Steubenville, Weirton split doubleheader

STEUBENVILLE – Steubenville Post 33 and Weirton Post 10 split a doubleheader Saturday at Vaccaro FIeld.

Post 33 scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 2-1 win in Game 1 and Post 10 came back with three runs in the fourth inning for an eventual 10-6 victory in Game 2.

“We did some really good things in the first game,” said Steubenville coach Mark Stacy. “We ran the bases well, pitched well and played defense well.

“Weirton really hit the baseball well in the second game. They deserved to win the game. It wasn’t anything that we didn’t do. It was what they did. They did a nice job. Their pitcher (Sam Hockenebrry) threw the ball well.”

Post 33’s Bryan Pierro lined a shot down the third base line to open the seventh inning in Game 1 and only a good play by Hockenberry kept Pierro on first.

John Linn sacrificed him to second and, with Justin Corsi at the dish, Pierro took third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.

Weirton took a 1-0 lead in the second when Matt Cessna doubled and scored one out later in a groundout by Mario Lombardi.

Post 33 tied it up in the fifth. Branden Jones walked and Gino Pierro and Bryan Pierro hit back-to-back singles.

Weirton jumped on Corsi, making his first start on the mound in nearly two months, in the first inning.

Kelaen Welch reached on an error and was brought home on Will Bowser’s triple. Cessna’s singled plated Bowser and Cessna scored on Lombardi’s double.

Weirton added two in the second off Devin Ferguson.

Patrick Reardon singled and was sacificed to second. Kyle Woodruff walked and both came home on Welch’s double.

Post 33 scored three of its own in the first. Bryan Pierro doubled and scored on Niko Petrides’ groundout. Jimmy Bolyog doubled with two outs and trotted home on Pat Pizzoferrato’s home run.

It scored one in the second when Bryan Pierro singled and eventually scored on two errors. Pizzoferrato singled with one out in the third. Kai McClurg followed with a single and, one out later, Paul Runkel’s double scored Pizzoferrato.

“I can’t complain with nine guys who played hard all day,” said Post 10 coach Bill Magnone. “We played well all day. We played defense well and hit the ball well in the second game.

“Sam pitched a heck of a game and that really helped us. He got ahead in the count and threw strikes. He made them earn everything they got.”

Bowser, the hard-luck loser in Game 1, came in with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh and exited only allowing a sacrifice fly to grab the save in Game 2.

Weirton scored three times in the fourth inning to break the 3-3 tie.

Woodruff walked with one out. Welch singled, Bowser singled to score Woodruff and, one out later, Mitch Viakley’s double brought home Welch and Cessna, who reached on a fielder’s choice.

Post 10 added insurance runs in the seventh when Lombardi scored on a Hockenberry single and Reardon on a Woodruff sacrifice fly.

“We’re playing doubleheaders where we play good one game and terrible the next,” said Magnone. “Hopefully, we’ll pull it together here with the tournament coming up.

“Right now it’s definitely a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde thing. It’s kind of a who’s-going-to-show-up-when type of thing. I wish it wasn’t like that, but it is. It’s summer ball.”

The teams are at it again for one game at 1 p.m. today at Bowman Field.

“We’re going to throw names in a hat and pull one out to see who pitches tomorrow,” Magnone said with a laugh. “We have guys who can throw.”

Post 33 begins its Region 7 tournament Monday.

“Today was a day when we wanted to set our pitching for the tournament,” said Stacy. “We had that long layoff on the July 4th weekend.

“Devin Ferguson hasn’t pitched for a while and we’re going to need him. We had a game canceled against Wayne County, which was a little trying, so we wanted to get Devin 50 pitches.

“We wanted Justin Corsi to get on the mound. He hasn’t been on the mound since the beginning of the year. We wanted him to throw an inning to see how he felt.

“Runkel was on five or six days rest and we didn’t want him to wait any longer to pitch. We wanted to get him a certain amount of pitching.”