Martella’s Pharmacy got a little something extra from its players on Tuesday night in a
7-4 victory over league-leader Delweld in AAABA baseball action in the early game at Point Stadium.
The Pharmacy, which beat Delweld for the first time in five games this season and is just a game behind in the standings, had 11 hits – six for extra base hits – including a solo home run by Anthony Fanelli, a triple by Luke Williams, two doubles by Tony Strasiser and one each from Jesse Cooper and Matt McMillen.
“We just wanted to be more aggressive at the plate and find ways to get runners on, whether by walks or hits,” said Strasiser, who was 3-for-3 with three RBI. “We showed that in the first inning and it really helped throughout the game. We definitely drove the ball a lot better (Tuesday).”
Martella’s jumped on Delweld starter Marcus Shippey from the outset as Dillon Boyer led off the game with a walk, went to second on a sacrifice and to third on a Cooper single.
Strasiser’s first double plated Boyer and Cooper. Williams triple then brought home Strasiser to put the Pharmacy ahead 3-0.
In the second, Martella’s added two more runs before Delweld got on the board when Drew Hemminger was hit by a pitch, went to third on a double by Devin Pritts and scored on an Eric Weyant single to narrow the lead to 5-1.
Martella’s added a run in the third and each team scored one in the fourth.
Delweld made the game interesting in the sixth, scoring twice, but that was as close as it could get.
Derek Younker pitched 5 2⁄3 solid innings with five strikeouts, two hit batsmen and no walks giving up three runs on nine hits.
The Martella’s defense played flawless ball behind him and turned two double plays to get out of innings.
“Derek got the big outs when we needed them,” Martella’s manager Chris Pfeil said. “Sam Barbera had a great play from right field throwing out a runner at home in the second and that gave us a little bit of momentum and we turned a double play with the bases loaded to get out of it.
“When you can make plays like that, it turns the momentum. We hit the ball very well and fortunately we were able to get a few key outs when we needed them.”
Cooper finished 2-for-3, Williams and Pat Gully were both 2-for-4 and Boyer and Cooper each scored twice for Martella’s (19-6).
Josh Staniscia was 2-for-3, Ian Helsel, Luke Campbell and Pritts were all 2-for-4 with Campbell scoring twice and Eric Weyant driving in two runs for Delweld (20-5).
“We couldn’t get much to fall and I think it was a bit of role reversal from Monday when we beat them,” Delweld manager Chris DelSignore said.
“I thought we hit the ball hard but right at some of their players. Even though we had 11 hits, we lacked the big hit and the big inning. We dug ourselves a hole but I thought the second half of the game we played much better overall.”
The same two teams will square off again at 7:45 p.m. tonight at the Point.