Warren Americans open with convincing 12-1 win over Kane

The Warren Americans Boys Majors All-Stars came out swinging.

The Americans scored nine runs in the first inning of a 12-1, four inning victory over Kane on Monday at Betts Jackson Field. Warren registered 15 total hits in the game, eight of which went for extra bases.

Mitch Grosch started the game on the mound for the Americans and recorded a 1-2-3 top of the first inning. Grosch then led the bottom of the inning off with a single, and advanced to third when Ryan Rafalski doubled. Micah Passmore scored Grosch with a single, moving Rafalski to third. After Passmore stole second, Nick Hussey drove both Rafalski and Passmore home with a single. Jacob DeSimone followed with an RBI double, and would then score when Ben Salapek added an RBI double of his own. T.J. Gustafson chased Salapek home with a single, and scored on Hunter Loomis’ RBI ground out. Grosch, hitting for the second time in the inning, singled again, bringing Rafalski back to the plate. Rafalski fouled off five pitches before drilling a two-run homer to center, putting the finishing touches on the nine-run inning.

Grosch set down Kane in order again in the top of the second, striking out two of the three batters. The right-hander pitched two and one-thirds innings, striking out five, walking one, and allowing no hits.

Hussey led off the bottom of the second inning for Warren, and drilled a high fly ball over the head of Kane’s Right Fielder. Hussey would slide safely into third base with a triple, and score when the throw to third was misplayed. The Americans would add another run in the inning when Ben Salapek hit a long home run to center. Salapek’s blast gave his team an 11-0 advantage after two innings.

Kane was kept off the scoreboard again in the top of the third inning. The bottom half of the frame saw Warren add their final run of the game when Rafalski tallied his second of the afternoon.

An RBI double by Bryce Bizzak in the top of the fourth gave Kane their only run and hit of the game, but Rafalski, who had replaced Grosch on the mound, got a strikeout to end the game via the mercy rule.

Rafalski’s three extra base hits led the Warren offense, which also got multi-hit performances from Grosch, Hussey, Salapek, and Gustafson. The Americans will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Emporium to face Cameron County.

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Warren Americans 921 X- 12 15 0

2b- Ryan Rafalski (W), Jacob DeSimone (W), Ben Salapek (W), Andrew Beyer (W), Bryce Bizzak (K). 3b- Nick Hussey (W). Hr- Rafalski (W) 2, Salapek (W). Wp- Mitchell Grosch, Lp- Carson Whiteman.