SAEGERTOWN — Injuries are an unfortunate part of sports. A key loss or two can cut the legs off a championship-caliber team.

Don’t put Conneaut Lake into that category, however.

Playing without two starters, including perhaps their best offensive weapon, Andy Schlosser — the Indians dug deep and came up with a nine-run win, defeating Saegertown on Friday, 16-7.

Jay Bemis and Matt Harrison, who filled in for Schlosser and Cameron Kean, went a combined 3-for-5 with six runs scored and two RBIs.

“Matt Harrison came in and hit the ball well,” said Indians’ third-year coach Randy Schlosser. “Jay Bemis did the same.

“The entire team did a real nice job with the sticks. They just came out and really swung the bats well.”

Yesterday’s win, coupled with Cambridge Springs’ upset victory over Lakeview (8-2), allowed the Indians (8-2) to move into a first-place tie in Region 2 with the Sailors.

Conneaut Lake did its first major offensive damage yesterday in the second inning.

With the score tied 1-1 going into the top of the second, Bryan Mumau hit a RBI single up the middle, scoring Bemis, who led off the frame by reaching first base on an error.

Designated hitter John Treacy tacked on two more runs with a single to right field that scored Harrison and Mumau.

Treacy later scored when Matt Morian singled to right for a comfortable 5-1 lead.

The Panthers came back with a two-run fourth inning.

Lake’s Terrance Hollingsworth replaced starting left-handed pitcher Travis Walls after he walked David Haskins and hit Aaron Schlaudecker.

With the bases juiced, Hollingsworth got No. 7 batter Andy Eckart to hit into a double play, scoring Haskins.

Mike Sloat made it a 5-3 game with a single that brought Schlaudecker across the plate.

Hollingsworth got out of the inning when he picked off Sloat at first base.

The Indians won the game in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring four and five runs, respectively.

Saegertown starter Kyle Wilson opened the fifth by allowing three of the first four batters to reach base before he was replaced by Brandon Crum.

Matt Morian scored on a passed ball and Mumau drove in another two runs with a single before Harrison scored to make it a 9-3 game.

In the sixth, Crum gave up a pair of singles and three free passes to open the frame, which laid the tracks for the Indians’ five-run inning.

Walls gave up two earned runs on just one hit and two walks through the first three innings. Hollingsworth gave up two runs on four hits and one walk.

“I think that our pitching is improving every week,” Schlosser said. “And that has to help carry us through the second half of the season.

“Getting a lefty (Walls) in there is a nice change of pace for giving the hitters a little bit of a different look. We like the way Terrance (Hollingsworth) can come in. He throws the ball hard, he’s got good (stuff).”

Mumau and Walls led the Indians at the plate with 3-for-4 performances while David Perfett went 2-for-4 with a double.

Wilson went 3-for-4 for the Panthers with a pair of two-baggers and two RBIs.

While tied for first at the top of region, Conneaut Lake has a tough week ahead. On Monday the Indians host Lakeview. They travel to Cochranton on Wednesday and close the week with a home game against Linesville.

“We certainly love the position that we’re in at the moment,” said Schlosser. “We have a lot of work to do though.

“Next week will be very telling.”

DIAMOND NOTES: Schlosser is day-to-day with a pulled hamstring while Kean might have a fractured right wrist. … “(Kean) will be assessed (today) by the surgeon, and it appears as if he has a fractured wrist and could be out (for possibly the season),” Schlosser said. … Kean was batting .308 with five RBIs prior to the injury, which occurred during the Indians’ 13-12 win over Cambridge Springs on Wednesday.



Ed Topoleski can be reached at 724-6370, ext. 276 or by e-mail at etopoleski@meadvilletribune.com.

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