Antelopes shut out Quigley 10-0

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes baseball season got under way when they hosted Quigley in a non-section game this past Tuesday.

Although the 'Lopes pounded out 12 hits on their way to a 10-0 blanking of the Spartans, coach Phil Coffin didn't seem to be too impressed by his team's play.

"I think we played lackluster today," said Coffin. "It's early in the season -- only our second time outside -- and I think we played much better last week in an exhibition game at Neshannock," he said.

Pitcher Brach Herzig earned the win, surrendering only three hits over the first five innings while walking two batters and recording one strike-out.

Avonworth began the bottom of the first inning with consecutive base hits by Cole Pappas and Eric Lippert, but the inning ended with both runners in scoring position.

Two of Quigley's hits came on an infield hit and a double in the top of the third, but the Antelopes managed to get out of the inning.

Avonworth responded with two runs in their half of the inning. Pappas doubled to right-center, and Lippert drove in the first run for the 'Lopes with a single past the Spartans’ shortstop.Lippert advanced to second base before Nathan Slenska's RBI single to centerfield put the Antelopes up 2-0.

Herzig's double highlighted Avonworth's half of the fourth inning, but the 'Lopes drew four walks with Chris O'Malley's walk picking up an RBI with the bases loaded to produce a 3-0 lead.

Quigley continued to struggle on the mound as Brandon Cerminara, Jay Knable and Corey Dick drew consecutive walks to begin the bottom of the fifth inning. Herzig picked up an RBI with a hit that dropped into short left field, and Pappas followed with a base hit to left field, giving the 'Lopes a 5-0 lead.

With the bases still loaded, Lippert and O'Malley drew consecutive walks to score runs that put Avonworth in front 7-0.

The 'Lopes quickly set the table again in the bottom of the sixth with a hit by Knable, a walk issued to Dick and a hit by Parker Chambers to load the bases.

Tom Donovan followed with a walk to pick up an RBI and Pappas grounded out to second base to bring in a run for a 9-0 lead.

O'Malley picked up an RBI with a hit to left field that gave the Antelopes the 10-0 victory.

Coffin, who is in his sixth year as Avonworth's coach, said, "On paper this is one of my better teams that I have had. I'm waiting to see if this team can transfer what I see on paper to the field."

Coffin said he is looking to be very competitive in Section 1-AA and feels that the team has a good chance of winning the section.

"We're about four or five pitchers deep and we have kids that can hit the ball," he said.

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