PITTSBURGH, PA -- #17 La Roche Baseball split a non-conference double header with Marietta 8-6 (L) 12-8 (W) on Monday. The game 1 loss ends the Redhawks' sixteen game win-streak.
Game 1: Marietta loaded the bases with one out in the first inning. Shane Fetzko, Connor Golden and Michael Barnabei came through with RBI singles and an error allowed the fourth run.
La Roche left runners at first and second in the bottom of the inning and Marietta added two more in the second.
The Redhawks got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Ian Velez singled to lead off the inning and it looked like they would have runners at the corners but runners interference forced Velez backed to first. Shane Roebuck doubled home Velez for La Roche's opening run.
Cam Smith came in relief with two outs in the second and retired the first four Pioneers he faced. La Roche cut into the lead again in the third. Corey Lazor and David Lemley reached and Velez hit a liner up the middle to make it 6-2.
Roebuck hit a moon shot deep over the left field wall to lead off the fourth. It was his seventh of the year and twelfth of his career. Later in the inning, Luis Navedo cut the deficit to just one when he blasted a two-run shot over the Red Monster. Navedo tied Lemley for the career home run mark with the blast.
Elmo Trickett took a relay from Navedo and gunned out a Marietta runner at home to keep it a one run game in the seventh. La Roche tied it in the bottom of the inning. Joe Professori hit a one out double up the right field line and scored on a Velez single.
Smith got out of two on and two out jams in the eighth and ninth innings. The Redhawks had the bases loaded with just one out in the bottom of the ninth. Marietta used an inning ending 5-4-3 double play to send it into extras.
The Pioneers grabbed the lead with a 2-run homer in the top of the tenth and held on.
Game 2: La Roche struggled in the top of the first giving up four runs. Their struggles did not last long as they busted out for seven runs in the bottom of the inning.
Navedo singled in Jon Spina and Corey Lazor and then Lemley blasted his sixth home run of the year and nineteenth of his career. Three batters later Mitchel Yard sent one over the left centerfield wall for a 7-4 lead.
Marietta got a run back in the fifth and another in the sixth. Cole Cogley came in relief in the seventh and sent the Pioneers down in order.
The Redhawks put men on first and second with just one out in the seventh. Two straight flyouts ended the inning and kept it a one run game.
Marietta took back the lead in the eighth. They had the bases loaded with no outs but two straight popouts made it appear the Redhawks would get out of the inning. However a ground ball up the middle allowed the Pioneers to go up 8-7.
Roebuck responded with his second dinger of the day. Ian Velez led off the inning with a chopper through the left side before Roebuck gave the Redhawks a 9-8 lead. Joe Professori followed with a two out 2-run RBI triple and Navedo an RBI single for a four run cushion.
Shane Emrich threw a scoreless ninth.