“I’d like to see our kids start off a little faster,” Sidney coach Matt Ferraro said of his team’s first meeting with Unatego, the defending MAC champion. “We came out flat in that first game and scored all of our runs late. Other than that, it was an even game. Unatego is a great team. I expect they’ll be ready to play and we’ll be ready.”
On Friday, Sidney scored three runs in the second inning off of losing pitcher Austin Bauerle. Damian Zimmer reached on an error to start the inning. Crawford and Noah McKee followed with singles to load the bases. Anthony Ruling then hit a three-run single to left-center.
“It was a bomb,” Ferraro said of Ruling’s hit. “Three runs scored, but he stayed at first base. I have no idea why.”
Bauerle’s RBI double in the fourth cut B-G’s deficit to 3-1, but Sidney scored three more runs in the bottom of the inning. Billy Kozak hit an RBI single in the inning for Sidney, which scored the other two runs on an error.
“The first time we played (B-G), Bauerle didn’t pitch and we beat them pretty bad,” Ferraro said. “They’re a much better team with Bauerle pitching, but my kids stepped up. Bauerle is probably the best kid we’ve seen on the mound this year.”
Bauerle finished with six strikeouts. He also had an RBI single in the sixth inning that capped the scoring.
Of McDonald’s pitching, Ferraro said: “He’s a tough pitcher in general, but his fastball and curveball were outstanding today. He really kept the B-G hitters off balance.”
Delhi 5, Walton 4
Host Delhi benefited from two Walton errors in the eighth inning to score the winning run in the Midstate Athletic Conference game.