Creek stops Riders
MINGO JUNCTION – Tuesday was a big day for the Young brothers (Anthony and Alex) from Indian Creek.
First, Anthony Young jumpstarted what proved to be the game-winning rally with a perfect bunt in the fourth. His squeeze down the first base line put the Redskins ahead to stay and they cruised from there, handing Weir a 9-2 defeat at Muth Field.
“His safety squeeze was huge,” Creek’s Mike Cottis said.
“It was right where we needed it and gave us a big run. That really got us going.”
The Anthony Young RBI put Creek up 3-2. By the time the inning ended, the hosts would collect four additional tallies and lead 7-2.
Tuesday’s victory was the fourth in a row for Cottis’ Redskins and improved their seasonal mark to 5-3. Weir fell to 2-5.
Later in the contest, Alex Young broke the school record for career stolen bases.
He had four on the day, giving him 45. The previous mark of 44 was held by Chris LaPosta.
A day earlier, he broke the career mark for triples with 10. Ivan Stein was the record-holder with nine.
Bob Rosnick’s Red Riders plated a pair in the first and held the 2-0 advantage until the home half of the third. A walk to Matt Cessna, a Creek fielding miscue and singles by Mitch Viakley and Josh Russell produced the tallies.
Alex Young singled for the Redskins, swiped second and third then scored thanks to a Dustin Rath base knock. Zach Williams followed with a single then Jimmy Bolyog ripped one to left. Weir avoided additional damage when Will Larch fired a strike to the plate, cutting down Rath.
The floodgates then opened in the fourth. Cole Yeater got the rally started with a single up the middle (his second hit of the game).
Sean Smith drilled a double to deep center putting Redskins at second and third with zero outs.
Yeater would score on a pass ball and Adam Freshwater drew a walk off Larch, who replaced starter Zac Knuutila. Anthony Young then delivered his key bunt.
Five walks, a Weir High error and another Alex Young single paved the way for the remaining runs in the inning. The Creek rally featured three hits and six free passes.
“Our pitchers were just not throwing strikes,” Rosnick stated. “You can’t win high school baseball games when you are walking people.”
Weir’s four pitchers (Mike Curtis and Cessna also saw duty on the mound) allowed a total of 10 walks.
Three walks and a two-run single by Bolyog capped the Creek scoring in the fifth.
“We gave them a couple of extra outs in the first and went down 2-0,” Cottis noted. “Then we really bore down. We have been playing well the last couple of games and I’m proud of our guys.”
Smith drew the mound start for Creek, giving way to Bolyog in the fourth. The two held Weir to just three hits, fanned seven and walked four. Bolyog, the sophomore southpaw, retired 10 of the 12 batters he faced to earn the victory.
“At Martins Ferry last week, he (Bolyog) threw great but we didn’t make plays behind him,” Cottis pointed out. “Today, we made the plays. He keeps hitters off balance and I hope he keeps that up going forward.”
Bolyog also had a multiple hit game for the Redskins as did Alex Young and Yeater.
Indian Creek is scheduled to visit St. Clairsville today.
Larch, Viakley and Russell had Weir’s three hits. The Red Riders will travel to Bishop Donahue on Thursday.
“Every day, we preach three things – throw strikes, field the ball and the put the ball in play,” Rosnick said. “Right, we’re just not doing any of those things well.”
Indian Creek 9, Weir 2
Weir 200 000 0 – 2 3 1
Indian Creek 001 620 x – 9 10 1
WEIR (2-5): Knuutila (LP, 1BB, 4K) Larch (4, 4BB 0K) Curtis (4, 4BB, 2K) Cessna (5, 1BB, 1K) and Curtis, Beck (4), Curtis (6); Viakley S; Russell S, RBI; Larch S..
INDIAN CREEK (5-3): Smith (2BB, 3K) Bolyog (4, WP, 2BB, 4K) and Yeater; Alex Young 2S, Yeater D, S; Smith D; Bolyog 2S, 2 RBI; Wise S, Rath S, RBI; Williams S; Anthony Young RBI.