CLASS B Livi Steel, Mink Financial grab advantage in series
Five errors proved quite costly to Astro Falcons.
STRUTHERS -- Livi Steel took advantage of five Astro Falcon errors to score seven unearned runs Thursday and win the first game of their second-round, best-of-three Class B League playoff series, 7-3, at Cene Park.
Game 2 begins today at 6 p.m.
A pair of passed balls put the Falcons ahead, 1-0, in the second inning.
A two-base error preceded Jake Abbott's double that tied the game in the fifth inning. Chester Kirkwood's single scored Abbott with Livi's go-ahead run.
Livi sent 10 men to the plate and scored five times in the sixth inning. Brock Stevens, Abbott and Dan Morrison had hits.
Astro scored twice on a sixth-inning single by Jesse D'Amico and a groundout by Joe Irwin. Winning pitcher Derek Sumner settled down to retire the last five men to end the game.
Sumner went the distance allowing two earned runs. He had nine strikeouts.
Drew Turocy had two hits for the Falcons. Joe Kohler went the first six innings in defeat. He allowed no earned runs and struck out five.
Mink 9, Rondinelli 4
Mink Financial used a 13-hit attack and a five-run fourth inning to take Game 1.
Game 2 begins tonight at 8.
Ryan Myers went the first five innings to earn the pitching win, allowing one run on five hits.
Myers also singled and doubled while Brett Grabman and Dave Piersante added two hits each.
Matt Katich had a pair of hits for Rondinelli while Vince Riola started and suffered the loss. He went the first 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits.
Piersante drove home the first run of the game with a two-out single in the third.
Mink scored five times in the fourth inning and three were unearned runs. Grabman doubled and brought home by Lonnie McQueen's single.
Following a walk to Mike Brown, Kevin Lee hit a potential double play grounder to short but the throw to second base was wild, allowing two runs to score. Piersante followed with a RBI single.
In the seventh inning, Cameron Cimino singled to bring in two runs for Rondinelli. McQueen took over on the mound to get the final two outs on a strikeout and a flyout.