BASEBALL: Eagles nearly knock off Mercyhurst Prep

Youngsville put a scare into undefeated Mercyhurst Prep Monday afternoon, but when all was said and done the visitors escaped Davis Street Field with a win. The Eagles dropped their overall record to 2-5 with the non-region loss.

“I wish we could take three of those errors away,” said Youngsville coach Wayne Marino. “For (Mercyhurst) being undefeated, we played them pretty well. The unearned runs killed us.”

The Lakers (8-0, 5-0 in Region 5) jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Youngsville struck back in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out and the bases loaded, Jake Marino scored courtesy runner Jon Pollow on a fielder’s choice, and Aaron Hoover tripled home a pair of runs to cut the Mercyhurst advantage to one.

After two more Mercyhurst Prep runs, the Eagles cut into the lead again in the bottom of the seventh when Marino scored Pollow on an error by the Lakers’ second baseman, but the rally was cut short by a game ending double play with the tying run at the plate for Youngsville.

First baseman Tyler Lehman and pitcher Brandon Cochran each had two hits for the Eagles (2-5, 1-3 in Region 4), while Marino and Hoover had 2 RBI apiece in the loss.

The Eagles will jump back into their region schedule on Wednesday when they travel to Iroquois High School.

MERCYHURST PREP (6): ab-r-h-rbi: Lehman, ss, 3-1-0-0, Meozwiecki, cf, 4-0-0-1, Pertz, lf, 4-0-2-0, Upperman, 1b, 3-0-1-0, Forcier, 2b, 3-2-1-0, Peebles, c, 3-2-2-0, Fuasli, 3b, 1-0-0-2, Comtore, rf, 0-1-0-1, Post, p, 2-0-0-0, Haas, ph, 1-0-0-0. Totals 24-6-6-4.

YOUNGSVILLE (4): Marino, cf, 3-0-0-2, Hoover, ss, 4-0-1-2, Henry, 3b, 3-0-1-0, Lehman, 1b, 3-0-2-0, Kerr, c, 3-0-0-0, Frazier, lf, 3-0-0-0, Cochran, p, 3-2-2-0, Pollow, cr, 0-0-0-0, Humphrey, 2-1-0-0, McLaughlin, rf, 1-1-0-0. Totals 25-4-6-4.

Mercyhurst Prep 002 202 0 – 6 6 1

Youngsville 000 030 1 – 4 6 5

3B – Hoover (Y). WP – Post. LP – Cochran.

Seneca 2, Ike 0

The timely hits just aren’t coming for Eisenhower.

After notching their second victory of the season last Friday, the Knights’ bats went cold, as they fell to Seneca at home on Monday, 2-0.

The Bobcats scored both of their runs in the first inning, and made sure they held up, holding the Knights to just two singles.

“I’ve gotta find a way for us to start hitting the ball,” said Eisenhower coach Jon Vincent. “That’s what this game came down to. It was just the opposite of the Titusville game.”

Seneca may not have recorded their two first-inning runs if not for two straight misplays by the Knights. After Eisenhower pitcher Ryan Williams walked the leadoff batter, two straight Bobcats reached on infield singles that could have been outs. Seneca would then score on a bases-loaded walk and a fielder’s choice groundout.

The Knights were never able to strike back, as Kyle Hunt and Michael Spencer recorded their only hits of the game.

Williams settled down on the mound, shutting down the Bobcats over the final six innings. He ended the game with three strikeouts.

“Ryan started off a little shaky, but he settled in,” Vincent said. “Those two blown coverages at first base (referred to earlier) hurt. That’s their two runs.”

The Knights (2-6) will travel to Maplewood on Wednesday.

SENECA (2): Turner, 2b, 3-1-0-0, J. Magee, 3b, 4-1-1-0, S. Magee, ss, 3-0-2-0, Strain, c, 4-0-0-0, Wittman, p, 2-0-1-1, Ren, cf, 3-0-0-1, Froess, 1b, 3-0-1-0, Winslow, lf, 2-0-0-0, Sommers, rf, 0-0-0-0, Muye, dh, 3-0-0-0. Totals 27-2-5-2

EISENHOWER (0): Cantrell, 2b, 3-0-0-0, Vincent, ss, 3-0-0-0, Hunt, 1b, 3-0-1-0, Williams, p, 3-0-0-0, Garris, pr, 0-0-0-0, Lundmark, rf, 2-0-0-0, Arford, lf, 3-0-0-0, Bellardo, c, 3-0-0-0, Spencer, 3b, 3-0-1-0, Fedorchuk, cf, 2-0-0-0. Totals 25-0-2-0

Seneca 200 000 0 – 2 5 1

Eisenhower 000 000 0 – 0 2 2

WPWittman. LPWilliams.