The Boardman Spartans baseball team opened Federal League play by topping the Glen Oak Eagles, 9-4 in Canton. The pitching duo of Troy Parks and Alec Neapolitan combined for seven strikeouts and gave up five hits.
Glen Oaks pitcher Alex Sedon held the Spartans in check for the first two innings while recording four strikeouts. In the third inning, the locals came alive after Derek Pasqual walked to lead off. Nico DiIanni and Mark Leone then laid down back-to-back bunts to load the bases before Danny Popio singled in two runs followed by David DiBernardi who singled in the third run with one out on the board. The inning ended with Boardman up, 3-1.
The fourth inning saw Boardman tack on four more runs after two outs. This time DiIanni walked to get on base followed by a single by Leone. A pass ball let DiIanni score and advance Leone to second base. Popio walked before Carmen Tarrantino doubled home one run followed by DiBernardi singling in two runs.
In the fifth inning, pitcher Parks led off with a hard hit to first that went through the baseman’s glove and he advance to second when Mark Calautti was hit by a pitch. A double steal advanced both runners to scoring positions before Leone hit a shot that was misplayed by the first baseman to score both runners and allow him to get to first base on an error. In the bottom half of the inning Parks got his pitch count up after throwing 4-1/3 excellent innings giving up only one run.
In the bottom of the sixth, Tarantino grabbed a hard shot up the middle for a double play after catching the runner off the bag.
Neapolitan battled out of trouble in the seventh inning after a walk put a runner on and a wet ball slipped out of his hands when he was on the mound for a balk. A single by Turner Anderson plated the run but a strikeout and a pop up to first base ended the game.
For the night, Parks (1-0) got the mound win going 4-1/3 innings, getting three strikeouts and giving up five hits and a walk. Neapolitan’s relief gave him three strikeouts, giving up two hits and one walk in 2-2/3 innings.
Boardman’s Popio and Tarantino each doubled with Popio going two-of-four with a run and Tarantino getting an RBI and a run.
Boardman moved to 3-0, 1-0 Federal League, on the season and GlenOak dropped to 1-1, 0-1 in the Fed.
GlenOak answers back with win at Boardman
After walking over GlenOak on Wednesday the Golden Eagles came to Boardman on Thursday pinning on the locals their first Federal League loss, 8-1. Cold bats led to the loss with Boardman only getting five hits in the contest.
GlenOak came out with a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning and added three more runs in the second before a hit batter and a short stop error helped them with two more runs in the third inning. Boardman’s lone run came in the bottom of the third inning when a short stop error put on DiIanni, and Popio doubled him home making the score 6-1.
GlenOak again scored in the sixth inning after a walk and a double by Turner Anderson RBI’ed a run home. In the seventh, Alex Sedon homered home a run with two outs to end Glen Oak's scoring.
Johnny Fithian took the mound loss going 2-2/3 innings getting three strikeouts and giving up six runs. Brian Smith came on in the third inning giving up one run and Chris D’Apolito finished the game giving up a homer while facing only four batters.
Popio was Boardman’s bright spot at the plate going two-of-three with a double and a RBI. The loss put Boardman at 3-1 (1-1 Federal League).