Big inning haunts Eagles
SIDMAN – When it comes to playoff baseball, it usually comes down to taking advantage of your opportunities.
For Tyrone, it was able to set the table with base runners. However, the Golden Eagles were unable to get over the hump against Forest Hills starter Gavin Oswalt. The senior limited the 13th seed to just four hits.
One bad inning was too much for Tyrone to overcome as they fell, 5-1, in the District 6 Class AA quarterfinals at Forest Hills High School.
“We got flustered in one inning. It was a one-inning game for us,” Tyrone coach Mark Savino said. “They scored all five runs in the second inning. I think we were looking for reasons why they were scoring instead of playing the game. I think we started on the umpires. I think it was just too many excuses and not enough playing. As soon as you make an excuse you lose.”
Oswalt, a finesse righty, kept the Golden Eagles’ offense at bay all afternoon. The senior got out of a couple crucial jams and stranded eight runners. Tyrone left the bases loaded in the first and sixth innings and two runners were isolated in the third.
“Those are the situations that define games,” Forest Hills coach Joe Carpenter said. “You get out of them or somebody gets a big hit. We got out of them. You got to take advantage of your opportunities like we did in the one inning because you don’t know how many you’re going to have.”
All of the scoring took place in just two half innings. Other than that, Tyrone left-hander Jordan Miller and Oswalt were cruising through the opposing lineup, each throwing a complete game.
In the second, Forest Hills’ Alex Murphy and Blaine Harteis each led off with singles. An error on the third baseman loaded the bases. Sam Vought followed with an RBI single just in front of the charging right fielder. Logan Madison brought in a run with a sacrifice fly to center. With two outs, Oswalt helped his own cause with an RBI single to right. An error on the shortstop allowed another run to score before Tanner Polinski capped the inning with an RBI single.
Tyrone answered in the top of the third. Miller led off with a single, and Jake Dorminy reached after his sacrifice bunt was misplayed. Tristan Lingafelt bunted both runners up. Coy Focht then singled to right to score Miller. But with a runner on third and just one out, the next two batters struck out swinging to end the threat.
“He throws well,” Savino said about Oswalt, who showed quality control of his curveball. “The way he mixed that ball around, he’s a good little pitcher. He doesn’t throw hard, but he’s got some good movement.”
Tyrone tried to rally in the sixth, loading the bases thanks to a walk and two errors. Oswalt induced a routine flyout to end the threat. In the first, the bases were loaded with one out but a strikeout and groundout ended the inning with no damage. Oswalt ended up with seven strikeouts.
“As far as us getting our kids to hit, it probably wasn’t going to happen at that point in the game, because mentally they thought it was everybody else’s fault instead of them not swinging at it,” Savino said. “It just wasn’t there today.”
TYRONE (1): Miller p 412, Dorminy cf 300, Lingafelt ss 301, Focht 3b 201, N. Soellner 2b 300, Z.Soellner 1b 300, Wirtner c 100, Brenneman rf 300, Politza lf 300. Totals 25 1 4.
FOREST HILLS (5): Oswalt p 311, Bambino c 300, Polinski ss 301, Murphy cf 312, Harteis 2b 311, Shearman 3b 310, Vought lf 311, Madison 1b 200, McCormick dh 200, Panick lf 000. Totals 25 5 6.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Tyrone001 000 0 – 1 4 2
Forest Hills050 000 X – 5 6 3
2B-Miller, RBI-Focht, Vought, Madison, Oswalt, Polinski.
Miller 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO. Oswalt 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO.
Records: Tyrone (9-11), Forest Hills 16-4.