BROOKSIDE - Runs were at a premium Tuesday night in the Division IV sectional baseball tournament on the Niekro Diamond at Perkins Field.
Second-seeded Steubenville Catholic survived a scare from eighth-seeded Beallsville in the opener with a 2-1 victory in eight innings. Meanwhile in the second game, third-seeded Shadyside did all of its damage in one inning en route to a 4-0 win over River.
The Tigers will return to Niekro Diamond tonight to face top-seeded Toronto with a 7 o'clock first pitch. Steubenville Central will await the winner of tonight's Bridgeport-Frontier contest at 4:30. The Crusaders and the survivor will meet Thursday with a 6 p.m. first pitch.
SHADYSIDE got a sterling effort from Austin Dorris, who went the distance, in pitching the Tigers to the victory. The big righty scattered three hits, while finishing with eight strikeouts and four free passes.
"To be honest, Austin had been struggling a little bit on the mound," Shadyside head coach Mike Meintel related. "He was our opening day starter beating John Marshall. This was the best he had pitched since then.
"Our defense was outstanding behind him," Meintel added. "We didn't give away any free bases or outs."
River got an equally solid performance from Cody Caldwell. The senior allowed just four hits, while fanning seven and walking five. All four runs were unearned.
"Cody was over-throwing early," River boss Mark Romick said. "But I went out and settled him down and told him to pitch location. He settled down nicely and really battled with Dorris. It was just a really good high school baseball game."
Shadyside did all of its damage in the second inning.
Jared Brooks started things with a free pass, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Cole Crow. With two outs and two on, Luke Nardo's fly to left was misplayed allowing Shadyside to score a pair.
Senior Chase Kinemond followed a single to center to score Nardo. Kinemond stole second and scored on an Adam Stupak base knock to right center.
"In baseball, you have to make all of the plays," Romick said. "You can't give away outs. Give Shadyside credit though, they came up with two big hits after the miscue to extend the lead from two to four.
"We manufacture a lot of runs, but being down four runs is tough because the later you get its hard to bunt and move runners because you don't want to give away outs," Romick added.
The win improved Shadyside to 15-8 on the season.
"We were focused tonight and when we are focused that's the kind of baseball we are capable of playing," Meintel said. "We were wondering which team was going to show up, fortunately it was the good Tigers."
Junior Eric Dierkes had two of the Pilots' three hits. He collected a single and a double.
STEUBENVILLE Catholic was pushed to the limit before dispatching Beallsville.
The Crusaders' Alecks Porreca and the Devils' Logan Nippert were locked in a pitchers' duel until Kyle Laukert's infield chopper scored Stone Romano with the game-winner.
Porreca went seven-and-a-third with six strikeouts before being relieved by Chris Murphy, who picked up the win by recording the final two outs in the eighth.
Nippert was outstanding in defeat. He scattered six hits while fanning 10 and walking three
"Logan threw a great game," Beallsville head coach Joe Kress explained. "We had a few minor mistakes and it cost us. We've been in a ton of close games this year, tonight was the same case. We just didn't get a bounce to go our way.
"We hit the ball hard several times, but it was right at them," Kress added. "We left a lot of guys in scoring position and against a good team like Central Catholic you can not do that."
Beallsville had runners on second and third in the top of the fourth, but the Blue Devils had a base running blunder that helped the Crusaders turn a triple play.
Steubenville Central scored the game's first run in its half of the fourth as Laukert singled in a run to make it 1-0.
Beallsville responded in the top of the sixth when Chase Mercer stole third and trotted home when the throw rolled into left field.
Romano opened the eighth with a double and moved to third on a passed ball.
Nippert fought back with a pair of strikeouts, but Laukert's chopper was misplayed by the Devils' second baseman for the winning run.