Ridgway baseball was hurt by defensive miscues in a 12-1, 6-inning loss to Brockway Tuesday afternoon at Sandy Beach Recreational Park.
Ridgway committed seven errors on the game, many of them coming at critical times which led to Brockway runs.
"Seven errors on the field and two hits batting," Ridgway coach Mark Morelli said. "Anybody that knows baseball knows you're not going to win with those kind of mistakes and not getting enough production, not getting enough hits. We're not the type of team that can bury ourselves early in the game and then come back because we're not a real strong hitting team overall. They jumped on us and they kept it on us, kept the pressure on us. We just never responded to the challenge."
Brockway capitalized in the second inning to take the lead for good. Phil Esposito singled to lead off the inning. After a strikeout, Casey Wolfe reached on an off-target throw from third base which put runners at the corners. Evan Hatfield walked to load the bases. After Ridgway starting pitcher Jesse Reynolds struck out Darren Olivio for the inning's second out, Damon Matson hit a flyball to right field which was bobbled and ultimately fell to the ground. Esposito, Wolfe and courtesy runner Chad Mellilo came around to score as the Rovers took a 3-1 lead.
Reynolds gave up five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 4 1-3 innings. Morelli said Reynolds did a good job on the mound for the Elkers.
"Jesse kept us in the game early on," Morelli said. "We can't keep piling error upon error upon error and expect to stay in the game. A pitcher can only do so much. Any pitcher will tell you it takes a 9-man defensive team to win the game besides just the pitcher. I've been talking about it all year and I hate to sound like an old broken record but we were in the valley. That's the ups and downs of the game."
Wolfe led off the fourth inning with a double and scored as Hatfield reached on an error at shortstop.
Brockway added a quartet of runs in the fifth inning to begin to pull away. Chris Calliari hit a triple and would score as Cody Jose reached on an off-target throw to first base from third. Esposito singled to score Jose. Brett Carr reached on a bunt single and the throw to first went into foul territory which scored Esposito and moved Carr to third. Wolfe hit into a 6-3 groundout which scored Carr for an 8-1 Brockway lead.
In the sixth, Olivio led off with a double to left field. After a groundout, Calliari reached on a Ridgway error in left field which scored pinch runner Eric Chittester. Jose singled to score Calliari for Brockway's 10th run. Ray Serafini singled and Esposito walked. Carr hit into a fielder's choice which scored Jose. Serafini later scored on a Ridgway throwing error.
Ridgway's lone run came in the first inning. Josh Mitchell singled and would later steal second base. Ben MacDonald hit a ball that went under the glove at second base for Brockway, bringing around Mitchell for the game's first run.
Ridgway (4-6) is slated to host Curwensville at 4 p.m. Thursday.