STEUBENVILLE - The Steubenville Catholic Central baseball team remained undefeated as it cruised to a 17-2 triumph over Weir High Thursday at Vaccaro Field.
"I thought we swung the bats well today," said Crusaders coach Don Young. "We had that layoff last week and we've been swinging the bats well all week. Yesterday (a 7-6 win over Bishop Donahue) we didn't finish innings. We left a lot of guys on base.
"Today, we finished innings. We put up a bunch early. I thought we swung the bats well all day."
ON THE BASES — Top, Catholic Central’s Brenton Colabella catches a pickoff throw during Thursday’s game with Weir. Diving back to first base is Matt Komoroski of the Red Riders. The Crusaders won 17-2 at Vacarro Field and remain unbeten. Below, Central’s Sam Ivkovich delievers a pitch.
-- Mike Mathison
To the tune of a 13-1 lead after two innings.
Weir scored one in the top of the first off Central starter Nick Ivkovich as Mitch Viakley doubled and came home on a Will Larch base knock.
It was all Crusaders from there.
They sent 14 batters to the plate in the first inning and knocked Red Riders starter Michael Curtis off the bump 12 batters into the frame.
Chris Murphy and Tony Barber walked and then walked home on a Brenton Colabella triple. Stone Romano and Aleks Porreca singled and Josh Merriman walked to load the sacks.
Austin Oliver brought one in with a sac fly and Johnny DiCarlantonio singled in two more. One out later, Murphy walked and Barber and Colabella rapped back-to-back singles for a run and Curtis was gone.
Chris Russell came in and gave up a single to Romano before getting out of the inning.
It wasn't much better for the Red Riders in the second.
Merriman reached on an error and Oliver and DiCarlantonio had back-to-back singles. One out later, Murphy's double cleared the bases. Barber walked and Colabella singled before two flyouts ended the inning.
Weir was coming off a 4-2 win over East Liverpool.
"I'm just disappointed in the fact we are coming off a big win, a little payback win (the Potters beat Weir 8-4 on Monday) where the attitude was phenomenal and we were flat again today," said Red Riders coach Jason Angle. "You can't have flat. You have to come out hard, ready to play every day.
"Granted, they hit the ball as good, if not better, than most teams in this valley - but, you have to make plays. We made every play count yesterday.
"Yesterday was yesterday. You have to make every play count regardless of the day.
"You have to take advantage of situations, opportunities. I just wish they could have been a little more excited playing against a really good, quality team."
Central (14-0) sent nine to the dish in the second inning and added three more runs in the third on eight batters.
Oliver doubled with one out. DiCarlantonio reached on a miscue and, with two outs, Murphy singled to relieve Russell and Levi Mikula went to hill.
Barber walked for the third time and Colabella's rip to center gave him his fifth RBI.
Kutch Clark reached on a fielder's choice in the fourth inning and scored on a Jake Arai single.
"Steubenville Central is undefeated and they are bound to fall once in a while - obviously, today wasn't that day," said Angle.
The Red Riders plated their second run when Matt Komoroski scored on a Cole Davidson double to deep center.
Viakley doubled and singled twice and Larch singled twice for an RBI.
For Central, Murphy singled and doubled for three RBIs. Colabella tripled and singled three times for five RBIs. Oliver singled and doubled for two RBIs, DiCarlantonio singled twice for two RBIs and Romano singled twice for an RBI.
Catholic Central 17, Weir 2
Weir 100 10 - 2 7 4
Catholic Central 853 1x - 17 16 1
WEIR: Curtis (LP, 0K, 4W), Russell (1, 3K, 1W), Mikula (3, 0K, 1W) and McCartney, Davidson (4); Viakley D, 2S; Larch 2S, RBI; Russell S; Davidson D, RBI.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL: Ivkovich (WP, 7K, 1W) and Romano; Murphy S, D, 3RBI; T. Barber S, RBI; Colabella T, 3S, 5RBI; Romano 2S, RBI; Porreca S; Oliver S, D, 2RBI; DiCarlantonio 2S, 2RBI; Arai S, RBI; M. Barber 2RBI; Sarlo S.