ST. MARYS – What a difference eighteen days can make.
On April 25 Elk County Catholic’s (ECC) baseball team visited Curwensville for a Saturday afternoon baseball matinee and completely manhandled the Golden Tide 11-1.
Update. On Wednesday the Golden Tide returned the manhandling by blanking ECC in six innings, 10-0 in St. Marys.
Ben McGary of Curwensville scattered four hits with five strikeouts to pick up the shutout and his fourth win of the 2009 campaign. Head coach Ryan Briskar of the Tide spoke about one of his senior leaders, “Ben (McGary) threw his best game of the year today. He had great control and good velocity.”
After a scoreless first inning, the Golden Tide exploded for six runs in the second inning fueled by a bases loaded double by Jed Greslick. Sam Gardner, Cory Bloom and Mark Dell’Antonio all had singles in the big second inning explosion.
Then in the sixth inning it was Jesse Hoover time, again. On Monday, Hoover, the Tide senior shortstop, smacked a walk off grand slam in the fifth inning in Curwensville’s 11-0 win over Kane. Ditto, sort of, on Wednesday.
Hoover had the bases loaded in front of him with one out and once again blasted a grand slam which gave the Tide a 10-0 margin, icing the game in six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. On the day Hoover drove in half of Curwensville’s runs with five.
Wes McGarry, Hoover and Greslick each had two hits for the winning Golden Tide which was mentioned by Briskar, “Jesse (Hoover) hit another grand slam to deep center field. Obviously he is hitting the ball very well. Wes (McGarry) continues his hot bat at the plate and it was nice to see Jed (Greslick) pick up a couple of base hits.”
Curwensville, now 11-5, will entertain Punxsutawney on Thursday afternoon at 4:00 pm.
CURWENSVILLE – 10 Ben McGary p 3000, Wes McGarry rf 4020, John Rancik pr 0100, Brett Sutika 2b 2200, Sam Gardner cf 4111, Jesse Hoover ss 4225, Cory Bloom c 3111, Jeff Smallwood cr 0000, Derek Dixon cr 0000, Mark Dell’Antonio 1b 3111, Smallwood cr 0000, Derek Brothers 3b 3100, Tyler Johns 3b 0000, Jed Greslick lf 3123. TOTALS – 29 10 9 10
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC – 0 Tom Schneider cf 3000, Joe Jacob 3b 3010, Andy Wehler ss 3000, Cody Herzing c 2010, Josh Lovenduski 1b 3000, Jesse Caggiano 2b 3010, Scott Anderson lf 2000, Ben Daghir cf 1000, Jake Meyer p 0000, Luke Daghir p 0000, Ricky Pearsall p 2000, Pat Cotter dh 1000, Justin Brem rf 2010. TOTALS – 24 0 4 0
SCORE BY INNINGS R H E
CURWENSVILLE 060 004 10 9 2
ECC 000 000 0 4 3
ERRORS – Jacob 2, Wehler, Brothers, Johns. LOB – CURWENSVILLE 8 ELK COUNTY 8. 2B – Jacob, Greslick. HR – Hoover (grand slam, sixth inning). SB – Hoover. HBP – McGary (by Pearsall) Anderson (by McGary)
CURWENSVILLE McGary 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC Meyer 1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; L. Daghir 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2; K Pearsall 4 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
WP – McGary (4-2) LP – Meyer