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Bad breaks abound for Worthington-Kittanning

| Thursday, June 14, 2012, 12:44 p.m.
Mike Shaner is called out at home after being tagged by Seneca Valley pitcher Devon Locher during Worthington-Kittanning's 13-2 home loss in Palomino action on Wednesday evening.
Mike Shaner is called out at home after being tagged by Seneca Valley pitcher Devon Locher during Worthington-Kittanning's 13-2 home loss in Palomino action on Wednesday evening.

Worthington-Kittanning's Palomino baseball team ran into some trouble on the basepaths early in its home game against Seneca Valley on Wednesday night.

Then the Mustangs watched as Seneca Valley ran away with the win.

Worthington-Kittanning lost, 13-2, in five innings to drop below .500 in Quad County North league play. An eight-run top of the third moved Seneca Valley (6-5, 2-3) into mercy-rule territory, and the Mustangs (6-4, 3-4) failed to rally. They left three runners on base, including two in scoring position.

“I think the last two games, every place there's been an empty spot, the other teams seemed to find them,” Worthington-Kittanning coach Terry Steffy said. “And it happens. I've done this long enough that I know you're going to have that.”

John Harper hit a two-run single to put Seneca Valley ahead, 4-0, in the second. Worthington-Kittanning's deficit dwindled when Shawn Corson drove in Bret Neyman with a double and Corson scored on Mitchell Scholl's single.

The first two innings included a few missed opportunities for the Mustangs. Mike Shaner tried to score on a wild pitch but was thrown out for Worthington-Kittanning's final out of the first inning. In the second, Tim Crytzer was caught in a rundown during Corson's double, and Matt Grafton failed to steal second base.

Scholl, the team's starter on the mound, and Corson pitched in the third inning, but neither made it out. Seneca Valley opened the inning with a groundout and a flyout, but then came an onslaught of offense — two walks, a hit batter and a pair of two-run singles ended Scholl's day.

“I was telling Terry, I didn't see this coming,” Seneca Valley coach Walt Patsilevas said. “This is the most runs we've scored in the last four or five games. We just haven't been hitting, but then they did this today.”

Corson followed with three consecutive walks, so he handed the ball to Trevor Harmon, who pitched the final 2 13 innings.

“Once they get those little hits, we just go down real quick,” Corson said. “We've got to find some momentum and bring ourselves back up.”

Worthington-Kittanning's day went from bad to worse when shortstop Anthony Rocco took a high hop to the throat area in the fourth. He left the game and had an ice pack on his neck after it.

“I've never been so close to passing out in my life,” he said. “As soon as it hit me, everything just went white.”

The loss added to what has been a tough week for the Mustangs, who struggled during a weekend doubleheader at Lyndora.

“Like Shaner said (earlier this season), it's lackadaisical,” Corson said. “There's no momentum. There's nothing. We need to fix it quick, or we're in for a long season.”

Bill West is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at wwest@tribweb.com or 724-543-1321.

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