Danny Clark was strong at the plate and on the hill in carrying Laurel Auto Group to a 7-2 victory over First Commonwealth on Wednesday at Point Stadium.
Clark got a hit in each of his two at bats. He singled in the second and fifth innings.
Laurel Auto Group got the win thanks in large part to Clark’s dominant, seven-strikeout performance. Clark allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks over six innings.
Laurel Auto Group was sparked by Clark and Nico Pecora, who teamed up for five hits and two RBIs.
Dumm couldn’t get it done on the bump for First Commonwealth, taking a loss. He lasted just four innings, walked three, struck out none, and allowed five runs.
The top of the first saw First Commonwealth take an early lead, 1-0. Kerch started the rally for First Commonwealth with a single. Barefoot doubled, plating Marasti.
Laurel Auto Group scored one run of its own in the first. Laurel Auto Group scored on a groundout by Cory Wheeler.
The game was never in doubt after the second, as Laurel Auto Group scored three runs on an RBI double by Luke Smeltz and an RBI single by Pecora.
Laurel Auto Group piled on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. The inning got off to a hot start when Alex DiRienzo singled, scoring Wheeler. That was followed up by Clark’s single, bringing home DiRienzo.
One First Commonwealth run crossed the plate in the top half of the sixth, making the score 6-2. A walk by Sobecky triggered First Commonwealth’s comeback. Finally, Clark induced an inning-ending strike out from Hamer.
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