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Miners take back series lead, win Game 3

July 21, 2011

Miners' Matt Gourley rounds third base after hitting a two-run homer during the first inning of Game 2 Wednesday against the Brookville Grays. Gourley led Rossiter with a home run, a triple and five RBIs. (Lizi Arbogast/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ROSSITER — The Rossiter Miners now hold a 2-1 series lead over the Brookville Grays after winning Game 3, 13-5, Wednesday.

Game 4 will be played at 6 p.m. tonight in Brookville.

"It was huge to come out and get a win like that," Miners manager Rick Matthews said. "We starting hitting the ball again, so that was huge."

The Miners combined for 10 hits — four better than their first two games combined.

Rossiter's offense was led by Matt Gourley, who started the scoring by hitting a rocket to deep right field which landed over the fence. His home run also scored Braedon Pennington.

Gourley also hit a triple in the second with the bases loaded, scoring Austin Furman, Jacob Stumpf and Pete Meterko, to account for three of his five RBIs.

Brookville combined for four runs during the first two innings, and Rossiter was trailing heading into the bottom of the second.

But it was the second inning was the one that pushed Rossiter over the top, as it scored eight runs and went around the batters.

Mike Smiley led off the inning getting to first base off an error by Brookville's shortstop. Kyle Neal then got on base after hitting a grounder up the middle, moving Smiley to second. Austin Furman was walked, and Jacob Stumpf played small ball with the bases loaded. He hit a perfect bunt, scoring Smiley.

The bases were still loaded when Pete Meterko was walked, giving an unearned run to Neal.

After Pennington was struck out for the first out of the inning, Gourley barreled another hit to the deep outfield. He tripled and scored the three runners in front of him, and the Miners had taken back the lead, 7-4.

Gourley was then hit home by Smiley's grounder up the third baseline.

During Neal's second at bat of the stanza, he grounded up the middle, driving home courtesy runner Devin Neal and Smiley.

A fielder's choice which, caught Kyle Neal out at second, ended the inning with Rossiter leading 10-4.

The third inning was a shutout for both sides. During the top of the fourth, Brookville added a run and cut its deficit to five. Matt Isaac, who served as a courtesy runner for Cole Cook, was driven in by a grounder to right field by Ben Marzullo.

But the comeback was short-lived, as Marzullo and Kent Shick were left stranded.

Rossiter continued to add to its scoring prowess with Brody Lowmaster, running for Tommy Bush, and Kyle Neal were both driven in on a double to left field by Furman.

The Rossiter defense held the Grays to three shutout innings through the final three, with only two runners — Dan Walters and Jed Fiscus — getting into scoring position.

The Miners added a final insurance run during the bottom of the sixth, when Devin Neal, again running for Dakota Bish, was able to cross home plate off Furman's left field grounder.

Rossiters' pitching, which had been a point of struggle, especially during the second game of the series, greatly improved during Game 3. Tommy Bush threw the entire seven innings, allowing only five runs on twelve hits. He struck out three batters.

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