MARTINS FERRY — Two gamers who weren’t in St. Clairsville’s beginning lineup got here up big Monday after they have been inserted into Monday’s sport with Martins Ferry. Luke Jozwiak and Caleb Prepare dinner, each left-handed pinch-hitters, have been key elements within the Pink Devils’ 2-1 come-from-behind victory excessive atop the Purple Metropolis.
Trailing 1-Zero with one out within the prime of the sixth inning, Jozwiak despatched a seeing-eye single by way of the left aspect of the infield. He was changed on the basepaths as Mason Myers, whom he had hit for, re-entered. Drew Sefsick, St. Clairsville’s No. eight hitter, lined a 2-1 pitch from hard-luck loser Colby Shriver that discovered chalk down the leftfield line as Myers chugged all the best way round with out a throw to even issues. Prepare dinner then sliced a 1-2 pitch to left that was deep sufficient to plate Sefsick with the eventual game-winner.
“I simply advised our crew that I can’t say sufficient in regards to the jobs Luke (Jozwiak) and Caleb (Prepare dinner) did in pinch-hit roles,” veteran St. Clairsville (2-2) head coach Tom Sliva stated. “Luke began the inning with a single and Caleb places the ball in play with two strikes. These have been each excellent jobs.
“There are 13 of us (on the roster) and we talked about everybody being part of this crew,” Sliva added. “That’s what occurred in the present day.”
The win got here regardless of leaving 11 runners on base, together with the bases-loaded within the first, fourth and seventh innings.
“We really feel like we’ve left on greater than some small city’s inhabitants,” Sliva stated of the stranded runners. “We’ve completed it in each sport up to now, however it (the bats) will come round. We’ve received plenty of younger guys which might be enjoying varsity ball for the primary time and so they have seen some guys pitching to them and never simply throwing.”
All of the whereas, senior Tyler Tonkovich was protecting the Purple Riders (Three-1) at bay. He retired 9 of the primary 10 batters he confronted and threw 107 pitches, with 75 being strikes.
“How are you going to ask for a greater outing than that,” Sliva stated of Tonkovich’s complete-game effort. “He was within the 90s (pitches thrown) and we requested him (within the seventh) if he needed the ball, and he stated ‘sure.’ That’s the kind of athlete he’s.”
The hard-throwing righty completed with seven strikeouts and simply two walks. He scattered six hits and received himself out of a bases-loaded, one-out scenario within the fourth with back-to-back punchouts.
He additionally stranded a pair within the fifth after yielding the lone run on Connor Probst’s sacrifice fly to middle that drove in Kameron Hughes.
“Pitching within the (Division II) state semifinals two years in the past actually gave Tyler plenty of confidence,” Sliva famous. “He’s an actual gutsy child. He’s a battler. He actually competes each time he steps between the traces.”
Shriver fanned six, walked 5, hit a pair and gave up 5 hits. He threw 122 pitches with 71 strikes.
“That was two actually good groups … two actually good pitchers,” Martins Ferry head coach Anthony Reasbeck stated. “There was a Texas bleeder … I don’t know the way that occurred and so they hit the (leftfield) line. It that doiesn’t occur we win 1-Zero, however it did and it’ll. That’s baseball.
“It can occur for us a while however I do know one factor, we’re a greater crew than we have been three hours in the past,” Reasbeck continued. “I wanted to see how we might react to adversity. We’re a greater crew proper now due to the best way we competed in the present day.”
Braylon Blomquist led St. Clairsville with a single and double.
Shriver had a single and double.
St. Clairsville hosts Steubenville in the present day at Memorial Park earlier than welcoming the Purple Riders on Wednesday.
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