Garry Seckman’s 5 RBIs helps Tyler Consolidated top Catholic, 10-8
DAVISVILLE, W.Va. — Garry Seckman knocked in a career-high five runs and visiting Tyler Consolidated escaped with a 10-8 victory here Wednesday at Marshall Field against host Parkersburg Catholic.
“With the new pitching rules, everybody is trying to mix and match and we brought our starter (Gage Huffman) back in to close the game and kind of burned his pitches for the rest of the week,” said Silver Knight skipper Robby Jones, who watched Huffman issue free passes to Joel Stophel and Bryce Moore in the seventh before striking out the side. “This is a tough place to win, just a lot of respect for coach Tom Harvey and he always has his kids ready to play, but we took care of business.
“We didn’t hit well with runners in scoring position early in the game and it could’ve been a six or seven run lead early. Tip your cap to Catholic because they kept coming back and putting together good at-bats. We dropped a foul ball in the infield that kind of started a rally and they hit three gap shots in a row after that. That’s just kind of the way the game of baseball goes.”
Seckman knocked in the first run of the game on an RBI groundout and added a two-run single in the top of the third which plated Jacob Rice and Tyler West.
However, the 5-9 Crusaders who play at 5 p.m. today at Frontier, pushed across five runs in the bottom of the third.
Boice started it with a triple and after Peyton Amrine got new life when a foul ball was dropped, he laced an RBI two-bagger to right center. Ty Sturm, who finished 3 for 3, then rocketed an RBI double himself before Patrick Copen had a run-scoring single. Moore and Drew Gill had the last two runs-batted-in.
Tyler Consolidated, which went 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position and returns to action when Paden City invades at 7:30 p.m. Friday, closed it to 5-4 in the fifth. West took one for the team and eventually scored on Seckman’s sacrifice fly.
The hosts upped their lead to 7-4 thanks to two runs in the fifth. Sturm tripled to start it and scored on an error. Copen walked and later crossed the plate on a balk.
A PCHS error in the top of the sixth led to three unearned runs against losing pitcher Steven Garvin (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) and the visitors took control with a five-run frame. TCHS sent nine batters to the plate and it all started when designated hitter Garrett Ammons was plunked. A one-out free pass to No. 9 hitter Braden Rine followed and then the flood gates opened. Rice had an RBI fielder’s choice, West followed with a sacrifice fly and then Seckman and winning pitcher Noah Smith (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) added run-scoring singles.
The Crusaders only trailed 9-8 after six as Harvey’s squad got a run back. Boice had a one-out single, stole second and scored on Sturm’s RBI double.
TCHS (7-4) got an insurance tally in the seventh when Case Landis walked, stole second and crossed on Rine’s RBI single.
Sturm made the defensive play of the game in the fourth when the third baseman snagged a Huffman liner with two on and had an unassisted double play.
“We got to take care of the baseball,” Harvey stressed. “We got to quit making routine outs into errors and runs. We made a couple errors on bunts and a couple errors on ground balls.
“Steven is out there battling and everything and we scored some runs and had the lead. We’ve got to stay focused. If we make the routine plays we’ll be all right.”