Rossiter ends Grays' long win streak with 4-3 victory

ROSSITER โ€” The No. 1 team in the Federation Baseball League โ€” the Brookville Grays โ€” fell to the Rossiter Miners in a hard-fought 4-3 game. The Miners improved their record to 7-3 with the victory.

Both squads had solid pitching performances, but Rossiter's was just a little bit better to give them the edge.

Sean Smith pitched all seven innings for the Miners. He threw two strike outs, allowed three runs on 11 hits and walked only two.

"The key to the game was Sean Smith," Rossiter manager Jim Dunlap said. "That's a gutsy kid; that's probably the gutsiest kid."

Rossiter spread its runs over the course of the six innings it batted, but it was the Grays taking to the bats to open the game.

Rick Shaffer batted at the top of the order and was thrown out on the 6-3 to open the contest. Danny Walters, the Grays' top hitter, smacked a single during his first at-bat.

Cole Cook then followed with a single of his own. But Rossiter clamped down and ended the inning with a 6-3 out on Jed Fiscus, then a 5-3 out on Kent Shick.

Jacob Stumpf and Kyle Neal were both thrown out at first to start things off offensively for the Miners. Pete Meterko stepped up to the plate next but wasn't bothered by the two outs and nailed a single to right field. He advanced to second on wild pitch while Tyler Skerkavich was at-bat.

That extra base was all Skerkavich needed to bring Meterko home. He slugged an RBI double to center field to give Rossiter the 1-0 lead. The inning ended when Rick Bishop flew out to left field.

Brookville did not waste much time before tying the game. After a fly-out from Dan Buzzard for the first out, Zac Roller delivered a well-placed bunt down the left field line and used his speed to reach first. Korry Lindemuth was able to reach base as well, due to an error in left field.

Joe Galbraith followed by flying out to center field. Rick Shaffer brought Roller home with a shot to right field. Lindemuth hoped the defense was sleeping during his attempt to steal third, but he was not so fortunate as he was tagged before he reached the bag for the third out. The game was tied at one apiece.

Rossiter was able to tally another run in the second inning. After Dakota Bish flew out to right field, Austin Furman stepped up to the plate.

Furman took the opportunity to demonstrate once again why he is one of the most consistent hitters on the team. He crushed a shot to right field that was good enough for a single.

"Austin is just playing lights out right now, that kid hustles 110-percent every game; he gives me everything he's got no matter what he's doing," Dunlap said.

Furman went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.

Christian Muth batted after Furman and was hit by a pitch to reach base.

Luke Janocha brought Furman home with a single to left field. The inning ended when Stumpf grounded the ball to second for the 4-3 double play.

Rick Bishop gave Rossiter its third run in the third. He belted an RBI that was good enough for a double.

Bishop had a productive night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a single, double and an RBI.

Brookville earned its final two runs in the fourth inning. Roller opened with a blast to center field, and with some help from his speed, he was able to reach third. Lindemuth was then walked during his at-bat.

Galbraith scored an RBI with his hit to left field that brought Roller across the plate.

Shaffer then followed with a hit of his own.

Walters then nabbed an RBI with his sac-fly to center field.

The Grays did not tally the scoreboard again after that.

The game remained tied until the sixth inning.

Kyle Neal approached the plate with two outs and with runners on first and second. Neal stayed calmed under pressure and crushed a clutch RBI double to left field to score the game- winning run.

The Grays had a shot at tying the game in the seventh, but Smith's pitching proved too difficult for Brookville's sluggers.

The game ended with Smith striking out Zac Roller for the final out, and Rossiter ended up on top 4-3.