Crusaders too much for Potters

EAST LIVERPOOL – The Steubenville Catholic Crusaders plated a combined nine runs in the third and fourth innings to break open a deadlock on their way to a 13-4 win over the East Liverpool Potters Tuesday at East Liverpool High School.

Central’s record improves to 12-0 while the Potters fall to 3-7.

Central’s Aleks Porreca limited the Potters to the eight hits and four runs in six innings of work to earn the win. Brenton Colabella clubbed a two-run homer in the opening frame to put the Crusaders up 2-0. East Liverpool’s Austyn Dozier knotted the score with a two-run over the left field fence in the bottom of the second.

“Central is a quality baseball team,” said East Liverpool head coach Ryan Willis. “They are one of the best teams in the area. We kept on battling even though we got a little shook up after they hit some real hard shots.”

Central tallied four times in the third to take a 6-2 lead, followed by five more in the fourth. Ryian Burson started for the Potters before giving way to Tyler Recktenwald with one out in the fourth with the Crusaders leading 11-2.

“We swung the bats pretty well,” said Central head coach Don Young. “East Liverpool made some plays and hung in there. They didn’t give up when they fell behind.”

The Potters’ Recktenwald doubled to lead off the sixth and came around to score when he teamed up with Jay Lane on a delayed double steal. Burson would follow with a single to drive in Lane.

“Despite not playing since Thursday, I thought we played well today,” said Young.

Tony Barber and Kutch Clark paced Central’s 15- hit attack with three hits each. Clark’s first hit was a two-bagger. Chris Murphy, Stone Romano, Josh Merriman and Colabella had two hits each for Central.

“If we could have eliminated a couple of innings, we would have had a great baseball game,” said Willis. “There were just a few small things that cost us several runs. But, we have a group of tough kids who are a pleasure to coach and I’m sure they will bounce back.”

Central hosts Bishop Donahue today, while the Potters travel to Weir High.

SC: 2-0-4-5-0-0-2-13-14-1

EL: 2-0-0-0-0-2-0-4-8-1

SC-Aleks Porreca, wp (6IP, 4K, 0BB), Chris Murphy (1IP, 2K, 1BB) and Stone Romano, Austin Oliver.

EL-Ryian Burson, lp (3 1/3 IP, 0K, 2BB), Tyler Recktenwald (3 2/3 IP, 0K, 0BB) and Briar Meek.