Bandits too much of everything for Johnston
JOHNSTOWN — Altoona’s young Johnston Realty team is entering this year’s AAABA national tournament with the vast majority of its players seeing their first-ever action in the event.
On Monday afternoon, their debut was quite a rocky one.
The Philadelphia Bandits mashed out 13 hits, piled up 16 runs, and had four pitchers shut out Johnston Realty on just three hits en route to a 16-0, seven-inning mercy-rule victory at Roxbury Park.
“You can’t win a ballgame with three hits,” Johnston Realty manager Dennis Newberry said. “You could see the difference between the Philadelphia team and us today. The Philadelphia team has been here before. This is the first time that our kids have played in the national tournament.
“(Philadelphia) threw four pitchers today, and every one of their pitchers threw 90 miles per hour or faster,” Newberry added. “We don’t often see that in our Greater City/(Altoona) AAABA League.”
Jason Hughes, Matt McShane, and Zach Austin pitched two scoreless innings apiece for Philadelphia, while Jorden Sesar turned in a scoreless seventh inning.
Singles by three Altoona Area High School products — catcher Joe DeRubeis, second baseman Owen Kravetz, and third baseman Cody Becker — accounted for Johnston Realty’s only hits.
Left fielder Gaetan Grandelli keyed Philadelphia’s batting attack with five RBIs — a bases-loaded, three-run double down the right field line that highlighted the Bandits’ five-run third inning against Johnston Realty starting and losing pitcher Austin Lewis, and a two-run single in the sixth inning that staked Philadelphia to a 7-0 lead.
The Bandits scored nine runs on four hits, four walks and three hit batsmen against three Johnston Realty relievers in the top of the seventh inning to bring the 10-mercy rule into effect.
“I think we swung the bats well today,” Grandelli said of the Philadelphia team, which also got three hits and two RBIs from center fielder Trey Obarowski, and two hits, including a two-run single, from third baseman Owen Petrich.
“We stayed confident, we stayed within ourselves, we had a good approach at the plate, and we swung the bats like we know that we can,” Grandelli added.
Philadelphia also enjoyed outstanding pitching while getting four different hurlers some time on the mound.
“Winning this first game is huge, because it sets us up to have success for the rest of the week,” Philadelphia manager Greg Olenski said. “We wanted to get the first-game jitters out, we wanted to use several different pitchers in the first game, and our guys were all throwing strikes.”
Every team in the 16-team round-robin tournament is guaranteed at least three games. Philadelphia plays Cleveland at noon today at Lilly, while Johnston Realty meets Zanesville at noon today on the Mount Aloysius College baseball field.
Johnston Realty’s third game will be against Cleveland on Wednesday at noon at Westmont.
“We’re here to get these young players exposure, and we’re going to scrap until the end,” Newberry said. “We’re going to put (Monday’s) game behind us and just move forward.”
PHILADELPHIA (16): Marasheski ss 421, Tully 2b 432, Petrich 3b 332, Grandelli lf 332, Stahl c 211, Bergmann c 010, Brunorf 310, Heineman 3b 200, Masiello 1b 111, Hughes p 000, McShane p 000, Austin p 000, Sesar p 000, Minnichbach dh 200, Floyd dh 101, Obarowski cf 513. Totals – 30-16-13.
JOHNSTON REALTY (0): DeRubeisc 201, Kravetz 2b 301, Green lf 300, Morgan rf 300, Lewis p 000, Casillo p 000, Keller p 000, Hunter dh-p 300, Baney 1b-p-1b 200, Kuhns ss 200, Becker 3b 301, Boslet cf 300. Totals – 24-0-3.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Philadelphia 015 002 9 — 16 13 0
Johnston Realty 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
E–Green, Kuhns. 2B–Grandelli, Stahl. RBI–Grandelli 5, Petrich 2, Obarowski 2, Marasheski, Tully, Stahl, Bergmann, Bruno, Floyd, Minnichbach. SF–Minnichbach, Bruno. SB–Tully, Heineman. CS–Bruno (DeRubeis to Kravetz to DeRubeis). HBP–Stahl (by Lewis); Heineman (by Lewis); Marisheski (by Hunter); Tully (by Keller); Tully (by Baney); DeRubeis (by Austin). LOB–Philadelphia 11, Johnston Realty 6.
Philadelphia: Hughes 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 5S0; McShane (W) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 3SO; Austin 2IP, 2H 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 3SO; Sesar 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 3SO.
Johnston Realty: Lewis (L) 2+IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3SO; Casillo 1 IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0SO; Keller 3+IP, 4H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 1SO; Baney 1/3IP, 1H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 0SO; Hunter 2/3IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0SB
WP–Lewis 2, Austin, Keller.
Umpires: John Page (plate); Bill Meyers (bases).
Time of game: 2 hours, 30 minutes.