Bigler Buccos defeated by DuBois Rockets|
Friday, June 15, 2012
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
BIGLER - The amount of errors a baseball team makes can largely play a part in wins and losses. Unfortunately for the Bigler Buccos, manager Andy Turner likes to say they "will kill you every time."
Bigler made five errors on Thursday evening, including four in the second inning. Meanwhile, DuBois pounded 14 hits on its way to crushing the Buccos, 13-2, in a Federation League game.
"They're a heck of a ball team," said Turner. "You can't take anything away from them. They hit the ball, and that's what you're supposed to do."
Starting pitcher Wes McGarry set the Rockets down in the first inning after only giving up one hit.
In the bottom of the frame, leadoff hitter Nate Bumbarger started with a walk in the bottom half and stole second base on the first pitch to designated hitter Shae Best.
The DuBois catcher threw the ball into centerfield trying to catch Bumbarger stealing, allowing Bumbarger to advance to third. Then, Best drove a single to center off DuBois starting pitcher Kevin Gnacinski to give the Buccos a 1-0 lead.
However, the aforementioned top of the second inning turned out to be sloppy for the Buccos.
The result of the four errors and four DuBois hits was the Rockets scoring five runs in the inning with all of them being unearned. McGarry left the mound after the inning due to a sore arm and traded places with Bumbarger.
In the bottom of the third inning, Kevin Wood and Bumbarger each had singles to put runners at first and second base. Then, Best hit a line drive to center field for a base hit.
Wood was waved home, but Rocket center fielder Sean Sleigh gunned down Wood at the plate for the assist. A groundout ended the inning to keep the score at 5-1.
In the top of the fourth with no outs and a runner on first, Sean Zimmerman ripped a double into the deepest part of the yard in center field to bring Mario Gregorio home. A Ben McGary single brought home Sean Zimmerman.
On the next batter, Matt Zimmerman grounded into a fielder's choice. After he stole second, Gnacinski blasted a double to put the Rockets up 8-1.
The Buccos threatened again with the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the fifth.
Best hit a laser right to shortstop Chris Szafran. Szafran threw to third base to double off the runner and escape the inning unscathed.
DuBois added five more runs in the top of the sixth off four hits and another Bigler error. Sean Zimmerman hit his second double of the game in the inning. He was 3-for-5 with three RBIs in the game.
The Buccos would not end the game without a highlight of their own, as Turner slapped a ball that was estimated at about 360 feet down the left field line for a solo homer. The bomb made the score 13-2.
"It was a fastball and it felt amazing. I was going for 500 feet, but this will work," said Turner jokingly.
Bigler dropped to 1-9 on the season and travels to Brookville on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Szafran ss 5021, Yeager c 2110, Gregorio c 1110, S. Zimmerman 1b-p 5133, Sleigh cf 4110, McGary rf-1b 4231, M. Zimmerman lf 4311, Gnacinski p 4211, Mattern rf 1000, Sutika 2b 2101, Kriner 3b 4112. Totals: 36-13-14-10.
Bumbarger cf-p 1110, K. Jury 1b 1000, Best dh 3021, McGarry p-cf 0000, Hoover ss 3000, Turner c-p 3111, Krise rf 3000, J. Lippert 1b-c 3000, Smith 3b 1000, Flood 3b 2020, Wood 2b 3010, Kraus lf 3010. Totals: 26-2-8-2.
Score by Innings
DuBois 050 305 0-13 14 1
Bigler 100 001 0-2 8 5
Errors-Yeager; Wood 2, Kraus, Smith 2. LOB-DuBois 11, Bigler 5. DP-DuBois 1. 2B-S. Zimmerman 2, Gnacinski; Flood. HR-Turner (solo, 6th inning). SF-Kriner. SB-M. Zimmerman, Bumbarger. HBP-Gregorio (by Bumbarger), Sleigh (by Bumbarger), M. Zimmerman (by Turner).
DuBois: Gnacinski-5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO; S. Zimmerman-2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO.
Bigler: McGarry-2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO; Bumbarger-4 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO; Turner-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO.
WP-Gnacinski. LP-McGarry (1-1).