Miscues costly as Bears fall to Big Red
STEUBENVILLE – Big Red’s bats weren’t exactly booming Thursday at Vacarro Field but the offense did enough to earn an 11-3 victory over Oak Glen.
Fred Heatherington’s club made the most of six hits as it improved to 4-2 on the young season. Steubenville’s cause was aided by 10 walks and several costly errors by the Golden Bears.
“A win is a win and we’ll take it,” Heatherington said. “We didn’t play with the same intensity we had against Brooke on Wednesday but we did enough to win the game.”
After spotting Oak Glen a 1-0 lead, Big Red took the upper hand for good, scoring twice in the second. Lucas Herrington’s single drove home Kai McClurg, who was hit by a pitch. Devin Ferguson recorded the first of his three RBI on a fielder’s choice, with Branden Jones coming around to score.
Jones scored again in the third after he drew his second walk. He advanced on a pass ball and touched home thanks to an Oak Glen throwing error on Herrington’s fielder’s choice.
Big Red broke the game open in the fifth, sending 10 batters to the plate and recording six runs. Ferguson dropped a double into right to drive home a pair. Bryan Pierro also had a run-scoring double. Justin Corsi and Kasey Peterson both recorded a RBI on sacrifice flies.
During the uprising, Big Red drew three walks, McClurg was tagged by another pitch and Oak Glen was charged with an error.
Niko Petrides knocked home a pair in the sixth with his single to finish the Big Red scoring.
“We had some key hits and ran the bases well,” Heatherington added. “We did play well in the field but overall, it wasn’t a very good game for us. We’ll bounce back, work hard at practice Friday and get ready for Saturday.”
Corsi went the distance on the hill to earn the pitching win.
He scattered eight hits and recorded eight strikeouts. After allowing a run in the first (Alec Swiger getting a RBI), the senior right hander held Oak Glen in check until the sixth. Derek Haddox and Tyler Click both crossed the plate for the Golden Bears.
Kyle Woodruff started on the mound for Oak Glen. Tyler Click came on in the second and Alex Shuman in the fifth.
Oak Glen threatened in the second and third but came up empty each time.
During the first three frames, the Golden Bears stranded six runners (for the game, they left eight on base).”
“It’s not a good recipe to leave eight on early and give away so many free bases,” Oak Glen coach Matt Deveaney said. “We drive the count well and we’re good two-strike hitters but we have to do a better job with runners in scoring position.
“Then they get a run on, he moves up on a throwing error and then a pass ball. We just didn’t come get it today. We play a lot of tough teams and you’re not going to beat a tough team with that kind of performance.”
Swiger had three hits to pace Oak Glen’s attack. Patrick Reardon laced a double to left for the now 2-5 Golden Bears. Deveaney’s squad hosts John Marshall today.
Big Red is scheduled to entertain Streetsboro for a pair of games Saturday. The first pitch is set for 11 a.m. Streetsboro is coached by Chris Scisicani, a 1995 Big Red graduate.
Big Red 11, Oak Glen 3
Oak Glen 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 8 3
Big Red 0 2 1 0 6 2 x 11 6 2
OAK GLEN: Woodruff (LP, 3BB, 2HBP) Click (2, 5BB, 1K, 1HBP) Shuman (5, 2BB, 1K, 1 HBP) and Reardon. Swiger 3S, RBI; Ford S; Woodruff S; B. Haddox S; D. Haddox S; Reardon D.
BIG RED: Corsi (WP, 4BB, 8K) and McClurg. Pierro D, RBI; Peterson RBI; Zorne S; Corsi S, RBI; Herrington S, RBI; Petrides S, 2RBI; Ferguson D, 3RBI.