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Mink sweeps Livi for Class B crown



Published: Tue, July 12, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Astro Falcons finished second in the Mantle Tournament.

STRUTHERS -- Before Game 3 of the Class B Baseball Championship best-of-five series began, Mink Financial players had one thing on their mind -- sweep.

Mink manager Tom Otto took a broom onto the field with him for his pregame pep talk. As they have for 12-straight games, Mink's players responded with a 7-2 victory over Livi Steel for a three-game sweep.

Mink produced another good pitching performance, this time it was a complete game effort by Ryan Myers.

They also did not commit an error in the field (they only had two in the series in the first inning of game one), and made the big hit when needed. (Livi was only 2-18 with men in scoring position in the series).

A lead off walk in the first inning followed by a sacrifice bunt by Dave Piersante and a run scoring single by Myers put Mink ahead, 1-0.

In the third inning, a leadoff walk to Piersante and a one-out single by Myers put two runners on.

Lonnie McQueen tripled up the right-centerfield alley, driving home a pair. McQueen scored when the relay throw went into the dugout.

A single by Kolten Morrison plated Kevin Lee with the fourth run of the frame and a 5-0 lead.

Stephen Hermann led off the Livi fourth with a single and scored on a triple by Brock Stevens, one of his two hits in the contest. A Tony Pozega sacrifice fly cut the Mink lead to 5-2.

Mink scored two more times in the bottom of the sixth but those runs were not needed. After the triple by Stevens in the fourth, Myers retired the next 10 batters before a two-out single by Billy Messer in the seventh inning. The next man hit a popup to make Mink champions.

In addition to the complete game with two strikeouts, Myers also had three hits while McQueen had a pair.

Losing pitcher Scott Wildeson tossed a complete game with three strikeouts. He walked five.

R & amp;J Trucking 3,Wharmby Sports 2

The win gives R & amp;J Trucking a berth in the NABF Senior Regional tournament.

Jim Pasquine drove home one run with a single in the first inning. His double in the third drove home the tying and go-ahead runs.

Lou Coppola tossed a complete game with five strikeouts for the win.

For Wharmby, Lou Kopachy's single scored its first run. A home run by Jesse Alfreno in the second gave Wharmby a 2-1 lead.

Andy Chrobak went the distance in the loss, allowing two earned runs with five strikeouts.

Mantle Tournament

STRUTHERS -- North Coast Buckeyes overcame an early 4-0 deficit to win the championship game the 13th annual Ohio State Mickey Mantle (15-16) Baseball Tournament with a 12-4 victory over Astro Falcons.

The Falcons took a early 4-0 lead before the North Coast Buckeyes scored twice in the third and six in the fourth.

Both teams, along with third-place finisher Thunder Select, qualified for regional competition at Amelia that begins on July 25.

Today at 11 a.m., Rondinelli Tuxedo and the Boys of Summer 16s will play for the final regional spot.

Boys defeated Strongsville 14-13 in eight innings to advance to play Rondinelli for the final Regional spot.

Andy Onufrak and Cameron Konop drove in runs in the three- run second inning for the Astros.

Corey Sayers of North Coast hit a two-run home run in the third to cut the margin to 4-2.

The Buckeyes batted around in the fourth inning, scoring six times. Alan James hit a bases-loaded triple to key the six-run inning.

Tyler Newhart came on in relief in the fourth inning and allowed just two Astro hits over the final 32/3 innings for the win. He had seven strikeouts.

Bill Ains had three hits for the winners while Allan James, Kyle Sonagre and Mitch Rippee had two hits each.

Onufrak, Konop, and Mike Dota had two hits each for the Astro while Brian Fox suffered the loss on the mound. He allowed six runs in three plus innings of work.

North Coast 18,Rondinelli 3

The North Coast Buckeyes moved into the championship game with a 17-hit attack in knocking off Rondinelli Tuxedo.

Tyler Rippee's five hits included two doubles and he pitched the first four innings for the win.

He had four strikeouts and did not allow an earned run. Adam Hood added three hits for the winners.

Astro Falcons 11,Boys of Summer 16s 1

Astro moved into the title game with the 11-1 win over the Boys of Summer 16s. Konop had three hits while Onufrak added two for Astro.

Mike Dota had four runs batted in while Steve Schoenfeld tossed a three-hitter with five strikeouts for the win.

Class AA

Mark Nightingale, Rick Gozur and Hogie Walley each had two hits as Bud's/DiCioccio defeated Bazetta-Cortland Optimists, 11-9.

Mark Yartz, Ryan Monti and Brandon Hillman each had two hits for the Optimists.

Bud's/DiCioccio 9,Gibson/Governor 2

Frankie Santore's three hits led Bud's offense. Nightingale and Paul Yates each had two RBIs.

Willie Sly had two hits for Gibson.

Warren Penn-Ohio 10,Bud's/DiCioccio 6

Steve Liebal had two hits for the winners.

Nightingale, Anthony Albanese, Joe Marzano and Jordan Rogers each had two hits for Bud's.




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