Blairsville and Marion Center Open Playoffs with Wins
Playoffs got underway Wednesday evening with regular season champion Blairsville scratching out a 6-4 win over visiting Young Twp. Frank Wolford went the distance, striking out 8 batters, to get the win. Sam Held took the loss. John Distefano finished 2-3 with 3 RBI and plated the winning runs with a 2-run single in the bottom of the 5th after Young Twp scored 3 in the top of the inning to tie the game at 4.
At Punxs'y, Marion Center used a solid effort by Jared Selkirk and a razor-sharp defense to win 7-1. Marion Center scored 5 runs after 2 were out in the 3rd inning. Mike Cavazza started the rally with a single to left , and alertly advanced to 2nd on a bobbled ball. CJ Stiles singled to drive in Cavazza and took 2nd on the throw to the plate. Skyler Eckenrode had an RBI single to score Stiles, then later scored on a wild pitch that set the table for Adam Tomayko's RBI double that drove in runs 4 and 5. Both Best of Three series resume tonight with Punxs'y visiting Marion Center and Blairsville traveling to West Lebanon to play Young Twp at Bertolino Park.