Rossiter defeats Bigler, 10-1, in Federation League action|
Monday, June 11, 2012
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
BIGLER - There is no secret to the fact that a hard-throwing pitcher can be the toughest pitcher to face. If one wasn't hard enough for the Bigler Buccos on Sunday evening, Rossiter had the luxury of two flame-throwers in Braedon Pennington and Pete Meterko.
It also didn't help that the Miners brought their bats with them as they banged out 12 hits to beat Bigler, 10-1, in a Federation League contest.
"Both of their pitchers threw hard," said Bigler manager Andy Turner. "But, we were just looking at way too many nice pitches."
Jake Stumpf led off the game on a hard-hit ball to center field for a double. After a single from Meterko to put runners at the corners, Bigler starting pitcher Garrett LaBorde uncorked a wild pitch. Catcher Shae Best quickly ran down the ball at the backstop and tagged Stumpf sliding into home plate to keep Rossiter off the board.
Like the top of the first inning for Rossiter, the Buccos led off their half-inning on a double from Nate Bumbarger. But, Pennington stranded Bumbarger at second base after two strikeouts and a groundout. It was the only hit Pennington allowed in his three innings of work.
Rossiter cracked the run column in the top of the second, as it scored three runs off two hits and two Bucco errors in the frame.
The Miners added another run in the third inning to make it 4-0. Pennington and Dakota Bish led off the inning with singles. After a fielder's choice and a walk, Taylor Neal hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Pennington.
Bigler earned its run in the fourth inning off Meterko in his first inning of relief.
Christian Flood led off the frame with a walk and moved to third on a Shane Hoover single. On the next batter, Turner hit a ground ball to third that led to a 5-4-3 double play to score Flood.
With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the fifth, Stumpf grounded to shortstop for a fielder's choice to make the score 5-1. After Stumpf moved to second on a catcher's indifference, an error cost Bigler the chance for the third out and allowed two runs to score on the play to make it 7-1.
In the sixth inning with two outs and a runner on first base, Austin Furman hit a double to left field that almost made it out of the park. Bish came home all the way from first base on the hit.
Furman was 3-for-5 with two RBIs on the day.
LaBorde threw six innings and gave up only four earned runs in the contest.
"You could tell he was getting tired, but he pitched a nice game," said Turner. "Where we're at now, we just need to get good pitching. It's obvious after the Sykesville game that our pitching is big."
Bigler threatened in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, Hoover, Turner and Best all hit singles to load the bases. However, Meterko struck out the side to end the rally.
Bumbarger was brought to the mound, in favor of LaBorde for the seventh inning. Rossiter earned two hits and scored two runs in the frame.
The Buccos were set down in order to end the game in the bottom half of the seventh.
The Buccos dropped to 1-7 on the season. They travel to DuBois Central Catholic High School on Tuesday to face NAPA.
Stumpf cf 4311, K. Neal 2b 5010, Meterko ss-p 5110, Skerkavich 1b 4021, Pennington p 3110, Kachmar lf 1000, Bish c 3221, Furman rf 5232, Bishop 3b 1100, Fegley 3b 1000, T. Neal lf-ss 2011. Totals: 34-10-12-6.
Bumbarger cf-p 4010, Flood 2b 2100, Hoover ss 3020, Turner dh 3010, LaBorde p-cf 0000, Best c 3010, K. Jury 1b 2000, Krise rf 3000, J. Lippert 3b 1000, Wood 3b 2000, Kraus lf 3010. Totals: 26-1-6-0.
Score by Innings
Rossiter 031 031 2-10 12 0
Bigler 000 100 0-1 6 5
Errors-Hoover, J. Lippert 2, Bumbarger, Best. LOB-Rossiter 12, Bigler 6. DP-Rossiter 1, Bigler 1. 2B-Stumpf, Furman; Bumbarger. SF-T. Neal. SB-Stumpf, Skerkavich. CS-Stumpf (by Best), Skerkavich (by Best).
Rossiter: Pennington-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO; Meterko-4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO.
Bigler: LaBorde-6 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 4 SO; Bumbarger-1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.
WP-Meterko. LP-LaBorde (0-1).