STEUBENVILLE - One big inning was enough to seal the deal.
Steubenville Post 33 scored runs in three straight innings, including seven in the bottom of the fifth inning, to record a 12-2, five-inning victory over Toronto Post 86 Wednesday evening at Vaccaro Field.
"I'm very happy with our performance," Steubenville (2-0) coach Teek Mort said. "We hit the ball well. We got some timely hits. We got three singles with the bases loaded.
I GOT IT — Steubenville first baseman Brenton Colabella catches a fly ball as pitcher Chris Murphy avoids a collision and second baseman John Linn looks on during Post 33’s 12-2 win over Toronto Post 86 Wednesday at Vaccaro Field.
-- Fred Younce
"Our pitchers threw well. Anthony Zorne and Chris Murphy did a good job.
"We had no errors. This was our second game, we had a shutout last night, and we played error-free today. We had 10 hits. We played well. We know we can get better."
Post 33 plated three runs in the third and two more in the fourth before putting Post 86 away in the fifth.
"We played well," Toronto head coach Steve Sninchak said. "This was our first time out. We were up against the wall because of our high school team's success. We have only had about five days together as a team.
"For our first time out, we played well. We made some nice defensive plays. We swung the bat well, but we did not hit well."
Chris Murphy picked up the win in relief for Steubenville. Murphy did not record a strikeout or walk in his 2 2/3 innings of work on the mound. Anthony Zorne started the game for Post 33, and he did not record a strikeout while issuing three free passes before leaving with a sore elbow after 2 1/3 innings of work.
Nate Stewart started the game on the mound for Post 86, taking the loss. He did not record a strikeout while walking three batters in 2 1/3 innings of work. Andrew Miller pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out one and walking three. Logan Allen recorded one out in the fifth. He did not record a strikeout while walking two. Jarin McIntosh also recorded one out. He did not record a strikeout while walking one.
The game was scoreless through two-and-a-half innings before Steubenville got on the scoreboard. With one out and the bases loaded, Panella walked to score Kia McClurg putting Post 33 out in front 1-0. Next, Justin Corsi followed with his two-run single plating Pierro and Young to increase the hosts lead to 3-0.
Post 33 is made up of players from Big Red, Catholic Central and Indian Creek.
"They all know each other," Mort said. "They enjoy playing together. They like playing on the same team. They have enjoyed it since Legion started.
"We have a great group of kids. We are expecting to have a great year."
Post 86 plated a run in the fourth.
John Romey was hit by a pitch, and he moved to third on Spenser Sninchak's double. Next, Petrella plated Romey with a sacrifice fly to left field to cut Toronto's deficit to 3-1.
Steubenville increased its lead in the fourth.
With two outs, Pierro drew a walk, and Young singled. Young stole second base, and then Colabella collected his first two-run base hit of the game making the score 5-1 in Post 33's favor.
Toronto tallied another run in the fifth.
Dozier and Jesse McClurg got the inning started by picking up back-to-back base hits. Devon Smith, who came in to run for Dozier after his hit, scored on a groundout by Glenn making the score 5-2.
Like Post 33, Post 86 is made up of players from different schools.
"We have kids from Beaver Local, Toronto, Wellsville, East Liverpool and Southern Local," Steve Sninchak said. "It takes time for them to come together. They are all ballplayers. They all know what needs to be done. They are trying to get familiar with the guy next to them."
In the bottom half of the inning, Kia McClurg plated Pat Pizzaferrato, who walked to start the inning, with a walk with the bases loaded to make the score 6-2. Pierro followed with a base hit plating Linn, who singled, increasing Steubenville's advantage to 7-2.
Next, Young drew a walk to score Mihalyo, who singled, to make it 8-2. Then, Colabella tallied his second two-run hit of the game scoring McClurg and Pierro giving Steubenville a 10-2 lead. Young scored on an error to increase the victors lead to 11-2, and Colabella scored on a wild pitch with pinch hitter Aleks Porreca at the plate to end the game.
"Our goal coming down here was to stay out of the big inning," Steve Sninchak said. "We were able to do that except for the last inning was the big inning."
Steubenville is scheduled to play at 6 p.m. today at Richmond.
"We are 2-0," Mort said. "We beat St. Clairsville, 5-0, last night. We got a shutout, and we played flawless tonight. We are off to a good start."
Toronto plays a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Clairsville.
Steubenville 12, Toronto 2
Toronto 000 11 - 2 3 2
Steubenville 003 27 - 12 10 0
TORONTO (0-1): Stewart (LP, 2 1/3IP, 0K, 3BB), Miller (1 2/3IP, 1K, 3BB), Allen (1/3IP, 0K, 2BB), McIntosh (1/3IP, 0K, 1BB) and C. Glenn; B. Glenn RBI; Sninchak D; Petrella RBI; Dozier S; J. McClurg S.
STEUBENVILLE (2-0): Zorne (2 1/3IP, 0K, 3BB), Murphy (WP, 2 2/3IP, 0K, 0BB) and K. McClurg; Pierro S, RBI; Young 2S, RBI; Colabella 3S, 4 RBI; Panella RBI; Corsi S, 2 RBI; Linn 2S; Mihalyo S; K. McClurg RBI.