Errors, walks cost Flyers in loss

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 16, 2008

SCIOTOVILLE — Eight is enough.

The St. Joseph Flyers had eight errors and gave up eight walks as they lost 12-11 to the Sciotoville East Tartans Tuesday.

“We hit the ball well, but we just had one of those games where we just didn’t field the ball,” said Flyers coach Greg Bryant. “Caleb (Blackburn) threw the ball well. He was just missing with his pitches.”

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East used four errors to score three runs in the first inning but the Flyers tied the game in the top of the second.

Jerrod Laber doubled, Joe “The Shoe” Unger reached on an error, and David Crossan had a two-run double. Payton Blair then singled home Crossan.

East got a run in the bottom of the inning and St. Joseph came back with a run in the top of the third.

Chad Harvey singled, stole second, took third on a throwing error and scored on a hit by Blackburn.

But the Tartans got the run back in the bottom of the inning to lead 5-4.

Each team scored three times in the fourth inning.

Blair walked to start the Flyers rally. Gagai singled and, after a double steal, Blackburn grounded out to score a run. Laber singled in a run and went to second on a throwing error. He stole third and came home when Unger reached on an error.

East scored two more in the fifth inning to lead 10-7. The Flyers got a run in the sixth when Harvey walked, stole second, moved to third on a throwing error and scored on another hit by Blackburn.

The Tartans scored twice in the sixth to lead 12-8, but the Flyers wouldn’t go quietly.

With two outs, Blair singled, Gagai walked and Harvey had an RBI double.

Blackburn walked, Laber was hit by a pitch to force in a run, and Harvey scored on a wild pitch. But the next batter struck out to end the rally and the game.

Laber and Harvey went 3-4 and Blackburn and Blair 2-4 for the Flyers who outhit East 12-to-7.

St. Joseph (3-4) hosts Elliott County, Ky., at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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Caleb Blackburn, Payton Blair (6) and Pat Gagai, Payton Blair (2), Dylan Klein (6). Mault, J. Phillips (5), Blair (7) and Blair, J. Phillips (7). W-Phillips. Save-Blair. L-Blackburn. 2B-St. Joseph: Chad Harvey, Jerrord Laber, David Crossan; East: Mault, Collins. Hitting-St. Joseph: Payton Blair 2-4, Pat Gagai 1-4, Chad Harvey 3-4, Caleb Blackburn 2-4, Jerrord Laber 3-4, David Crossan 1-3; East: J. Phillips 2-3, Earhardt 1-4, Mault 1-3, Blair 1-2, Collins 2-3.