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Barry Gummo leads Golden Eagles to 15-13 comeback win over Bellwood-Antis in eight innings with his arm and his bat

If you are the kind of fan who likes lots of scoring, then could appreciate the baseball contest played at Bellwood on Wednesday afternoon. If you like good pitching, then you could like what you saw in the 15-13 Tyrone victory as well. The game was filled with big innings and comebacks by both teams, clutch hits and balls flying over the fences. There was a little bit of just about everything before the game ended after eight innings except a win for both teams. In sports you learn early that only one team can win, whether it is the team you are cheering for or not.
Barry Gummo tossed the last four inings for the win and hit a home run and sac fly in his final two at bats to carry the day.
Bellwood-Antis, which fell behind in the first meeting between these backyard rivals then almost pulled off a win, started out on fire on Wednesday.
The Blue Devils took advantage of a wild streak by Tyrone starter Brice Mertiff to score four times in the bottom of the first. Andy Brisbin and Chris Alley drew walks to lead off the inning. Shawn Weiand singled to right on the first pitch to load the bases. Matt Albright, who had one of the biggest games, drew a walk to force in Brisbin. Mertiff settled down to strike out the next two batters, but Tyler McClellan’s single scored Alley and Weiand. Albright came home on a wild pitch.
In the second, Mertiff hit Brisbin to begin the frame. Brice struck out Alley, but Weiand singled to right again on the first pitch again. Albright, given new life when his high foul pop was dropped, belted a pitch over the left field fence for a three-run dinger and a 7-0 B-A lead after two innings.
Tyrone crept back into the game in the top of the third Nick Cushion singled and with one out Bellwood-Antis starter Troy Brunner hit Ben Gummo with a pitch. Mertiff helped himself with an infield hit to load the bases. Brunner got Brinton Mingle to pop up for the second out, but designated hitter Clint Wilson lined a single up the middle to score Cushion and Ben Gummo. Mertiff scored on a passed ball to slice the B-A margin to 7-3.
In their next at bats, both teams stepped up their offenses.
Bellwood-Antis sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third to move into a 12-3 advantage. Tyrone brought 12 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth to knock that score down to 12-11 leaving the Blue Devils barely hanging on for life.
Adam DeArmitt walked with one out and everything else happened with two outs for the Blue Devils. Brisbin singled to left and Alley singled to load the bases again. Weiand walked to bring home DeArmitt. After Brisbin scored on a wild pitch, Albright singled into the left field corner to score Alley and Weiand to give Matt six RBI for the game. Albright then scored on a Tyrone error.
With Tyrone looking at being Mercy-ruled, the Eagles fought back. First Tyrone coach Tom Coleman brought in his ace, left-hander Barry Gummo. Where the Blue Devils bats coupled with walks and errors by Tyrone had given Bellwood-Antis a nine-run lead, Gummo turned the B-A bats cold, holding Bellwood-Antis to just one more run over four complete innings. In the meantime, the Eagle offense kept rolling, scoring eight in the fourth and then two each in the seventh and eighth to pull out the win.
In the fourth inning, Derrick Soellner led off with a single to left. Brandon Maceno forced him at second for the first out of the frame. Cushion walked and Barry Gummo looped a single to right to load the bases for the Eagles. Ben Gummo singled sharply to score Maceno, before Tyler Rickards, who had gone in to third base during a pitching switch, drilled a two ball-one strike count pitch from Brunner that was too good, for a bases-clearing grand slam home run. Mingle followed with a solo shot to get Tyrone closer.
Ryan Rhoades relieved Brunner on the mound for the Blue Devils and got Clint Wilson to fly out for the second out of the inning. Rhoades then hit Max Soellner with a pitch and younger brother Derrick Soellner made him pay by clouting his second home run in two nights, this one a two-run dinger that left Tyrone trailing by just a run 12-11.
“Baseball is a funny game, you know,” explained Tyrone coach Coleman. “Yesterday’s game and the first few innings of this game, we were pretty down and low. We got a nice spark from our bench players. Our bats came around and we just kept battling back. We got some big hits in the fourth inning, that was a great effort. After that we went with the flow. Our pitchers in the late innings, held them at bay. We finally took the lead and they came back and tied the game back up in the seventh. We came right back and scored two more big runs in the eighth. Barry did a good job coming in closing the last four innings.”
