Conrad Chiropractic/Lilly American Legion player/manager Lucas McCoy believes the only positive in game 1 of the Altoona Greater City Baseball League championship series Monday night, was that the team scored seven runs in the final two innings in a 9-7 loss to ProActive Sports.
He hoped the momentum at the the end of that game Lilly had gained would carry over to Tuesday night.
Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski
Brent Davison (left) is greeted by Conrad/Lilly coach Brent Matish after Davison’s home run Tuesday night.
Lilly scored four first-inning runs to beat ProActive Sports, 9-4, at Vets Field. The best-of-5 series is tied at 1-1.
"Our goal was just to keep things going from [Monday]," McCoy said. "In the last two innings, we scored seven runs. What did we score, four runs in the first today?"
Lilly put up four runs in the first against ProActive's starting pitcher Tom Smith, with Brandon Ickes hitting a double that plated Cody Gallaher.
After Brent Davison reached on a fielder's choice, McCoy singled. Landon Sinclair then hit a two-run double, while Brock Porter followed with an RBI single to score Sinclair.
ProActive answered immediately with three runs of its own in its next at bat. After retiring R.J. Barnard, Sinclair walked back-to-back batters, in Jake Hargreaves and John Snyder, and then gave up three consecutive singles to Mark Saxman, Tyler Stiffler and Jimmy Clancy. The last two of those hits were RBI hits.
From that point on, Sinclair got stronger. He did allow a baserunner in each of the next five innings, but refused to allow a run until the bottom of the sixth. He went the distance for the win, gave up seven hits with one strikeout.
"He threw a heck of a game," McCoy said. "He's a veteran. A lot of people would've gotten rattled after giving up three early runs, but he didn't. He kept battling and battling."
Smith shared McCoy's assessment.
"Give their pitcher [Sinclair] credit," Smith said. "He only allowed one run after the first."
Smith replaced himself to start the top of the second inning with Mike Godissart, who walked the leadoff batter Ryan Ickes. Matish then sacrifice bunted him to second.
Gallaher followed with an RBI single to score Ryan Ickes. Godissart did not allow a run in the third and fourth innings, but allowed a solo jack to Davison in the fifth inning. Brandon Ickes highlighted the seventh inning with a two-run triple.
"We jumped on them early, but they answered right back," McCoy said. "But good teams keep chipping away and chipping away. We were able to keep putting runs on the board."
Smith blames himself for giving up those four first-inning runs, and helping to create a huge hole in which his team was forced to dig out of.
"As a pitcher, I put us behind the eight ball," Smith said. "So this one's on me."
Game three of the best-of-five series is tonight at Vets Field at 6:15.
CONRAD CHIROPRACTIC/LILLY?AMERICAN LEGION (9): Matish cf 412, Gallaher 1b 422, B. Ickes ss 303, Davison rf 421, McCoy 3b 411, Sinclair p 311, Porter c 401, Paskowski 2b 110, R. Ickes lf 210. Totals 29 9 11
PROACTIVE SPORTS (4): Barnard 2b 400, Hargreaves 3b 310, Snyder cf 310, Saxman 1b 411, Stiffler c 301, Clancy lf 401,t Matt Hershey ph 100, Baker rf 311, Smith p 000, Godissart p 000, Neff dh 302, Gority ss 301. Totals 31 4 7.
SCORE BY INNING
Conrad Chiropractic/Lilly American Legiion 410 013 0 9 11 2
ProActive Sports 300 001 0 4 7 0
E R. Ickes, B. Ickes. Dp ProActive Sports 1. 2b B. Ickes, Sinclair, Baker. 3B B. Ickes. Hr Davison. Sb Gallaher . Sac bunt Matish. RBI B. Ickes 3, Gallaher, Sinclair 2, Porter, Saxman, Stiffler, Clancy, Gority. WP Sinclair. LP Smith. SO Godissart 2, Sinclair 1. BB Godissart 7, Sinclair 3.