ROSSITER — The Kersey Kings kept their season alive on Thursday evening as they defeated Rossiter, 4-2, in Game 5 of their best-of-seven semifinal series in the Federation League.
The Miners now hold a 3-2 lead in the series. After a day off today, the series will start back up again with Game 6 at Beimel Field in Kersey on Saturday at 5 p.m. If Kersey wins on Saturday, a Game 7 for all the marbles will be on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
In the other Federation League series, the Brookville Grays blanked Pulaski, 2-0, on Thursday evening to advance to the Federation League finals.
The finals will likely start on Tuesday with Brookville awaiting the winner of the Kersey-Rossiter series.
Kersey got solid work on the mound from Justin Beimel, who tossed 6 2/3 innings and allowed just two first inning runs. He gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out three, and threw 95 pitches in his outing.
Joe Beimel came in for a one-out save in the bottom of the seventh and needed five pitches to record a strikeout to end the game.
Rossiter starting pitcher Cory Geer gave up a couple walks in the top of the first, but held off the Kings without allowing any damage. Shane Haberberger was thrown out at second base trying to steal in the inning.
Jordan Mesoraco got things started for the Miners in the bottom of the first with a base hit before moving up to second on a wild pitch. Ty Zimmerman followed with an RBI single to bring Mesoraco around from second for the game’s first run. Zimmerman moved up to second base on the throw home.
After Ruben Taylor grounded out to second to move Zimmerman to third, Mark Saxman drove a ball for a flyout to center field for a sacrifice fly, scoring Zimmerman to give Rossiter a 2-0 lead.
Geer got the Miners a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the second before Justin Beimel allowed a leadoff single to Dakota Thomas to start off the bottom of the second. Thomas stole second, but Beimel got out of the frame with two flyouts and a strikeout.
Kersey scored all of its runs in the top of the third off Geer. After Geer got a strikeout to start the third, Justin Beimel got a one-out single and Jake Meeker ran for him. After another strikeout, Haberberger singled through the left side and Dan Singer drew a walk to load the bases.
Michael Beimel came through with a big two-out single to center field to score Meeker and Haberberger, which tied the game and put two runners in scoring position.
On the next batter, a wild pitch scored Singer to give the Kings the lead, while Nate Beimel singled to plate Michael Beimel, giving Kersey a 4-2 lead.
Geer also gave up another walk in the inning before Rossiter went to Joey DiPietro to take the mound. DiPietro got out of the inning with a strikeout looking, but the Kings batted around in the inning.
Justin Beimel sat down his next five batters before Thomas and Kyle Neal had two-out singles in the fourth. The two also moved up a base on a wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position, but Beimel got DiPietro to fly out to end the inning.
Brad Dippold and Haberberger also had two-out singles in the top of the fourth but could not come across.
DiPietro also allowed a base hit to Michael Beimel to start the fifth, but his courtesy runner was picked off first base by DiPietro.
DiPietro sat down the next six batters into the top of the seventh where Haberberger and singled, and Singer walked to put runners at first and second. DiPietro got out of the inning with a pair of flyouts to keep Kersey off the scoreboard.
Rossiter had at least two runners on base in each of the last three innings, but could not get any more runs.
Tyler Richardson put down a bunt single to start the bottom of the fifth, but wa retired on a fielder’s choice by Jordan Mesoraco, while Mesoraco was caught stealing later in the inning.
Ruben Taylor worked a leadoff walk to start the bottom of the sixth, and Dakotah Byers singled with one out, but Justin Beimel got the next two batters to fly out to Haberberger in center field.
In the bottom of the seventh, Pete Meterko, who is nursing an injury, drew a one-out walk. He was pinch-ran for by Richardson. Mesoraco then blooped the ball into right field, but Joe Beimel raced from right field and got the ball into second to get Richardson for the second out.
Zimmerman then reached on an error to keep the game alive, putting runners at first and second, as Kersey elected to go to the retired Major League Baseball player in Joe Beimel, who was wearing a full Los Angeles Dodgers uniform on Thursday.
The southpaw needed five pitches to strike out Taylor to end the game.