Denny's downs Bigler, 4-2|
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
By Rich Murawski Assistant Sports Editor
BIGLER - The Denny's Beer Barrel Pub Federation League baseball team certainly has a flair for the dramatic against Bigler. Denny's trailed Bigler in all three previous meetings, only to pull things out in the late innings - including two walk-off wins.
And Denny's was at it again Tuesday at Bigler Community Field, scoring three times in the top of the seventh to erase a 2-1 deficit and pull out a 4-2 victory.
"They always pull it out in the seventh," Bigler catcher Andy Turner said. "They just always get us in the seventh."
"We battled back like we always seem to do against them," said Clearfield catcher Thomas Yeager. "They played a good game."
Derek Danver got the seventh-inning rally started with a base hit to left field off Bigler starter Craig Callovini, who held Denny's to one run on six hits through his first six innings of work.
Yeager walked on four pitches after showing bunt on the first two, and Adam Jury followed with a base hit that plated Danver to tie things up at 2.
Andrew Redden moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt, and Philip Solley's fly ball to center field produced a pair of runs when the Bigler outfielder had the ball pop out of his glove.
Solley was credited with an RBI on a sacrifice fly, while the second run that scored on the play was unearned.
Corey Bookhamer pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh to finish off a complete-game victory.
Bookhamer gave up two runs on seven hits, while fanning 10 Bigler batters.
"Bookie pitched his best game all year," Yeager said. "He kept us in it."
The Clearfield lefty was in cruise control early, facing just one batter over the minimum through four innings. He struck out nine of the first 13 Buccos he faced, while surrendering just a second-inning single to Tim Martin and a fourth-inning base knock to Paul Hahn.
Yeager caught Martin stealing in the second to erase him from the base paths.
While Bookhamer was dominant, Bigler hurler Callovini was putting together his own gem.
After surrendering a run in the first inning when Jury's single knocked in Danver, who led off the game with a double, Callovini tossed five shutout innings.
He pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the second and got three straight outs in the fifth after walking Jury and allowing him to move to second on a wild pitch.
Callovini gave up four runs - three earned - on nine hits. He walked four batters and struck out three.
"Craig pitched a very good game," Turner said. "He kept his pitches down. He just got a little tired in the seventh and they couldn't have been in a better part of their lineup."
Bigler took the lead in the bottom of the fifth, where it collected four hits and plated two runs.
Martin led off with a single and stole second before Tyler Jacobson and Turner followed with consecutive singles to load the bases.
Kurtis Krise hit into a 4-6-3 double play turned by Danver, Jury and Cory Bailor. Martin scored on the twin-killing and Jacobson advanced to third.
Chuck Kraus gave the Buccos the lead with a base hit, but was picked off by Bookhamer four pitches later to end the inning.
Bookhamer did not allow another base runner the rest of the way until Jacobson's two-out single in the seventh, but Yeager picked the Bucco off first with a snap throw from behind the plate to end it.
Danver was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored to lead the Denny's offense. Danver has a team-best 25 runs scored and nine doubles.
Jury added two hits and two RBIs to raise his average to .500 (27-for-54). He also leads the team in RBIs with 22.
With the win, Denny's improved to 17-6. They host DuBois this evening in a continuation of a game suspended earlier in the season.
Bigler (5-17) also picks up a suspended game today, traveling to Brookville to resume a contest it leads 5-1.
PINCH HITS: Denny's topped Bigler, 5-4, in each of the first two meetings between the teams this season after the Buccos took 4-0 leads in both games. Bigler also held a 3-2 lead in the third contest before falling, 5-3.
Denny's Beer Barrell Pub-4
Danver 2b 3230, Yeager c 2100, Jury ss 3122, Redden dh 3010, Bookhamer p 0000, Solley rf 3001, Bailor 1b 4010, Sutika 3b 3000, Zimmermann ph 1000, McGary lf 3010, Zurat pr 0000, Billotte cf 3010. Totals: 28-4-9-3.
Fulmer ss 3000, Kubala 1b 3000, Hahn 3b 3010, Callovini p 3000, Martin cf 3120, Jacobson 2b 3120, Turner c 2010, Krise rf 2000, Kraus lf 2011. Totals: 24-2-7-1.
Score by Innings
Denny's 100 000 3-4 9 0
Bigler 000 020 0-2 7 1
Error-Martin. LOB-Denny's 9, Bigler 1. DP-Denny's. 2B-Danver 2, Billotte. SAC-Redden. SF-Solley. SB-Martin. CS-Zurat (by Turner); Martin (by Yeager). WP-Callovini 2. PB-Turner.
Denny's: Bookhamer-7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO.
Bigler: Callovini-7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO.