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Third time is a charm for Hoss\’s

The third time was a charm in more ways than one for Hoss\’s baseball. In their third official game against the Tyrone Legion and the third attempt to get the game in, Hoss\’s defeated Tyrone 11-6 at Vets\’ Field.
The Tyrone Legion won the first two official games against Hoss\’s, but with the Legion\’s pitching staff worn out, Hoss\’s took control in each of the three attempts to play the final game.
Hoss\’s led 13-4 in the top of the fifth inning when the game was first played last Friday, but rain led to the game being restarted. The league ruled the game must be restarted, then changed their mind to say it must be completed from where it was, and finally changed their mind back to restarting the game after Tyrone Legion Manager Mike Boytim filed a protest.
When the game was restarted, the Tyrone Legion fell behind 6-1 before rain stopped the game after four innings, and the game was restarted again Wednesday at Vets\’ Field.
This time only a few sprinkles fell and the game was finally able to be completed.
Hoss\’s jumped out to an early lead as they had done in both of the previous attempts to get the game in with an A.J. Beerbower RBI single.
The Tyrone Legion answered in the bottom of the first inning. Matt Morrissey, playing in his final George B. Kelley Federation game, came through with a lead off single, and Tyler Golden was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with no outs. Golden was forced out on a fielder\’s choice ground ball hit by Tyler Gillmen, but Morrissey went to third and scored on a Derrick Soellner ground out.
Tyrone Legion starter Jamie Levinson retired the side in order in the top of the second inning and then helped his cause with a single to lead off the bottom of the inning.
Levinson went to second on a wild pitch, and he scored when Jesse Hertzler tripled to give the Tyrone Legion the lead. With one out, Jeremy Myers singled to score Hertzler, and Myers scored when Morrissey ripped his second single of the game, and Beerbower made an error fielding the ball in center field.
A walk to Brandon Marasco, a stolen base, a ground out and a wild pitch led to a Hoss\’s run in the top of the third inning, and the Tyrone Legion failed to add on to their 4-2 lead in the bottom of the inning.
Matt Winbush doubled to begin the fourth inning, and he scored when Chris McCarl reached on an error. McCarl later scored the tying run when Levinson walked Marasco with the bases loaded. Levinson recovered to get Mike Heist on a ground out to escape the jam with the game tied.
The Tyrone Legion retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Mike Romano singled, stole second and scored on Morrissey\’s third hit of the game, a double.
In the top of the fifth inning, Levinson ran out of gas. Beerbower and Winbush singled before McCarl hit an RBI double. The Legion made three errors in the inning, and Hoss\’s snatched the lead, 8-5.
“Jamie gave his all for us on the mound all season, but throwing 50 innings in basically a month is really tough on anyone much less a 16-year-old, and it caught up to him,” Boytim said.
The Tyrone Legion crawled back within two in the bottom of the inning. Soellner drew the Legion\’s only walk of the game, and Tyler Hoover singled. Soellner and Hoover moved up a base on a wild pitch, and with one out Hertzler drove in Soellner with a single. Hertzler stole second, but Hoss\’s pitcher Luke Harella escaped the jam.
Hoss\’s added three insurance runs in the sixth inning behind a Winbush RBI double, and the Tyrone Legion went in order in the bottom of the inning.
Gillmen relieved Levinson and retired Hoss\’s in order in the top of the seventh inning, but the Tyrone Legion could not get anything started in the bottom of the inning and fell 11-6.
“We came to play today, and we controlled the game through four innings, but we just ran out of gas. It has been a long season for these guys, especially our pitching staff of about four guys. We won nine games as a real young team with a solid core, and I believe if the 16-year-olds stick together they can compete for a league title in the future,” Boytim said.
The Tyrone Legion still has not played a scheduled game against Dick\’s Pharmacy, but that game will likely not be made up. If it isn\’t, the Legion finish the season with a record of 9-14.
Legion Notes: Matt Morrissey, Derrick Soellner and Jeremy Myers played in their final George B. Kelley Federation game, Morrissey may return next year as an assistant coach….Romano almost had an outfield assist in the fifth inning, but the ball slipped out of Soellner\’s grasp….Hertzler, who struck out four times in five at bats against Harella earlier this season, finally figured out the right-hander with a triple and a single.
Hoss\’s 11 Tyrone Legion 6
HOSS\’S – Marasco, 3b, 3-1-1; Heist, ss, 5-2-1; Beerbower, cf, 3-2-2; Winbush, c, 4-0-3; Holsinger, cr, 0-3-0; Harella, p, 0-0-0; McCarl, dh, 4-2-1; Caputo, rf, 4-0-1; Royer, 1b, 3-1-1; Smith, lf, 3-0-1; Supp, lf, 1-0-0; Davies, 2b, 3-0-1; Barroner, 2b, 1-0-0. TOTALS 34-11-12.
TYRONE LEGION – Morrissey, 2b, 4-1-3; Golden, ss, 3-0-1; Gillmen, cf-p, 4-0-0; Soellner, c, 3-1-1; Hoover, 1b, 4-0-1; Levinson, p-rf, 4-1-1; Hertzler, 3b, 3-1-2; Romano, lf, 3-1-1; Myers, rf, 3-1-1. TOTALS 31-6-11.
Hoss\’s 101 243 0 11-12-2.
Tyrone Legion 130 110 0 6-11-6.
2B: Winbush 2, McCarl 1, Morrissey 1.
3B: Hertzler 1.
RBI: McCarl 2, Marasco 1, Beerbower 1, Winbush 1, Smith 1, Hertzler 2, Soellner 1, Myers 1, Morrissey 1.
SO: Levinson 5, Harella 3.
BB: Levinson 3, Harella 1.
WP: Harella LP: Levinson