Sometime you just have to go out and take what you want.
That is exactly what the Garaway Pirates did in their game against the Newcomerstown Trojans Tuesday, May 3.
Garaway posted an impressive eight-spot in the first column, and never looked back in a 14-3 five-inning win over the Trojans.
“It was a good night overall,” said Garaway coach Justin Elmore.
Those words were actually a major understatement after the first inning torrent that saw 11 Pirates march to home plate to take their swings.
It began with Austin Miller walking and stealing second base. That would actually mark quite an evening for Miller, who went 2-for-3 with three runs and five RBI. Trey Hershberger then laced a single to center, and the route was officially on.
Quinn Miller reached on an error and hot-hitting Ian Hershberger drilled a single to make it 2-0.
B.J. Schwartz followed suit, and after Joel Honigford popped out for the first out of the inning, Derek Briggs walked to load the bases. Tanner Petitte hit a long sacrifice fly, and Micah VanFossen walked, reloading the bases, but not for long. That brought Austin Miller back to the plate.
Miller hit the first offering he saw over the wall in left field for a grand slam that completed Garaway’s first-inning onslaught.
Austin Miller would take the mound following the huge inning and promptly gave two of the runs back as the Trojans had three hits, but that was all they would get off Miller.
Schwartz and Honigford would both single in a scoreless second inning, but in the third, Garaway would find success yet again.
A walk to Petitte was followed up by VanFossen’s rousing home run over the porch in left, and Garaway led 10-2. The Pirates were not finished. Austin Miller doubled and came home on Quinn Miller’s sacrifice fly to make it 11-2.
Briggs walked and scored after Ben Koshmider’s single in the fourth, and to invoke the 10-run mercy rule, the Pirates went out and got an insurance run to boot in the fifth.
Quinn Miller walked and Ian Hershberger singled, with Schwartz and pinch-hitter Hunter Hostetler then following up with RBI-singles to make it 14-2.
The Trojans had one last-gasp effort in the bottom of the fifth, and plated a run on three hits, but Austin Miller slammed the door shut to secure the win, getting a full-count strikeout.
Miller allowed nine hits, struck out three and walked one in picking up the win on the mound, while his 5-RBI night was highlighted by his grand slam in the first inning. Schwartz was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 and adding a walk, while VanFossen homered and drove in and scored a pair.
Hershberger added two hits while Quinn Miller and Briggs both scored a pair of runs.