Braves bury Casket Makers
SHADYSIDE – No matter the level of baseball when a team commits eight errors, it’s going to spell trouble.
Barton was on the receiving end of some shoddy Shadyside defense and took full advantage en route to an 11-1 victory in the Steele & Cook Insurance Agency OVBL Tuesday evening at ‘The Mortuary’ inside Fleming Field.
The Casket Makers watched Barton send 12 to the plate in the first inning en route to eight runs on seven hits and five Shadyside errors.
“When you score eight runs in the first, it definitely makes things a lot easier,” said Barton skipper Billy Timko. “We just have to build on this. We need to get guys back from vacations and back onto the baseball field.”
In the first inning, Barton scored just two earned runs. Lead-off hitter Jourdan Yeager had two singles and a RBI in the frame. Trevor Hardesty had two doubles and two RBI.
Anthony Rocchio doubled down the third-base line to score two additional runs in the first.
“I know it’s cliche, but hitting is really contagious,” Timko said. “I didn’t expect that kind of first inning. When we have Hardesty (in the lineup), we’re a different ball club.”
The Braves, who are now 6-8, didn’t look back after building the big lead. Thanks to the mound work of Tyler Kurtz and Casey Tennant, the Casket Makers just couldn’t get untracked offensively.
“You just can’t come out of a hole like we dug ourselves,” said Shadyside manager Patrick O’Donnell. “We were ready to play, but we couldn’t pull it off and we didn’t protect the mortuary.”
Shadyside managed seven hits and only went in order in one inning, but could never get the big hit to ignite a rally.
“Our hitting has improved, we’ve cut down on our strikeouts, but we couldn’t string a bunch of hits together,” O’Donnell said.
Barton tacked on two more unearned runs in the third when Shadyside dropped a fly ball with two outs. The Braves added their final in the seventh. Yeager and Nick Rocchio had singles and then the final Shadyside error pushed the final tally across.
Tennant, who came on in relief in the third, picked up the mound win. He struck out five, while Kurtz fanned two. He was charged with the lone Shadyside run, which came in the fourth.
Adam Stupak, who took the mound loss, singled in Michael Coyne.
Barton 802 000 1 – 11 15 1
Shadyside 000 100 0 – 1 7 8
B – Kurtz (2K, 3W), Tennant wp (3) (5K, 1W) and Hynes. Yeager 3S, rbi; Hardesty 2D, S, 2rbi; N. Rocchio 2S, Kreiter 2D; A. Rocchio 2S, 2rbi.
S – Stupak lp (1K, 1W), Butts (4) (4K, 0W) and Marling. Stupak S, rbi; Coyne D, S.