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Flyers win another FC slugfest

By JOE GILROY • Apr 12, 2018 at 11:25 PM

PLYMOUTH — There are no style points in high school baseball.

And that’s just fine for the St. Paul baseball team, who won another slugfest in warm, windy conditions on Thursday at Plymouth.

The Flyers (8-1, 4-0) batted around in a six-run fifth inning — then added four runs in the seventh inning to claim the 12-10 win, the third Firelands Conference victory this week for them.

St. Paul rallied past Monroeville for a 12-11 win on Tuesday.

“We have a tendency to make things a little more exciting than what they need to be,” St. Paul coach Jim Carper said. “But, I am proud how this group responds to adversity. They are never out of a game when they are down.

“They have a never say die attitude, and that says a lot about the leadership that we have here,” he added. “We take it one game at a time and that is what you have to do,” he continued. “Every time we play Plymouth it is always a good game and is going to come down to the last at-bat. We expected it to be the same tonight — and it was.”

Lars Livengood led the Flyers offensively with three hits and two runs scored. He was also hit by a pitch. Noah Good, Gavin Starcher, and Scott Adelman all three scored two runs a piece to lead the St. Paul charge.

Kurt Maxwell went 5 2/3 innings to get the win, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. He also doubled and scored a run to help his own cause at the plate.

Trailing 3-2 entering the fifth, the Flyers scored six runs to take command.

Livengood led off with a single, and Nick Lukasko followed with a walk. A fielder’s choice by Maxwell moved both runners up, and Luke Carper hit a hard ground ball to reach on an error, which scored both runners for a 4-3 lead.

Noah Good then drew a walk to load the bases, and Brandon Saldusky drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to make it 5-3. Starcher then got the big hit with a two-run triple, and Adelman grounded out to score one more run for an 8-3 lead.

Plymouth responded with a four-run bottom half of the fifth, with Avery Horne singling in a run, followed by an RBI double from Jarrett Miller. Marcus Adams then hit a two-run single to make it 8-7.

In the top of the seventh, Starcher singled in a run, while Adelman again grounded out to score another run. Zak Reed then singled in a run after Starcher scored on a passed ball to make it 12-7.

Plymouth again made it interesting with Adams hitting a two-run triple, then Walker Elliot singled in a run to make it 12-10 with two outs left. But with the tying run at the plate, Carper, on in relief, got Peyton Young to pop out to first to end the game.

Miller struggled on the mound for Plymouth as he allowed 10 runs (eight earned) and eight hits in six innings of work. Miller had no trouble with a bat in his hand, however, as he reached base five times and scored crossed home plate four times. He also managed a double and a triple.

It was all for naught though, as the Big Red (2-7, 1-3) couldn’t pull off the win.

“We have played some really good teams this year and that is a lot of why our record is where it is at,” first-year Plymouth coach Jake Strayer said. “We have scored 20 runs in the last two games and are 0-2 to show for it. Honestly, we have been involved in some wild, wild games, but they only to serve make us better.

“Once we get out of this long stretch of a brutal schedule we are going to put some wins together,” he added. “We are going to be a real good team later in the season. These guys are learning from these losses and are eager to get better. It is going to be a great season.”

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