SANDLOT BASEBALL Mink Financial sweeps past R &amp; amp;J in Class B playoffs
Livi Steel evened its series with Wharmby Sports, 10-9.
STRUTHERS -- Mink Financial defeated R & amp; J Trucking 5-4 to sweep their first round Class B League playoff series Monday night at Cene Park.
Corey Vukovic went the first 52/3 innings for the win.
He had seven strikeouts and allowed four runs.
Ryan Myers earned the save, getting out of a jam with the tying run at third in the top of the seventh.
Lonnie McQueen paced Mink with a single and a double, while Kevin Lee had an RBI double and Chris Pechalk and Brett Grabman had RBI singles.
R & amp; J only had five hits in the game, but they were all for extra bases.
Losing pitcher Joe Fox had an inside the park home run in the third, and tossed a complete game in defeat.
He had eight strikeouts and allowed three earned runs.
Ed Rohan and Joe Rosko had back-to-back doubles in the fourth for the second R & amp; J run, and Rohan drove home R & amp; J's third run with a triple, and scored the last on a sacrifice fly by Rosko.
Mink will face either Astro Falcons or Rondinelli Tuxedo in the next round beginning Wednesday.
Livi Steel 10, Wharmby Sports 9
Tony Pozega hit a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to cap a four run rally for Livi Steel, which evened the series.
Game three is tonight at 8 at Cene Park.
For Livi, Manoli Pahoulis had three hits, while Stephen Hermann added a single and a double.
Wharmby's had 18 hits. J
essie Alfreno and Tom Popadak had three each, while Jake Gross, Josh Fyffe, Lou Kopachy, John Warren, Kyle Milbert, and Billy Herman each had two.
Herman had a solo homer.
Derek Sumner was the winner in relief as he went 21/3 innings, allowing one earned run.
Jarryd Summers suffered the loss in relief.
He allowed six runs, five earned in 32/3 innings.
Wharmby Sports 3, Livi Steel 2
In game one of the series played Sunday, Wharmby scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
The game was a pitching duel between Jake Abbott of Livi and Tom Popadak of Wharmby.
Popadak went the first 62/3 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits.
He had five strikeouts.
Abbott tossed a complete game, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits.
He had seven strikeouts.
Stephen Hermann had a double and a single for Livi, while Lou Kopachy had a double and a single for Wharmby.
Billy Herman and JC McCoy also had two hits for the winners.
Jim Jaskowak got the win in relief.
Cameron Konop hit a two out double in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Andy Onufrak with the winning run as the Astro Falcons defeated R & amp; J Trucking 10-9 in game one of the best-of-five Class Little b championship series at Cene Park.
Game two is tonight at 6 at Cene Park.
Drew Turocy had four hits to pace the 15-hit Astro attack.
Marc Turnbull added three singles, while Onufrak and Mike Dota had a pair of safeties.
Jason Simons tossed 61/3 innings in relief for the win.
He allowed two earned runs and had five strikeouts.
Matt Yarab, Steve McNeely, and Greg Brown had two hits each for R & amp; J Trucking, who had 13 hits in the contest.
Ed Rohan had three RBIs while Geoff Marple suffered the defeat in relief of Mark Carrocce.
R & amp; J Trucking 8,L.F. Wolf Contracting 3
R & amp; J Trucking got a complete-game performance from Greg Brown to win the series late Sunday. Brown allowed two earned runs and had seven strikeouts.
Geoff Marple had a double and a single with three RBIs, while Mark Lapikas added two hits.
Cory Johnson had two singles, while C. David Schafer added a single and a double for Wolf.