Austin Utter continues great week as Edison Chargers sweep Sandusky Blue Streaks

EDISON — The Chargers’ (10-11) Austin Utter already had a monster week coming into Saturday’s doubleheader against Sandusky. So it was only fitting that he would finish it off by belting a walk-off home run — his second dinger of the game — to seal the Chargers’ fourth victory in five tries by way of a 7-6 win over the Blue Streaks.

Utter stepped up to the plate to lead off the inning with the back-and-forth affair knotted at six in the home half of the seventh. The junior sat on a fastball outside and drove the pitch comfortably over the wall in right-center field.

“It felt really, really, good. I can’t even explain right now how awesome it was,” Utter said.

The center fielder/pitcher also hit a game-tying long ball in the bottom of the fourth. Sandusky (10-11) starter Dominic Kirkwood issued two walks to begin the inning, which gave way to a fielder’s choice RBI for left fielder Tommy Gerbracht that made the score 6-3.

With two runners remaining on base, Utter delivered a shot over the left field wall to knot the score at six.

“You can’t do that,” Blue Streaks’ head coach Zack Moots said. “You can’t put two runners on in front of (Utter). It burnt us.”

Utter finished the game 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and five RBIs. He went 15-for-18 on the week, including three doubles in the day’s first game, a 13-4 thumping of Sandusky. He also pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts in a win against Huron on Monday and earned a save at Port Clinton on Thursday.

“Austin had a heck of a day and he’s had a heck of a week,” Edison coach Sean Hoover said. “He’s on fire.”

Chargers hurler Zach Usselman and his counterpart Kirkwood each gave up a pair of runs in the first inning, but afterward both kept the opposition off the board until the fourth.

Usselman walked the frame’s first batter, third baseman Dru Craig, who reached second the next at-bat on a single by Brady McKillips. Derrick Kirkwood then chased Usselman by cracking a three-run shot to left field.

Replacing Usselman on the hill the following at-bat, Chris Ketchum gave up a groundball single up the middle to Michael Delk. Catcher Drew Yontz drove Delk home with an RBI double, giving the Blue Streaks a 6-2 advantage and their final run of the day.

Yontz relieved Dominic Kirkwood after six innings of work. He fell victim to Utter’s hot streak, giving up the walk-off home run on just the second pitch of the inning.

While Utter had a pair of homers in the second game, it was Edison catcher Tristen Ball who hit two bombs in the first leg of the doubleheader, including one during a nine-run second inning that doomed the Blue Streaks. In total the teams combined for six home runs in the doubleheader.

“It’s starting to warm up and the wind is blowing out here,” Hoover said. “When the wind blows out here it’s usually not a light breeze so I expected good, hard hits out in the gaps and both teams had some home runs today.”

Edison 13, Sandusky 4 (Game 1)

Non-Conference

Sandusky (10-10) 300 100 0 — 4 6 1

Edison (10-11) 090 301 x — 13 10 2

TWO HITS OR MORE — Sandusky: Drew Yontz; Edison: Austin Utter (3), Adam Wolf (3), Tristen Ball; 2B — S: Yontz, Jamison Rohrbacher; E: Utter (3), Wolf, Trent Emody; HR — S: Michael Delk; E: Ball (2); WP — Tommy Gerbracht (1-2); LP — Derrick Kirkwood.

Edison 13, Sandusky 4 (Game 2)

Non-Conference

Sandusky (10-10) 200 400 0 — 6 6 2

Edison (10-11) 200 400 1 — 7 5 2

TWO HITS OR MORE — Edison: Austin Utter (3); 2B — S: Yontz; E: Hagelberger, Utter; HR — S: Derrick Kirkwood; E: Utter (2); WP — Chris Ketchum; LP — Dominic Kirkwood.

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Last Updated: 5/4/2013 11:29:07 PM EST

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