STRUTHERS OH- Western Reserve and Springfield traded the lead back-and-forth on Friday, but eventually the Blue Devils prevailed 9-8. The game was tied at eight with Western Reserve batting in the top of the tenth when an error scored one run.
There was plenty of action on the basepaths as Western Reserve collected 11 hits and Springfield had ten.
Springfield opened up an early lead in the first inning when Jackson Ensley was hit by a pitch, driving in a run.
Springfield knotted the game up at eight in the bottom of the eighth inning. They scored one run when Vinny Woods singled.
Hunter Stacy was the winning pitcher for the Blue Devils. The lefty surrendered zero runs on two hits over two innings, striking out four and walking zero. Evan Slaven threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Parker Dobson took the loss for Springfield. The hurler went two and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out two.
Vance Story started the game for Western Reserve. Story went five innings, allowing four runs on four hits and striking out four.
Braden Butler started the game for Springfield. The bulldog went seven and a third innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out three
The Blue Devils racked up 11 hits on the day. Stacy and Slaven each had multiple hits. Slaven and Stacy each collected two hits to lead. Western Reserve stole ten bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Stacy led the way with four.
Springfield saw the ball well today, racking up ten hits in the game. Seandelle Gardner, Woods, and Ryan Matey each collected multiple hits. Gardner went 3-for-5 at the plate to lead Springfield in hits. Springfield tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Gardner led the way with four.
Western Reserve weathered a push by Springfield in the sixth inning where they coughed up three runs, but Western Reserve still won 9-4 on Friday.
Western Reserve got things moving in the first inning, when Hunter Stacy singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.
After Springfield scored three runs in the top of the sixth, the Blue Devils answered with three of their own. Springfield scored on a single on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run and drawing a walk, scoring one run. Western Reserve then answered when Stacy singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring three runs.
Western Reserve pulled away for good with two runs in the third inning. In the third Jack Darney singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run and Stacy’s sac fly scored one run.
Stacy was credited with the victory for the Blue Devils. Stacy went three innings, allowing one run on three hits, striking out two and walking one.
Parker Dobson took the loss for Springfield. Dobson went three innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one.
Western Reserve had ten hits in the game. Darney, Stacy, and Vance Story each had multiple hits. Darney went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the offense in hits.
Vinny Woods led Springfield with two hits in three at bats.
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