Monday, May 13, 2013

South Fayette falls to West Allegheny, 8-5

Been hanging out here at Burkett Athletic Complex, where I just watched the South Fayette baseball team fall to West Allegheny, 8-5, in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

With three games today, don't have a whole lot of time -- and we don't have a whole lot of space for tomorrow -- so I thought I would throw some details of this one on the blog.

The story: Sixth-seeded West Allegheny (16-6) scored five runs on seven hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to turn a 5-3 deficit into an 8-5 win. Tyler Eritz came on in relief and worked three scoreless innings for the win, allowing one hit and striking out seven.

Notables: South Fayette center fielder Mike Fetchet was 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored. He also threw out two runners at home. … Catcher Aaron Fonner had two hits, including a double. … West Allegheny second baseman Adam LaRue had three hits. … designated hitter Brandon Scanlon had a double and drove in a pair of runs. … Game lasted 2 hours, 16 minutes.

Play-by-play: No. 11 seed South Fayette (10-9) took a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game after Fetchet led off with a double that one-hopped the fence in left center, and Fonner singled to left.

West Allegheny answered in the bottom half. Starting pitcher Tyler Amedure was hit by a pitch and LaRue walked. A double steal put runners on second and third with nobody out.

Scanlon's single scored one. West Allegheny got its second run when third baseman Josh Bahr grounded to first, Logan Sharp jogged to the bag after fielding the ball, and LaRue, recognizing an opportunity, took off from third.

The Lions struck for four runs on four hits in the third, the biggest being a two-run blast to left from Fetchet that scored left fielder Brian Coyne.

Fonner doubled, and right fielder Hayden Orler drove him in with a two-out double. That gave South Fayette four extra-base hits through two-plus innings. Third baseman Dylan Witt made it 5-2 with a bloop single into shallow left field.

West Allegheny got one run back in the bottom of the fifth when LaRue led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on an error by Sharp. But pitcher Zach Walker stranded two by getting a popout to first and a grounder to second.

The bottom of the sixth inning, though, proved to be the difference.

Right fielder Mike Cummings and shortstop Anthony Carter had back-to-back singles to start the frame. Both stole bases to make it second and third. Amedure scored one with a sacrifice fly, and LaRue punched a single threw a drawn-in infield.

That tied the game at 5 before first baseman Shea Beaumont doubled to the wall right center and Scanlon scorched a double down the left field line for a 7-5 lead. Left fielder Joe Kvederis pushed a single through the right side for West Allegheny's final run.

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