8-run 4th inning propels the Cougars to the win, 16-6 over the Wolverines
15 combined errors cause defensive havoc, Cougars pull 10-run rule in 6 innings
Ellwood City Wolverines fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 16-6 loss to Blackhawk on Saturday. Blackhawk scored on an error and an error in the first inning. Despite the loss, Ellwood City Wolverines did collect four hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, Blackhawk had nine hits on the way to victory.
Blackhawk got on the board in the first inning. An error scored one run for Blackhawk. Ellwood City Wolverines tallied three runs in the fourth inning. Doug Balin and Samuel DiCaprio each had RBIs in the big inning.
Blackhawk scored eight runs in the fourth inning. The offensive firepower by Blackhawk was led by Ray Knallay, Marco Borello, John Malagise, Justin Nixon, Matt Ranza, and Mike Hixenbaugh, who all drove in runs. Borello led the Blackhawk to victory on the pitcher's mound. He allowed two hits and five runs over four innings, striking out six. Ryan McClymonds threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Ryan Gibbons took the loss for Ellwood City Wolverines. He surrendered six runs on five hits over one inning, striking out one. Ryan Hampton started the game for Ellwood City Wolverines. He went two and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on two hits and striking out one. Ricky Pitrelli went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Ellwood City Wolverines in hits.
Blackhawk tallied nine hits. Ranza and Knallay each collected multiple hits for Blackhawk. Blackhawk tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Zach Zuchelli led the way with four.
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