Lorain Titans, Amherst Comets split DH at The Pipe Yard

LORAIN — Riding a four-game winning streak, Lorain took on state-ranked Amherst, who have lost two games in a row after winning its first 10 games of the season, in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at The Pipe Yard.

The Titans and Comets each had an outstanding pitching performance, as Amherst mercy-ruled the Titans, 11-1 in Game 1 before the Titans bounced back with a 7-1 win in a pair of non-conference games.

In Game 1, Amherst’s Noah Skladan pitched five strong innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits.

The Comets scored 11 runs, including ending the game in the sixth inning with a 10-run mercy rule.

“Noah pitched a very solid game for us, but that’s what he has done all year,” Amherst head coach Matt Rositano said. “He has been key for us all season because of his consistency, and he came through once again today.”

After Lorain scored in the first inning after a Nic Billingsley sacrifice fly, Skladan settled in and held the Titans scoreless the remainder of the game. He didn’t allow a runner past second.

“I haven’t gotten to throw a lot lately but I felt good out there today,” Skladan said. “My teammates did a great job of getting me some run support, and I just tried to throw strikes.”

The Comets scored two runs in the bottom of the first, thanks to three walks by starter Ryan Osko and an error with two outs that could’ve got them out of the inning.

“I thought we kind of beat ourselves in that first game,” Lorain head coach Brad Ternes said. “We lost our composure a bit and didn’t do a very good job of having a short term memory. A few of our mistakes ended up causing big swings in the game.”

The Comets broke the game open in the second, scoring four runs on four hits and a walk.

Corey Stamco came through with an RBI double and Connor Morris followed up with a two-run single to key the inning.

In the fourth inning, Griffin Weir hit a three-run triple to put the game out of reach.

“It was good for our bats to come alive like that in the first game,” Rositano said. “We have been carried by our pitching a lot this season, so it was nice to see the guys really get the bats going like that.”

Weir finished the game 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

In Game 2, Kyle Stumphauzer baffled Comets hitters with his knuckleball all game long, pitching a complete game, allowing just one hit and one run (unearned).

“Great performance from Kyle today, especially against a good hitting team like Amherst,” Ternes said. “He was able to keep them off balanced with all the slow stuff, and he never lost his composure out there.”

The Comets also got a solid outing from starter Shane Derricotte, but the Comets committed five errors that cost the Comets five runs.

Kody Bledsoe was responsible for four of the five errors, including back-to-back mishaps in the second inning that led to three Titans runs.

Nate Drabiak and Adrian Calez hit back-to-back sacrifice flies before Hisle came through with a clutch two-out RBI single.

“That’s something I’d never expect to see from our defense, that’s for sure,” Rositano said. “I think we have around 10 errors on the entire season, so committing five in one game is a bit of a shocker. All in all though, Shane pitched a very good game, his defense just let him down today.”

Amherst didn’t even get its first base runner until a two-out walk in the third inning. Stumphauzer walked the next two batters, loading the bases before getting Connor Morris to fly out to left field, leaving the bases loaded and the Comets scoreless.

“I got myself in a few tough situations due to walks, but thankfully I was able to work out of them,” Stumphauzer said. “I just tried to continue to hit my spots and put faith in my defense, and they came up big for me.”

With the Game 2 win, Lorain improved to 9-4 while the Comets, who have lost 3 of 4, fell to 11-3 overall.

“I’m very proud of the way my guys put the first game behind them and came out ready to play in this one,” Ternes said. “We kept our composure and played a solid game against a very good team. This is a good win.”

Amherst 11, Lorain 1

Non Conference Game 1

Lorain (8-4) 100 00 – 1 4 1

Amherst (11-2) 240 41 – 11 11 0

TWO HITS OR MORE — Lorain: Ryan Osko; Amherst: Griffin Weir, Kody Bledsoe 2B –– A: Corey Stamco 3B — A: Weir; WP — Noah Skladan(3-0); LP — Osko(1-1).

Lorain 7, Amherst 1

Non Conference

Amherst (11-3) 000 010 0 – 1 1 5

Lorain (9-4) 031 012 x – 7 7 1

TWO HITS OR MORE — Lorain: Ryan Osko, Demon Hisle 2B — L:Osko, Thomas Holloway; Amherst: Weir; WP — Kyle Stumphauzer (2-0); LP — Shane Derricotte.

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Last Updated: 4/20/2013 10:20:12 PM EST

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