Meadville Tribune

Sports

July 23, 2013

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: FCV routs Warren, three wins from Region 8 title

July 23, 2013 7:00 a.m. ALBION — When it rains it pours, and so was the case Monday for French Creek Valley, as the Creekers started the scoring early and never let up, defeating Warren Post 135 in the Pennsylvania American Legion Region 8 Tournament, 11-1, in five innings.

Fighting a steady rain throughout the game, French Creek Valley positioned itself well for the rest of the tournament, as an eight-run first inning allowed the Creekers to turn to their bullpen early, saving starting pitcher Luke Carter’s arm for a possible start today.

FCV takes on Fox Township today, with the start time to be determined. Monday’s game between Fox Township and Wilcox was rained out, pushing it to today at 1 p.m. If Fox Township wins it, FCV will play at 7:30 p.m. A Wilcox victory over Fox Township will have FCV playing at 4 p.m.

French Creek Valley jumped all over Warren starting pitcher Ryan Gustofson, bringing 14 batters to the plate in an eight-run first inning.

Walks were an issue for Gustofson early, and the Creekers made him pay dearly as back-to-back doubles by Carter and Ryan Paden with one out both plated runners, setting up a huge frame for FCV.

Following a walk to Brandon Sherman, Drew Durasa smacked a two-RBI single to keep the big inning alive. A sacrifice fly by Scott Sada in his second at-bat of the inning scored FCV’s final run of the first, a frame that included four walks and two Warren errors.

The four walks were costly as they continually forced home runs and knocked Gustofson out of the game.

“We scored early and it was exciting. We came out firing and did what we had to do,” French Creek Valley manager Brandon Crum said. “We knew the weather was going to be an issue, and fortunately we got out to a good start.”

That good start carried over to the third inning as FCV added to its 8-0 lead with a three-run frame.

Jacob Digiacomo started things off with a leadoff double. Cole Baker followed with a walk. And two batters later, Sada also walked.

Carter worked a walk to push home a run in the next at-bat, keeping the bases juiced for Sherman, who didn’t disappoint.

Sherman laced a single to score a pair of runners, and FCV quickly had 11 runs on the board, a score that was insurmountable for Warren.

Warren plated its lone run of the game in the top of the third when Austin Schwankle smashed a leadoff triple and scored on an error.

Carter started the game and cruised through the first two innings before Durasa came on in relief and looked sharp the rest of the way.

Carter didn’t allow a hit during his two innings of work, while Durasa gave up just one run on three hits over three innings.

“With the weather, we were concerned with the pitching. We had to be efficient,” Crum said. “We got Luke out of the game to save innings, and now we have a real nice bullpen set up going forward. We have arms that I’m confident in, and our pitching is fresh.”

A big reason for FCV’s fresh bullpen is Durasa, who came on and took care of business.

With the tournament winding down, pitching depth proves more and more important with each passing game, and thanks to Durasa’s work on the hill Monday, that depth is as strong as ever.

“Durasa doesn’t have a lot of innings, but the kid wants the ball all the time,” Crum said. “He got a chance to go out there and he threw strikes. He continued to get outs and pitched to contact, which is what he needed to do. He bought up some innings for us.”

FCV may be rooting for a Wilcox victory in the early game today, as Fox Township would have to make a quick turnaround and play FCV immediately following a possible nine-inning game.

Regardless, Crum has his crew focused on simply winning the game at hand, a game that would give FCV a shot in the championship.

“This game today means a lot,” Crum said. “I told the team that no matter if you’re in the winner’s bracket or loser’s bracket, you want to win. Nothing changes. You think about that ‘can’t lose’ mentality, but you always just play to win.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 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

  • MLB replay Selig calls replay start ‘remarkable’

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport’s new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.
    While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30 vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cardinals roll to a sweep of Eagles

    The match only lasted three games, but Logan Herzberger still found the time to post a double-double, notching 14 kills and 18 digs while the Cochranton volleyball team swept Conneaut 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 during Region 1 action on Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Brendon Barclay Unbeaten Panthers need five games to top Bulldogs

    Through the first four games, there was no telling which team was undefeated and which team had only one win entering Monday night’s Region 1 volleyball clash between Meadville and Saegertown.
    By the fifth and deciding game, the cream rose to the top.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ogwumike goes No. 1

    It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun.
    Minutes after taking Chiney Ogwumike with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night, the Sun made a blockbuster deal to trade 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty.

    April 14, 2014

  • Watson pulls away at Augusta to win second green jacket

    One of golf’s most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That’s just fine with Bubba Watson.
    All he cared about was slipping into that green jacket.
    Instead of hitting a 40-yard hook out of a forest of Georgia pines — the signature shot in his playoff victory two years ago — the final act Sunday at Augusta National took place on the 18th green. Watson had a three-shot lead and consulted with his caddie on a 15-foot birdie putt.

    April 14, 2014

  • Harvick survives shootout for win at Darlington

    Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory.
    Harvick was among several veteran drivers fighting for the Nationwide Series win Friday night when rookie Chase Elliott used fresher tires and a strong machine to move from the back of the pack to first place over the final two laps.

    April 14, 2014

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Poll

Is simplifying the U.S. tax code the best way to boost the economy? The code today is 73,608 pages and it grows every year. Which one of these suggestions seems like the best solution:

Make a progressive tax rate that’s a simple 6 percent for everyone.
End tax breaks for the “1 percent.”
It’s not as simple as one change — many things have to happen.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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