Seventh Inning rally comes up short as Legion falls to Martin Oil

The two local teams were in competition Friday, but they had different goals. Tyrone was looking to get through the game injury free and have some fun in their last game before the playoffs, while Martin Oil was looking to win their third straight regular season George B. Kelly Federation title with wins over Tyrone and Park Furniture. Tyrone accomplished their goal as no one was hurt, and coach John Harlow had the kids pull numbers from a hat to figure out their position and spot in the batting order. Martin Oil took care of their business in the game with an 8-3 win over the Legion.
Martin Oil got off to a quick start with the aid of some Tyrone mistakes. After an out, Andy Brisbin hit a pop up just foul of first base, but no one was able to get to it. Brisbin singled on the next pitch and moved to second when Zach Stere drew a walk. With two runners on, Shawn Weiand hit a grounder to second that was misplayed, and Brisbin scored. With Stere at third, Nate Carlson grounded out to shortstop to drive in the run to make the score 2-0 Martin Oil.
Martin Oil added another run in the third when Stere singled and stole second. After two outs, Derrick Miller came through with a clutch single just out of the reach of second baseman Matt Germino to stretch the lead to three.
Tyrone struggled to get the bats going early against Martin Oil hurler Cory Daly as he did not allow a runner past first base in the first five innings. With the Tyrone bats silent, Martin Oil continued to add to their lead in the fifth. Brisbin singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. He scored when Zach Stere doubled to right-center. After two outs, Tyrone’s defense hurt them again when Derrick Miller’s grounder to short was misplayed allowing Stere to score and make the score 5-0 Martin Oil.
Daly continued to dominate on the mound, and the defense behind him was superb leaving Tyrone scoreless through six. “Cory pitched excellent. He threw our first seven inning complete game this season, and the defense was outstanding. Zach Stere made some real nice stops out there to lock up this game,” said Martin Oil coach Ed Davis on his team’s performance.
Martin Oil tacked on a single run in the sixth on a RBI double by Dan Houser, and two more in the seventh using a hit by pitch, two walks, three wild pitches, and a sacrifice fly by Derrick Miller to make the score 8-0.
Down by eight, Tyrone’s line drives finally found holes in the bottom of the seventh inning. Nick Friling led off with a single to center, and he moved to second on a single by Barry Gummo. Tyler Mertiff took advantage of Tyrone’s first real threat of the day with a RBI single to right scoring Friling and sending Gummo to third. Mertiff moved to second on the throw home. The next batter Jeremy Myers grounded to third to drive in Gummo and was safe when the ball was misplayed. Nick Cushion kept the rally going with a chopper that Martin Oil third baseman Nick Treese couldn’t secure allowing Mertiff to score. With runners at first and second and no outs, Andy Garofoli hit a deep line drive to center that was corralled by right fielder Damion Miller. Miller threw to second and was able to double off Myers who had broken for third. “I thought it was in the gap, and I sent him,” Harlow explained. With two down and a runner on first, Daly was able to get Derrick Soellner to ground out and end the game giving Martin Oil an 8-3 victory.
“Whenever you have a game that doesn’t mean anything, you have to keep the kids interested. I think we all had fun tonight playing different positions, and we played hard. Although we have lost our last three games, we haven’t had our full team. We will Saturday when the playoffs begin, and we have proved all season we can play with any of the tops teams in this league,” said Harlow as he looked forward to the playoffs.
Legion Notes: When Harlow mistakenly sent Jeremy Myers in the seventh inning he followed the rule the kids set before the game. Because he made an “error” in sending Myers, Harlow did five push-ups. In all Tyrone had to do 30 push-ups for their five errors and one by Harlow… Tyrone played with a left-handed left side of the infield as Nick Friling played third and Barry Gummo shortstop for the first time in their lives…. Jeremy Myers performed very well in his first start in centerfield…. Jason Wilson got the start on the mound for Tyrone and pitched very well giving up only five hits and two earned runs in five innings of work…. Matt Germino made his pitching debut for the Legion in the sixth. He pitched two innings… Friling drew the Legion’s only walk. It was his team leading 20th.
Martin beats Park Furniture
Martin Oil captured its third consecutive regular season championship with an 8-5 victory over Park Furniture.
Martin Oil 8 Tyrone Legion 3
MARTIN OIL – Houser, cf, 4-0-1; Brisbin, 2b, 4-2-3; Stere, ss, 3-3-2; Albright, ss, 0-1-0; Weiand, dh, 3-0-0; Carlson, 1b, 3-0-0; DeArmitt, ph, 0-1-0; Der. Miller, lf, 2-0-1; Dam. Miller, rf, 3-0-0; McDaniel, ph, 1-0-0; Daly, p, 3-0-0; Alley, 3b, 2-1-0; Treese, 3b, 1-0-0. TOTALS 29-8-7.
TYRONE LEGION – Wilson, p, 2-0-0; Garofoli, rf, 2-0-1; Soellner, c, 4-0-0; Clark, 1b, 3-0-1; Germino, 2b-p, 3-0-1; Friling, 3b-2b, 2-1-1; Ba. Gummo, ss, 3-1-1; Rickards, lf, 0-0-0; Mertiff, dh, 3-1-1; Myers, cf, 3-0-0; Cushion, rf-3b, 2-0-0. TOTALS 27-3-6.
Martin Oil 201 021 2 8-7-3
Tyrone Legion 000 000 3 3-6-5
2B: Houser 1, Stere 1.
RBI: Der. Miller 2, Carlson 1, Houser 1, Stere 1, Cushion 1, Mertiff 1, Myers 1.
SO: Daly 3, Wilson 1, Germino 1.
BB: Daly 1, Germino 3, Wilson 2.
WP: Daly LP: Wilson.
Saturday’s Playoff schedule
Vet’s Field:
5 p.m. Tyrone Legion vs. Altoona First, 8 p.m. Dick’s vs. Martin Oil.
Mansion Park
5 p.m. Barkman Oil vs. McMullen, 8 p.m. ReMax vs. Park Furniture.