I-Medical downs Fezell in battle of Punxsy squads
PUNXSUTAWNEY —Two big innings told the story when the more-experienced I-Medical team defeated the younger Fezell Enterprises team 11-1 in five innings in Indiana County Youth League action Wednesday in Punxsutawney.
A six-run first started it, and after three zeroes on the board, I-Medical added five more in the fifth to end it.
The I-Medical offense jumped out to a fast start, scoring six runs on just two hits and five walks in the home half of the first after Ryan Jones set Fezell down in order in the top half.
Bryson Paulinellie led off the productive frame with a single to left-center. He advanced to second on a passed ball and third on a wild pitch before Dakota Thomas walked to put runners on the corners.
Paulinellie scored the game's first tally on a double steal, and two more walks by Fezell starter Zach Bevak loaded the bases.
Bevak forced Brandon Blose to pop into an infield fly for the first out, but with Dakotah Byers at the plate a wild pitch allowed Thomas to cross the plate.
Byers walked to reload the bases, and a clutch bases-clearing double to deep right-center plated three more for the home team.
Taylor moved to third on the throw back into the infield, and he later scored on a wild pitch for the final run of the inning for I-Medical.
Jones made quick work of the visitors in the top of the second, and it appeared as if I-Medical was going to have a repeat performance in the second when three runners reached base with just one out.
Thomas started it with an infield single, Dale walked, and a hit batsman loaded the bases.
A defensive gem bailed Bevak and his squad out, though, when third baseman Lucas Ambler fielded a grounder and threw home to catcher Joey DiPietro, who relayed it to first in time to earn a rare 5-2-3 double play.
Fezell rode the momentum and cracked its half of the scoreboard with one in the third. Dylan Bender reached base via a free pass and stole second with one out.
He advanced to third, and after Michael Greenblatt walked with two outs, Bender scored on a double steal.
With the score 6-1, both offenses went quiet, with relief pitchers Peyton Graham and Tyler Geer keeping I-Medical off the board for the next two innings.
Jones also did his part, retiring the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings.
I-Medical jumped back on its foe with five more in the fifth, though, to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Hickok and Blose led off the inning with singles, and Byers reached base on a misplayed ball, allowing Hickok to score.
Taylor reached on a fielder's choice, and Lance Pennington drove in a pair with a double to right-center.
Ethan Ambler made it back-to-back two-baggers with an RBI double of his own to plate Pennington.
Jones and Paulinellie walked to load the bases, but the game came to an end when Ambler scored on a wild pitch with Thomas at the plate.