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May 2, 2012

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NEW CASTLE — One bad inning proved costly for the Union High baseball team yesterday.

Western Beaver scored four runs in the top of the seventh en route to an 8-4 WPIAL Section 3-A road win over the Scotties.

Union plated two markers in the bottom of the sixth to knot the count at 4. The Scotties committed five errors in the game.

“This was a disappointing game,” Union coach Gene DiGennaro said. “We were outplayed in all phases of the game.

“Our defense continues to struggle. When you struggle defensively against good teams, you put yourself in a hole.”

The Golden Beavers scored a run in the first inning before the Scotties countered with a pair in the second for a 2-1 lead. Western Beaver answered with two runs in the third and another in the fourth for a 4-2 margin.

Union (6-3 section, 10-6 overall) could have grabbed control of second place in the section with the win. Now the Scotties must knock off Rochester today for tiebreaker purposes.

Neshannock (9-0, 15-2) paces the section and Western Beaver (7-2, 8-7) is in second place by a game over Union. The Rams (6-4, 6-9) are a half-game behind the Scotties.

“I’m proud of how they fought back to tie the game,” DiGennaro said. “It was just too much to overcome.

“We had a chance to take control of second place and we didn’t get it done. Now we basically have a one-game playoff (today) at Rochester. It’s a game we need.”

David Wright had two of the Scotties’ three hits. He drove in both of their runs as well.

Devan Schuller started and earned a no-decision for the Scotties. Schuller pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and three runs — two earned — with four walks and two strikeouts.

Joe Salmen (4-1) took the loss in relief. Salmen twirled 4 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and five runs — three earned — with two walks and three strikeouts.

“Western Beaver is a good hitting team,” DiGennaro said. “We knew eventually they would get their hits.

“They put together a string of hits in the seventh inning and they just finally got to Salmen.”

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