Laurel Auto Group and First Commonwealth both had scoring chances on Friday, but it was Laurel Auto Group that was able to capitalize on them as it pulled out a 9-4 win at Point Stadium.
First Commonwealth had nine hits compared with Laurel Auto Group’s eight, but First Commonwealth stranded seven runners on base.
Nick Vento had a hot bat for Laurel Auto Group. Nick Vento went 2-4, drove in one and scored one run. He tripled in the first inning and singled in the third inning.
Danny Clark shut down First Commonwealth while he was on the bump. Danny held First Commonwealth hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out one.
Nick Kolat recorded the win for Laurel Auto Group. He allowed four runs over five innings. He struck out seven, walked two and surrendered nine hits.
Shane Hartline was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed nine runs in six innings, walked six and struck out five.
First Commonwealth jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. The First Commonwealth attack began with a single from Price. A single by Pudliner then moved Price from first to second. Trotz singled, scoring Price. First Commonwealth added more runs when Pudliner scored on a fielder’s choice.
It didn’t take long for Laurel Auto Group to respond as it scored two runs of its own in the first. Laurel Auto Group scored on an RBI double by Zac Heide and an RBI triple by Nick Vento.
Laurel Auto Group went up for good in the second, scoring three runs on a two-run error and an RBI single by Mike Nowicki.
Laurel Auto Group brought home two runs in the third inning, and matched that run total in the fifth. In the third, Laurel Auto Group scored on a walk by Gordon Barr, plating Nick Vento.
First Commonwealth scored two runs in the top of the fifth to cut its deficit to three. A two-run double by Maul set off First Commonwealth rally. Laurel Auto Group stopped the rally after Nick Kolat got Strom to fly out.
Laurel Auto Group quickly matched First Commonwealth’s strong inning with a two-run inning of its own in the fifth. Laurel Auto Group scored on an RBI double by Mike and an RBI single by Nathan Mori.
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