ROSSITER — The Rossiter Miners collected 18 hits on Tuesday evening in Game 3 of the Federation League semifinals, leading them to a 9-4 win over Kersey at Shaffer Field.
With the win, the Miners took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series as it shifts to Beimel Field in Kersey for Game 4 this evening. Game 5 will be back at Shaffer Field on Thursday. If the games are needed, Game 6 would be in Kersey on Saturday and Game 7 on Sunday in Rossiter.
While Rossiter pounded out 18 hits on the evening, their pitching was almost as stellar as they held the Kings to just four hits on the night.
Kersey got the first run of the game in the top of the first. With one out, Brandon Sicheri and Dan Singer drew back-to-back walks before Michael Beimel singled up the middle to load the bases.
Nate Beimel followed with a bases loaded walk to score the run.
Rossiter starting pitcher Lance Pennington then got Rudy Gleixner to fly out that looked like it would be a sacrifice fly, but Singer was gunned down at the plate to keep it at one run.
Rossiter wasted almost no time in putting the pressure on Kersey, returning the favor for four runs in the bottom of the first.
With one out and Ty Zimmerman at first, Pete Meterko singled before Mark Saxman’s base hit plated Zimmerman to tie the game.
Ruben Taylor also singled to bring in Meterko before Dakotah Byers loaded the bases again with fourth consecutive hit.
Dakota Thomas then lifted a sacrifice fly into center field that scored Saxman before Kersey starting pitcher Will Lozinak walked the next two batters in Pennington and Joey DiPietro to force in another run to make it 4-1.
Kersey got out of the inning as Byers broke for the plate on a wild pitch, but was tagged out by Lozinak.
Lozinak was taken out in favor of Singer in the bottom of the second.
With two outs in the bottom of the second, Meterko doubled down the right field line to start another rally. Saxman and Taylor then had back-to-back singles, with Taylor’s driving in Meterko to give Rossiter a 5-1 lead.
Kersey cut its deficit in half in the top of the third. With one out, Singer walked, while Michael Beimel reached on an error as the Miner shortstop tossed a ball to second base into right field on a fielder’s choice.
Nate Beimel then singled to bring home Singer, while Gleixner followed with an RBI single of his own to cut the Rossiter lead to 5-3.
The Kings added one more run in the top of the fourth as Pennington was pulled in favor of Tyler Richardson.
With one out, Vincent Jacob came up with Kersey’s final hit of the game –an opposite-field single into left field. Richardson then walked Sicheri, Singer and Michael Beimel, which forced in Jacob for Kersey’s final run of the game.
Richardson was then taken out for Dylan Kachmar, who didn’t disappoint as he took the ball the rest of the way for the Miners.
Kachmar forced a 6-3 double play to end the fourth and keep the Rossiter lead at 5-4 and proceeded to retire the next nine batters to keep Kersey off the basepaths in the last three innings.
Kachmar earned the win on the mound in 3 2/3 innings of work. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out one.
Rossiter got themselves a little breathing room in the bottom of the fourth as Zimmerman started the frame with a base hit. Meterko then drilled his second double of the game, which brought home Zimmerman. However, Meterko left the game on the play with an injury as he limped off the field. His pinch-runner, Josh Stahlman, scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly from Taylor to give the Miners a 7-4 lead.
Justin Beimel came on in relief in the fifth innings and took the last two innings on the mound for Kersey.
The Miners got two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Saxman crushed a double into the right-center field gap, while Taylor and Byers each had singles, with Byers’ hit bringing in Saxman.
Two batters later, Kachmar helped himself with an RBI single of his own, which scored Taylor to set the final.
Rossiter’s heart of the order –the 3-5 hitters in Meterko, Saxman and Taylor –were a perfect 10-for-10 with three doubles and five RBIs in the game.
Game 4 begins at 6 p.m. this evening from Beimel Field.