West Branch rallies back to top Tyrone, 12-8
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor ALLPORT - It's been the story of the West Branch baseball team's season.
Go down by a ton of runs, then rally back to tie it. Then there was usually a 50-50 chance the Warriors could pull it out in the later innings.
The same story repeated itself on Monday afternoon as West Branch went down early, then needed some sixth-inning heroics to topple visiting Tyrone, 12-8, on Senior Day.
"In the middle of the game there when we gave up the big inning, it just looked like another picture of what's been happening to us all year long," said Warriors head coach Dave Learish.
"This team has the potential to do what they did today. Hopefully, we can get some momentum and carry it into next year."
West Branch trailed as much as 8-3 in the game, before putting together three straight innings of runs en route to the win.
The Warriors also got a solid relief performance from Nate Kerlin, who threw four innings and picked up the win.
"Nate was dead-on today," Learish said. "He pitched awesome in relief."
Eight different West Branch batters had hits in the game, including three each from Conor Myers and Josh Lannen. Cam Lytle added two hits.
Warrior starter Robbie Pearce started on the mound, and pitched a solid game. Errors in both the second and third innings led to four unearned runs, giving the Eagles an 8-3 advantage.
Despite the issues Pearce had on the mound, the senior did have a triple in the bottom of the second that tied the game at 3-3.
He, along with Kerlin and Zach McGonigal, are the lone seniors on the team.
"I think Robbie pitched pretty well," said Learish. "He was around the plate. He didn't get some calls he probably should have.
"I told these guys there is so much evenness on this team, I feel like the Pirates last year. We can plug guys in, and we are going to get similar results.
"Robbie had a nice hit there. I hated to take him out, but then Mark (Glace) came right in and got us a hit there that scored a run."
West Branch inched closer to the lead in the bottom of the fourth, as Tyrone brought in Jake Dorminy to relieve starter Tristan Lingafelt.
Lannen led off the frame with a single, moving to second on an error in the outfield. He then went to third on a wild pitch. He was plated on a sacrifice fly from Brandon Zwick.
Lytle drew a walk and scored from first on a double by Glace, who had replaced Pearce in the lineup in right field.
A single from Jesse Martin trimmed the lead down to 8-6. Martin tried to stretch the single into a double, but was thrown out at second. Glace scored before the out and the run counted.
"They battled back today," said Learish. "We got some clutch hits. The first pitcher was throwing really well, and we got some key hits off of him. I was proud to see that. We battled right back. Every time Tyrone scored, we came right back.
"It was a good fight."
The Warriors tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. One of those runs came on two errors in the frame for the Eagles, while the other was on a Lytle RBI single.
After Kerlin pitched a scoreless sixth, West Branch headed to the bottom of the frame looking for some runs.
The Warriors didn't take long to get the first one, as two straight errors put runners on the corners.
A single by Myers scored McGonigal, before a single by Lannen scored Vince McDowell and Myers.
West Branch took a 12-8 lead on the final hit of the game for the Warriors, as Zwick singled home Lannen.
Zwick led the team with three RBIs. Lannen and Lytle each had two.
"These guys can play this game," Learish. "Once we solidify some defensive errors and mental mistakes and work through all that, I think we could put together a season these guys could be proud of."
Kerlin allowed two singles before getting a strikeout and two popups to set the final. He finished the day with three strikeouts while allowing just two hits and one walk.
West Branch improved to 7-10 overall. The Warriors travel to Harmony this afternoon for a makeup game, which begins at 3.
Miller cf 5112, Dorminy 2b-p-2b 3010, Lingafelt p-2b-ss 4012, Focht 3b 4010, N. Soellner ss-p 3100, Z. Soellner 1b 2220, Wirtner c 3220, Steinbugl lf 0000, Politza dh 3213, Brenneman rf 2011, Hunter ph 1000. Totals: 30-8-10-8.
Martin lf 4011, Guenot c 0000, McGonigal dh 4100, McDowell 3b 4100, Myers cf 4231, Kerlin rf-p 4210, Lannen ss 3332, Zwick 2b 2013, Lytle 1b 3222, Pearce p 1011, Glace rf 2111. Totals: 31-12-13-11.
Score by Innings
West Branch ÁÁ030Á324Áx-12Á13Á2
Errors-Focht 2, Z. Soellner, N. Soellner, Steinbugl; Myers 2. LOB-Tyrone 8, West Branch 5. 2B-Lannen, Glace. 3B-Pearce. SF-Politza, Brenneman; Zwick 2. SAC-Lannen. SB-Z. Soellner, Wirtner. HBP-Dorminy (by Pearce). WP-Lingafelt 2, Dorminy, N. Soellner; Pearce 2, Kerlin.
Tyrone: Lingafelt-3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO; Dorminy-2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO; N. Soellner-1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
West Branch: Pearce-3 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO; Kerlin-4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.
WP-Kerlin (2-3). LP-N. Soellner.