COCHRANTON — What seemed like a big hit for some insurance runs proved critical for Pleasantville in the top of the sixth inning. With two runners on base, Max Wescoat made great contact on a fastball and sent it out over the center field fence for a three-run homer and a 9-3 lead.
A big four-run sixth inning helped Pleasantville hold on for a 10-7 win over Cochranton 1 in major league baseball at Cochranton High School on Monday night.
“Max Wescoat had a home run, three-run shot and that put us up,” said Pleasantville head coach Jake Obert. “We did give up four in that last inning, but we were able to pull through. Changed our pitcher and finished it off.”
“We had a week off, the kids came out a little flat tonight,” said Cochranton head coach Bret McCartney. “Took them a while to get going and long story short, too little, too late.”
The game had plenty of action throughout. With both teams trading two runs in the opening frame. Aaron Burrows and Wyatt Obert walked to get on base and an error and a Wescoat single scored both players for Pleasantville.
Cochranton answered when Brady Rynd walked and was hit home by Walker Carroll, who off an error rounded all the way around the diamond to score and tie things up at 2-2.
Wescoat gave Pleasantville the lead again in the top of the third when his gap shot double scored Aaron Burrows.
In the fourth, Pleasantville added another off a bases loaded walk on Jackson Oviatt to make it 4-2.
Walker Carroll cut it back to 4-3 with an RBI triple that scored Rynd, but then
Pleasantville got rolling with six unanswered runs.
“We did put a bat on the ball some today,” coach Obert said.
Cochranton tried to claw back in the bottom of the seventh, but the lead proved insurmountable.
Noah Carroll started Cochranton off with a walk and scored on an error. Quin McCartney followed with a single. Rylan Haskins sacrificed himself on a bunt to score McCartney.
Rynd and Walker Carroll also scored to make it 10-7 in the seventh, but Wescoat was able to close the deal in relief with two straight strikeouts to end the game.
“We made some good plays and our pitchers just threw extremely well,” coach Obert added.
Wyatt Obert started for Pleasantville and went two innings with five strikeouts and one earned run. Oviatt got the win allowing three runs and fanning four. Wescoat got the two-out save with two strikeouts in relief.
Wescoat was the top hitter on the day going 4-for-4 with two runs and six RBIs. Riley Rose anded two RBIs. Burrows scored three runs and Wyatt Obert added two.
For Cochranton, Walker Carroll was handed the loss on the mound, but he went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs. Rynd had two doubles and three runs. McCartney went 2-for-3 with a run.
“That three run shot there in the (sixth) kind of hurt and kind of put that lead a little too far out of reach,” coach McCartney added. “We came back and rallied.We had some big timely hits and then they brought in a fresh arm and we just didn’t have enough to finish it off and
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