Big inning leads Big Red

STEUBENVILLE – Justin Corsi’s first home run of his senior season helped Steubenville win its eighth game of the 2014 campaign.

Big Red topped Indian Creek, 8-2, at Vaccaro Field on Friday and improved to 8-3.

Corsi added a single and finished with three RBIs.

“It’s just another hit,” Steubenville coach Fred Heatherington said of the dinger to right field in the third inning. “We hit the ball well as a team and that’s what we’re happy about. You hit the ball well and put pressure on the defense – that’s the goal of every game. We did just that today.”

The third inning was Steubenville’s breakout frame as it batted around with Bryan Pierro leading off on a hit by pitch and ending the rally with a groundout to the pitcher.

Big Red collected six runs in the third on just one hit – Corsi’s home run. Indian Creek committed two errors and Jimmy Bolyog walked two.

Tanner Wise recorded the last out of the inning for the Redskins (2-9). Bolyog allowed five hits, walked three and struck out one, while Wise pitched the remainder and struck out one.

“They come everyday ready to work,” said Creek coach Mike Cottis. “It’s a testament to their character. At some point it’s going to click and they’re going to turn it around.”

Devin Ferguson cruised on the mound for Steubenville, striking out three and allowing just six hits. Ferguson, a sophomore, did not issue a walk.

“He stayed in it and was on top of everything,” Cottis said. “He had good control the whole game.”

Thirteen of Ferguson’s 21 outs were fly balls.

“We had some of our best at-bats of the season here,” Cottis said. “The last few games, we’ve been putting the bat on the ball pretty well.

“We just hit it where they were in the field. We had a couple hard drives to the outfield, granted, we had a couple pop-ups too.”

Steubenville crossed the plate in the first inning for the early advantage when Anthony Zorne came around after reaching on a fielder’s choice. Dimitrios Collaros added a run in the fourth after hitting a single and scoring on a wild pitch.

In the sixth inning, pinch-hitting for Brandon Jones, Rob Agresta belted a hit to the wall in right-center field. Blazing around the bases, he went for an inside-the-park home run.

Creek catcher Adam Freshwater tagged him out, though, on a close play at the plate.

“I sent him because I saw the ball go in the dirt,” Heatherington said. “We’re going to be aggressive on the bases, no matter what the score is and no matter what point of the game we’re in.

“That’s our philosophy and that’s the way we’re going to keep playing.”

Kasey Peterson collected two RBIs on a single for Big Red, while Jones, Pierro and Lucas Herrington each had a single. Collaros added two hits.

“We had a real good game,” Heatherington said. “All-around, it was a good game.”

The Redskins plated two runs with one out in the top of the seventh inning.

Freshwater doubled and scored, while Anthony Krager singled and scored.

Jonathon Woodbury added a triple for Creek and Cole Yeater had two singles.

The Redskins play a doubleheader at Bellaire today.

“We’re cramming in all these games and I think that’s part of the reason why we’re seeing the ball better,” Cottis said.

At Vaccaro Field, Big Red hosts Cambridge at 11 a.m and Claymont at 4 p.m.

Cambridge and Claymont will play each other in between the Steubenville games.