Maynard breaks out the lumber in defeating Neffs
MAYNARD – Maynard had its hitting shoes laced up real tight Monday night in Steele and Cook Insurance Ohio Valley Baseball League action.
The hosts (8-3) collected 14 base hits and broke open a close game with four runs in the fifth inning as they batted around in a 7-3 triumph over Neffs (6-5) on the Firemen’s Field diamond.
“The hitting on this team just keeps on rolling,” Maynard manager Laney Simone Sr. said. “We just couldn’t seem to put anything together in the first part of the game. We had a lot of hitting going on, but we couldn’t string anything together to get any runs.
“But we kept battling and finally found an inning,” he added. “It worked out and we scored some runs.”
Clinging to a 3-2 advantage, Maynard sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth against A’s Gang reliever Michael Roach. They scored four runs, all of which were unearned.
With two outs and a runner at first, Roach served up a double to deep center by Kevin Brown. Mark Cisar, who had three singles already, was intentionally walked, a move which backfired big time.
D.J. Busby slapped a run-scoring single through the left side of the infield to make it 4-2 and B.A. Holloway drilled the next pitch into center that plated two runs. After Logan Hudson walked to re-load the bases, Cory Kotopka was issued a free pass to force in the final tally.
“D.J. is a tough bat. He’s hard to get out of there,” Simone praised.
Logan Ballint slugged an RBI double to the left-field corner in the sixth, and Neffs had two runners on in the seventh before a double play grounder ended things.
Maynard took the early lead when Kotopka singled in Busby in the first.
The A’s Gang drew even in the second when Brandon Leonard took Cisar fastball to County Road 10 leading off.
“He threw me a meatball,” Leonard explained. “It was right down the middle of the plate.”
Neffs went ahead in the third without the benefit of a base hit.
Dane Koch reached second on a throwing error leading off and scampered to third on a passed ball. Clay Francis brought him in with a grounder to second.
Maynard, which stranded 13 runners in the game, re-gained the lead in the fourth.
Brown tripled down the rightfield line with one out. He trotted home when Cisar smacked a single to left. The Union Local athletic director and baseball coach promptly swiped second and third before he scored on Holloway’s two-out bloop single down the rightfield line.
Cisar, who threw 93 pitches in six frames, picked up the win. He struck out seven and walked one while yielding five hits. Two of the three runs he gave up were earned. Michael Androsko worked the seventh.
Jared Taylor worked the first four innings for Neffs. The lefty from Ripley, W.Va., and West Liberty University, had a strikeout and walked a pair.
In addition to Cisar’s three singles, three other Maynard players enjoyed multiple-hit outings. They include Busby, Holloway and Brown.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak by the A’s Gang.
“Things happen,” Neffs manager Josh Wells allowed. “Sometimes we don’t make the plays in the field, and it costs us.”
Neffs 011 001 0 – 3 5 2
May. 100 240 x – 7 14 1
Batteries: Taylor, Roach (5), Masarick (5) and Cla. Francis. M. Cisar, Androsko (7) and Androsko, Holloway (7).
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