Meadville Tribune


July 12, 2013

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: Cochranton survives battle, tops Meadville to advance in CVAL tourney

MEADVILLE — It hardly seemed to matter that both the Cochranton and Meadville American Legion baseball teams had to play short-handed. The two squads used the tools they had available and got the Crawford/Venango American Legion playoffs off to a competitive start, battling it out in a close opening-round play-in game on Thursday night at Eldred Glen.

Cochranton did enough of the little things to squeak by Meadville 3-2.

“It was a good game as far as baseball goes,” said Cochranton manager Randy Staudt. “Neither team flubbed up a lot.”

The Bluebirds now advance to the CVAL double-elimination championship tournament, which begins today. Cochranton will face the No. 1 seed, Franklin, at 6 p.m. in Franklin. Today’s other game will include Oil City at French Creek Valley at 6 p.m. in Saegertown.

Meadville, meanwhile, ends its season with a record of 3-10 after suffering yet another narrow defeat.  

“That’s been our season right there,” said Meadville head coach Jason Bustamante “It comes down to the final inning once again.

“But these boys played hard. They play from the top of the first until the bottom of the seventh. They play hard. But my hat’s off to Randy and his team.”

Both team’s starting pitchers gave their respective sides a chance to win the game.

For Cochranton, that was A.J. Nageotte. He pitched six and two-thirds innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits, walked one and struck out two.

“He was solid,” Staudt said about Nageotte. “He’s turned in a few of those this year for us.”

For Meadville, it was infrequent starter Dane Stokes. But he, along with some help from the defense, kept the team alive, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits through four innings. He also walked three and struck out four.

“He hasn’t pitched since the last time we played Cochranton (on June 16), and he did well,” Bustamante said.

Cochranton was able to get on the board in the first inning. Shane Whitehouse led off the frame with a single. One out later, Caleb Peterson knocked him home with another single.

That’s the way the score would remain until the fourth.

Both teams had chances to score, but neither could pull it off.

Cochranton’s issue was a lack of production with runners on the bags.

“We left so many guys on base,” said Staudt. There were 11 stranded for the Blues. “The bottom of the order did a nice job getting on base. And the top had a few hits, but they didn’t get them at the same time. We were out of synch.”

Meadville’s problem was that it was a little too forward on the base paths. It paid off once, when Duncan Brode came around to score on a double steal in the fifth. But other times it didn’t pan out, like when Trevor Miller (in the first inning) and Corey Stainbrook (in the fourth) were both tagged out at home plate while trying to sneak in runs.

“We got aggressive a couple times. It didn’t pay off,” said Bustamante.

Finally, Cochranton broke through in the top of the fourth. Peter Jamieson reached base on a fielder’s choice, moved to second on Whitehouse’s second single of the game, made third on another fielder’s choice, and then scored on a wild pitch with two outs.

Meadville cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth on Brode’s steal. He and Trevor Smith had back-to-back singles with two outs in the inning.

Cochranton pushed the lead back to two with another run in the seventh. Peterson (who was 2-for-4 on the day) and Jesse Staudt (who was 3-for-4) rapped back-to-back singles. Then with one down, Tyler Freyermuth hit a grounder to Stokes, who was now at third. He went home with it to get Peterson at the plate. Brode, Meadville’s catcher, applied the tag and then threw to first in an attempt to double up Freyermuth. But Brode and first baseman Zach Darling couldn’t hook up and the ball went into the outfield, which allowed Staudt to score what would prove to be the game-winning run.

Meadville had its chances in the bottom of the seventh. Rovairr Morrow singled and then scored on a single down the third base line by Brode.

Nageotte then walked the next two batters to load the bases with two outs.

However, in came Jared Barr to close the game. And he got the next batter to ground out to shortstop to finish things off.

Both teams ended the game with eight base hits, each of which were singles.

For Cochranton, Jesse Staudt had three hits, Whitehouse and Peterson had two each.

For Meadville, Brode and Smith had two hits each.

Text Only
  • Fight.jpg Brewers win in 14th after early brawl with Pirates

    Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good.
    Yet those were hardly the big blows that attracted all the attention Sunday in the Brewers’ 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pivotal Game 3 awaits Pens and Blue Jackets

    Not so long ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were the worst team in the NHL.
    Now they’re heading home for tonight’s Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins hoping to make even more history.

    April 20, 2014

  • Blue Jacket_DiRi.jpg Blue Jackets edge Penguins 4-3 in double overtime

    Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • College Softball: DePauw earns NCAC sweep over Allegheny

    It’s gut-check time for the Allegheny College softball team.

    April 19, 2014

  • Biggs.jpg Big first inning leads Meadville to win over Saegertown

    So, how does one go about beating the Saegertown baseball team? It’s a question that District 10 programs have been asking themselves for years now.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taylor, Osborne lead Panthers to 12-1 win over CASH

    Saegertown freshman Kendra Taylor had no reason to believe that Friday afternoon’s non-region softball game would go like any other.

    April 18, 2014

  • Dunn.jpg H.S. Softball: Cards strike late for 2-0 win over Blue Devils

    “You can wait around all day,” Cochranton head softball coach Mark McGuire said. “But when the moment is there and the opportunity is in front of you, that’s when you have to get it done.”

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gallo’s single lifts CASH to win in extras

    “He got the hit because they were scared of Cole Baker,” said Cole Baker.
    He was just kidding around ... probably.

    April 17, 2014

  • Jordan Lynn Lynn leads Bulldogs over visiting Beavers

    “It’s a good thing we have that little break for Easter,” said Meadville track and field coach Carl Roznowski. “That should give her a chance to rest up those muscles.”
    Roznowski is talking about Bulldogs junior Jordan Lynn, who was a busy lady on Wednesday as the MASH boys and girls squads took on Corry in a Region 3 meet at the Barco-Duratz Athletic Complex.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Panthers stay unbeaten with win over Blue Devils

    Saegertown’s run to the District 10 boys volleyball championship a year ago was anything but easy.
    Needless to say, the Panthers have a little experience when it comes to dealing with tribulations. The Panthers put that experience to good use on Wednesday night in a Region 1 showdown.

    April 16, 2014

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest

In terms of the overall livability and workability of the City of Meadville, which component of the city’s infrastructure should receive top priority?

Stormwater control
It’s too difficult to single one out
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide