NEW CASTLE —
Ryan Brumbaugh put out the fire for the Wilmington High baseball team yesterday.
Brumbaugh struck out three straight batters with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh to preserve a 5-4 District 10, Region 2-AA home victory over Sharon.
Brumbaugh relieved Greyhounds starter Vince Pitzulo in the seventh with two runners on base. He walked the first batter he faced before fanning the next three, earning his first save of the season.
“We have all the confidence in the world in Ryan,” Wilmington coach Garett Malinak said.
Pitzulo (2-0) worked six-plus innings, giving up five hits and four runs — two earned — with a walk and eight strikeouts.
“Vince Pitzulo pitched a great game,” Malinak said. “He worked hard the whole game.
“The score doesn’t reflect how well he pitched. His pitch count was getting up there and we went to Ryan Brumbaugh. Ryan came through big for us.”
The Tigers dropped to 0-1 in the region and 5-1 overall.
“This was a huge win for us,” Malinak said. “Sharon is a good team and it’s big to start region play with a victory.”
Davis Smith was 3 for 4 for the Greyhounds (1-0, 3-3) with two RBIs. James Foltz added two hits and a pair of RBIs for the winners.
“Davis Smith was fantastic at the plate,” Malinak said.
West Allegheny 11,
New Castle 4
West Allegheny took command with six runs in the second inning and three more in the third en route to a Section 1-AAA home decision over New Castle.
“We just can’t get out of that one bad inning each game,” Red Hurricane coach Paul Malley Jr. said. “It just snowballs and puts us in a hole early on.”
New Castle (0-3, 3-5) got within 9-4 but left the sacks packed in the fifth and the Indians (3-1, 7-2) put it away with two markers in the sixth.
“To the kids’ credit, we battled back,” Malley said. “We had an opportunity but just didn’t convert.
“I thought the guys were making good contact with the ball, too.”
Vinny Jannetti and Ethan Pagley recorded two hits each for the ’Canes. Joey Ambrosini knocked in two runs for New Castle.
Julian Cox (1-1) started and took the loss. Cox tossed 21⁄3 innings, allowing eight hits and nine runs — four earned — with a walk and a strikeout.
The ’Canes have lost four in a row.