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Brookville evens series, beats Miners 14-2

July 19, 2011

Rossiter's third baseman Jordan Mesoraco catches the ball and tags out a sliding Cole Cook during the first inning of Tuesday's Game 2 between the Rossiter Miners and Brookville Grays. The Grays won 14-2 in six innings to even the series at one game apiece. (Photo by Lizi Arbogast/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Grays took Game 2 from the Rossiter Miners Tuesday, 14-2 in six innings.

The best-of-seven series is now even at one game each.

Game 3 will be played at 6 p.m. tonight in Rossiter.

The Grays got out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning, and Rossiter was not able to recover.

"That's the history of this team," Rossiter manager Rick Matthews said. "Once they get down, they stay down. It's hard to get them pumped up."

The Miners scored their only two runs during the top of the third inning.

Both were scored off an error by Brookville's shortstop after the Grays tried for a fielder's choice at second.

Rossiter's Jacob Stumpf and Pete Meterko both scored, and the Miners had cut the deficit to three.

During the bottom of the third, though, the Miners continued to struggle, giving up six runs.

Pitching was a definite challenge for the Miners Tuesday, as they had several of their best pitchers missing.

Starting pitcher Nick Somers had a difficult time, pitching two-plus innings.

Somers gave up 10 runs on six hits. He walked three and hit two batters.

"Nick didn't throw too much this year, but we wanted to give him a shot and see what he could do," Matthews said. "He didn't do too well. He started to get better as the game went on, but it was out of control by then."

Somers was then replaced by Joe Pisano, who threw only two-thirds of an inning before being replaced. Pisano gave up one unearned run and walked two batters.

Matt Conrad relieved Pisano and threw 2-1/3 innings. Conrad was the only of Rossiter's pitchers not to give up any runs.

Jason Jacobson served as the Miners' relief pitcher, throwing the final inning and allowing three additional runs before the game was called via the 12-run mercy rule.

Another point of trouble for the Miners was the lack of hitting.

Rossiter totaled just three hits on the night and has combined for only six hits throughout the series.

"We have to hit the ball better; we're just not hitting," Matthews said. "(During) the last four games of the regular season, we hit the ball pretty well, but we're struggling right now. It could be nerves; it could be the heat — I don't know."

Matthews noted how important it is to win today's Game 3.

"We need to win all our home games, and Game 3 is like the turning point of the series," he said. "Hopefully, we can pull one out."

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