Corry beats Blair in one-game Legion final
By BEN OVIATT
CORRY – Rain washed out a number of regular season games and as it turns out, the playoffs were no different.
Originally scheduled to play a pair of seven inning games on Monday and a full nine Tuesday if necessary, Blair and Corry Northwest Savings Bank agreed to shorten their Warren County Senior American Legion Baseball League championship to one nine inning game Monday night at The Ballpark in Columbus.
Corry took advantage of six early runs and a strong performance from starting pitcher Garrett Zajac to take the game and the league title with a 7-3 win.
Zajac scattered five hits over 7 1/3 innings of work and exited the game with the shutout still intact. John White’s two-RBI double brought in a pair of runs credited to Zajac after he was relieved in the eighth.
The Bankers struck again in the top of the ninth when Greg Conley laced a bases-loaded single into right field to add an insurance run, and Blair was unable to build on Mitch Dorunda’s RBI single in the bottom half of the inning to keep the game going.
Corry did most of its damage in the second on the strength of three hits and three Blair errors. An error on a groundball allowed one run to score, two more scored when Pat Brown’s base hit was misplayed in the outfield, and Joe Karpenko connected on an RBI single to stretch the lead to 4-0.
Zajac led off with a single in the top of the third and scored on a triple off the bat of Zac Shopene. Shopene broke for home and scored on the throw after a dropped third strike, making it a 6-0 in favor of the Bankers.
Blair turned to Sage Anderson to start the fourth in relief and the lefthander responded with 5 2/3 strong innings before leaving the game with the bases loaded in the ninth.
At the end of the day, Anderson was credited with one run on three hits and eight strikeouts.
Derek Reagle went 3-for-4 to lead Blair at the plate, Tanner Teconchuk was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, and White doubled and walked twice.
Sonntag, Brown, and Zajac each had two hits for Northwest, which advances to the Pennsylvania Region 8 Senior American Legion Baseball Tournament.
Corry NSB 042 000 001 – 7 10
Blair 000 000 021 – 3 7
2b-Brown (C), Wood (C), Teconchuk (B), White (B). 3b-Shopene (C). WP-Zajac. LP-Teconchuk.