Kiski Area baseball pounds Connellsville, 17-9
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It's amazing what a little fresh air can do for a baseball team.
After being confined indoors for most of the past month, the Kiski Area baseball team got outside over the weekend, and the outdoor work paid off Monday as the Cavaliers banged out 16 hits in a 17-9 Section 2-AAAA victory over host Connellsville.
“We've been hitting in a cage all the time, and you can't simulate timing,” Kiski coach Daryl Hixenbaugh said. “But we got a good, long practice in on Saturday, and the timing is coming. In our first three games, the bats were a little slow.”
The Cavaliers (1-3, 1-2) collected four hits in the first inning, with Troy Glendenning providing a run-scoring double to put Kiski up, 2-0.
Leading, 3-2, Kiski Area busted loose with six runs in the fifth. Glendenning highlighted the frame with a two-run triple. Tyler Graham ripped a two-run single, and Vinny Ribar, Ryan Sciullo and Brandon Small each singled and scored to help the visitors take a 9-2 lead. Sciullo finished with four hits, and Graham had three hits.
While Kiski Area seemed to find its hitting stroke, Connellsville's bats were mostly silent through the first five innings. Connellsville managed six hits in the game, but five of those came in the final two innings after Kiski Area had built a big lead.
“The game is played for seven innings not two,” Connellsville coach Rob Orndorff said. “We have to play with that type of dedication and intensity from the get-go and not wait until the end to try to get back in the game.”
Connellsville's Brock Bonadio had an RBI single in the third to account for Connellsville's only hit off of Kiski Area starter Small. Small went five innings to earn the win.
Kiski Area built a 12-2 lead in the sixth on the strength of a two-run single by Jake Poremski, but the Falcons kept the game alive with three runs in their half of the sixth. J.T. Stevenson had a two-run single off reliever Levi Naughton before Michael Parlak followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 12-5.
Then in the seventh, the Cavaliers scored five more runs to put the game away as Graham and Sciullo each singled and scored. Connellsville used four pitchers, and starter Ryan Huey took the loss.
The Falcons (1-2, 0-2) did some cosmetic work on the scoreboard with a nice seventh inning. Evan Onusko tripled and scored on a single by Cameron Bernhardt. Grant Wortman followed with a run-scoring double before Darrell Ross ripped a two-run homer.
Despite Connellsville's late rally, the Falcons didn't do enough to get back in the game. The Falcons also hurt their chances with six errors.
“From a defensive standpoint, we did make some plays, but there are other plays we have to make,” Orndorff said. “We gave too many runs from third base. When you give a team that is hitting the ball opportunities, they are going to take advantage.”
Connellsville will try to regroup when it hosts Latrobe on Tuesday.
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