Sandusky Blue Streaks hurt by big sixth inning vs. Eastlake North Rangers

LORAIN — Sandusky entered the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against Eastlake North at the Pipe Yard trailing by just one. The Blue Streaks then fell victim to the big inning, allowing six runs as the Rangers won 10-4.

Eastlake North scored in each of its last five innings and scored six runs in the sixth inning off of an RBI double, RBI single and RBI triple to turn a 4-3 lead into 10-3.

“Our pitching fell apart,” Sandusky coach Zack Moots said. “We booted a couple of balls and loaded the bases. It was a 3-1 count. He had to throw him a pitch down the middle because he couldn’t put him on. He hit the ball. It’s just timely hitting and he did it.”

Sandusky was trailing 4-3 going into the sixth as Joey Herriott came on in relief of starting pitcher Brady McKillips, who went five innings for the Blue Streaks (2-2).

With one out and the bases loaded, Eastlake North’s starting pitcher Brian Keller broke the game open with a bases-clearing triple to center to make it 7-3. Keller went six innings for the Rangers, giving up just one earned run on six hits, and went 2-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs.

“That was definitely the hit of the game there, his triple. It was huge,” Eastlake North coach David Eberly said. “Usually we count on him pitching to throw strikes and keep up in the game. And that’s what he did today.”

Cory Sharpnack added an RBI single, and Mitch Bryner brought Sharpnack home with an RBI triple to center for a 9-3 lead. Bryner scored on a passed ball. The Blue Streaks did get a run back in the top of the seventh inning on a Drew Yontz single which brought home Derrick Kirkwood. Yontz ended his afternoon going 3-for-4, being the only Sandusky player with multiple hits.

The big sixth inning spoiled what was a decent outing from McKillips, who went five innings and gave up four runs on eight hits, and struck out four.

“He threw very well for us,” Moots said. “He started on Saturday as well. He was feeling good, said his arm was feeling good. He got tired toward the end, started leaving balls up and I had to bring him out.”

The Rangers (1-1) opened the scoring in the third with a Keller sacrifice fly and a Sharpnack RBI single to take a 2-0 lead.

Sandusky came back in the top of the fourth with three runs including a two-run RBI single from Jamison Rohrbacher. Kirkwood hit a sacrifice fly to give his team a 3-2 lead, but the Rangers scored a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead.

“We were timing (Keller) up,” Moots said about the Blue Streaks’ fourth inning. “Once we got around, it was the second time around through the order, we were timing him up. We were sitting on his fastball and got some runs around. We just couldn’t keep it going.”

Sandusky hopes to bounce back on Thursday against Fostoria.

Eastlake North 10, Sandusky 4

Non-Conference

Sandusky (2-2) 000 300 1 — 4 7 1

Eastlake North (1-1) 002 116 x — 10 12 2

TWO HITS OR MORE — Sandusky: Drew Yontz (3); Eastlake North: Brian Keller, Cory Sharpnack, Mitch Bryner, Kevin Evar; 2B — S: Joey Herriott; EN: Keller (2); 3B — EN: Bryner; WP — Keller; LP — Brady McKillips.

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Last Updated: 4/2/2013 11:21:36 PM EST

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