Anyone who loves baseball games that feature a lot of runs would have loved the double-header in Sugarcreek Saturday, April 15 when the Garaway Pirates hosted the River View Black Bears.
River View won the opener 17-9 while the Pirates improved to 10-3 by capturing a 12-8 victory in the nightcap. It was a day filled with lots of hits and plenty of miscues in the field, and both teams left the field with a win and a loss.
In the opener, the Black Bears jumped on Garaway starter Trey Hershberger early and never let off the pedal. River View plated three in the first inning, four in the third, four more in the fourth and finally a five-spot in the fifth blew the game wide open despite Garaway’s best effort to stay close by slugging away at the plate.
Hershberger allowed a triple and a pair of doubles in consecutive at bats in the first inning as the black Bears teed off. Garaway trimmed the deficit to 3-1 in the second inning on a Micah VanFossen RBI single, but River View attacked in the third and forth to open up a monstrous 11-1 lead.
Ian Hershberger reached on an error and Derek Briggs singled to start the Pirates’ fourth, and again VanFossen came through with a two-run single to make it 11-3. The Pirates got through the fifth inning cleanly as Gary Miller, who had come on in relief of Briggs, shut down the mighty Black Bears attack, at least momentarily. That allowed Garaway to creep a tad closer in the bottom of the inning. BJ Schwartz singled and stole second and came home on Quinn Miller’s base hit. Miller then stole second and scored on an error when the shortstop couldn’t handle Bryce Bickford’s sharp grounder. Bickford then scored on yet another River View error to make it 11-6.
Defensively, the game was marred by five errors by both teams that made for a sloppy game that added to the run total.
However, River View came in and tore off five more runs to put the game away. For River View, Ethan Guilliams pounded out four hits, Aaron Elliott had three hits, scored three runs and drove in three, Gerik Sow drove home three runs on a pair of hits and Sean Orillion cranked out three hits and drove in four runs. Ian Brinker added four runs on two hits. Garaway was led by VanFossen, who delivered three RBI on three hits, while Schwartz and Quinn Miller each hammered out two hits.
In the nightcap, Garaway got back on track by grinding out a back-and-forth 12-8 victory. River View again jumped on top early, getting a run in the first on an Elliott double and two more in the second off of Garaway starter Quinn Miller with a two-run single from Orillion.
Garaway got one back in the bottom of the second when VanFossen walked, stole second and scored on a Schwartz single, but the Black Bears posted a three-spot in the third to forge a 6-1 lead. The Pirates responded with five runs in the bottom to tie it. With one out, Quinn miller and Ryan Aleshire singled and Ian Hershberger drove home Miller. Briggs, Trevor Donaldson and Schwartz then all spanked doubles that eventually tied it at 6-6.
River View got one in the fourth and another in the fifth, and the Pirates responded by getting one back in the bottom of the fifth to trim the deficit to 8-7 when Briggs got hit by a pitch and Schwartz delivered another run-scoring double. Aleshire took the mound and kept the Black Bears at bay in the sixth, and the Pirates came in and had a huge inning to forge a 12-8 lead.
Quinn miller singled and Aleshire reached via an error. With one out, VanFossen walked and a run scored when Briggs was again hit by a pitch. The wheels began coming off for River View, as Donaldson was also hit, Bickford walked to force in a run, Peyton Miller hit a sacrifice fly and Trey Hershberger singled.
Josh Yoder then took the mound in the seventh for Garaway and put the game in the win column, allowing just a walk in his one-inning stint.
Orillion and Elliott both collected a pair of hits for River View, while Garaway was paced by Schwartz, who banged out three hits, including two doubles, while he drove in two runs. Donaldson scored twice and drove in three runs, Ian Hershberger collected two hits and drove home a pair, Quinn Miller had three hits and scored twice and Trey Hershberger banged out a pair of hits. Aleshire picked up the win in relief, going one perfect inning, while the pirates roughed up River View starter Zared Tumblin to the tune of 12 runs, nine of them earned, on 12 hits.