first run. With one out, Austin Dorris's dribbler to short was mishandled as the second run crossed the plate. Zach Frizzi's sacrifice fly plated the final tally.
Steubenville Catholic 230 000 2 - 7 7 1
Shadyside 000 000 3 - 3 2 1
Batteries: Murphy and Laukert. Brooks and Dorris
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