Heading into the Easter break, Garaway continued to play some good baseball as it rattles through the Inter-Valley Conference portion of its schedule, and dealt a couple of Trojans teams defeats.
The Pirates went nuts against Newcomerstown’s pitching staff, pounding out 15 hits in racking up 19 runs on the way to a 19-1 victory.
Micah VanFossen led the way for Garaway, collecting four hits in five at bats, with two of those turning into doubles, while adding four RBI to his standout day. Also doubling twice was BJ Schwartz, who banged out three total hits while scoring four times from the nine-hole. Quinn Miller recorded three hits, scored three times and drove in three, adding a stolen base into the mix, while Josh Yoder scored a pair of runs.
It was all in support of starting and winning pitcher Schwartz, who went the distance in the five-inning 10-run victory. Schwartz allowed just one Newcomerstown hit, a home run off the bat of Braden Russel, while striking out four and walking just one.
Garaway got on top in the first when Trey Hershberger walked, stole second and scored on Quinn Miller’s single. But the Pirates blew things up in the second, when they scored seven times.
VanFossen reached on an error, then Bryce Bickford and Ben Koshmider singled and Schwartz walked, bringing up the top of the Pirates’ order. Peyton Miller stroked a two-run double, Quinn Miller delivered another single and VanFossen thrashed a two-run double.
Garaway got five more runs in the third, to make sure the Trojans didn’t entertain thoughts of coming back. Schwartz singled, and after an error, Trey Hershberger stroked a sacrifice fly. Quinn Miller walked and another error by the Trojans produced another run. Back-to-back singles by Derek Briggs and VanFossen made it 12-0 and Briggs later scored to put Garaway up 13-0.
Schwartz’ double in the fourth ignited a four-run inning, and after Russel spanked his home run shot, Garaway collected three more insurance runs in the fifth, the big blows being back-to-back doubles from Briggs and VanFossen.
Garaway took full advantage of seven Newcomerstown errors, plating eight unearned runs, while Schwartz certainly didn’t need so much run support, but gladly took it.
The next night the Pirates faced a stiffer contest in non-league foe Tusky Valley, but the Pirates pitching proved to be good enough for a 6-1 victory.
Peyton Miller and Josh Yoder teamed up to allow just the lone tally for the Trojans. Miller went 5-2/3 innings allowing the unearned run, giving up a stingy one hit and striking out three. Yoder closed the door with 1-1/3 one-hit innings of ball.
At the plate, Garaway collected just seven hits but made the most of them. Ian Hershberger had the big day, pounding out three hits and driving in two runs, while VanFossen continued to produce, driving home a pair.
Seth Johnson started on the mound for the Trojans, and went five innings, allowing six runs, three of which were earned, while walking three and striking out four. Craig Smolinsky tossed tow scoreless innings to wrap things up on the mound for Tusky Valley.
Garaway jumped out on top in the top of the first inning, when Yoder led off by getting plunked by a pitch. Trey Hershberger walked, and Quinn Miller and Ian Hershberger stroked singles.
Garaway would pick up a big insurance run in the third inning without getting a hit. Trey Hershberger drew another walk, and would motor to third on an error on Quinn miller’s sacrifice bunt. He would then score on a wild pitch.
The Pirates recorded their final two runs in the fifth inning. With one out, Ryan Aleshire struck out but reached first base when the catcher was unable to maintain possession and the ball skipped to the backstop. Ian Hershberger singled, and after a passed ball moved both runners up one base, VanFossen singled to left to plate both runners.
The Trojans would get to Peyton Miller in the sixth inning for their unearned run, but with the way Miller and Yoder were twirling on the mound, it mattered little.
The two wins improved Garaway to 9-2 on the year, and the win over Newcomerstown improved the Pirates to 6-0 in league play.