Elyria Catholic Panthers sweep doubleheader over Oberlin Phoenix

OBERLIN ­— It wasn’t your ordinary way to win a baseball game for the Elyria Catholic Panthers. In fact, it was a controversial call that gave the Panthers a 8-7 lead, and ultimately, a 13-10 win in the second game of a doubleheader.

Elyria Catholic’s Ian Kovacs and Dan Whitacre walked to begin the top of the seventh. Both advanced on a wild pitch and with one out in the second and Angelo Cruz up to bat, the havoc began.

Cruz hit a ground ball to first base and Kovacs attempted to score at home. Whitacre advanced to third, but Kovacs retrieved back to third base as well, thinking he was not able to score safely. Kovacs and Whitacre were both standing on third base.

Whitacre departed for second base and Kovacs was tagged. Oberlin thought Kovacs was called out, and the ball was thrown to second to get Whitacre out. Kovacs was safe at third and advanced home safely on the throw to second base, giving the Panthers a 8-7 lead.

“If Dan stayed on the base and the umpired called Ian out, we may not score anything after that,” Elyria Catholic coach Bruce Lisicky said. “We always look for a big inning, and wait for another team to make a mistake or make an error.”

“It was a good game,” Oberlin coach Lynn Gray said. “But you can’t use that play as an excuse.”

The Panthers added on five more runs in the inning, including a two-run RBI single by Brian Mahilo. Elyria Catholic led 13-7 going into the bottom of the seventh.

The Phoenix made things interesting as they scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but their comeback fell short.

“I loved the way our team battled,” Gray said. “We forced them (Elyria Catholic) to pitch their number one and number two pitchers at the end of the game.”

The Panthers jumped ahead on Oberlin in the top of the third inning to take an early lead.

Mahilo was hit by a pitch to start the inning, then Omar Vazquez laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Mahilo to second base. Mahilo advanced to third on a balk and scored on a passed ball, giving the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

Oberlin began a rally in the bottom half of the inning to surpass Elyria Catholic for the lead

With runners on first and second, Phoenix’s Nick Gonzalez hit a single to left field, scoring Sam Annable. Marvin Jackson reached on a error, allowing Dante Laricca to score, giving the Phoenix a 2-1 lead. Tyler Buga hit a sacrifice fly and Liam McMillin scored on a passed ball giving the Phoenix a 4-1 lead going into the fourth.

Elyria Catholic added two runs in the top of the fourth inning on an error in the outfield and Oberlin responded with a run on a Gonzalez single to center field the bottom of the fourth to make it a 5-3 Oberlin advantage.

The Panthers added a run in the top of the fifth and the Phoenix added a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth, making it a 6-4 ball game.

A Joey Begany RBI double and a Shawn Darmafall single in the top of the sixth, in which Begany scored on after a throwing error from the outfield, tied the game at six. Darmafall scored on a passed ball giving the Panthers a 7-6 lead. After hitting a leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth, Elijah Wood scored on a balk, tying the game at seven, setting up a storybook seventh inning.

“I told my team to put the ball in play and put pressure on their defense,” Lisicky said. “Oberlin made some errors and we got some big hits after that.”

Elyria Catholic won the first game of the doubleheader 18-3 in a five-inning, run-rule game highlighted by a grand slam from Christian Stanziano.

After winning both games in the doubleheader, Elyria Catholic improved to .500 on the season with a record of 9-9. Oberlin drops to 9-10.

Elyria Catholic 18, Oberlin 3 (Game 1)


Elyria Catholic 361 17 — 18 14 1

Oberlin 300 00 — 3 7 2

TWO HITS OR MORE — Elyria Catholic: Angelo Cruz (4), Joey Begany, Dan Whitacre, Christian Stanziano; Oberlin: Marvin Jackson, Tommy Brewster ; 2B — EC: Cruz (2), Begany, Matt Joris; O: Tyler Buga; HR — EC: Stanziano WP — Darion Katynski (1-1); LP — Jackson (0-2)

NOTED — In the top of the second inning, Elyria Catholic’s Christian Stanziano hit a grand slam and Angelo Cruz had four hits and 2 RBIs

Elyria Catholic 13, Oberlin 10 (Game 2)


Elyria Catholic (9-9) 001 213 6 — 13 6 3

Home Team (9-10) 004 111 3 — 10 8 4

TWO HITS OR MORE — Elyria Catholic: Dominic Piazza; Oberlin: Nick Gonalez (4); 2B — EC: Joey Begany; O: Tyler Buga, Marvin Jackson WP — Dan Whitacre; LP — Nick Pfeifer


Last Updated: 5/4/2013 11:07:23 PM EST

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