Stung by Bees! Brecksville buzzes past Amherst Comets in Southwestern Conference

BRECKSVILLE — Amherst suffered the same fate as the rest of the Southwestern Conference for the first time in conference history as the Comets fell for the second time this season to the Brecksville Bees, 7-3 on Wednesday.

Brecksville starter Perry Dellavalle pitched a complete game, three-hitter and five Bees had two hits against Amherst to complete the season sweep and become the first team in SWC history to run the table in conference play.

“The SWC was really tough this year between us, Westlake, Avon Lake,” Amherst coach Matt Rositano said. “That’s a very good baseball team that just beat us. Like the first time we played them, I didn’t think we played our best game.”

Amherst (18-5, 10-3) only had the bases loaded with one out in the third in a 3-3 tie, and did not have a single baserunner the rest of the way as Dellavalle (4-0) retired the final 14 hitters he faced. He gave up just three runs — all in the second inning — on three hits, walked four and struck out seven.

“He’s a grinder,” Brecksville coach John Mutch said. “He’s a competitor and once he takes the ball to start the game, he wants to put his team on his back and try to finish the job. He didn’t get out of the gates like we were hoping or he was hoping, but I give him a lot of credit for sticking it out and waiting for all of his stuff to come around. Once it did, he was tough.”

Amherst got all of its offense in the second inning trailing 2-0 with two outs as Kody Bledsoe hit a three-run double to score Shawn Reid, Aaron Soto and Zack Bires to take a 3-2 lead. The Bees (23-1, 14-0) tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI infield single by Anthony Miragliotta.

Brecksville broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth as Amherst starter Griffin Weir (5-2) loaded the bases with the first three hitters then walked Colton Carney to give the Bees a 4-3 lead. Ricky Farina made it 6-3 on a two-run single to right field. Weir only lasted four innings, giving up six runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out four.

Brecksville had 12 hits in the win. But only one was an extra-base hit, that being a triple in the first inning from Joe Houk, the second hitter of the game, which put the Bees on the board first after a lead-off walk to Miragliotta.

“They just kind of ground-balled us to death,” Rositano said. “Out of all their hits, I think only two left the infield in the air. They just found holes. It’s a good hitting team and they took advantage.”

In the third inning, Justin Mott reached first on a throwing error followed by an Alex Walts single and a Reid walk to load the bases with one out. With a chance to break a 3-3 tie, Soto struck out and Bires flew out to end the threat. Dellavalle did not let another Comet reach base the remainder of the day.

“I think we tightened up there at the end because we weren’t hitting the ball well today,” Rositano said. “Baseball is one of those things where the harder you try, the harder it is.”

Rositano was without the services of last year’s SWC MVP Connor Morris because of a shoulder injury.

Brecksville 7, Amherst 3

Southwestern Conference

Amherst (18-5, 10-3) 030 000 0 — 3 3 1

Brecksville (23-1, 14-0) 210 301 x — 7 12 1

TWO HITS OR MORE — Brecksville: Anthony Miragliotta, Nate Korczynski, Vlad Kovacevic, John Balhorn, Dan Pushpak; 2B — Amherst: Kody Bledsoe; 3B — B: Joe Houk; WP — Perry Dellavalle (4-0); LP — Griffin Weir (5-2).

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Last Updated: 5/8/2013 10:44:27 PM EST

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