DuBOIS — The Brookville Grays took a commanding 3-1 series lead with a 7-4 win over the Pulaski Generals in Game 4 of the Federation League semifinals on Wednesday evening at Showers’ Field.
The best-of-7 series now goes back to McKinley Field in Brookville this evening for Game 5, which begins at 6 p.m. If Pulaski can pull out a win on Thursday, they would force a Game 6 back at Showers’ Field on Saturday at 5 p.m. If a Game 7 is necessary, that would be in Brookville on Sunday at 2 p.m.
In the other Federation League semifinal series, Rossiter has also taken a 3-1 lead in their series with Kersey after a 4-3 win in eight innings on Wednesday.
Brookville starting pitcher Thomas Plummer was easily the star of the night for the Grays after not allowing a hit in his outing. In five-plus innings, he didn’t allow a hit, but had a little trouble with control as he walked six. He also struck out one and was charged with two earned runs.
Plummer allowed walks to Justin Miknis and Phil Myers in the bottom of the first, but neither scored as Plummer forced a 5-4-3 double play in the frame.
Plummer also hit Ty Bittner in the second, but he also couldn’t move up to second in the frame.
After a pair of 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth, Plummer gave up another walk to Adam Bankovich to lead off the fifth. He was also erased off the basepaths with a 3-6-3 double play.
With Brookville up 4-0 going to the bottom of the sixth, Plummer started to tire as he allowed three consecutive walks to pinch-hitter Noah Schneider, Miknis and Myers to load the bases.
Brandon Bell came on in relief of Plummer and immediately gave up a hit to Drew Bankovich –a double to left field that scored Schneider and Miknis, and put two runners in scoring position.
Nick LaBrasca then grounded a ball to Grays shortstop Spencer Miller, who fired the ball home and got Myers out at the plate for the first out.
Bittner then drew a walk to load the bases again, and Adam Bankovich grounded into a fielder’s choice that would score Drew Bankovich to cut the Brookville lead to 4-3.
Bell got out of the inning with a flyout that Plummer, who went to center field after he was done on the mound, made a diving catch on that would have probably given Pulaski the lead.
Brookville gave themselves some insurance runs in the top of the seventh to extend the lead to 7-3.
After Pulaski starting pitcher Thomas Grecco got a flyout to start the inning, Nathan Bonfardine and Jed Fiscus drew walks. Tanner Klein then launched a double down the left field line to score Bonfardine, which ended Grecco’s night on the mound.
Drew Bankovich came on in relief and allowed a walk to load the bases on his first batter.
Nick Bishop then grounded the ball to first base. The throw came home, but the ball was wide of the mark as Fiscus and Klein scored on the play.
Bankovich ended the inning with a strike him out, throw him out double play as Bishop was caught stealing.
Michael Misiewicz started off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit for the Generals. After a strikeout, Miknis smashed an opposite-field double into the left field gap, which put two runners in scoring position.
Myers grounded out to score Misiewicz, and Bell then got another groundout to end the game.
Brookville got a run to start the game in the top of the first as Grecco walked Miller to lead off. Miller stole second base later in the inning.
Bonfardine then blooped a single down the right field line to put runners at the corners before Fiscus lifted a ball into center field for a sacrifice fly, scoring Miller to give the Grays a 1-0 lead.
With one out in the top of the second, Grecco walked Grayson Harmon before Plummer crushed a double into center field that put runners at second and third. Miller then singled to plate both runners. He was thrown out at second base as he tried to advance on the throw to the plate, but Brookville had a 3-0 lead.
The Grays added another run in the top of the fourth. Bishop singled to start the frame, while Plummer worked a one-out walk. Miller continued with his second RBI single of the night, scoring Bishop to give Brookville a 4-0 lead.
Grecco enjoyed a three-up, three-down inning in the fifth before working around a one-out walk in the sixth, which set up the bottom of the sixth inning.
Miller led Brookville with a 2-for-3 night with three RBIs, while Klein was 2-for-4.
Grecco allowed five earned runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked six and struck out four.
Bell allowed two earned runs on three hits, walked one and whiffed one in his two innings as he picked up the save.