Baseball - Latrobe vs North Catholic
Latrobe Scores Two in Sixth to Beat North Catholic 5-3
A pair of back-to-back hits with two outs in the sixth inning broke a 3-3 deadlock and powered the Greater Latrobe Wildcats to a 5-3 non-conference win over visiting North Catholic on Monday, May 9, at Graham-Sobota Field in Unity Township.
Following a scoreless first inning by both teams, the Wildcats put 3 runs on the board in the bottom of the second to break the ice. After the Cats loaded the bases, Jake Cramer grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Anthony Massari from third base. A Chase Sickenberger single drove in Owen Miele on the next play, followed by Logan Short's single to centerfield, scoring Cramer from third base.
North Catholic got a pair of runs back in the top of the third. Augie Maslo walked, followed by a Sean Dewey double to put Trojans at second and third with no outs. After a pop out to shortstop, Drew Doherty's sacrifice fly to center scored Maslo for the Trojans' first run. Dewey scored on the next play when a pop fly by Blake Primrose was mishandled and he reached on an error, but a fly out to centerfield ended the inning on the next play.
Latrobe held the lead until the top of the fifth when a two-out error on Jack Garbin's ground ball back to the mound scored Drew Doherty from second base. Ryan Shantz's groundout ended the inning with the scored tied 3-3.
Latrobe threatened in the bottom of the fifth when they loaded the bases on a single and a pair of walks with two outs, but the threat passed when a fly out to left field stranded the runners on base.
North Catholic opened the sixth with a pair of walks, but the threat fizzled when Augie Maslo flied out to right fielder Jacob Albaugh, who threw out North Catholic's Ryan Mielnicki at third base after he tagged up from second on the fly out. Lefty Matt Macey, who relieved Wildcats' starter Chase Sickenberger at the top of the sixth, struck out Dewey to end the Trojans' half of the inning.
Jacob Albaugh's infield single opened the Wildcats turn in the sixth. Eli Boring came in to run for Albaugh, then he advanced to second on Owen Miele's sacrifice bunt. Following Jake Cramer's fly out to center for the second out, Chase Sickenberger drove in Boring with a double to left field. Logan Short's single to left field scored Sickenberger from second, and Short ended up on second after the throw to the plate. Latrobe chased North Catholic starting pitcher Tommy Koroly from the mound and he was replaced by Augie Maslo, who retired Vinny Amatucci on a groundout to end the inning.
Macey took down the Trojans on three consecutive fly outs in the top of the seventh to end the game with a 5-3 win.
Matt Macey was the winning pitcher with two innings in relief of starter Chase Sickenberger. Starter Tommy Koroly picked up the loss for the Trojans.
Chase Sickenberger and Logan Short both had a pair of RBIs for Latrobe. Sickenberger also had a double, which was the game winning RBI. Sean Dewey and Jack Garbin each had a double for North Catholic.
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