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Servello helps propel Tigers to victory

Hollidaysburg’s Sam Servello is one of the top pitching prospects in the area. An early commit to West Virginia University, Servello sat out all of last season after injuring his back (fractured vertebrae) in basketball, so all eyes are on the hard-throwing right-hander this spring.

Servello passed his first big test Saturday, pitching one-hit, scoreless ball for five-plus innings in the Golden Tigers’ 2-0 win over Saint Marys in the quarterfinals of the Curve Classic at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

“It felt really good to get out here, get a win and (hopefully) get in the championship tomorrow,” Servello said.

The win moved Hollidaysburg (3-2) into the semifinals against Altoona at 9 o’clock this morning. The other semi pits Bishop Guilfoyle against Central (11:30) with the championship game at 2 p.m.

Servello, who pitched two innings in the season opener March 27 at Central Mountain, said he’s just getting the feel for the new season. He struck out 10 and walked four and was lifted in the sixth after throwing his 88th pitch of the day Saturday.

“It felt pretty good to throw like this early in the season,” said Servello, who hit 90mph on the radar gun a couple times. “I went as long as I could and coach (Jon Szynal) made the right decision in pulling me.”

Caleb Gampe relieved Servello with two on and no outs in the top of the sixth and escaped the jam. The Tigers broke the scoreless deadlock in their half when Bryce Martellacci doubled and scored on Zach Miller’s single. An infield error gave the Tigers a second run.

“Servello went out and pitched real well,” Szynal said. “He said he felt great and we’re going to keep building with him.”

Lefty Nate Beimel, nephew of former Curve and major league pitcher Joe Beimel, pitched four innings for Saint Marys before being lifted.

“(Beimel) no-hit us last year,” Szynal noted, “so we knew runs were going to be hard to get, but we hung in there and got a couple. Our pitching came through and our defense played well.”

In a consolation-round game, a five-run fifth inning lifted Saint Marys to a 7-4 win over Bellwood-Antis, which out-hit the Dutchmen, 8-6, but committed seven errors.

Nick Plank had two hits and an RBI to lead the Blue Devils (3-4).

SAINT MARYS (0): Sicheri cf 300, Meeker c 201, Beimel p-1b 100, Price 1b-3b 200, Bauer dh 300, Coudriet lf 000, Bellina 3b-p 200, Azzato ss 300, Armanini 2b 200, Tettis ph 100, Bressler rf 300. Totals — 22 0 1.

HOLLIDAYSBURG (2): Grassi cf 302, Servello p-ss 300, Helsel cr 000, Gampe ss-p-3b 300, Margroum c 400, Kratzer 3b-p 301, Faber 1b 301, Martellacci rf 311, Mierley lf 100, Miller 2b 211. Totals — 25 2 4.

SCORE BY INNINGS

Saint Marys 000 000 0–0 1 3

Hollidaysburg 000 002 x–2 4 1

E–Bellina, Azzato, Armanini, Faber. 2B–Marellacci. RBI–Miller. Sac — Price, Mierley.

PITCHING

Saint Marys: Bellina (L) — 2IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 2K, 0BB, 30 pitches; Beimel — 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 8K, 4BB, 85 pitches.

Hollidaysburg: Servello — 5+IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 10K, 4BB, 88 pitches; Gampe (W) — 1.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB, 20 pitches; Kratzer — .1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 0BB, 1 pitch.

Umpires — Duane Mock (HP), Duane Weyant (bases).

SAINT MARYS 7, BELLWOOD-ANTIS 4

BELLWOOD-ANTIS (4): Kost cf 301, Schmoke ss 300, T. Luensmann lf 421, Plank c 402, Gibbons cr 000, Walker 1b 301, Whaley rf 111, Nagle p 000, J. Luensmann dh-3b 300, Guyer ph 100, Barr 2b 211, Stewart 3b-p 301. Totals — 27-4-8.

SAINT MARYS (7): Sicheri p-cf 401, Meeker c 422, Beimel 1b 421, Price ss 100, Bayer lf 100, Coudriet rf-lf 000, Bajer dh 410, Belina lf-3b 401, Azzato ss 210, Tettis 2b 100, Armanini 2b 100, Bressler cf 301. Totals — 30-7-6.

SCORE BY INNINGS

Bellwood-Antis 001 111 0–4 8 7

St. Marys 200 050 X–7 6 1

2B–Beimel, Bressler, Plank. RBI–Plank, Walker, Stewart, Beimel, Bressler 2. WP–Sicheri. LP–Nagle. SO–Sicheri 5, Coudriet 2. BB–Sicheri 1, Coudriet 2, Stewart 1.

Records: Bellwood-Antis (3-4)

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