Connellsville puts it all together to defeat Albert Gallatin
Although the Connellsville baseball team did not qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, the Falcons still have goals during the final week of the regular season.
Perhaps the biggest remaining goal for Connellsville is to show that it has improved from start to finish. And if Monday's Section 2-AAAA game against Albert Gallatin is any indication, then the Falcons can be pleased with the fact that progress has been made over the course of the season.
Playing in their final home game, the Falcons had all facets of their game working as they earned a 6-0 victory over the Colonials.
Trevor Farrell led the way as he tossed a two-hitter with 15 strikeouts.
“Pitching makes a big difference, and Trevor threw an excellent game,” Connellsville coach Rob Orndorff said. “He had 15 strikeouts, which makes it very nice. We had pitching and defense and timely hitting and good base running. That's a complete package.”
Farrell had at least one strikeout in every inning, and he struck out the side twice. He finished the game with four straight strikeouts.
“Pitching sets the tone,” Orndorff said.
While Farrell and the Connellsville defense produced a shutout, the Falcons (7-7, 5-7) were quite good at manufacturing the offense needed to produce a win over the Colonials (2-16, 0-12).
In the second inning, Connellsville got on the board with a pair of runs off of Albert Gallatin starting pitcher Chris Uphold. Ty Henry ripped a run-scoring triple then scored when Grant Witt lifted a sacrifice fly to center to make it 2-0.
The Falcons added three more runs in the third. Grant Wortman led off with a single before Darrell Ross walked. Henry and Witt each drove in a run with a sacrifice fly before Brock Bonadio made it 5-0 with an RBI double. Bonadio finished with a game-high three hits.
In the fourth, the Falcons added to the scoring as J.T. Stevenson knocked in Cameron Bernhardt with a single. Connellsville finished with eight hits.
With the lead on his side, Farrell made quick work of the Colonials. He allowed just one hit in the final five innings. Caleb Dempsey and Ryan Stewart each singled to account for the Colonials' hits.
“We've not been hitting well, but I give Connellsville credit,” Albert Gallatin coach Shawn Chory said. “They played well, and they were the better team. We'll keep battling and try to end on a positive note.”
Albert Gallatin will host Geibel on Wednesday.
The Falcons close the season with nonsection road games at Baldwin on Tuesday and Franklin Regional on Friday. He hopes that the team will finish the week the way it started.
“I see a definite improvement,” Orndorff said. “We see it with our pitchers, and we've had more discipline at the plate.”
Jason Black is the Local Sports Editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.