Tussey Mountain kick started itself to a 2-0 lead over visiting James Buchanan last week, but the rains came and forced play to be suspended.
The Rockets came back to Saxton yesterday and turned things around and went back home with a 13-3 victory.
“We just weren’t sharp today,” said Titan coach Kasey Kuhns. “James Buchanan is a good team. They had already played four games before we saw them last week and didn’t have many arms left. They were in much better shape today and we didn’t pick it up.”
Tussey scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning last Friday. Mason Reed led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk and Brenden Gorey followed with a double. A walk to Matthew Leonard loaded the bases and free passes to Matt Watkins and Kaden Lucko forced home the runs.
Yesterday, the Rockets tied the scored with two runs in the fourth, the took the lead with three in the fifth. Bilger, who finished with three hits and six RBI, hit a two-run homer in the frame.
James Buchanan added to its season with five more runs in the top of the sixth before the Titans got their final marker in the bottom of the inning.
Caleb Burnett led off with a walk, then Jordan Berkstresser followed with a single. A base hit by M. Reed drove home Burnett.
The Rockets finished the scoring with three runs in the top of the seventh. Bilger provided the markers with a three-run homer.
Dawson Rightenour started for the Titans, but didn’t figure in the decision. He pitched four innings – the first three, then the seventh – striking out three, walking three and allowing three hits.
Berkstresser worked the fourth, fifth and sixth and was tagged with the loss. He struck out one, walked four and surrendered six hits.
James Buchanan used three pitchers. Egolf started and walked three and gave up one hit and didn’t get an out in the fist part of the contest. Eckard followed and struck out three, walked one and allowed one hit over two innings. Pine pitched the last five with six strikeouts and two walks, He scattered seven hits to earn the win.
“I think we saw their best pitcher today,” said Kuhns. “We had some good at-bats, but errors really hurt us late in the game.
“Right now, we need to be positive and move forward. It’s playoff time.”
The Titans will try one last time to play host to Williamsburg Friday. They’re start the District 5-A playoffs next week