Punxsy rolls past Warren in four to advance
WARREN — Leading 6-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, Punxsy's 10-&11-year old baseball All-Stars scored seven runs in their half of the inning to defeat Warren, 13-2 in four innings, via the ten-run rule Thursday night in Warren.
With the win, Punxsy advances in the losers' bracket for a re-match with DuBois, which lost to St. Marys Thursday, today at 4 p.m. in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy's John Serian drove in four runs and finished off the game with a walk-off grand slam in the fourth.
Matt Blose and Alexander Neal led off the seven-run inning for Punxsy with a pair of walks.
Blose scored on an RBI fielder's choice groundout by Sammy Gigliotti, and Gigliotti scored on a bases-loaded walk for Brandon McGee.
Tyler Richardson reached base on an error, scoring Tyler Getch, and Matt Greenblatt singled to load the bases, setting the stage for Serian's blast.
"Those kinds of games are always fun for the team that scores," Punxsy manager Brad Gigliotti said. "It was nice. I felt like we kind of loosened up a bit. We were kind of tight in our game against DuBois the other night, so hopefully, this kind of carries over."
Punxsy's Tyler Richardson was the starting pitcher, and he picked up the win by throwing two scoreless innings.
He was relieved in the third inning by Gigliotti, who allowed two runs on five hits.
Gigliotti allowed the first run in the third on two straight singles and a stolen base, but struck out the final two batters in the inning to end the threat.
In the fourth, Gigliotti got in a jam again but allowed only one run on three straight singles before striking out the next three hitters he faced.
Gigliotti was glad to see his pitchers throw so well.
"It was a good solid performance for both of them," he said.
Gigliotti and his players are looking forward to the rematch with DuBois today.
"It seemed like we worked out the jitters after Tuesday's game, and hopefully, that momentum is able to carry over into tomorrow's game," he said.