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Flyers get plenty of pitching and hitting

SANDY HOOK, Ky. — The St. Joseph Flyers got plenty of what they needed.

The Flyers needed pitching and hitting and they got plenty of both as they swept a doubleheader from the Elliott County Lions 17-3 and 12-2 in a pair of five-inning mercy rule game.

Caleb Blackburn — who pitched three hitless innings — and T.J. Young combined on a three-hitter as the Flyers rolled to a first game win. In the nightcap, Tanner Riley pitched four strong innings and Chad Harvey finished up in a two-hit victory.

“We got good pitching from four different guys and we hit the ball well up and down the lineup in both games,” said Flyers’ coach Greg Bryant. “

The Flyers wasted little time in the first game with four runs in the first inning and seven more in the second.

Blackburn singled, Harvey and Riley walked and Joseph Unger was hit by a pitch for the first run. A missed third strike scored a run and a throwing error sent home the other two in the first inning.

In the second, Levi Hopkins reached on a missed third strike, Payton Blair was safe on an error, and Blackburn walked. Harvey and Riley walked to force in runs, Unger singled home two, Young singled to load the bases, Joey Basedow was safe on an error for a run and Blair singled in the final run.

Young, Basedow and Hopkins all walked to start a three-run fourth inning. Pat Gagai singled home two runs and a wild pitch scored the third run.

The Flyers scored three more runs in the fifth inning to lead 17-0.

Harvey singled, moved up on a passed ball and scored on a hit by Riley. Unger doubled home Riley and he later scored when Basedow grounded out.

Harvey was 2-2 and Unger 2-3 as the Flyers got 10 hits.

In the second game, Blackburn was 3-34 with a home run, Riley 3-3, Blair 3-4 and Young 2-3 in a 14-hit assault.

Blackburn hit a solo homerun in the first only to have Elliott County score two in the bottom of the inning to lead 2-1.

The Flyers tied the game in the second when Riley doubled and courtesy runner Anthony Whaley scored on a hit by Young.

St. Joseph scored five times in the third to lead 7-2.

Blair singled and Gagai put down a sacrifice bunt. Blackburn reached on an error as Blair scored, Riley singled to put runners on the corners, and a wild pitch scored Blackburn.

Unger singled and Whaley scored on a wild pitch. Young was safe on an error for a run, Cody Blackburn was hit by a pitch, and George McCown had an RBI single.

Two runs scored in the fourth on hits by Blair, Blackburn and McCown plus two stolen bases.

In the fifth, Young double and Cody Blackburn had an RBI single. Spencer Schwab grounded out as pinch-runner Basedow scored. Blair singled, Gagai reached on an error and Caleb Blackburn had a two-run single.

First Game

St. Joseph 470 33 = 17 10 1

Elliott County 000 03 = 3 3 4

Caleb Blackburn, T.J. Young (4) and Pat Gagai. C.Wright, J. Reaper (2), B. Rowe (4) and Frazier.W-Blackburn (6-K, 3-BB, 0-H). L-Wright. 2B-St. Josep: Pat Gagai, Chad Harvey, Joseph Unger. Hitting-St. Joseph: Caleb Blackburn 1-3, Chad Harvey 2-2, Tanner Riley 1-2, Joseph Unger 2-3, T.J.Young 1-3, Payton Blair 1-3; Elliott: Lewis 1-3, Luza 1-3, Wright 1-3.

Second Game

St. Joseph 115 23 = 12 14 2

Elliott County 200 00 = 2 2 3

Tanner Riley, Chad Harvey (5) and T.J. Young. Reaper and Frazier. W-Riley (7-K, 2-BB, 2-H). L-Reaper. 2B-St. Joseph: Tanner Riley, T.J. Young. HR-St. Joseph: Caleb Blackburn. Hitting-St. Joseph: Payton Blair 3-4, Caleb Blackburn 3-4, Tanner Riley 3-3, Joseph Unger 1-3, T.J. Young 2-3, Cody Blackburn 1-2, George McCown 1-2; Elliott: Wright 1-1, Lewis 1-2.