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AUSTINTOWN, OHIO- The Austintown-Fitch Falcons fought back after falling down by five runs in the sixth inning. The comeback fell just short though, in a 6-5 defeat to Hubbard on Saturday.

The Falcons scored four runs in the failed comeback on a double by Frank Senediak, a single by Drew Kaschak, a single by Carson Fuller, and a wild pitch during Rocco DiFlorio’s at bat.

The Falcons couldn’t keep up with Hubbard early in the game as the Eagles took the lead on a groundout in the first inning when Gabe Rusnak grounded out, scoring one run.

The Falcons responded by putting up four runs in the seventh inning as the big inning was driven by singles by Kaschak and Fuller, by DiFlorio, and a double by Senediak.

Andrew Kali pitched Hubbard to victory as the fireballer allowed nine hits and five runs over six and a third innings, striking out three.  Braydon Songer threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen.

Hubbard also scattered seven hits in the game. Songer and Kali all managed multiple hits for Hubbard. The Falcons collected nine hits. Kaschak and Jackson Cheeks all had multiple hits and Kaschak went 3-for-3 to lead things at the plate. Frank Pugliese was on the mound for the Falcons as the bulldog went two innings, allowing four runs on four hits and striking out two. Nik Kyprianou and John Darnley entered the game as relief, throwing four innings and one inning respectively.

Hubbard will return to play on Monday when they travel to Lakeview to face off against the Bulldogs. Austintown-Fitch will try and get back on the winning track when they travel to take on the Canfield Cardinals on Monday. 


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