SA earns a pair over Lincoln, Tri
MAKING A SPLASHâ€”SAâ€™s Jared Rife smacks a hit as hit comrades look on from the dugout. After starting 1-3, SA evened their record up with a pair of wins Saturday. (Photo by Kalvin Fiechter)
CAMBRIDGE CITY—The Starfire baseball team made a 140-mile round trip on Saturday playing a pair of games in between to make it worth their while going 2-0 on the day to improve their record to an even 3-3 on the season.
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The Stars began their day with a six inning rout of the host school Cambridge City Lincoln Golden Eagles, 10-0 led by the one-hit pitching effort of their senior ace, Alex Augsburger. The hurler had three strikeouts with three walks but allowed just one hit all day to the Golden Eagles facing 20 batters officially.
On the offensive end, the Stars were the beneficiaries of six CCL errors and nine hits on the day led by Shea Pyle, Blake Fox, and Collin Affolder who each stroked two hits in the game.
SA scored two in the bottom of the first inning when Pyle singled, then Corey Seffernick reached on an error to the shortstop. After stealing second there were runners on second and third when Fox hit a fielder's choice that scored Pyle and Affolder followed suit on the next at-bat scoring Seffernick on a fielder's choice of his own.
Augsburger scored in the second inning after singling to start the inning. Pyle drove in the pitcher with a triple for his second hit of the day. SA would get one more in the third to make it 4-0 when Seffernick scored on a double by Affolder.
An error, a single, and a walk started the fourth loading the bases and then Pyle would score on a wild pitch but Cambridge City Lincoln would hold the damage to just one run in the fourth, while neither team scored in the fifth.
SA closed out the game with a five-run burst in the bottom of the sixth. Back-to-back errors to start the inning putting runners on the corners, then Seffernick, Fox, and Affolder hit three consecutive singles scoring four runs and Dakota Pugsley's pinch-hit single drove in the 10th run ending the game.
Augsburger went all six innings throwing 85 pitches.
Against Tri, the Stars got four runs in the top of the first inning to set the tone with another four in the third, one in the fifth, and three in the seventh to win 12-0 courtesy of 12 hits and 11 walks.
Four walks and a hit batsman in the first inning resulted in the first four runs of the game for the Stars as the Titans struggled with their pitching out of the gate.
After a scoreless second inning, Affolder led off with a single, then the Stars were patient again at the plate drawing three more free passes in the bottom of the order. Pyle broke the game open with a double down the right field line scoring two for a large 8-0 lead.
In the fifth, Nick Busse walked, then stole second and moved to third on a fielder's choice before scoring on a Seffernick groundout for the frame's only run.
In the seventh, Chandler Ingle, Seffernick, Fox, Affolder, Brandon Dailey, and Augsburger led to three more Starfires runs.
South Adams pitched another gem but against Tri it was success by committee as Affolder earned the win going four innings without allowing a hit with one walk and four strikeouts with Eric Pimentel closing the game's final three innings out allowing just two hits with three walks and a pair of K's but neither allowed a run to cross the plate in a combined two-hit effort.