The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 9, 2013

Delweld trounces Martella’s

Cory Isenberg

— Andy Smithmyer may not have had his best stuff on the mound Monday at a damp Roxbury Park, but the right-hander got plenty of run support from his Delweld teammates in a

10-2 victory over rival Martella’s Pharmacy in a AAABA game between the league’s top two teams.

Smithmyer scattered five hits, struck out eight and hit two batters against Martella’s, which snapped a 13-game win streak with Monday’s loss.

“He did his job,” Delweld manager Chris DelSignore said. “Obviously the field and the mound were in less than perfect condition so you never know what is going to happen out there. Andy was adequate today and he was able to work out of a couple of jams. The offense was able to keep tacking on runs and left him work and be comfortable out there.”

Smithmyer said his fastball was his best pitch.

“My fastball was working on both sides of the plate,” Smithmyer said. “I didn’t have my best offspeed pitches so I pretty much just dominated with the fastball.”

Eric Weyant led the offensive onslaught for Delweld, which pounded out 15 hits, going

3-for-4 – including a two-run homer over the left-field fence in the second inning – with three RBI and two runs scored. Matt Martin, Austin Sleek and Devin Pritts each hit a double while Stone Rice and Marcus Shippey were both 2-for-4 and Josh Staniscia scored twice.

Delweld jumped on Martella’s starter Tim Mulvey for three runs in the first inning.

“It’s definitely more comforting to jump on him like we did and get that solid lead and then I was able to get ahead of hitters,” Smithmyer said.

Weyant’s home run in the second helped put league-leader Delweld up 5-0.

Martella’s chipped away at that lead in the bottom of the second. With one out, Jimmy Stenger was hit by a pitch and a Pat Gully single moved him to second.

Matt McMillen’s single scored Stenger and Gully was plated on a Dillon Boyer double. But those were the only chinks that the Pharmacy could come up with against Delweld, which added four more runs in the third and one more in the fifth.

The only Martella’s player with multiple hits was McMillen, who was 2-for-3.

“We didn’t do anything that we needed to do to win a baseball game against a good baseball team,” Martella’s manager Chris Pfeil said. “We left too many runners on base (10) and had too many defensive miscues with guys not being in the right position. You face a good pitcher like Smithmyer, you have to be able to capitalize on your opportunities and we weren’t able to do that.”

Delweld has won all four games that the teams, who will square off again tonight at 5:30  at the Point, have played thus far this season, and holds the tiebreaker over Martella’s in case the two teams should end up tied.

“It’s a big win but (today) is another day,” DelSignore said. “We still have a third of the season left to play and with a two-game lead nothing is safe, especially when we are playing Martella’s. We have to get ready to play again (today).”

Added Pfeil: “We have to try to come back and win the last two games in the series and tie them in the standings and play out the final weeks of the season. You’re at the point in the year where you can stare at the standings and hope or you can get out and win games and make it happen yourself.”