Antelopes take top spot in section

The Antelopes wait to greet teammate Turner Grau at home plate after he scored on a homerun during Monday’s victory against OLSH. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth Antelopes (11-3, 7-1) defeated the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers(10-2,6-1) on Monday by a score of 3-2. With this win the Antelopes took over the number-one seed in the section.

Avonworth looked to reliable senior Ryan Felter making his fifth start on the mound this season. Senior Jeff Zick would get the start for the Chargers.

Felter went to work early in the first inning, setting down the first three batters he faced and recording two strike-outs. Zick responded by taking out Avonworth’s first three hitters. Felter gave up one hit in the second inning, but the ‘Lopes were able to keep the Chargers off the scoreboard. The game was shaping up to be a pitching dual until Avonworth shortstop Turner Grau belted his third home run of the season, giving the ‘Lopes a 1-0 lead.

The game remained 1-0 until the fifth inning when senior Tim Stewart drove in Grau and Patrick Gannon to increase the ‘Lopes’ lead to three. In the final two innings, the Chargers were able to put together a little come-back, adding two runs and shortening the Lopes’ lead to one run.

Avonworth looked to Turner Grau, who had been delivering for the ‘Lopes all game, to record the save, and he did just that. Grau eliminated the only three batters he saw to secure the victory.

Senior Dennis Manko commented, “After OLSH beat us last time, we have had this game circled on our calendars. Being number one in the section is really nice, but our main goal is to win the WPIAL and PIAA titles.”

Avonworth closes out the regular season next week, playing Summit Academy, Sewickley, and Northgate.