Time to forget
For Mill Run, the best thing about Friday's Fayette County League semifinal series opener against Blue Mountain was that it only counted as one game.
Playing on the road to start the best-of-five semifinal series, Mill Run (15-16-2) was outpitched, outhit and outplayed in a 15-0 loss to the top seed.
Game 2 of the series is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Mill Run. Also tomorrow, Game 1 of the other semifinal series between High Strung Racing and Bud Murphy's will begin at 5 p.m. at Republic.
As for Game 1 of Mill Run's series, it's a game the team would like to forget as soon as possible.
"It just wasn't our day," Mill Run manager Ray Orndorff said. "It wasn't like we played horrible baseball, but they just hit and we didn't get the outs."
Blue Mountain had a bye in the first round and hadn't played since last Friday, which ironically, ended in a tie with Mill Run in the regular season finale. In this game, there was no doubt which team was better, as Blue Mountain (26-4-1) outhit Mill Run, 16-3.
"We squandered a lead against them the last time we played them, so we had that in the back of our minds," Blue Mountain manager Richard Krause said. "They're never out of it. We were intent on coming out and hitting early, and that's what we did."
Blue Mountain's Jeff Thompson had a two-run single in the first, and Brad Baker connected for a two-run single off Mill Run starter Bob Fulton in the second, giving the home team a 6-0 lead.
In the third, Brian Muransky highlighted a five-run inning with a three-run homer to right to effectively put the game out of reach. Muransky also added a run-scoring double, and Jono Menhart had a perfect day at the plate, going 4 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Fulton was relieved in the third inning by David Sumner, who pitched the rest of the game for Mill Run.
Blue Mountain used three pitchers to post the shutout, with starter Zach Jeney getting the start and working the first five innings to get the win. Jeney surrendered Mill Run's three hits and had six strikeouts.
Rob Egan, Rich Orndorff and Justin Marsinko each singled to account for Mill Run's hits.
Despite the loss, Ray Orndorff pointed out that the series is far from over.
"This game is over, and Sunday is a new game," Ray Orndorff said. "Anything can happen."
Krause also realizes that his team still has plenty of work to do in order to advance to the finals.
"We put a lot of emphasis on this game," Krause said. "But we know it's just one game. I wish we could take some of these runs with us on Sunday."