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Perfect no more: Brecksville Bees rout Amherst Comets in battle of unbeaten teams
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Amherst’s Griffin Weir delivers a pitch against Brecksville in Southwestern Conference play on Thursday.
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Amherst's Justin Mott fouls off a pitch during the bottom of the second in the game between Amherst and Brecksville at Amherst High School Thursday.
Stanford-bound hurler Griffin Weir labored through 3 2/3 innings for Amherst (10-1, 6-1 SWC), finding himself the victim of several costly errors. He allowed a total of six runs (three earned), including two home runs. He also struck out four, walked four and hit two batters.
“Griff didn’t have his best stuff today, but he still battled,” Comets head coach Matt Rositano said.
Weir faced the minimum in the first inning before giving up a one-out single to Nate Koczynski and hitting Vlad Kovacevic in the second. John Balhorn capitalized by lining a single past the outstretched arms of Amherst second baseman Alex Walts. Koczynski scored and Kovacevic advanced to third when right fielder Aaron Soto overthrew his cutoff man, resulting in the ball reaching the backstop.
Paul Karthan plated Kovacevic and Balhorn the following at bat to make the score 3-0 by doubling to deep center. Having overstepped the bag, Karthan was ruled out after Weir tossed the ball to Corey Stamco at first base.
Dan Pushpak then capped off the inning’s scoring with a solo home run.
The scoring continued in the third as Joe Houk smashed another solo home run. Weir then walked Ricky Farina, who made it to second on a passed ball before scoring on another throwing error.
“Attention to detail is something we’ve been preaching all year,” Rositano said. “We didn’t do those things early so instead of being down 3-0 nothing, we went down 6-0.”
It appeared the Comets were going to climb back in the game after the fourth inning where they tallied all four of their runs. Walts and Connor Morris hit singles to start the frame and the rally continued when Karthan could not handle a hopper at short off the bat of Weir, bringing home Walts and sending Morris to third.
Stamco roped a single down the left field line to plate Morris, but Bees’ (11-0, 7-0 SWC) Perry Dellavalle got out of the jam when he forced Soto into a fielder’s choice and Brecksville turned a double play to end the inning. That cut Amherst’s deficit to 6-4.
Dellavalle went the distance for Brecksville, striking out six and allowing four runs on three hits.
Things unraveled irreversibly for Amherst in the fifth as the Bees trounced pitchers Eric Lamb, Brandon Chesmar, and Garrett Mullins for a combined eight runs.
“It was our fourth game in four days and when you go out with your No. 1 pitcher you expect to get more than 3 2/3 innings,” Rositano said. “We had to get a bit creative with the lineup. All of our hitters battled but when you’re going up against a good hitting team like Brecksville, you either have to hit with them or make plays behind your pitcher.”
After walking Chesmar, Dellavalle put the Comets down in order in the bottom of the six to seal the 10-run rule.
Amherst will have an opportunity to bounce back from their first loss of the season quickly. The Comets hit the road to face Elyria today at 4:30.
“In baseball you get to have a short memory,” Rositano said. “When you have a bad game you get to play another one tomorrow.”
Brecksville 14, Amherst 4
Brecksville (11-0, 7-0) 042 000 8 — 14 12 1
Amherst (10-1, 6-1) 000 400 0 — 4 3 2
TWO HITS OR MORE — B: Joe Houk, Nate Korczynski, Dan Pushback; 2B — B: Karthan; A: Chesmar; HR — B: Houk, Pushpak; WP — Perry Dellavelle (3-0); LP — Griffin Weir (3-1).
Last Updated: 4/18/2013 11:36:51 PM EST