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Sandusky sweeps quality foes in twin bill

Fandy.com Staff • Apr 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM

The Sandusky baseball team talked about putting forth a strong showing Saturday in a doubleheader against traditional powers Vermilion and Amherst.

No problem.

The Streaks scored 16 runs in 12 innings of play, topping the Sailors in five innings by a 10-0 score and rallied to top the Steele, 6-4. The wins moved Sandusky to 6-0 overall, while Vermilion fell to 6-3 and Amherst dropped to 3-3.

"We talked about that beforehand. We didn't want to come in and split," Sandusky coach Matt Martin said. "Vermilion is a very good program and Amherst is always top-notch most years. They are teams east of us and wins like that can help put our name on the map."

Against the Sailors, the Streaks jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and added four more in the fifth to win by the mercy rule for the fourth time this season.

Xavier Turner was 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs, while Delon Roldan-Johnson was 2 for 2 with a double. Shayne Blevins added a single and two RBIs.

On the mound, Nolan Berkey picked up the win after going all five innings. He allowed four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

For Vermilion, Aaron Perry had three hits, including a double and a triple.

"We didn't really hit the ball hard in the first game," Martin said. "I've never seen so many balls go about 20 feet. It was real muddy, but with our speed we took advantage."

Against Amherst, the Steele put up three runs in the top of the first inning against Brady Smith, who struggled with location. He walked seven batters in three innings of work, striking out four and also hitting a batter.

"Brady was having trouble and the pitch count got high," Martin said. "He was having trouble finding plate. But we were able to get out of it with only being down 3-1 and had our top of the lineup the second time through."

In the bottom of the third, Turner and Mike Drake both reached and Trey Keegan hit a 3-run home run for a 4-3 lead. Shayne Blevins was hit by a pitch and Brady Smith singled, which set up Tyler Stewart for a 2-run single that pushed the Sandusky lead up to 6-3.

Turner was able to close the door on the lead, pitching the final four innings and allowing one earned run on five hits with three strikeouts.

Edison cruises past St. Paul

At Milan, the Chargers improved to 5-2 with a doubleheader sweep of visiting St. Paul, winning 8-1 and 11-1.

The game was originally scheduled for Baines Park in Norwalk, but field conditions switched the games to Edison's field.

Brandon Gurnack was the standout performer on the day, combing for five hits in the two games. He added two RBIs and two runs scored.

"Brandon is our leadoff, and did a great job making contact and getting himself on base," Edison coach Sean Hoover said. "When your leadoff man can do that, it helps the rest of the offense behind him."

In the opener, Edison jumped out to a 7-1 lead by the end of the third inning. Tommy Gerbracht improved to 2-0 on the mound after allowing one unearned run on one hit in five innings of work. He struck out four and walked two.

Freshman Adam Roblewski followed Gerbracht to the mound and allowed two hits and struck out five in his first varsity appearance. Brandon Tomson added a double and a triple at the plate for Edison while Sam Deehr also doubled.

In the second game, the Chargers erupted for seven runs in the top of the first and led 9-0 by the end of the second. However, the Flyers kept the Edison bats at bay to push the game the distance.

Ryan Reber had the game's lone extra base hit with a double while Jason Blodgett picked up his first win of the season on the mound. He pitched four innings and allowed one unearned run on one hit with four strikeouts and six walks.

Trenton Emody followed with two scoreless and hitless innings while striking out three. Alex Bixler pitched the final inning for the Chargers.

Two more wins for Port Clinton

At Port Clinton, the Redskins improved to 7-2 with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Woodmore, 15-3 in five innings and 7-6 in 10 innings.

Josh Graves picked up the win in the mercy-rule opener, pitching all five innings. he allowed two earned runs on four hits and walked a batter.

Derek Colston was 3 for 4 with a double and scored three runs while Trey Gluth was 2 for 3 with three runs scored. Nate Walters was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs for Port Clinton while Robert Fravel was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Colt Nealeigh was also 2 for 3 with an RBI.

In Game 2, the 'Skins had to work extra innings but pulled out the win in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Hunter Floro was 3 for 4 with two runs scored, including the game-winner. He led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nealeigh.

Robert Fravel picked up the win for Port Clinton and allowed a run in six innings of relief. He struck out five.

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