Uniontown baseball team fights off Frazier for extra-inning victory
The Frazier and Uniontown baseball teams are like many other local teams. They have struggled to get outdoors because of poor weather conditions. Therefore, each team was more than happy to brave the cold and squeeze in a nonsection game Monday afternoon.
And despite some mistakes by both clubs, neither coach was going to focus on the negatives, instead highlighting the positives in what turned out to be Uniontown's 10-9, eight-inning victory.
Joey Carpeal singled with one out in the bottom of the eighth to drive in Zack Helisack with the game-winning run as the Red Raiders pulled out the come-from-behind victory. Uniontown never led until Helisack touched the plate with the game-winner.
“It was a long and cold game, but I was glad we could get it in,” Uniontown first-year coach Ken Musko said after his team bounced back from a 7-2 deficit.
Musko noted that his team has had trouble getting outside, but finding time indoors has also been tough considering the renovations going on at Uniontown High School. Musko acknowledged the inconveniences the weather and the renovations have caused but also pointed out the great work done by the city of Uniontown to prepare Bailey Park for Monday's game.
Frazier coach Craig Kordich has also had to deal with a lack of outdoor practice time. For that reason, he wasn't too upset about letting a big lead slip away.
“For this being only our fifth time on the field this year, you have to take everything as a positive,” Kordich said. “This was a marathon game and we got to play some extra innings, so I'm not taking any hurt from this game.”
Of course, Kordich would have liked the win, and early on, it seemed as though Frazier would win. The Commodores (0-2) scored four runs in the first, highlighted by Chaise Bertocci's two-run double and Nick Smalich's run-scoring single. Zach Mastowski made it 5-2 in the third with an RBI double. In the fourth, Jaime Fell doubled in a run before Roger Cline added a run-scoring single.
Uniontown tied the game, 7-7, with five runs in the fourth. Luke Wallace provided a three-run double.
Frazier reclaimed the lead when Fell ripped a two-run triple in the fifth, but the Red Raiders (2-2) kept fighting. Zack Stashick drove in his second run with a groundout before Garrett Fox tied the game with an RBI single.
With the game tied, 9-9, Stashick pitched three scoreless innings to get the win for Uniontown. Smalich surrendered the game-winning hit to Carpeal and took the loss.
“There were some opportunities that we didn't cash in on,” Kordich said. “We just really have to buckle down in those situations.”
For Musko, seeing his team fight through some early struggles was a welcome sight.
“I'm just getting to know these kids, and they are the most motivated bunch I have ever met,” Musko said. “They are coming together as a team.”
Jason Black is the Local Sports Editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.