Stars top Jets, 14-12
SA senior Dustin Wanner picks up the win for the Starfires over the Jets going 6.2 innings before being relieved for the final out by Nick Batt. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
BERNE—The Jets had a chance to take their revenge on the South Adams Starfires on Thursday night after losing their first meeting in the Coaches versus Cancer Classic earlier this season, but the Starfires repeated their late-game heroics with a five-run sixth inning to take the lead and put their cross-county rivals on their backs, 14-12.
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The Jets had 14 hits in the game compared to South Adams’ 12, but the Stars led in the stat that counted with runs on the scoreboard. The key for SA in the game was drawing nine walks against the AC pitchers who struggled to find their good stuff the entire game.
The visiting Jets started off the score-fest in the top of the first when they scored three against starting pitcher Dustin Wanner. Two errors by the Stars would put two Jets on base, both of whom would score. Landon Brunner knocked a double to score Isaac Soldner who reached on an error for AC’s second run after Dalton Combs scored on Soldner’s hit to right field. Brunner would score off of the next batter, Will Schultz’ single for an AC 3-0 lead.
The Stars were prepared to answer the Jets’ challenge with some force. Wanner, the Stars’ lead-off, took the fourth pitch he saw to left field up and over the fence off of Combs. Three batters later, Blake Fox would follow suit with a two-run blast to tie the score up at 3-3.
AC would pick up where they left off with two more in the second inning. Combs would single with two outs and then steal second base. Isaac Luginbill would then single in Combs and Soldner would earn his second RBI of the game with a double to right-center scoring Luginbill. The Stars would load the bases but could not get a score in the second.