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Miners down Bigler at home, travel with hopes of closing series today

July 10, 2012

In this June 28 photo, Rossiter Miners' left fielder Braedon Pennington chases down a single to left. Pennington led a seven-run second-inning surge for the Miners Tuesday with two doubles in the inning, as Rossiter downed Bigler 9-5 in the first game of the Federation League playoffs. (Photo by Zak Lantz of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ROSSITER — The Rossiter Miners followed a seven-run second-inning surge to a 9-5 victory Tuesday night in Rossiter to open up a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three opening round of the Federation League playoffs.

With the win, Rossiter hopes to advance to the second round, where it would meet the Brookville Grays, with a victory over Bigler on its own field today. If Bigler wins this evening, it will force a third game, winner-take-all, Thursday in Rossiter.

Joe Pisano pitched a solid 6.2 innings for Rossiter before Bigler got to him in the seventh, and Pete Meterko closed out the game by retiring one hitter.

"We started out well, and Joey pitched a good game for us, but he just got tired at the end," Rossiter manager Jim Dunlap said after the game. "They came out and played hard, and I give them credit for that. We're hoping to go down there (tonight) and close things out so we can rest and get ready for Brookville. But we have one more game to win before we can do that."

The inning was highlighted by a pair of doubles by Braedon Pennington — one a leadoff double and the other a two-RBI double at the end of the productive frame.

Chad Davis added an RBI single, and a pair of Bigler errors helped the Rossiter cause.

Bigler answered with one run in the top of the third, as Nate Bumbarger reached on a walk, stole second and scored on a Wes McGary RBI single.

Rossiter added another run to push its lead to 8-1 in the fourth, when Rick Bishop led off the frame with a single. Dakota Bish followed with a walk, and Davis walked to load the bases before Luke Janocha grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Bishop to score.

The Miners added one final insurance run in the sixth, as Pennington singled and stole second, and Billy Fegley plated him with an RBI double to left field.

Bigler's big seventh came off a tired Pisano on one hit batsman and four singles.

Bigler will play host tonight at 6 p.m.

In other Federation League playoff action Tuesday, Sykesville downed NAPA to open a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three competition to play DuBois — the league's regular season champion. Sykesville will travel to DuBois tonight with hopes of closing out the series.

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