BROOKVILLE — With a second straight shutout win in as many days at McKinley Field Tuesday, the Brookville Grays grabbed a 2-1 series lead in their best-of-seven Federation League with the Pulaski Generals going into Wednesday’s game in DuBois.
After Monday’s one-hitter by Sam Leadbetter in a 7-0 win, it was Glenn Stewart’s turn to toss a seven-hitter in Tuesday’s 9-0 victory.
The Grays, seeded third, got home-field advantage for their semifinal matchup because the top-seeded DuBois Rockets lost to No. 6 seed Kersey and No. 4 seed Sykesville was ousted by the fifth-seeded Generals in the first round.
Sunday, after getting rained out Saturday in Brookville, the series opener was moved to DuBois’ Showers’ Field where the Generals beat the Grays 4-2.
Since the Grays are the higher seed, games two and three were played in Brookville. Thursday, the series returns to McKinley Field with games five and six, if necessary, set for Saturday and Sunday at DuBois and Brookville respectively.
A rainout either Wednesday or Thursday would move a game to Friday.
Tuesday night, Stewart made the pitches when he had to, retiring the side just twice in the game. He left the bases loaded in the first inning, stranded a one-out double in the second, a leadoff double at third in the fifth and runners on first and third in the sixth. He wound up striking out nine and walking one while hitting a batter.
Pulaski had little margin for error with the Grays’ Stewart on the mound and came nowhere near that defensively as three errors in the first and second innings led to six unearned runs and a quick and insurmountable 6-0 Grays advantage.
Brookville scored three runs in the first with no hits off Generals starter Ed Seduski, who was victimized by three infield errors, but also walked a batter and hit two others.
In the second inning, three more infield errors, another Seduski hit batsmen and Tanner Klein’s two-run one-out single in the second put the Grays up 6-0.
The Grays had nine hits and stranded 13 runners as they scored and threatened to do more damage in just about every inning. Dom Torretti relieved Seduski in the fourth and Cody Jose threw the final 1 2/3 innigs to finishing things out for the Generals.
Nate Bonfardine doubled and scored on a forceout in the fourth. Spencer Miller, who led the Grays with four singles, scored four times including once each in the fifth and sixth innings. He led off the fifth with his second infield single and scored on Klein’s two-out single. Klein had two hits and drove in four runs.
In the sixth, Miller singled with two outs, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Matt Bowser’s single to left field.