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Big inning foils Stow baseballl again

By MICHAEL LEONARD Sports Editor Published: April 16, 2017 12:00 AM
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TWINSBURG -- Given the fact that snow hit Northeast Ohio last week, Twinsburg and Stow-Munroe Falls baseball had to feel great when it felt like spring April 10 when the two teams met at Dodge Field.

The results of the contest gave the two teams different feelings.

Once again, the big inning was the downfall for Stow, as Twinsburg put up seven runs in the fifth inning to score an 11-3 win over the Bulldogs.

With the weather playing havoc with the schedules, Stow was able to schedule a contest at Massllion Washington April 12, which it lost 5-2.

Stow fell to 1-5, 1-3 in the Suburban League National Conference as of press time.

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The seventh-run fifth blew open the game for Don Jones' team, as the veteran coach said Twinsburg was not yet playing perfect ball.

"I thought we squared the ball up much better in that inning," Jones said. "We'll keep getting better. The things we need to improve on were on display in that game."

By contrast, Stow coach Aaron DeBord was left to rue missed opportunities.

"We had bases loaded with [one] out and we just can't get the hits when we need them," DeBord said. "Our pitchers didn't do a bad job. They just seemed to find the spots. That's baseball."

Stow scored first off a pair of Twinsburg mistakes in the top of the second inning.

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Third baseman Thomas McLaughlin singled and stole second. After an error, second baseman Griffin Mohney hit into a fielder's choice and McLaughlin headed home, forcing a bad throw, which allowed him to make it 1-0.

Twinsburg struck right back in the bottom of the second. After catcher Chad Szydlowski walked, the Tigers got back-to-back singles with two outs from designated hitter Justin Laley and left fielder Ethan Bernhard. Berhhard's RBI single made it 1-1.

Twinsburg got plenty of production from the bottom of its order, as Laley, Bernhard and third baseman Dylan Jackson accounted for six hits, five RBIs and five runs scored.

Facing a stretch of four league games in as many days, Jones said he "needed an outing" from starting pitcher Sean Williams. Williams (1-0) responded with his first win of the season, going six innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits with five strikeouts.

Williams also played some good defense on the mound, accounting for three ground-ball outs, including a double play in the sixth inning.

"He's a great athlete," Jones said. "He's out there fighting the whole way."

The fourth inning proved critical.

After Mohney walked in the top of the inning, Stow had the bases loaded with one out. However, Williams struck out Stow catcher Drew Bradley and got shortstop Collin Long to fly out to center to end the threat.

In the bottom of the fourth, Twinsburg took the lead.

First baseman Jake Carinci led off with a single and Szydlowski put down a sacrifice bunt. Jackson then singled and Laley ripped a two-run double to right-center for his first varsity extra base hit.

Bernhard then hit his second RBI single of the game to make it 4-1 after four.

Stow came back with two runs in the top of the fifth. Designated hitter Brett Rhodes walked and went to third on two ground outs. Center fielder Matt Conger then hit an RBI single.

McLaughlin then ripped an RBI single to right to make it 4-3, but he was thrown out at first to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, Carinci led off with a single and Syzdlowski walked, chasing Stow reliever Stephen Falbo from the game.

However, a fielder's choice and an error allowed two runs to score, followed by Bernhard's third RBI single of the game. Second baseman Jason Stahlman then hit a slow roller to third and a bad throw allowed another run to score.

Twinsburg then got back-to-back singles from Cristian Tejada and Ryan Christy, followed by an RBI fielder's choice from Tyler Gairing.

Carinci completed the inning with a two-run single to center, making it 11-3.

Nick O'Verko (0-1) took the loss on the mound for the Bulldogs, allowing four earned runs in 3.33 innings of work. Stow reliever Collin Harris was hit for six unearned runs in just .33 innings of work in the fifth inning.

Carinci pitched a scoreless seventh inning to close out the contest, as Twinsburg turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

"We played a good team and got beat," DeBord said. "Sometimes, that just happens."

Against Massillon, Evan Bainbridge (1-2) took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) and seven hits with six strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work.

"We were just trying to get a game in today to get some reps," DeBord said. "We got some live defense and live at bats in. We played much, much better on defense. We got some hits, but we just left too many men on base."

Eric Schiling led the Bulldogs with a single and a double, while Conger added two singles and an RBI.

Stow was set to face Hudson April 13 before hosting a doubleheader with Normandy April 15. Results of these games were not available at press time.

Stow was set to host Hudson April 17, host Cuyahoga Falls April 18 and travel to Cuyahoga Falls April 20. First pitch for all games is at 4:30 p.m.

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