With the Federation League playoffs coming up in a few days, Martin Oil’s offense came alive on Wednesday evening in an 11-1 win in five innings over Dick’s Pharmacy at Bellwood-Antis High School.
“We did what we had to do to win,” said Martin Oil manager Brock Anders. “It’s nice to see us score some runs with the playoffs around the corner. Our bats have been dead lately. Hopefully they come around here towards the end.”
The Federation League playoffs were supposed to begin on Saturday, but it was pushed back a day due to too many teams still needing to make up regular season games. The playoffs will now begin on Sunday.
That means Martin Oil’s regular season finale will now come on Saturday. They host Patton Legion on Friday evening before ending on Saturday at Vets Field against Sheetz.
Martin Oil is in fourth place after Wednesday’s game and is just one-half game back of Park Home and Barton’s Plumbing & Heating for second place.
Blake Johnston pitched four solid innings for Martin Oil on Wednesday, allowing just an unearned run on two hits, while walking three and striking out nine over four innings. Owen Shaulis worked a scoreless fifth inning.
Dick’s Pharmacy scored their lone run in the top of the first as Donnie Moyer came home as Trevor Manley reached on an error.
Martin Oil got that run back in the bottom of the first on a Cooper Guyer sacrifice fly to right field that scored Alex Schmoke. It was the first of three sac flies for Guyer on the night.
The Bellwood kids also picked up a run in the bottom of the second on an Eli Pluebell RBI single to score Jake Bollinger to go up 2-1 before they started to break the game open in the third.
Martin Oil scored three in the third, including two runs on an error. Pluebell also knocked in his second run of the night in the frame.
They added on five more runs in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to RBI singles from Mark Stewart, Bollinger, and Pluebell once again. Guyer added his second sac fly in the frame. Jake Martin also drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.
Needing one run in the bottom of the fifth to end the game via the 10-run rule, Mark Stewart got to second base on an error by the Dick’s Pharmacy left fielder. After Stewart moved to third on a balk, Guyer lifted his third sac fly of the night to score Stewart and ending the game.
Bollinger went 3-for-3 in the game, while Pluebell had two hits and three RBIs.
Martin Oil (12-6) will host Patton Legion on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Martin Oil 11, Dick’s Pharmacy 1, 5 innings
Dick’s Pharmacy — 1
Bardelang ss 1000, Veckov cf 3000, Moyer c 2110, Manley p-2b 2010, Albright 2b-3b 1000, Sanders lf 1000, Greiner 3b-1b 2000, Stosch 1b 0000, Chipperfield 2b-p 2000, Shaw rf-1b 2000. Totals: 16-1-2-0.
Martin Oil — 11
Shaulis cf-p 3100, Schmoke 1b 2200, Mock lf 1000, Stewart ss-cf 2311, Guyer c 1003, Johnston p-ss 1210, Kovac lf-1b 1200, Bollinger rf-2b 3131, Pluebell 3b 3023, N. Martin 2b 2000, J. Martin rf 1001. Totals: 20-11-7-9.
Score by Innings
Dick’s Pharmacy 100 00 — 1 2 5 Martin Oil 113 51 — 11 7 1 Errors: Manley, Albright, Sanders 2, Shaw; Schmoke. LOB: Dick’s Pharmacy 4, Martin Oil 6. DP: Martin Oil 1. 2B: Manley. SF: Guyer 3. SB: Moyer; Schmoke, Stewart 2, Johnston. CS: Bardelang. Balk: Manley, Chipperfield.