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April 26, 2012

Scere shines, Panthers pounce on Lions

SAEGERTOWN — Even the Saegertown baseball team has its issues. Granted, they’re issues that pretty much any other team in area would gladly take on.

Pitching depth is a good example. The Panthers have so many arms, and play so few innings of baseball, that it’s tough to get everybody some work.

Austin Scere is one of the team’s aces, for instance. And he hadn’t stepped on the mound in weeks.

He finally got another shot on Wednesday. And, boy, did he make the most of it. Scere threw a one-hit shutout through four innings, and turned around and went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI triple and a three-run homer as Saegertown bumped off Linesville 11-0 in five innings.

“It’s been awhile since he’s thrown,” said Saegertown head coach Tim Crum. “We’ve got some pretty good depth in our pitching staff. So it takes a little while for him to get back into the cycle again. But he did a nice job.”

Scere looked a little rusty at first, walking two batters and allowing Linesville’s only hit — a single by Jon Onderko — in the first inning.

Yet, Scere quickly got back into the groove, and finished the afternoon with just that lone single to his tally, along with three walks and six strikeouts.

“I haven’t been throwing that much,” said Scere. “But I started throwing better at the end, getting back into it again. It was probably about two weeks ago (that I last pitched). I think I’ve only thrown about 10 innings this year.”

Linesville loaded the bases on Scere in the first, but it couldn’t get a run in.

Instead, Saegertown drew first blood in the bottom half of the inning. Stephen Sada led off with a single — his first of three in the game. Then Scere brought him home with a triple to deep center field.

The Panthers tacked on five more runs in the second inning to make it a 6-0 game. Kyle Wise had a single and a run. Sada singled and scored. And Tyler Walters hit an RBI double. The Lions’ defense also helped Saegertown out with a pair of errors.

Saegertown put the final points on the board with another five spot in the third. Luke Carter hit a lead-off single and scored. Scott Sada had an RBI single. Stephen Sada had his third base knock. And both Sadas were brought home on Scere’s homer to left-center field.

“(The count was) 2-0, maybe,” Scere said about yesterday’s long ball. “Fastball. It was the perfect spot where I wanted it.”

Linesville also had two errors in the third.

“That’s a nice ball team all around,” Linesville head coach Todd Greenawalt said about the Panthers. “It’s fun to play against good competition. I just wish we would have played a little better ourselves. ... We need to make more plays if we want to be the caliber of Saegertown.”

Linesville fell to 7-5 with the loss.

Saegertown improves its record to 14-0. Yesterday’s win ended a two-game streak of seven-inning victories by the Panthers. The team beat Union City 9-0 last Wednesday and Conneaut Lake 5-1 last Friday.

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