Meadville Tribune

Sports

May 7, 2013

H.S. BASEBALL: Oilers too slick for Eagles

May 7, 2013 7:00 a.m. LINESVILLE — The Oil City baseball team simply has Conneaut’s number this year.

“And that’s the only number we’ve had so far this year,” said Oil City head coach Adam Best. His team is now 2-12 on the season, 2-5 in Region 6. And both of those wins were against Conneaut.

The Oilers beat the Eagles 3-2 back on April 22.

On Thursday, they made it a sweep, halting Conneaut’s four-game win streak with a 12-9 victory over the Eagles.

“For whatever reason,” said Best, “we seem to want to come to play against them.”

Conneaut needed this game, too. The loss drops the Eagles’ record to 7-8 overall and 3-5 in Region 6, and it did not help out the team’s playoff hopes at all.

“We knew we had to get this one,” said Conneaut coach Todd Greenawalt, “and it didn’t happen (Thursday). This was the one to get.”

Conneaut looked like it was going to pull off one of its patented comebacks. After falling behind 5-1 after three and a half innings, the Eagles struck back with five runs in the fourth.

Bryce Groh got the comeback started when he socked a two-out, two-run single down the first base line.

Then Joe Durovey came up and walloped one over the fence in left center, plating two more.

Jeremy Santarelli kept the rally going with a single down the third base line. And courtesy runner Brendan Shaw scored the run on an Oil City error, giving Conneaut a 6-5 lead.

Jon Onderko added to that edge in the fifth, spanking a solo homer to left.

The lead was short lived, however. Oil City then embarked on a seven-run sixth inning, which featured five total hits, three successful bunts and one Conneaut error.

Daniel Staub had a bunt single. Zack Amos and Hunter French both put down squeeze bunts that scored runs and only resulted in one out.

“I’m a big fan of small ball,” said Best. “Until (Thursday) we were averaging two or three runs a game. So, we’re going to manufacture them any way we can. ... I called a couple suicide squeezes that worked and some sacrifice bunts that (Conneaut) threw around. We stole a little bit. The kids came through.”

The Oilers’ light touch at the plate allowed them to retake the lead at 9-7 with only one out in the books.

But it wasn’t all small ball. With two runners on the bags and still only one out, the Oilers’ Cullen Flaherty launched a homer to right field, making it 12-7.

“I was joking with Cullen Flaherty because (Conneaut) was switching pitchers, I said, ‘Be ready because (the bunt sign) might come up again,’” said Best.

“He said, ‘You’re not going to do (four) in one inning.’ I said, ‘Why not?’

“Then I told him, ‘No, swing away.’ So, I’m taking credit for his home run.”

Conneaut tried to mount a comeback in their last two innings at the plate. Brandon Sherman ripped a two-run homer to left in the sixth. And Cole Baker knocked in a run with a two-out triple to center field in the seventh.

However, this time the comeback stalled out and Oil City escaped with the win.

“We put ourselves in that position all year,” said Greenawalt. “We just weren’t able to get back (Thursday). We gave it a shot. The bottom line is we gave away too many runs — shaky defense and in one inning not being able to field the bunt. They had some nice bunts. But we had to make plays and get outs. We give them extra outs like that, eventually they hit a three-run homer. That’s baseball.”

Relief pitcher Andrew Pikna earned the win during two and a third innings of relief work. He allowed two earned runs on five hits with one walk and three Ks.

Sherman took the loss for Conneaut, yielding 11 runs (seven earned) on 10 hits with four walks and four strikeouts during the first five and a third innings.

At the plate, Baker, Sherman, Durovey and Santarelli each had two base hits.

Sherman had a double and a home run, scored three times and had two RBIs. Baker hit a triple, scored once and had one RBI.

Jake Andrew also had a double, driving in Sherman in the first inning.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • District 1 District 1 girls enjoy day off

    It was a tense day for many of the teams participating in the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Wednesday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hawley scores District 1 finishes off dominant pool performance by trouncing New Jersey

    Pitchers often get the most credit in shutout victories. And Emma Osborne, Katy Dunn and Emily Beddick have certainly been deserving for District 1.
    Its defense, though, has been equally deserving.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sliding into second District 1 remains unbeaten after two routs

    Becca Siple’s response to a question on Twitter may have said it all.
    “Best experience of my life,” Siple said, when asked by The Meadville Tribune via Twitter to describe her experience thus far at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament. Following her response was the hashtag #D1isfamily.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Steelers camp Steelers LB Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.
    Spence almost gleefully smashed into fullback Bryce Davis during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first full contact drill of training camp on Monday. The two tussled for several seconds before Davis — his fists full of Spence’s jersey — pulled them both to the ground.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • District 1 dominates at East Regional

    Outscoring its opponents 32-0, District 1 moved to 3-0 at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Monday with a pair of wins.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kissing the bricks Gordon wins at Indy for record 5th time

    With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.
    Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roethlisberger OK with choice to wait on new deal

    There are days when Ben Roethlisberger can feel every single hit he’s absorbed during a decade as one of the NFL’s most fearless quarterbacks.
    And there are days when the Pittsburgh Steelers star sees the young faces surrounding him in the huddle and it seems like he can play forever.

    July 26, 2014

  • Teen doping Survey: Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

    Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones so he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O’Brien figured the drug would improve his fastball.
    The three 18-year-olds from suburban Philadelphia told The Associated Press this week that they bought bottles of HGH online in the past year. Turns out, what they bought was fake.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske

    Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.
    The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection.

    July 25, 2014

  • Haley Wise District 1 looking forward to bigger goals

    The members of the District 1 Senior League softball team haven’t spent a whole lot of time playing together.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways
Poll

A South Carolina woman was arrested recently after the McDonald’s employee let her daughter spend the day playing in a nearby park while she worked her shift. The decision has created a debate over “free-range” parenting and whether it’s a good idea or not. What’s your take?

I’m fine with it. If she cannot afford childcare, what choice does she have?
This is horrible and very bad parenting.
I’m torn. It’s not right what she did, but it sounds like the mother had few other options.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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