SOMC held a four-run lead through two innings in its Del Rice League game on Saturday, but wild pitches, passed balls and errors would come back to haunt SOMC as unearned runs became its undoing.
Plumbers & Pipefitters defeated SOMC 16-6 Saturday afternoon at Branch Rickey Park.
P & P used rallies in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings with aide from SOMC errors to take the lead and eventually pull away from SOMC.
"Our whole team is made of a lot of heart," P & P coach Wayne Wolfenbarker said. "That is the biggest thing I can say about this team is heart. We have a lot of guys that love the game. We stayed poised and stayed in there."
Mike Howell picked up the win for P & P. Howell went all seven innings, giving up six runs, three earned on eight hits, while striking out 11 and surrendering just one walk.
"Mike Howell pitched a good game," said Wolfenbarker. "He started off a little slow, but It's all about heart."
Justin Armes was tagged with the loss after going 4.1 innings, giving up six runs, three earned on four hits, striking out six and giving up five free passes.
SOMC started off quickly with a four-run first inning with three consecutive singles from Jason Armes, Rob Day and Michael Day after Justin Armes had drawn a base on balls. Rob Day's hit drove in Justin Armes and Michael Day's hit brought in Jason Armes. Both Rob and Michael Day scored on errors later in the inning.
P & P answered with a run in third and two in the fourth. In the third inning, Justin Bittinger drew a walk, stole a base, moved to third on a groundout and took home on a wild pitch to put his team on the board.
In the fourth frame, Michael
Martin reached on an error. advanced on a wild pitch and scampered home when the ball got past the catcher. Lee Sanford, who drew a walk, stole a base and advanced on a wild pitch and was singled in by Bittinger to cut the deficit to one at 4-3.
SOMC added a run in the lower half of the fourth inning. Barry Collins tripled into center field and scored on a groundout to first base off the bat of Justin Armes.
In the fifth was when the big rallies started for P & P. Howell walked and later scored on an error. Matt Roy reached on an error and was plated by a Michael Martin single. And Warren Martin who drew a walk also scored on a ball that the catcher couldn't handle.
The three-run rally erased the SOMC lead with a deficit, but P & P pitcher Mike Howell wasn't about to give up his new found lead.
P & P tacked on another three in the sixth. Two of the runners that scored reached on errors and one scored on a wild throw by the pitcher.
P & P put together another big inning in the seventh scoring seven runs to pull away from SOMC. Bob Vallandingham tripled in two runs and Wayne Wolfenbarker picked up an RBI in the rally, as did Howell.
SOMC was able to add a run in the home half of the seventh inning to decide the final margin.
BRET BEVENS can be reached at (740)-353-3101 ext. 242