BROCKWAY — Brockway broke out of a slump at the plate in a big way, pounding 16 hits on its way to a 15-5 win in six innings over visiting Clarion Thursday.
The Rovers used a seven-run third inning to take total control of the game and never looked back, as they snapped a four-game losing streak with the win.
Brockway (2-4) had as many hits in Thursday’s victory as it did over its previous four losses, as it had managed only nine hits over the previous three games.
Those hitting troubles quickly went away, as eight of the nine Rovers’ starters recorded at least one hit, with every batter in the lineup either scoring or driving in at least one run in the mercy-rule victory.
“We finally busted out tonight and had a night at the plate,” Brockway head coach Terry Moore said. “I knew this team had it in them and it was just a matter of time.”
The Bobcats looked to take the early lead, as Calvin German led off with a single to right, before moving to second on a groundout by Nate Datko and reaching third on a wild pitch.
Rovers starter Tino Inzana kept things scoreless by forcing the next batter to fly out to short and ended the inning with a groundout back to the mound.
Zane Puhala looked to get things started for Brockway in the home half, as the seniors led off by reaching on an infield single to short, but was then picked off at first by Clarion starting pitcher Skyler Pastor.
Ben Glasl followed by reaching on a walk and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch.
Next up was Tyler Serafini, who hit a grounder to short as the Bobcats shortstop attempted to throw Glasl out at third.
Instead, his throw sailed past the third baseman, allowing Glasl to come in to score the game’s first run.
The game remained 1-0 into the third, before Clarion loaded the bases with one away on a pair of walks and a single.
Skylar Rhoades followed with an infield single to score Cameron Lapinto to tie the game and keep the bases loaded.
Inzana got out of the jam by forcing a grounder to third, as Conner Ford fired to home to force out the lead runner, then the starter got the next batter to line out to first.
Brockway responded in a big way in the home half of the inning, scoring seven runs to retake the lead for good.
Inzana, Ford and Puhala all had RBI singles in the inning, as the Rovers were able to score runs on a wild pitch, an error and a double steal in the frame.
Ford and Puhala both scored in the inning, while Clayton Heckman courtesy ran for Inzana and scored a run.
Dom Inzana and Glasl reached on walks, while Hunter Allenbaugh drew a bases-loaded walk, as Glasl and Allenbaugh scored, while Garrett McClintick scored after coming in as a courtesy runner for Dom Inzana.
The Bobcats got a pair of runs back in the fourth to get back within five at 8-3, but each inning Clarion attempted to battle back, the Rovers responded in the bottom half with runs of their own.
“We could have very easily folded and not kept the pressure on them, but we did that tonight and you have to do that to beat good teams,” Moore said.
Brockway got one run back in the fourth, as Tino Inzana led off by reaching on an error and courtesy runner Heckman scored on an infield single by Bryce Grecco.
Clarion added two more runs in the fifth to trim the deficit to 9-5, but the Rovers responded in the home half with four runs to push their lead back to a comfortable margin.
Allenbaugh and Puhala got the inning started with a pair of infield singles, as six of Brockway’s 16 hits in the win came by way of infield singles.
Gasl then reached on a fielder’s choice to second, as Clarion attempted to throw out Allenbaugh at home on the play but was unsuccessful.
Serafini followed with a 2-RBI triple off the fence in center field, before scoring the final run of the inning on a single to center by Matthew Clark.
In the sixth, German looked to get a rally started for Clarion as he reached on a one-out error, but was then gunned down by Brockway catcher Dom Inzana on an attempted steal of second, as Tino Inzana retired the next batter to face the minimum in the frame.
Tino Inzana pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits and five runs, four of them earned, while walking three and striking out four to pick up the win on the mound for the Rovers.
“He (Tino Inzana) did a good job and kept their run production low and gave us a chance to build a lead and feel comfortable,” Moore said.
Brockway needed just two runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the mercy-rule win, as it did so by striking together five one-out hits in a row to claim the victory.
Allenbaugh got things started with a single to center before Puhala and Glasl followed with back-to-back singles to left field to load the bases with one out.
Serafini followed with a bloop single into left field, which allowed Allenbaugh to score, but Glasl was forced to hold up at first to make sure the ball would not be caught and was thrown out at second on the play.
Tino Inzana then delivered the game-ending hit, driving a single to left to score Puhala.
Puhala finished the game 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI, while Allenbaugh went 3-for-3 with three runs and a run batted in.
Glasl added three runs and an RBI, while Serafini had three RBIs and a run scored and Tino Inzana drove in a pair and scored a pair.
“Hopefully we can take the momentum from this game and build off of it and continue moving forward for the rest of the season,” Moore said.
Brockway returns to the diamond Tuesday at home against Kane.