Marcus pitches Edison past Buckeye

RAYLAND – The Edison baseball team grabbed a 5-2 win over host Buckeye Local Monday at Mazeroski Field.

It was the opener for both teams.

“We had the play we needed in the fifth inning,” Panthers coach Rick DeLuca commented on a play that would have evened the contest at three runs apiece. “But the collision at the plate did not go our way”

The inning began with a one-out double by Buckeye Local’s Chase Hopkins. He moved to third on a passed ball and DeLuca then signaled for the squeeze play.

Jared Moore laid down a bunt up the third base side where Edison pitcher Nolan Marcus picked up the slow roller and shoveled it into the glove of catcher Collin Skeeles who was following the ball up the line. Skeeles moved to his left and blocked the base path and he and Hopkins collided some two feet up the third base line from the batters box.

Hopkins was called out for making no attempt to slide and was subsequently ejected for the contact.

The Panthers continued the push and moved runners to second and third with two outs but Edison pitcher Nolan Marcus got a strikeout to end the inning.

“I have to give credit to Nolan for pitching a great game and coach Jim Marcus for calling the pitches,” Edison coach Mike Collopy complimented. “Coach Marcus made a great call again in the sixth on the pitch out which we felt was key.”

The call came when, with one out, Zach Kaner was pinch running for Josh Figurski who was playing with an injured ankle. Kaner took off for second base and coach Marcus had anticipated the steal and Skeeles’ throw caught Kaner short of the bag.

Edison came out in the seventh and got a pair of insurance runs off the bat of designated hitter Collin Scott with bases loaded to seal the win.

“We will take the win, but we still need to improve,” coach Collopy assessed. “But I thought our bats got better as the game went on.”

“We had three errors where balls went past our legs,” DeLuca commented on the unearned runs that Edison scored in the third to take the lead. “It is fundamentals, you have to keep your glove on the ground.”

Skeeles started the inning for the Wildcats with a single, Austin Horan drew a walk and an error loaded the bases. Marcus was hit by a pitch for a run. A second error would plate two more runs before a strikeout and flyout ended the inning with a 3-1 Wildcats lead.

A Dean Rose single plated Jonathan Borkoski in the second inning. Borkoski singled and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Panepucci.

Panepucci reached in the fourth on a strike three passed ball. Figurski moved him to second and a second passed ball allowed Panepucci to move to third. He scored on a second error.

Marcus fanned 12 and walked none.

Borkoski struck out six and walked just as many.