GIRARD, OH- The Girard Indians Varsity (1-0)snatched the lead late in the game in a 5-4 victory over Struthers (0-1) on Tuesday. The game was tied at three with Girard batting in the bottom of the fifth when Nick DeGregory singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring the go-ahead run.  The Indians earned the victory despite allowing Struthers to score three runs in the fifth inning. The offensive firepower by Struthers was led by Rob Tomko and Billy Opritza, who each had RBIs in the inning.

Struthers knotted the game up at four in the top of the seventh inning, when Austin Claussell induced David McLaughlin to hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring one runner for the Wildcats.  Claussell earned the victory on the hill for Girard. He lasted one inning, allowing one hit and one run while walking one.  Hunter Stellato took the loss for Struthers. He allowed two hits and one run over one inning, striking out two and walking one.

Braydon Freeland started the game for the Indians.  He lasted six innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out eight.  Tomko started the game for Struthers. He lasted five innings, allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out four

Offensively, Girard collected ten hits on the day. Aidan WargaClaussell, and DeGregory all managed multiple hits for the Tribe.  Claussell and Warga each collected three hits to lead the Indians.  Struthers racked up seven hits on the day. Tomko and Opritza each collected multiple hits for Struthers. Tomko led Struthers with three hits in four at-bats.


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