Ligonier Valley baseball team wins blowout
Despite falling snow and low temperatures at the home opener, the Ligonier Valley High School baseball team blanked Heritage Conference opponent Purchase line 15-0. After being stranded inside with bad weather, head coach John Jones said his team was hungry to get outside and play.
“The boys played heads up. Nicky Payne pitched great. I was real happy with the way he pitched. Andrew Shultz came in and did a nice job, I was happy with that too. They did a nice job. For only our second day outside this spring I'm happy with it,” Jones said.
Despite the result, Jones said the team had some of the rust to polish from their game if they are to play well against more difficult opponents in the future.
“Our timing is just off; hitters are off, that's to be expected,” Jones said. “We had a couple bloops; a couple flares. I would like to see some more balls hit really hard. But for the way this spring has been and the way today was, I'll take it,” Jones said.
In the first inning Ty Ferlin hit to get on base and was batted in by Matt Ryan. Zach Yeskey also scored an RBI off a hit by Alex Tutino.
The Rams then scored 12 runs in the bottom of the third, beginning with a double from Matt Ryan and a single from Matt Torrance. Jake Nemeth then loaded the bases with a single. Ryan and Torrance scored when the pitcher walked Dan Croyle and Nick Payne.
Ty Ferlin came up to bat again, hitting a double and bringing in Nemeth and Croyle. Yeskey then hit a double, bringing in Payne and Ferlin. A hit from Luke Ferlin and a walk from Torrance loaded the bases again, and a hit from Alex Tutino brought Yeskey in to score.
The pitcher then walked Ryan, bringing Torrance in to score. Payne then drove in Luke Ferlin for an RBI and a single from Ty Ferlin brought in Tutino and Ryan to drive the score up to 14-0 by the end of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, a single from Ryan brought in Torrance to make the score 15-0, and force Purchase Line to forfeit.
The Rams will play host to Marion Center 4 p.m. Friday, travel to Saltsburg Monday, then meet Northern Cambria 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Ligonier Valley High School field.
Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.