St. Clairsville brings out bats against Harrison

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — If there was a play to be made Wednesday afternoon, St. Clairsville probably made it.

In its 7-1 prep baseball triumph against Harrison Central at Memorial Park, the Red Devils scrapped and clawed all over the diamond, making their head coach — Tom Sliva — quite pleased.

”I’m real happy,” Sliva said after St. C’s fourth victory of the season against two losses.

”I thought we played all three facets pretty well. I thought we definitely pitched well. I thought we had some good at-bats and I thought we made some nice plays in the field.

”So, yeah, I’m really happy. I thought it was probably one of the best all-around games we’ve played this year.”

Donte Vincenzo tossed a complete game and Kyle Storer had two hits and four RBIs, including a big blow in the second that all but put the game away.

”Credit to those guys,” Harrison Central head coach Mike Valesko said. ”They needed to make a play, and with the bases loaded with two outs, they get a double.”

Kade Blomquist walked to start the second inning for the Red Devils, followed by a Matthew Busby single. Craig Bober then reached on a fielder’s choice loading the bases.

Rocco Balog next reached on an error that scored Blomquist making the score 1-0. Later, with two outs, Storer cracked a shot to the gap in left-center clearing the bags. He tried to make it to third, but was tagged out. Still, his shot gave St. Clairsville a 4-0 lead and, more importantly, momentum.

”That was big,” Sliva said. ”That was big both ways.”

The Huskies (3-3) tried to turn the tide in their favor in the first. When a Vincenzo pitch got away from Balog, Valesko sent Chance Hursey racing home from third. He was tagged out.

”Maybe that changes things, who knows?” Valesko said. ”If we get a run there we can put some pressure on.

”We just couldn’t get a hit that could get things going.

”They’re hit (in the second) was big because it just wasn’t that hit that got them going. There were about three or four mental errors that kind of allowed them to continue on.”

Harrison Central cut into St. C.’s lead in the fifth. Logan Tonkovich started things with a single. He later scored on a two-out single down the left-field line by pinch-hitter Ronnie Bowers. A Hursey single followed. But with both players in scoring position, Vincenzo got Kyle Zaucha to groundout ending the threat.

Vincenzo finished with four strikeouts and two walks.

”He started off a little tentative, but when he got in his groove I thought he did pretty well,” Sliva said.

A Clark RBI highlighted a two-run fifth for the Red Devils, making the score 6-1. Storer drove in another run in the seventh capping the scoring.

Both teams are off today before meeting in Cadiz for a Buckeye 8 rematch Friday.

St. Clairsville 7, Harrison Central 1

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HARRISON: Heavlin LP (1K, 4W), Tonkovich (5) (1K, 1W) and Redish. Hursey 2S; Bowers S, RBI.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE: Vincenzo WP (4K, 2W) and Balog. Storer D, S, 4RBI; Clark D, RBI.