BROOKVILLE — After rallying from an early deficit the night before, the Rossiter Miners were the ones who jumped out quick in Wednesday’s Game 2 of the Federation League finals at McKinley Field.
But unlike the Brookville Grays Tuesday in Rossiter, the Miners made their three-run first inning stand up in an 8-2 win. They take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series back to Rossiter’s Shaffer Field tonight. Game 4 is set for Saturday in Brookville at 5 p.m.
“It’s not over and there’s always another day. It’s a win for them,” said Grays manager Bob McCullough, whose team managed just four hits off Miners pitchers Ruben Taylor, Dylan Kachmar and Cory Geer.
Rossiter put five of the first six batters on base to start the game against Grays starter Brandon Bell. Jordan Mesoraco reached on an error by Grays second baseman Matt Bowser, and after singles by Jacob Stumpf and Ty Zimmerman, Dakotah Byers’ line drive to center was misplayed into a double by Jarren Ross, allowing two runs to score.
After Grays leftfielder Dan Buzzard threw out Zimmerman trying to score on a Taylor flyout, Kyle Neal singled in Byers.
Three runs wound up being enough because of Taylor’s work through the first 4 1/3 innings. The Grays put runners on against him in all but one inning, but couldn’t cash in until the fifth inning with two runs. Dan Ion led off with a single, Ross doubled him to third and after a groundout by Bowser, Taylor walked Nate Bonfardine to load the bases.
Dylan Kachmar replaced Taylor and couldn’t find the plate, walking Jed Fiscus and Tanner Klein to force home to runs to cut the lead to 5-2.
But Rossiter added a run in the sixth on Zimmerman’s third hit, an RBI single driving home Mark Saxman. Then in the seventh, Taylor doubled and Neal singled to chase Bell from the game in favor of Devin Shumaker who got the final three outs but not before the Miners padded their lead to the final score.
Kachmar walked three of the five batters he faced before Geer retired the final six batters to close out the game.
Bowser and Dan Buzzard had the other two hits for the Grays, who couldn’t take cash in on any of the seven walks issued by Miners pitchers Taylor and Kachmar.
“We didn’t help Brandon any on the mound and I thought we had opportunities, but we just couldn’t take advantage,” McCullough said.
NOTES: The Miners have now beaten the Grays five out of six meetings this year. … The Miners had 12 hits off Bell. Zimmerman had three while Mesoraco, Stumpf and Neal each had two hits. … Web gems: Buzzard made a diving catch of Mesoraco’s liner to shallow center in the sixth inning while Miners first baseman Saxman made a nice grab and tag on Shumaker’s grounder to third baseman Byers, whose through went up the line and into Shumaker.