Frazier routs Geibel to keep baseball playoff hopes alive
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Frazier is still in the hunt for a spot in the WPIAL Class A baseball playoffs.
On Friday, the Commodores kept their hopes alive by concluding the Section 2-A portion of their schedule with a 15-5 win over visiting Geibel in five innings.
Now, the Commodores need Bishop Canevin to beat Monessen on Tuesday to qualify for the postseason. Frazier and Monessen would tie for third and both would qualify for the playoffs with identical section records.
While the Commodores (7-8, 5-5) can't control Tuesday's game, they took care of business against the Gators (1-12, 1-9).
“We came out kind of sluggish, but we reminded them what we needed to do,” Frazier coach Craig Kordich said. “Then we started smacking the ball around a little bit. We did what we needed to do, and now we have to wait.”
Despite everything being on the line for Frazier, it was Geibel that took a 3-0 lead in the second inning as Jarek Allen, Kyle Toth and Mario Ruggieri each walked and scored. Nick Speeney provided a two-run single to put the visitors up by three.
But the Commodores stormed back with eight runs in their half of the second inning. Jaime Fell provided the big hit with a two-run homer off Brandon Kushnar. Travis Sanner, Nick Smalich and Jared Rebovich each singled in a run, and Blake Herron and Chaise Bertocci each doubled and scored. Zach Mastowski also knocked in a run with a double.
The Commodores got an unearned run in the third before Geibel made it 9-4 when Kushnar singled and scored.
Frazier put the game away with six runs in the fourth. Mastowski and Rebovich each singled and scored to make it 15-4.
Martin Berish singled in a run in the fifth for Geibel, but the game was called due to the WPIAL's 10-run rule.
“I'm glad we kicked it into gear and we were able to do some good things,” Kordich said.
Roger Cline picked up the win for Frazier.
For the Gators, a long, tough season is winding down. However, Geibel coach Pete Nace likes the fact that his team has continued to try to battle through its struggles during this season.
“We're still young, but we've gotten experience this season and that's going to help us next season,” he said. “We fought and the kids didn't give up, so I'm happy with that.”
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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