Mitch's Bail Bonds stay unbeaten in Fayette County League
Thunderstorms washed out the second game of a scheduled Fayette County League doubleheader between Mitch's Bail Bonds and host Mill Run, but Mother Nature held off long enough for the Jailbirds to move their record to 5-0 with a 7-4 win in the first game.
Mitch's got off to a good start, plating two runs in the first off of Mill Run's veteran, and former Cal U hurler, Jason Halfill.
Jason Greene singled and advanced to second on an Adam Jacko walk. Cleanup hitter Jacob Newton singled to score Greene, then two batters later, player-manager Ryan Encapera singled to score Jacko.
In the second, Charleroi Area's Matt Szersen delivered an RBI single after Michael Baird and Gavin Sikorski each singled. After Jacko walked for the second time to load the bases, Newton cleared them slugging a double down the right field line to give the Jailbirds a 6-0 lead.
“It was great to break through and put up some runs, especially on a solid pitcher like (Jason) Halfhill,” Encapera said.
Mill Run answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning off of former California Area standout Brian Fisher, who now pitches at Gannon University.
A bloop single by Nick Lattanzo scored Bob Fulton, who led off the inning with a double. Three batters later, Sam Beucher singled to left to score Lattanzo and Tyler Geary, who reached on error by Jailbirds second baseman, Jacko, to make the score 6-3.
Mill Run cut the lead to two in the bottom of the fourth when Geary stroked an inside-the-park home run that appeared to hit the tip of the glove of right fielder Szersen.
That was the end of the scoring against Fisher, who pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. He tossed a complete game, allowing eight hits, four runs (three earned) and striking out eight. He did issue five walks.
“We had fantastic pitching today from Fisher,” Encapera said. “All season our pitching has been outstanding. We just keep finding ways to win.”
The Jailbirds added another run in the top of the sixth when Gavin Sikorski hit an infield single. Halfhill threw to first but first baseman John Malone's error allowed the ball to reach foul territory. The error allowed Casey Teagarden, who had previously stolen two bases, to score.
Mitch's Bail Bonds resumes play Tuesday at Vets Field in Charleroi when they host Company G. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2667.