Rams grab a pair of victories
Last week the Ligonier Valley High School baseball team defeated two Heritage Conference opponents.
The Rams first played host to Saltsburg, winning 4-3. They then traveled to Northern Cambria, holding a lead to finish 5-4. Ligonier also traveled to Marion Center, where the Stingers came from behind to win 5-4. This brings the team record to 3-3 in conference play.
The Rams got out to an early lead against the Trojans, scoring one run in the first inning, then two more runs in the second. Saltsburg answered with a run in the third, another in the fifth and one more in the top of the sixth to tie the game.
However, with Luke Ferlin on third base in the bottom of the sixth, a Jordan Jones hit drove in Ferlin to retake the lead, which the Rams held through the seventh.
Andrew Schultz opened the game on the mound, pitching four innings, giving up one run on an error and also gave up four hits. Shultz also struck out eight batters. Nick Payne relieved Schultz, giving up two runs on two errors. He also struck out one batter and walked two. Jones closed the game in the seventh, getting help from his fielders to close out the game.
Traveling to take on the Colts, Ligonier got out to an early lead when Ferlin singled to bring in Alex Tutino and Jake Nemeth to score in the opening frame. The Rams then extended the lead with a run in the third and another in the fourth inning.
However, Northern Cambria refused to go quietly, scoring a run in the fifth inning and three runs in the sixth. Jones again brought in the winning run in the top of the seventh.
Rick Ross pitched the entire game for Ligonier, giving up seven hits and two errors. He struck out two batters and walked five. Brian Custer also had a double in the game.
The Rams and Stingers scored a run in the first inning of the final game of the week. The Rams then took a 3-1 lead, scoring in the fourth and fifth innings. A two-run rally in the bottom of the fifth put Marion Center even and forced an extra inning. Ligonier scored in the eighth but allowed another two-run rally to give the Stingers the victory.
Ligonier used three pitchers including Jake Schott and Wyatt Stouffer, both of whom pitched their first games of the season. Schott pitched three innings, where he gave up a run on two hits. He also struck out three batters and walked five. Stouffer gave up two runs on four hits and two errors in his two innings and one out of a third. Jones finished the game, also giving up four hits, two errors and allowed two runs.
The Rams will travel Monday to Johnstown for a game with the Trojans.
Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.