The Garaway Pirates left little doubt as to who would dominate their contest with the Malvern Hornets Friday, April 29. Despite having to make the long trek to Malvern, the Pirates came out playing well, established an early lead and then simply and systematically pulled away from Malvern in a 13-3 win in Inter-Valley Conference baseball action.
With Peyton Miller looking strong on the mound for Garaway, it was just a matter of the Pirates’ bats taking charge, and Garaway did that early and often.
BJ Schwartz took care of that in the first, when he reached on an error leading off the game, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch then walked home on Ryan Aleshire’s ringing double to left with two outs off of Malvern starter Drew Hutchison.
Miller retired the Hornets in order in the first, and Garaway went to work in the second. With two outs and nobody on, Hunter Hostetler and Ben Koshmider whacked singles, and Schwartz’ single scored Hostetler and the ball skipped through, allowing Koshmider to score. Peyton Miller walked and Quinn Miller and Aleshire followed up with RBI singles, and Garaway was now sporting a 6-0 lead.
Peyton Miller struck out the side in the second, and the Pirates immediately went back to work in the top of the third, and again it would be the bottom of the order that got it going.
Brian Bickford and Derek Briggs would single, and one out later Koshimder would deliver a run-scoring single. Schwartz would follow with his second hit, making it 8-0.
Malvern would touch Peytom Miller for its only run off of him in the fourth when Jarrett Majestic singled and came around to score, but Garaway would put the game away in the top of the fifth with a five-run explosion.
Micah VanFossen, hitting for Schwartz, singled to center to start the inning. Trey Hershberger, in for Peyton Miller, singled and Quinn Miller followed suit to load the bases with nobody out. The Pirates then scored three straight runs without putting a ball in play, getting a pair of walks and a hit batter to go up 11-1. Briggs’ sacrifice fly and Hostetler’s RBI single made it 13-1, and those two latter runs came in useful in the bottom of the inning.
Briggs came on in relief, and with one out, an error, a single, two walks and a fielder’s choice plated two runs for Malvern to make it 13-3. Threatening to trim the lead within 10 runs to extend the game. Briggs dug deep and induced ground-out to third to end the threat and the game.
Aleshire had a monster day at the plate, ripping three hits while driving in three runs. Quinn Miller recorded a pair of hits, scoring twice while driving in two runs, Koshmider added two hits and two RBI, Hostetler pitched in with a pair of hits while Schwartz added two hits and scored a pair of runs.
Peyton Miller went four strong innings, striking out six and allowing only two hits while walking four. Briggs allowed one hit and a pair of runs on two walks.
The win improved Garaway to 14-5 overall and to 9-2 overall, as the Pirates remain the only team in the league within striking distance of undefeated Hiland.