ROSSITER — The Brookville Grays took a 5-0 lead after an inning and a half on Tuesday evening, but Rossiter battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth and got the go-ahead run in the sixth as the Miners stormed back for an 8-7 win in Game 1 of the Federation League finals on Tuesday evening at Shaffer Field.
The Grays also fell in their opening game against Pulaski in the semifinals, but came back to win the next four games against the Generals.
Game 2 is this evening at McKinley Field in Brookville with first pitch at 6 p.m.
“We have six more to play maybe,” said Brookville manager Bob McCullough. “Anything can happen in a ballgame, and we just saw what can happen.”
Brookville was up 7-3 going into the bottom of the fifth before the Miners went on a roll. With one out, Dakotah Byers drew a walk before Ruben Taylor singled. Jacob Stumpf also walked to load the bases.
Kyle Neal came through with a two-run single to left field to pull Rossiter within two runs.
Jewett then got Dakota Thomas to hit a groundball to the shortstop. The Grays got the flip at second, but couldn’t get Thomas at first as Stumpf came to score on the play. The ball was thrown away from the Brookville first baseman and out of play as Thomas took second.
Cory Geer then came through with a bouncer between the first and second baseman to tie the game at 7-7.
Rossiter pitcher Joey DiPietro allowed a walk to Matt Bowser and a two-out bloop single to Tanner Klein in the top of the sixth, but the Grays couldn’t get a run across.
Jewett was done after five innings on the mound, allowing six earned runs on seven hits. He walked six and struck out four.
“He threw over 100 pitches. Sometimes I think he feels like he’s Superman,” said McCullough. “I like the way he threw tonight. I hope he gets some rest and he can go back in (later in the series).”
Brookville went to Klein for the bottom of the sixth. Rossiter’s Ty Zimmerman chopped an infield single to start the rally. Isaac Stouffer then beat out a bunt single which was thrown into right field, allowing Zimmerman to move up to third on the play.
After Klein got a strikeout, Taylor brought in the winning run with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Zimmerman.
Rossiter then went to Dylan Kachmar for the save on the hill, and he responded by setting the Grays down in order in the seventh for the win.
“I thought both teams played well,” said McCullough. “I thought we played really well, but we just couldn’t close the door on them a couple times. I thought we had runners at the right points, but we just didn’t score.”
Brookville took advantage of the Miners’ wild pitching in the top of the first. Rossiter starting pitcher Logan Johnston threw to six batters and walked five of them, with the lone exception being Bowser dropping down a sacrifice bunt in the second batter of the game.
Out of the 23 pitches Johnston threw, only three were strikes. After five walks, Rossiter went to DiPietro.
Sam Leadbetter then singled in a run, while Nick Bishop grounded out to bring another run, giving the Grays a 4-0 lead after a half-inning.
Brookville added another run in the top of the second as Jarren Ross hit a leadoff home run to put the Grays up 5-0.
Rossiter responded in the bottom of the second by batting around and plating three runs.
Byers got the inning started with a solo homer just over the left field fence to get the Miners on the board.
After getting a popout, Stumpf singled up the middle, while Neal and Thomas were walked to load the bases.
Jewett battled with his control as well in the inning as he allowed another walk to Cory Geer to bring in Stumpf, while Jordan Mesoraco singled into right field to score Neal to make it 5-3.
Jewett then got a strikeout and a flyout to end the inning.
Brookville was not done with the longball yet as Klein led off the third inning with a line drive homer to left field, putting the Brookville lead at 6-3.
Rossiter had a chance to add on to the deficit in the bottom of the fourth as Neal reached on an error. After a pair of strikeouts, Jewett walked Mesoraco before getting Zimmerman to fly out to end the inning.
Brookville tacked on another run in the top of the fifth as Klein singled through the left side. After Dan Buzzard’s sacrifice bunt put Klein at second, Leadbetter blooped a single into right field to bring home Klein, giving the Grays a 7-3 lead.
Thomas Plummer also had a two-out double in the inning, but DiPietro grounded out to end the frame to set up the bottom of the fifth.
After Game 2 this evening, Game 3 will be back in Rossiter on Thursday evening and Game 4 will be Saturday in Brookville. If the games are necessary in the best-of-7 series, Game 5 would be Sunday afternoon in Rossiter. After a day off Monday, Game 6 would be in Brookville and a deciding seventh game for all the marbles would be at Shaffer Field.