ST. MARYS – The Elk County Catholic Crusaders pounded out 13 hits on their way to a 15-5, five-inning victory over the visiting Curwensville Golden Tide at Berwind Park on Monday afternoon. The Crusaders used two pitchers in the five-inning game. Starter Joe Childs set the tone for the Crusaders as he limited the Golden Tide to just three hits and one run in his three innings of work. Pat Brennen came on to pitch the final two innings, giving up four hits and four runs.
"Our second inning did them in," said Father Eric Vogt, ECCHS head coach. "We hit the ball very well in that inning, as we had seven hits while scoring nine runs."
"Joe (Childs) did a good job on the mound early for us, then Pat (Brennen) came in to finish them off," he added. "This was a good win, as the playing conditions were anything but good. Both teams had to fight the cold temperatures and rainy conditions today.
"Hopefully the weather will start getting a little better, as it is tough playing under these conditions."
Elk Catholic was led in the hitting department on Monday by Ricky Pearsall, who had four singles in five trips to the plate. Brock McCullough and Jake Cortina were next with two singles each, followed by Josh Feldbauer with a double and Eric Wehler, Ben Daghir, Jack Herzing, and Kyle Schneider with singles.
Curwensville was led by Shane Hoover with a home run and a single, followed by Kyle Bloom with two singles, Garrett LaBorde and Jesse Zarger each with a double and Jordan Russell with a single.
Childs picked up the victory for the Elk Catholic squad as he struck out four and walked just one batter. Brennen, who came on in relief, also had four strikeouts and gave up just one walk.
Curwensville used three pitchers in the game as Kyle Johns started the inning, giving up eight runs on six hits, while striking out two, walking one and hitting two batters. McGary came on in the second inning for three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and walking eight. Shae Best came on in relief in the fifth and gave up one walk and a base hit to score the final run of the game.
Neither team was able to score in the opening stanza, as they both had runners on but could not push any across the plate.
In the second inning the Curwensville squad scored a single tally when Zarger drew a walk, then scored on back-to-back singles by K. Bloom and Russell and a sacrifice bunt by J. Bloom. In the home half of the inning, the Crusaders rallied for nine runs to take a 9-1 lead. McCullough started things off with a single, then Brody was hit by a pitch. Kyle Schneider singled the two runners home, then Cortina was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Pearsall singled home Kyle Schneider and Wehler singled home Cortina, putting men on first and third again. Luke Daghir drew a walk to load the bases, then Ben Daghir singled home Pearsall and Wehler. Herzing hit a sacrifice fly to score Luke Daghir, then McCullough recorded his second hit of the inning, a single, to score Ben Daghir. McCullough then scored following two walks and a single by Cortina.
The Tide went down in order in the third, but Elk Catholic picked up two more runs to push their lead to 11-1. Feldbauer opened the inning with a double and went to third on a fly ball to the outfield, then Ben Daghir drew a walk. Ben stole second and he and Feldbauer scored on a single by Herzing.
Curwensville made it 11-2 in the fourth inning when they scored a run on a walk, a single and an error. Elk Catholic threatened in the fourth inning as they had two hits, but were unable to score.
In the top half of the fifth inning, Brennen struck out the leadoff hitter. Hoover then homered to make it 11-3. An error allowed McGary to reach first base, then back-to-back doubles by LaBorde and Zarger accounted for two more runs before Brennen recorded the next two batters on a strikeout and a fly out to the second baseman.
Going into the bottom of the fifth, the score was 11-5 in favor of the Crusaders. Five straight walks make the score 13-5, then a sacrifice fly by Cortina made it 14-5. Pearsall hit a single up the middle to score another run and end the game at 15-5 due to the 10-run rule.
Elk County Catholic is now 3-1 on the season.
The Crusaders will return to action today at Johnsonburg to take on the Rams in a game slated for a 4:15 p.m. start.
Curwensville – 5
Shae Best 3-0-0, Hunter McCracken 3-0-0, Shane Hoover 3-1-2, Boone McGary 3-1-0, Garrett LaBorde 3-1-1, Jesse Zarger 1-2-1, Kyle Bloom 2-0-2, Brad Coudriet 1-0-0, Jordan Russell 3-0-1, Jason Bloom 1-0-0, Kyle Johns 0-0-0. Totals 23-5-7.
Elk Catholic – 15
Ricky Pearsall 5-1-4, Eric Wehler 2-1-1, Josh Feldbauer 2-1-1, Luke Daghir 3-1-0, Ben Daghir 1-3-1, Joe Childs 0-0-0, Jack Herzing 2-0-1, Pat Brennen 0-1-0, Brock McCullough 2-2-2, Joe McLaughlin 1-1-0, Zac Brody 1-2-0, Kyle Schneider 1-1-1, Sam Schneider 1-0-0, Jake Cortina 2-1-2. Totals 23-15-13.
Score by innings R
Curwensville 010 13 - 5
ECCHS 092 04 - 15