PITTSBURGH, PA – La Roche Baseball (23-8, 9-1) swept a double-header with Pitt-Bradford (9-13, 5-5) to extend their conference win-streak to 16 games at John Arnold Memorial Field.
Pitt-Bradford had a chance to take an early lead in Game 1 but La Roche starter Cole Lentz got out of the first inning unscathed.
The Lions loaded the bases with no outs and their #3 hitter up, Derek Smith. Lentz struck Smith out to record the first out and Colin Williamson made a diving catch in centerfield to get the second out. Lentz then worked himself out of the jam with pop fly to leftfield to end the inning and swing momentum towards La Roche in what would become a low-scoring affair.
The Redhawks took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Sean Lubin reached on an error to lead off the frame and scored two batters later when Dan Burns picked up an RBI single through a drawn in infield.
Pitt-Bradford tied it with a run in the fifth to force extra innings and went up 2-1 in the top of the ninth inning before La Roche evened it up in the bottom of the ninth.
The Redhawks responded after a leadoff walk by Anthony Girdano and bunt-single by Colin Williamson set up Franzee Barlamas for a safety squeeze to tie the game up at 2-2.
Pitt-Bradford had a chance to take the lead in the top half of the next inning but a terrific defensive effort by La Roche kept it tied. Derek Smith attempted to tag up from third base on a fly out to left field but Girdano delivered a strike to the plate for an inning ending double play.
Shane Healey led off the bottom of the tenth with a single down the right field line and stole second to advance into scoring position. Brian Tougher delivered a walk-off hit with a sharp single into left-center to bring home Healey and pick up the win 3-2.
Lentz threw 6 innings and allowed just 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 11 batters. Healey and Tougher registered 2 hits each and Healey, Lubin, and Girdano scored runs. Tougher, Burns, and Baralamas produced RBIs.
Healey got things started in Game 2 with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first and Lubin followed with a single to centerfield to advance Healey to third. Healey was thrown out trying to score from third but Lubin moved up to third on the play and scored on a Burns' bunt. Girdano was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and Goedeker recorded an RBI on a fielder's choice to take a 2-0 lead.
The Redhawks opened things up in the bottom of the fourth. Things got started with back-to-back singles by Sabatini and Tyler Craig. Healey picked up an RBI on a sac fly to right field that scored Sabatini and Lubin singled before Tougher notched a 2-RBI singled increase the lead to 5-0.
Ryan Fennell threw a 2-hit complete game shutout to record the win. He had a no-hitter into the fifth inning but lost it with a seeing-eye single through the right side of the infield.
Lubin went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and Sabatini finished with 2 hits. Tougher contributed 2 RBI and Healey and Goedeker added 1 each. Tougher, Sabatini, and Craig scored runs in the win.