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Miners squash Brookville's undefeated record

May 31, 2012

Braedon Pennington releases the bat after hitting an RBI-triple that put the Miners up 3-1 over the Brookville Grays Thursday night. The Miners went on to win 4-1. (Photo by Lizi Arbogast of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ROSSITER — The Rossiter Miners scored two runs in the fifth inning that put them just over the edge of the previously undefeated Brookville Grays Thursday night in Rossiter.

"Anytime you beat a team like Brookville, you can be happy," Miners manager Jim Dunlap said. "That makes me feel great. ... (The rivalry) means a lot."

The Miners were leading 2-1 heading into the fifth inning, but they were put over the edge by a triple to deep center by Braedon Pennington that plated Pete Meterko.

"That was huge," Dunlap said. "It was nice having Braedon down here. That was his first game, and he makes a big difference."

The Miners then had two shutout innings to finish off the game and hand the Grays their first loss of the season.

Rossiter began the game strong. Leadoff batter Jacob Stumpf was hit by a pitch, and although he was thrown out on a 4-6 fielder's choice, Jordan Mesoraco had reached base. Tyler Skerkavich moved Mesoraco around the bases, and Mesoraco eventually reached home on a wild pitch by starter Craig Hibell.

Until the bottom of the third, the Miners held on to their 1-0 lead. But Rossiter was hot in the third, as Stumpf started with a grounder straight up the middle. He moved to scoring position on a wild pitch, and Skerkavich plated him with a single to left. The Miners led 2-0 after three.

In the fourth inning, the Grays cut the lead in half. Eric Painter began the inning with a hit to right, and he moved to second on a wild pitch by Sean Smith. He continued around the bases after a grounder by Jed Fiscus, and Painter was plated when Kent Shick sacrificed him for the Grays' only run of the game.

The bottom of the fifth then put the Miners over the edge, and Brookville could never recover.

Austin Furman led the offense for the Miners, going 2-for-3 at bat with two singles and an RBI.

"Austin has been hot for me all year," Dunlap said. "He's been doing well all year for me. He played the first game, then went away for a couple games, but now, he's back, so we should be in good shape."

Smith, who threw the complete seven innings, pitched an "outstanding" game, according to Dunlap.

"He got ahead of the majority of their hitters," Dunlap said. "He threw a lot of strikes, especially first ball strikes. He had a couple of group balls and some fly balls, but nothing hurt. He just did an outstanding job, and I'll take that all day."

Smith allowed just five hits while striking out five and walking only two.

The Miners will hit the road Sunday to visit the Skyesville Senators for a 6 p.m. start.

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