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Lorain Titans sweep doubleheader at Pipe Yard
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Wellington pitcher Erik Fehlan delivers a pitch against Lorain in the second game of a doubleheader at The Pipe Yard in Lorain on Saturday. Fehlan recorded 13 strikeouts and allowed just three earned runs.
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Lorain’s Ryan Osko rounds third base and heads home to score a run against Wellington in the second game of a doubleheader at The Pipe Yard on Saturday.
It was home sweet home for the Titans, who swept a doubleheader, winning games against Clearview (12-2) and Wellington (7-6) to start their season 2-0.
“It definitely feels good to get the first one and see my guys play so well right off the bat,” Lorain head coach Brad Ternes said. “We had solid hitting all around and got a great performance by (Adrian) Calez.”
Calez went the distance for the Titans, pitching six strong innings while allowing just five hits and one earned run.
“I was very pleased with the way Adrian pitched today,” Ternes said. “He set the tone early on and found ways to get out of any and jams all throughout the game.”
Zack Miller came up clutch in the first inning with a two-out, two-run single that gave the Titans an early 2-0 lead.
Despite giving up two runs early, things could’ve been worse for Clearview. Lorain had the bases loaded three different times in the inning and left three of them on base.
The Clippers kept the game close early on, cutting the lead to 3-1 in the third inning with a run from sophomore Antonio Pagan.
“Despite the loss, I thought my guys played pretty well for most of the game,” Clearview head coach Dennis Philblad said. “Lorain has a very good team, and Calez is one heck of a pitcher. Once our guys settled down a bit, I thought they did a pretty good job.”
The game stayed close until the fifth, when Lorain’s Michael Perez hit a booming two-run double and Kyle Slumphauzer followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Titans a 7-1 lead.
“It was nice to see our bats come alive the first time we’ve seen live pitching,” Ternes said. “Hopefully we can keep this up throughout the season.”
After Clearview answered with a run in the sixth, the Titans responded by putting the game away for good.
Lorain took advantage of four walks by Clearview and Aaron Andujar’s single to right capped off a five-run inning that forced the mercy rule.
Ryan Osko, Andujar, and Miller all had two hits for the Titans. Calez picked up the win on the mound.
Lorain 7, Wellington 6: In its second game, the Titans were victorious, but this time winning in a thriller.
With the score tied at 6, Calez drew a bases-loaded walk that brought in the game-winning run to keep the Titans perfect in the early season.
The Dukes tied the game, 3-3, in the top of the sixth inning on a bases-loaded walk by Robbie Bliss, after trailing for the whole game.
Nic Billingsley and Nate Drabiak came through for the Titans as Billingsley had an RBI single, followed by a Drabiak RBI, putting the Titans back up, 5-3, going into the seventh.
Down to its last out, Wellington again rose to the occasion.
An RBI-infield single by Scott Palider brought the Dukes to within a run and Greg Hurst tied the game, 5-5, with an RBI single of his own.
After holding the Titans scoreless in the bottom of the seventh, the Dukes took the lead for the first time all game in the eighth, thanks to a RBI double from Daryn Broadwater.
The Titans, however, were not done. Ryan Osko walked to start the bottom of the eighth for Lorain, and stole second for his fourth steal of the game. Andujar followed with a single, and after Billingsley was intentionally walked, Drabiak hit a double with the bases loaded.
Osko easily scored on the double, but a perfect relay from Wellington got Andujar thrown out at the plate to keep the score tied at 6.
Wellington intentionally walked the bases loaded again bringing up Calez, who drew another walk, this one to win the game.
“Well, this was a lot different than the first one, but once again my guys found a way to win the game,” Ternes said after the game. “Wellington kept fighting back, but my guys just wouldn’t give in. Their confidence never wavered a bit.”
The loss spoiled a great outing from Wellington starting pitcher Erik Fehlan.
Fehlan recorded 13 strikeouts through the first five innings and allowed just three earned runs.
“I’m happy with the way my team played today, and I thought Fehlan pitched one heck of a game,” Wellington head coach Roger Sassack said. “He’s going to have to work on lowering his pitch count a bit, but all in all I thought he was solid. We were also without our starting catcher and first basemen, so all in all I’m happy with our performance.”
Osko was on base four times in the game for the Titans. He also scored four runs and recorded four stolen bases.
Lorain 12, Clearview 2
Clearview (0-1) 001 001 –– 2 5 3
Lorain (1-0) 210 135 –– 12 12 2
TWO HITS OR MORE –– Clearview: Ryan Vargo; Lorain: Miller, Aaron Andujar, Ryan Osko; 2B — L: Michael Velez; WP –– Adrian Calez (1-0); LP –– Antonio Bennett (0-1).
Lorain 7, Wellington 6
Wellington (0-1) 020 001 21 –– 6
Lorain (2-0) 210 002 02 –– 7
TWO HITS OR MORE –– Wellington: Palider; Lorain: Aaron Andujar, Nic Billingsley, Nate Drabiak; 2B –– L: Drabiak; 3B: –– W: Tim Young; WP –– Michael Velez (1-0); LP –– Jacob Grimmett (0-1).
Last Updated: 3/30/2013 10:39:53 PM EST