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Punxsy rolls past king-seed St. Marys, 21-3

July 11, 2011

Punxsy's John Serian slides safely into third on a close play as manager Brad Gigliotti watches in a game Saturday against DuBois. Serian would go on to score Punxsy's final run in an 18-5 win over DuBois. (File photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ST. MARYS — "I've never seen anything like it," Punxsy manager Brad Gigliotti said after his team scored 21 runs in the first two innings of its game against king-seed St. Marys, rolling to a 21-3 victory in four innings in 10-&11-year old baseball All-Star action Monday night in St. Marys.

Punxsy, which was the home team, jumped out to a quick start defensively, forcing a groundout by the leadoff hitter and turning a double play after allowing the second runner to reach base safely.

"That double play was a great momentum builder for us, I think," Gigliotti said. "It really got us pumped up for the bottom half of the inning."

Punxsy went the entire way through their lineup twice in the bottom of the first, bringing 18 hitters to the plate, and scored 11 runs.

Brandon Matthews led off the inning with a single, and Austin McKendree moved him to second with a bunt single. Matt Blose and Alexander Neal followed with singles, Sammy Gigliotti reached on an error, and Tyler Getch singled.

Starting pitcher Gabe Krauss was able to retire Brandon McGee by striking him out, but then both Tyler Richardson and Matt Greenblatt reached base on errors.

Matthews followed with his second single of the inning, but Krauss was able to fan Kevin Constant for the second out of the inning.

Blose walked, and Neal, Gigliotti and Getch singled before Richardson flew out to center for the final out of the inning.

Punxsy added 10 more runs with two outs in the bottom of the second inning, highlighted by a home-run by John Serian.

"It was a major league home run," Gigliotti said. "Probably about 350 feet."

Punxsy was retired in order on three strikeouts in the bottom of the third, and did not have to bat in the bottom of the fourth with the ten-run rule in effect after 3 1/2-innings.

Matthews pitched the first two innings for Punxsy, and Richardson closed out the game, pitching the last two innings.

"We took Brandon out because of his pitch count," Gigliotti said. "We wanted to keep him available, and now we have all of our pitchers available for Thursday."

Punxsy and St. Marys will meet in a rematch Thursday to decide the District 10 champion.

"Our hitting has been unbelievable," Gigliotti said. "Hopefully we can follow it up Thursday. The kids were pumped up. Everybody was hitting well. It was just really exciting."

Gigliotti also pointed out that his team has outscored its opponents 52-10 in their past three games, quite the impressive differential.

"Nothing even stood out tonight, because everyone played so well," he said. "I hope to see something similar Thursday," he said.

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