DuBOIS — The DuBois Rockets continued to assert their domination of the Federation League this season with a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Sykesville Senators Tuesday evening at Showers Field.
The contest quickly turned into a pitchers’ duel between the Rockets’ Brandon Orsich and Senators veteran Dan Wascovich.
DuBois did most of its damage in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs on three hits, while Sykesville evened the score with two runs of its own on three hits in the fifth.
The Rockets answered right back, pushing across the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth when Nate Sabados’ clutch two-out single to right scored Garrett Brown from second to make it 3-2.
Orsich then retired the Senators in order in the sixth and seventh innings to help push the Rockets to a league best 10-1 record. Rossiter entered Tuesday in second place with a 7-5 mark. Sykesville fell to 5-5 with the loss.
Orsich allowed two earned runs on six hits in picking up the win. He struck out two and walked two. Wascovich was saddled with the loss, giving up three earned runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking two.
DuBois’ Justin Sleigh and Sykesville’s Kaleb Eshenbaugh both went 2-for-3 and were the lone players in the game with multiple hits. Sleigh ripped two doubles, while Eshenbaum had one two-bagger.
After a scoreless first inning, the Rockets grabbed the lead with two runs in the second.
Jeremy Smith got things started with a two-out single to center. Derek Clark followed with a double to right that scored Smith from first. Clark hustled into third on a late throw to the plate and scored when Jordan Frano beat out an infield single.
Wascovich stopped the damage there as he got Brown to fly out to center.
Both teams tried to put a rally together in the third.
Eshenbaugh led off the top half of the inning with a single down the left-field line, while Cory Manning followed with a bunt single — beating a flip attempt by Orsich near the bag.
The Senators couldn’t push a run across though, as Orsich got a flyout and two fielder’s choices to end the inning and maintain his team’s 2-0 lead.
DuBois got a one-out double to left-center in the third from Sleigh — his second double of the game — but Wascovich stranded him at second.
The game remained 2-0 into the fifth when Sykesville finally got to Orsich.
Austin Blauser led off the fifth with a single to right, and Eshenbaugh followed with a double to right-center to put two runners in scoring position.
Manning then reached on an error that allowed Blauser to score, while Eshenbaugh came home to tie the game when Adam Fox hit into a double play. Jason Roman kept the inning going with a two-out double to left, but Orsich got Jake Felix to fly out to center to end the inning.
Any momentum the Senators gained was quickly taken away in the bottom half of the inning.
Brown drew a leadoff walk and stole second with one out. Then with two away, Sabados ripped a single to right to chase home Brown to give the Rockets a 3-2 lead.
Josh Sorbera followed with a single to center, but Wascovich quickly ended the rally there by striking out Brian Shaffer looking for the final out.
Orsich did the rest from there, as the righty ended up retiring the final seven batters he faced.
DuBois travels to Brookville Thursday before having several of its players participating in the Federation League All-Star Game which will be played Friday night at 7 p.m. at Showers Field.
Brookville is the lone team to beat DuBois this season, handing the Rockets a 4-2 loss at Showers Field Saturday evening.