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Aurora High diamond unit wins only game of week

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: April 12, 2017 1:00 AM
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AURORA -- The weather wiped out four Greenmen baseball games last week, but the one contest that was played resulted in a win and kept the squad undefeated in three outings.

A spirited 4-run uprising in the top of the fourth inning enabled the Greenmen to erase a 5-4 deficit at Barberton and register a 9-7 win in A Suburban League American Conference game.

"In the first inning, we put up two runs and Barberton responded, but each time we responded by scoring runs," said head coach Michael Brancazio.

Among the offensive leaders were junior shortstop Evan Fromwiller and senior rightfielder Ben Stawicki, along with juniors Joe Capretta and Jacob Blue. Fromwiller went 3 for 4 with 3 runs, 2 runs batted in, a triple and 2 stolen bases.

"Stawicki, Capretta, and Fromwiller all had a good game," said Brancazio. "Fromwiller had an outstanding game in the third spot [of the batting order]."

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Knocking in 3 runs was Stawicki, who had 2 hits -- including a double -- and a stolen base. Capretta was 2 for 2 with a run and a stolen base, while Blue had 2 hits, one run, one RBI and a double. Aurora had 11 hits.

"Capretta has done a nice job and we have a good lineup one to nine," said the coach.

Adding one RBI each were seniors Jaret Rose (one hit), Jonathan Blue (one hit, one run, one steal) and Bubba Arslanian (double, stolen base, one run). Freshman second baseman Will Carpenter added a single, a run and stolen base.

"Carpenter is doing a nice job defensively for a freshman and he is hitting over .400," said the coach, who also praised junior Drew McVay as a middle infielder and second baseman.

First-year junior right-hander Trevor Mitch pitched well in relief to earn his first varsity win. He allowed 3 hits and one earned run in 4.2 innings.

"Mitch's four-plus innings were tremendous," said Brancazio. "His fastball has good movement and it was low, and he had great command. We got the lead back and Mitch threw strikes."

Junior starter Chase Coady struggled to find control as he allowed 7 hits, 5 runs, and 4 walks in 2.1 innings. In his first outing this spring, he was outstanding with a shutout against Kent Roosevelt. "Coady had some command issues, but that happens," said Brancazio.

Arslanian and Stawicki have had nagging lower leg injuries and are getting toward 100 percent, while junior pitcher Zach Elsawy has been cleared to start throwing, and makes the pitching staff deeper.

"Arslanian is week-to-week with his knee, and hopefully he'll catch soon on a limited basis," said the mentor.


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