JOHNSTOWN — With his team coming off a stretch of seven games in seven days, Erie baseball coach Harold Simmons wasn't sure how the Tigers had enough fresh arms to eat up all 14 innings of a chilly doubleheader against Roosevelt on Thursday.
But the Tigers found the outs they needed, and in Game 1 of the double dip, they did it with much-needed efficiency while shutting out the Roughriders for a 7-0 conference victory.
"Unfortunately, we're in a position where our pitching is just backed up," Simmons said. "Victor (Villa) got on the mound and was great. We were also able to use our running game to generate some runs so the first game was kind of cut and dry."
Starting for the Tigers (8-7, 6-4 Tri-Valley) in Game 1, senior Victor Villa held the Roughriders (9-7, 7-5 Tri-Valley) to just three singles in six scoreless innings. He struck out four batters and walked four. Gavin Sackett pitched a scoreless seventh to preserve the shutout.
With the Tigers lineup spotting him a three-run lead in the first inning, Villa needed just 80 pitches to get through the six and Sackett threw just nine in the seventh. Behind the solid outing from their pitchers, the Erie baserunners stole 12 bases.
Game 2 was less kind to the Tigers pitchers, who gave up nine runs on nine hits in a 5-9 loss. The Tigers fell behind early and trailed 5-1 after the top of the fourth inning. The Tigers mounted a comeback with a run in the fourth and three in the fifth but the Roughriders slammed the door shut with a three-run seventh inning.
"We didn't throw as many strikes in the second game, and made some mistakes both actual errors and just not so great baseball plays," Simmons said. "We basically had to go with our JV No. 1 in the second game. He did his best and we just didn't back him up very well. The first game was clean but the second game we just didn't play very good baseball.
"Their lefty threw a gem against us last year so we expected to have a harder time scoring in the second game."
While Roosevelt's Andres Garcia tossed a complete game, three Tigers errors hurt their cause and led to five of the Roughriders' nine runs coming unearned. All five unearned runs came while Sage Lutgens, who took the loss, was on the mound
The Tigers will play next at Skyline (5-9, 3-6 Tri-Valley) on Tuesday. The Skyline Falcons defeated Frederick, 4-1 on Thursday after losing four of their previous five games.
Erie 7, Roosevelt 0
At Roosevelt H.S.
Erie 310 021 0 — 7 7 0
Roosevelt 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
W — Victor Villa. L — TJ Sterling.
Erie hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Josh Crites 4-2-2-0, Luke Conilogue 5-1-2-0, Clint Allen 3-0-0-2, Nick Gavit 1-0-0-1, Zach Elliston 3-0-0-0, Matt Sorenson 2-0-0-1, Victor Villa 2-0-0-0, Hunter Nelson 2-0-1-1, Ruben Portillo 4-0-2-2, Joe Milner 1-1-0-0, Ryley Deckert 1-1-0-0, John Mirabassi 0-1-0-0, Austin McLaughlin 0-1-0-0. Totals 28-7-7-7. 2B — Nelson, Portillo. SB — Crites 4, Allen 3, Milner 2, Mirabassi 2, Conilogue.
Roosevelt hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Bryson Courrejou 3-0-0-0, Connery O'Donnell 2-0-1-0, Jared Chick 2-0-0-0, Miguel Maldonado 2-0-1-0, Joey Thornock 3-0-0-0, Ethan Zwaagstra 1-0-1-0, Jacob Schlagel 3-0-0-0, Jay McCloughan 3-0-0-0, Blake Slaymaker 2-0-0-0, Trent Beall 1-0-0-0. Totals 22-0-3-0. SB — O'Donnell.
Erie pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Victor Villa 6-3-0-0-4-4, Gavin Sackett 1-0-0-0-0-1.
Roosevelt pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — TJ Sterling 0.1-2-3-2-2-1, Landon Gomez 3.2-2-1-0-4-4, Christian Olivas 3-3-3-3-3-1.
Roosevelt 9, Erie 5
At Roosevelt H.S.
Roosevelt 201 201 3 — 9 9 2
Erie 100 130 0 — 5 6 3
W — Andres Garcia. L — Sage Lutgens.
Erie hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Josh Crites 3-2-0-0, Luke Conilogue 2-1-0-0, Clint Allen 3-1-3-4, Nick Gavit 3-0-0-0, Zach Elliston 4-0-1-1, Matt Sorenson 3-0-0-0, Victor Villa 3-0-0-0, Hunter Nelson 3-0-1-0, Ruben Portillo 3-1-1-0. Totals 27-5-6-5. 3B — Allen.
Roosevelt hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Bryson Courrejou 4-1-1-1, Connery O'Donnell 4-1-2-0, Jared Chick 3-2-2-1, Miguel Maldonado 2-1-0-0, Joey Thornock 3-1-1-2, Nate Swarzbaugh 4-0-1-0, Jay McCloughan 3-2-1-0, Al Grentz 2-0-0-0, Trent Beall 2-1-1-1. Totals 27-9-9-5. 2B — Chick. HR — Chick. SB —O'Donnell, Thornock, McCloughan, Swarzbaugh.
Erie pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Nick Gavit 3-4-3-3-2-1, Sage Lutgens 3.2-5-6-1-5-1, Gavin Sackett 0.1-0-0-0-0-1.
Roosevelt pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Andres Garcia 7-6-5-3-2-3.