Luke Smeltz collected three hits, but Laurel Auto Group still fell to Martella’s Pharmacy 11-6 on Friday.
Brad Coleman got the win for Martella’s Pharmacy despite allowing five runs over eight innings. He struck out two, walked none and surrendered eight hits.
Danny Clark was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed seven runs in four innings, walked two and struck out three.
The game’s last lead went to Martella’s Pharmacy thanks to a first inning rally that saw two runs cross the plate on an RBI double by Shirk.
Martella’s Pharmacy tallied two runs in each of the second, fourth and ninth. In the second, Martella’s Pharmacy scored on a two-run triple by Negri, plating Brian Buzie and Helsel.
One Laurel Auto Group run crossed the plate in the bottom half of the second, making the score 4-1. A sacrifice fly by Alex DiRienzo triggered Laurel Auto Group’s comeback. Finally, Coleman got Michael Van Lenten to ground out to end the threat.
Martella’s Pharmacy got one-run boosts in each of the third, sixth and eighth. In the third, Martella’s Pharmacy scored on an RBI double by Helsel, scoring Neiderhiser.
After pushing across two runs in the bottom of the third, Laurel Auto Group faced just a 5-3 deficit. An RBI single by Cory Wheeler and an RBI single by Smeltz fueled Laurel Auto Group’s comeback. Martella’s Pharmacy stopped the rally after Coleman got Clark to fly out.
After pushing across three runs in the bottom of the ninth, Laurel Auto Group faced just a 11-6 deficit. An RBI single by DiRienzo and a two-run double byBen Webb gave Laurel Auto Group life. The game went final when Nico Pecora flew out.
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