Hornets fall short to Panthers in pitcher’s duel
By Jacob Heid
ROSHOLT – In what was a fast-paced game from start to finish, Rosholt sophomore Thomas Lemancyzk and Pittsville senior Evan Haley were a big reason why.
The Hornets were held to three hits, while Haley struck out nine Rosholt batters in the complete game shutout.
Blake Peskie, Cody Studzinski and John Rutta found holes in the Panther defense to reach the base pads.
Rosholt had a game total of four runners on but couldn’t drive any of them home.
Pittsville held an early lead in the second inning, holding a slight 1-0 advantage after three innings.
Lemancyzk bounced back with a one-two-three inning in the fourth, tallying two of his four strikeouts.
Rosholt fell in order as well in the bottom half of the fourth.
The Panthers got insurance in the fifth, stretching the lead to two, 2-0.
A scoring opportunity arose for Rosholt to cut into the deficit. Rutta slapped a pitch to the outfield for a two-out single in the fifth.
He stole second on a tight play at the base but got stranded on a grounder back to Haley to end the inning.
Lemancyzk finished his night strong, throwing the full seven innings.
The sophomore lefty gave up two runs (both earned) on five hits.
Rosholt, who sits at 2-4 (2-2), looks for revenge as the Hornets travel to Pittsville today, Apr. 27, for another matchup with the Panthers.
The first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.