While Barry Gummo was shutting down the Blue Devils on offense, he helped himself out by giving Tyrone a 13-12 lead crushing a two-run homer following Cushion’s base hit to lead off the seventh to give Tyrone their first lead of the game.
“That was definitely a big hit by Barry,” said coach Coleman. “I thought all our hits were big tonight, battling back from a nine-run deficit. We were down, but we battled back. I think this really rejuvenated us. Hopefully we can carry that over the last couple regular season games and right into the playoffs.”
Bellwood-Antis kept trying to push runs across the plate on Barry, but he stepped up a gear to stop any damage before it crossed home plate. Weiand singled and stole second base and Albright walked with two outs in the fourth, but Gummo retired Kyle Drost on a grounder. In the fifth, B-A put a pair of runners on with singles by Tyler McClellan and L. J. Seidel, but Gummo struck out Brisbin and got Alley on a comebacker to the mound.
In the sixth, Weiand got as far as third base, by beating out an infield hit and stealing both second and third, but again he was stranded with Gummo notching a fly out and two Ks.
Finally, B-A did get through in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. McClellan led off with a double, the only extra-base hit of the game that didn’t go over the fences. McClellan moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Seidel’s RBI groundout.
“No, we didn’t give up,” said B-A coach Steve Conlon. “That’s one thing this team does is battle. But when you have a 12-3 lead in high school baseball, you expect to hang on to it. Give the Tyrone kids credit. Their kids came out and battled back from a big deficit and they did what it took to get the win.”
The day belonged to the Eagles however. Soellner worked Drost for a walk and Brandon Maceno advanced him to second with so perfecta bunt, he beat it out as well to put runners at first and second. Cushion slashed a single down the third base line to score Jeremy Myers, courtesy running for Soellner and Barry Gummo gave himself an insurance run with a sac fly that scored Maceno.
He wouldn’t need it. Albright kept the Bellwood-Antis hopes alive with a two-out single for his third hit, but Drost was retired on a hard shot to shortstop for the final out.
Tyrone 15 Bellwood-Antis 13
TYRONE – Ba. Gummo, 1b-p, 5-2-2; Be. Gummo, ss-p, 5-2-2; Mertiff, p-ss, 2-1-1; Rickards, 3b, 2-1-1; Mingle, rf, 4-1-1; J. Wilson, lf, 0-0-0; C. Wilson, dh, 5-0-3; Gillman, dh, 0-0-0; M. Soellner, cf, 4-1-0; D. Soellner, c, 3-1-2; Myers, cr, 0-1-0; Maceno, 2b-p, 4-2-1; Cushion, 3b-2b-1b, 4-3-3. TOTALS 38-15-16.
BELLWOOD-ANTIS – Brisbin, 2b, 4-3-1; Alley, ss, 5-2-1; Weiand, c, 5-3-4; Coho, 1b, 0-0-0; Albright, dh, 4-3-3; Drost, 3b-p, 6-0-0; Brunner, p, 2-0-0; Rhoades, p-3b, 1-0-0; McClellan, rf, 5-1-3; DeArmitt, cf, 2-1-0; Seidel, lf, 5-0-1. TOTALS 39-13-13.
Tyrone 003 800 22 15-16-4.
Bellwood-Antis 435 000 10 13-13-2.
2B: McClellan 1.
HR: Ba. Gummo 1, Rickards 1, Mingle 1, D. Soellner 1, Albright 1.
RBI: Rickards 4, Ba. Gummo 3, C. Wilson 2, D. Soellner 2, Be. Gummo 1, Cushion 1, Albright 6, McClellan 2, Weiand 1, Seidel 1.
SO: Mertiff 3, Be. Gummo 1, Maceno 1, Ba. Gummo 4, Brunner 2.
BB: Mertiff 4, Be. Gummo 3, Maceno 3, Brunner 2, Rhoades 1, Drost 2.
WP: Ba. Gummo LP: Drost