DuBOIS — The Sykesville Senators were led by a 5-for-5 night from Adam Fox and five scoreless innings pitched from Chad Zurat as they dropped Pulaski, 11-1, in Federation League action Tuesday evening at Showers’ Field.
The win improved the defending league champion’s record to 6-5 on the season as the Senators will now play their next six games at home at the Reynoldsville Senior Little League field.
One of those games is a suspended game that needs to be completed with Buster’s Sports Bar on Thursday, while Sykesville will also host Brookville in a doubleheader on Sunday.
Pulaski (5-9) is now on a nine-game losing streak after starting out the season at 5-0.
Generals starting pitcher Cody Jose worked a scoreless first inning as only Fox got on with a base hit, but the Senators started their first rally of the day in the top of the second.
Jude Lander led off the frame with a base hit. Jose then got a bouncer back to the mound from Ryan Walker, but the ball was thrown away into center field after Jose tried to get Lander at second. Pulaski center fielder Ty Bittner scooped up the ball and fired to third base and got Lander at third for the first out.
After an Austin Blauser single and a Kaleb Eshenbaugh walk, Dan Wascovich got the Senators on the board with a two-run single to left field to score Walker and Blauser.
Sykesville still had runners at second and third with one out, but Jared Baummer lined into a double play to Pulaski second baseman Mike Misiewicz.
Jason Roman started the top of the third with a walk, while Fox doubled off the center field wall to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Jose got a flyout for the first out without Roman going home, but the second fly ball from Lander got Roman to score. Fox got in a rundown to get Roman home and twisted his way out of the rundown and was safe at third base. Walker followed with a single to give Sykesville a 4-0 lead.
The Senators added two more runs in the top of the fifth as Fox and Jake Felix both singled to start off the inning, which ended Jose’s night on the mound.
Rick Lines came on in relief of Jose and started off his outing by giving up back-to-back walks to Lander and Walker, with Walker’s free pass scoring Fox.
After a strikeout, Eshenbaugh drove in Felix as he reached on an error as the Pulaski first baseman’s foot was not on the bag, giving the Senators a 6-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Zurat went through five innings, but didn’t get through the five innings without any trouble. The right-hander had only one three-up, three-down inning, and Pulaski had runners in scoring position in the other four innings.
Zurat ended his night with six hits allowed, six strikeouts and didn’t allow any walks in five innings to get the win.
Justin Miknis had a single in the first and a double in the third against Zurat, while Bittner, Dom Goldbach, Brandon Walker and Misiewicz all had base hits.
Sykesville got three more runs in the top of the sixth as Blauser worked a bases loaded walk against Lines for his last batter of the night, and Eshenbaugh hit a two-run single off Dom Torretti on his first batter of his outing.
Pulaski got its only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth off Sykesville reliever Keaton Beckes. Miknis and Jackson Frank both walked to start the inning, but Frank was picked off first base on a snap throw from Blauser.
Later in the inning, Miknis stole third base and the throw to third was high and went into left field, allowing Miknis to score on the play.
Sykesville got two more runs in the top of the seventh off Torretti as Walker had a bases loaded two-run double that brought in Roman and Fox to set the final.
Fox got his fifth hit of the night in that seventh inning –a line drive down the third base line.
Walker went 2-for-3 and knocked in four RBIs and scored two runs, while Eshenbaugh had three RBIs and Felix was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Miknis went 2-for-2 with a double, two stolen bases and the only run scored for Pulaski, while Walker was 2-for-3.
Sykesville is back in action this evening as it hosts the Kersey Kings, while Pulaski travels to Kersey on Thursday.