Crusaders hold off Brockway for 6-4 baseball victory

The Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team held on to defeat the Brockway Rovers by a 6-4 score Thursday afternoon at Berwind Park.Elk Catholic opened a 4-0 lead after one inning of play before the game was stopped for 30 to 45 minutes for a rain delay. When the game resumed, neither team scored until the top of the fifth, when the Rovers scored a run. Elk answered with two runs in the home half of the fifth to open a 6-1 lead. Brockway was able to score three runs in the top of the sixth to make the score 6-4, where it remained.“The kids got up early, then the rain delayed the game,” said ECCHS coach Tom Zampogna. “We made some mental errors that let Brockway back in.”“Give Brockway credit, they didn’t quit,” he said. “But a ‘W’ is a ‘W,’ and now we get ready for tomorrow with St. Marys.” The Crusaders had nine hits in the contest, led by Shea Meyer’s double and a single. Joe McLaughlin doubled, while Ben Cortina had two singles. Vince Jacob, Pat Brennen, Ivan Wortman and Jack Herzing all singled.Joe Childs went the distance on the mound for the Crusaders, giving up 10 hits, walking two and striking out eight. Darren Olivio started on the mound for the Rovers and worked three innings, giving up seven hits, walking three and striking out two. Evan Hatfield went three innings, giving up two hits, walking four and striking out three.The Rovers stranded two runners on the top of the first inning. In the home half of the inning, Pat Brennen singled with one out. Dan Singer walked. With two outs, McLaughlin doubled, scoring both Brennen and Singer. A double by designated hitter Shea Meyer scored McLaughlin. A single by Herzing scored Meyer as Elk led 4-0.When the game resumed after the rain delay, the Rovers went down in order in the top of the second. Elk left two runners stranded in the home half of the second.Each team left a runner stranded in the third inning. The fourth inning was a repeat of the third, with both teams leaving a runner on base.Brockway scored a run in the top of the fifth inning on four hits. In the home half of the inning, Wortman and Mitchell O’Neill both walked. With two outs, Wortman was caught leaning off of third base and was able to score on an error. Wes Brennen reached base on an error, scoring O’Neill as Elk led 6-1.The Rovers scored three runs on three hits and an error in the top of the sixth inning, cutting the ECC lead to 6-4. The Crusaders left two men on base in the home half of the sixth inning.The Rovers left one man on base in the top of the seventh as Elk Catholic recorded the 6-4 victory.The Crusaders, now 7-3 on the season, will host the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. at Berwind Park.