Meadville Tribune

Sports

April 7, 2013

H.S. BASEBALL: Conneaut rallies in seventh for win over Cards

April 7, 2013 7:00 a.m. LINESVILLE — One of the beautiful things about baseball is that as long as there is an out remaining, as long as there is a strike remaining, there is still a chance to make something happen.

That was the principle that the Conneaut baseball team cashed in on during its 5-4 victory over Cochranton on Saturday.

“That win shows that they weren’t giving up, living it one pitch at a time, and still fighting until the very last out,” said Conneaut head coach Todd Greenawalt.

The Eagles trailed by a run in the bottom of the seventh. Jeremy Santarelli gave his team a little hope when he led off the frame with a double to left field.

However, Cochranton pitcher A.J. Nageotte got the next two batters out with a strikeout and a pop-up.

Brandon Sherman drew a walk to keep Conneaut alive. Then Jon Onderko was facing a full count when he poked a single up the middle to drive in the game-tying run.

“I was just looking for a ball in the zone that I could take for a ride,” said Onderko. “It got through.”

Then Nageotte had Jake Andrew in the hole, 0-2. But Andrew got a hold of a curve ball and launched it to the fence in left-center to bring around Sherman and win the game for the Eagles.

The win improves Conneaut’s record to 2-1 on the season.

Cochranton is now 1-1 after playing a pair of Class AAA opponents.

“It was a great game,” said Cochranton head coach John Svirbly. “We have nothing to be ashamed of. Error-free baseball. We struggled a little bit at the plate. But those were two good teams playing each other. I didn’t know what to expect with the merger (of Conneaut Lake, Conneaut Valley and Linesville high schools) and having the talent from three schools. But it was a really good game.”

One of the key figures for Conneaut was pitcher Jordan King. Through seven innings, King allowed three earned runs on six hits while walking three batters and striking out 10.

“I think (King) did a real good job,” said Andrew. “He battled the whole time.”

King also got some support from the offense, which responded each and every time Cochranton put up a run.

First, Cochranton took a 2-0 lead in the first thanks to a two-run single by Caleb Peterson.

Conneaut quickly got those two back. Cole Baker led off the first with a double then scored on the first of three hits by Onderko. Then in the second, Luke Graham hit a double to left and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Baker to tie the game.

Cochranton then took a 3-2 lead in the third when Jesse Staudt cranked out a solo bomb over the fence just left of center field.

However, Conneaut tied it up again in the bottom half of the third. Chase Gallo hit a two-out single up the middle. Then King brought him in with a double up the third base line.

 Cochranton took a 4-3 advantage in the sixth as Peterson led it off with a single and later scored on an Eagles error — the only error committed by either team yesterday.

That lead would not last, though.

Conneaut ended the game with a dozen base hits. Onderko had three. King had two, including a double. Santarelli had two, including a double. Baker and Graham also hit doubles. And Andrew was 2-for-4 with the walk-off.

“We struggled (on Friday in a 9-2 loss to Girard),” said Greenawalt. “We just didn’t have a real good approach at the plate. And it showed. ... It was nice to come out and play again (on Saturday) and swing the bats the way we did. Overall the quality of our at-bats were a lot better. And that’s what we need to keep doing to keep scoring runs.”

Nageotte took the loss for Cochranton, giving up five earned runs on 12 hits and two walks. He also fanned a pair.

“I probably could have taken A.J. out, but he was pitching so well,” said Svirbly. “His pitch count was low. He wanted it. And I was going to give it to him. He wanted to win that game. And he did a great job. I’m proud of him.”

At the plate, the Cardinals were led by Staudt who had the home run and a double in the fifth.

“We just need to get more consistent at the plate,” said Svirbly. “If we’re more consistent at the plate, we win this game. We started off good at the beginning and then fell off. We need to get more consistent.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Blue Jackets celebrate Pens squander 3-0 lead as Jackets even up series

    Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno’s wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
    The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise’s 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kyle Wise Panthers rally to beat Huskies

    Through three innings Tuesday afternoon at home, it looked like it was going to be a very long day for the Saegertown baseball team.
    The wind and the cold didn’t appear to bother Harbor Creek starting pitcher Issac Mattson as the senior struck out nine batters through the first three frames, including four strikeouts in the first inning alone.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greggs and Bison knock Bulldogs down to earth

    Back to reality.
    Coming off one of its biggest wins in recent years on Friday with a 10-5 victory over previously unbeaten Saegertown, Meadville fell victim to possibly being over confident against Fort LeBoeuf.

    April 22, 2014

  • Devils sweep Tigers

    Just six days earlier, the Cambridge Springs boys volleyball coaching staff sat on the sidelines at Saegertown High School perplexed and disappointed as they watched the Blue Devils give away opportunity after opportunity.

    April 22, 2014

  • Abby Clulow Cardinals overcome offensive woes to remain unbeaten

    Abby Clulow is confident that sooner or later the bats are going to come alive for the Cochranton softball team. She is also pretty confident that until then the Lady Cardinals will continue to find a way to get the job done.
    After all, how could she feel any differently?

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Poll

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

Streets
Stormwater control
Parks
Other
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
Stocks