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Miners can't handle Grays' power, drop Game 3

July 18, 2012

Rossiter Miners center fielder and leadoff hitter Jacob Stumpf, pictured here taking a cut during Game 3 of the Federation League playoffs semi-finals, went 2-for-4 with a double despite his squad's 11-4 loss to the Brookville Grays in Brookville. Game 4 will take place this evening in Rossiter. (Photo by Dan Long of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — The Rossiter Miners could not keep the Brookville Grays off the bags in their 11-4 loss Wednesday night in Brookville. In a game that saw 10 hits and three home runs from Brookville, there was little Rossiter could do to cool down the Grays' hot bats.

"They (Brookville) just hit the ball tonight, what can I say, the better team won; could be all different tomorrow," said Jim Dunlap, Miners manager.

Rossiter batted first and got off to a solid start. Leadoff batter Jacob Stumpf opened the night with a single to center field, and Kyle Neal advanced Stumpf a base with a bunt that recorded the first out.

Pete Meterko then blasted a double to right field to score the first run of the evening, and Tyler Skerkavich added an RBI of his own with a smack to right field. But Dakota Bish and Jordan Mesoraco gave Rossiter outs two and three, respectively, and the Miners had a 2-0 lead after their at-bat.

Brookville was not intimidated by Rossiter's lead, as it scored triple the Miners' run count in the first.

Starting pitcher Dylan Kachmar opened by walking Brookville's first batter, Rick Shaffer.

Danny Walters then delivered a bunt that advanced Shaffer and grabbed Brookville's first out. Cole Cook was at the plate until he got drilled by a pitch, and Kent Shick brought both Shaffer and Cook home with a blast to left field that was inches short of a home run, as it bounced off the top of the wall for a double.

Jed Fiscus then flew out to third baseman Chad Davis for out No. 2, but Kachmar loaded the bases when he walked Nate Simpson and Joe Culler.

Joe Galbraith approached the plate next, and in one swing of the bat, crushed Rossiter's hopes of a victory. He smacked a grand slam dinger over the left field wall to give Brookville a 6-2 lead. Zac Roller then tallied the third out for the Grays during his at-bat.

Both squads went cold offensively over innings two and three. Rossiter saw a double from Stumpf in the third, but scored no runs in either inning.

Brookville recorded hits from Shaffer and Walters in the second, but they never made it home. Culler registered a hit in the third inning but provided the third out when he tried to steal second, and the score was still 6-2 after three innings.

Rossiter was unable to capitalize in the fourth inning to cut into Brookville's lead. After Skervkavich provided the first out, Craig Hibell walked Bish, Mesoraco and Austin Furman to load the bases with one out.

Hibell was replaced by Culler at the mound at that point. Culler didn't let the loaded bases get to him, as he struck out Christian Muth and Davis to keep Rossiter off the scoreboard once more.

In the fourth, the Grays extended their lead with another monster inning.

Joe Galbraith opened Brookville's fourth inning at the plate with his second home run over the left field wall. After Galbraith trotted the bases, Zac Roller was hit by a pitch to reach first.

Shaffer then reached first, but forced out Roller via a fielder's choice. Walters then slugged a shot to right field to reach base, but he was forced out quickly, as Cook reached first on the fielder's choice play at second.

Shick stepped up to the plate next and recorded his second double of the night and another RBI. Fiscus approached the plate with two outs and runners on second and third.

He followed Galbraith's example and belted a homer over the left field wall to tally three more runs. After that, Simpson popped up to relief pitcher Luke Janocha for the third out. But Brookville had established a commanding 11-2 lead off a five-run inning.

The Miners struggled again in the fifth inning when they went down four-and-out with Neal recording the only hit.

Brookville also struggled in the fifth, having three batters go down in order.

The Miners were able to score another run in the sixth inning off the bat of Davis, who brought Bish home with his shot down the left field line.

Walters grabbed his third hit of the night for Brookville in the sixth, but the rest of squad could not bring him home before the inning's end.

Rossiter scored its final run in the seventh. Neal opened with a smack to left field and was eventually brought home on a sacrifice by Skerkavich. The contest ended with Rob Jewett striking out Mesoraco, giving Brookville the 11-4 victory.

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