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SANDLOT BASEBALL R & amp;J earns 6-1 win in NABF opener



Published: Fri, July 22, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Rondinelli Tuxedo lost its first game, 5-0.

STRUTHERS -- R & amp;J Trucking broke up a 1-1 tie as it scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to post a 6-1 victory over Seneca Valley in the NABF Senior (18 and under) Regional Tournament at Cene Park.

Jim Fox of R & amp;J, a Class B League team, pitched a complete game as he scattered four hits and struck out six to pick up the win.

R & amp;J Trucking scored the five runs in the sixth on a pair of walks, error, sacrifice and singles by Billy Messner, Jim Pasquine and Tony Pozega.

The winners took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Ed Rohan singled.

Matt Yarab reached first base on a fielder's choice, stoke a base and scored on a single by C.J. Morris.

Jim Burry singled and scored on an error for Seneca Valley's only run in the third inning.

Ohio Yankees 5, Rondinelli 0

The Yankees' Ryan France scattered four hits with eight strikeouts in pitching a complete-game shutout for the win.

Rondinelli's Dan Babyak led off the fifth inning with a single and Matt Katich reached base on an error.

A strikeout and two fly outs ended the threat.

Ohio Yankees put the contest away as it scored three runs in the sixth on a walk, error and singles by Ryan France, Nick Haught and Ryan Bartolon, who also doubled in the fourth.

In another game, the Ontario, Canada Astros upended Hempfield 12-1.

Juniors

STRUTHERS -- The first game of the NABF Junior Division (16 & amp; under) went 12 innings.

When it was over, Astro Falcons of the Class Little b League lost to Buffalo Mustangs 3-2.

In another first round contest, the Little b's Wolf Contracting was handed a 11-1 setback by Huntington in five innings.

Winning pitcher John Rapp of Buffalo was walked leading off the bottom of the 12th inning. He moved to third on a single by Jack Lepage and scored on a single by Tom Dee.

Rapp, in relief, pitched three innings, allowed two hits and struck out two.

The Falcons, behind 2-0, scored a run in the fourth inning, then tied the score in the sixth as Kolten Hoffman singled, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly.

Lepage and Tom Reiker each had three singles for Buffalo. Konop paced the Falcons with a pair of singles.

Huntington 11, Wolf 1

Huntington, which scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, ended the abbreviated five inning game as it scored the deciding run in the fifth.

Pat Arnold led Huntington with a triple, two singles and he scored twice and drove in a run. Cam Dunlavy collected three singles, scored three times and drove in two runs. Jason McGinnis hit a pair of singles and scored twice.

Kyle Blank worked four innings, allowed two hits and struck out three to pick up the win.

Tyrone Wright, the losing pitcher, led Wolf with a double.




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