The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 12, 2013

DeLuca’s seventh-inning single dooms Renegades

JOHNSTOWN — The seventh-inning stretch became the seventh-inning comeback as Wise Trailer Sales recovered from an early deficit to defeat Berkley Hills, 9-6, at Point Stadium on Wednesday.

Trailing by one run heading into the seventh, Wise Trailer scored four times in the seventh.

Wise Trailer loaded the bases with no outs before Jordan DeLuca’s run-scoring single turned into two runs thanks to a throwing error. Nate Negri followed with a two-run double.

Wise Trailer’s fantastic finish was complemented by a quick start.

After its first two batters reached in the top of the first, Wise Trailer first baseman Jextin Pugh drove in the first two runs with a ground-rule double to center field. Pugh came around to score for a 3-0 lead.

Wise Trailer tacked on two more runs in the third inning before Renegades pitcher A.J. Rievel settled in.

“I think our kids went flat a little bit,” Wise Trailer Sales manager Jeff Miller said. “Coach McCabe has a good, well-coached team. Those kids aren’t going to quit.”

Berkley Hills (5-7) made a run in the third inning, scoring four of its six runs. The Renegades added another run in the fourth and sixth. Going into the seventh, the Renegades rallied to take a 6-5 lead.

It lasted until DeLuca’s key hit.

“We had a lead in the seventh inning, but the seeing-eye ground ball just seemed to take us right out of the game,” Berkley Hills manager Larry McCabe said. “We just didn’t have a play and the ball was overthrown.”

The Renegades had momentum going into the seventh inning, too. Right fielder Brett Marabito had a sliding catch past the foul pole behind the first base stands to end the sixth inning.

“I was pretty content that we did fight and we did put forth an effort to try to hang on,” McCabe said.

Renegades pitcher A.J. Rievel pitched into the seventh inning before Billy Elliot relieved him. Rievel gave up all nine runs and took the loss. Wise Trailer Sales pitcher Cameron Kyle picked up the win after taking over for starter Nathan Pope in the third. Pope gave up four runs in 2 2⁄3 innings pitched and Kyle allowed two runs in 4 1⁄3 innings.

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