Mitch's drops 3rd straight
In a game delayed nearly half an hour due to a lack of umpires, Jake's Pizza won the second meeting between the Mon Valley's two Fayette County League teams.
Jake's used a big first inning to send Mitch's Bail Bonds to its third straight loss, 4-1, Tuesday.
In the first, Shawn Scheponik singled home Sam Bashioum to make it 1-0. Two batters later, Dave Gacsy drove home Joe Simsic with a single.
An error by Jailbirds shortstop Jason Paris allowed Scheponik to score from third. The next batter was Jeremy Hall, who blooped a single to center to score Gacsy to make it 4-0.
Three of the four hits were bloop singles, falling in front of Jailbird outfielders and dying in the high grass.
“A lot of baseball games are won because of one inning,” Mitch's player-manager Ryan Encapera said. “We held them after that, we just couldn't hit.”
The Jailbirds stranded eight runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the top of the seventh.
“Honestly, the way we've been hitting the ball, it's embarrassing,” Encapera said.
Jailbirds pitcher Casey Teagarden took the loss, but was solid after the first inning. He threw four innings and allowed six hits, all but two of those came in the first inning.
Luke Spisak picked up the win for Jake's (2-3), throwing five innings and scattering three hits.
Spisak, a sophomore pitcher at St. Vincent and a Yough graduate, struck out two. Tyler Frankel tossed the final two innings.
The Jailbirds plated a run in the top of the seventh as Teagarden scored when Russ Ritenour hit into a fielder's choice.
“It was a big win for us and obviously that first inning was huge. We just singled them to death,” Jake's player-manager Tom Seman said. “We definitely came into the game wanting to win after our last game against them.”
Earlier in the season, Mitch's beat Jake's, 1-0, in eight innings.
“For this being our first year in the league, we're still getting adjusted to using wooden bats,” Seman said. “Spisak, he's our number two guy and has kind of been our hidden gem. He pitched great and it was a big win for us.”
Both teams resume play today.
Mitch's (6-3) will travel to Mill Run and Jake's will host first-place Carmichaels at Fayette City.
GAME NOTES: Both teams finished with six hits. ... Ryan Kearns had a double for Mitch's. ... Jake's coach Erik Scheponik called balls and strikes from behind the pitchers mound until an umpire arrived for the game.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2667.