It is certainly becoming a broken record, but the Fitch baseball team was limited to one game last week due to horrible weather.
That one game ended up being as bad to Fitch as this spring has been since it marked the school’s fourth loss of the season. The Falcons were doubled up at North Canton Hoover on April 21, 6-3 to fall to 2-4 overall and 1-2 inside the Federal League.
The two teams each scored a run right out of the gates, but it was the Vikings’ three-run second inning that put the home team in control. The Vikings vanquished the Falcons when Joey Housos hammered a two-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hoover pitcher Rocco Chirumbolo rocked the Falcons with 14 strikeouts to lead his squad to its first Federal win of the year. Fitch’s John Michael Valentine pitched well, as he has done most of this year, hurling five strong innings yielding only two earned runs and fanning three, but he came home from Canton with his second setback of the season. Valentine is certainly becoming the ace of Fitch’s staff and should be a reliable arm that head coach Wally Ford can call on as the stretch run of this season begins. He was relieved by Ron DeAmicis who threw one mop up inning. On the offensive side, Anthony Paris picked up two of the Falcons’ five hits and had an RBI. Sean Mancino got on base seemingly all game for Fitch with a single and two walks. Aided by that total base amount Sean scored 2/3 of Fitch’s runs. Unfortunately for the Falcons, that was about all the offense they could muster against the hard churning of Chirumbolo.
Perhaps the offense can pick up this week as the temperatures are slated to sail into the upper seventies for most of the week. As has been the case all spring, however, the spike in temps is also predicted to be parlayed with rain. A huge home-in-home series with Canton GlenOak highlights the week of games with Fitch traveling south on Tuesday then coming home to host the Eagles on Thursday. A non-conference doubleheader with Lakeview is scheduled for the weekend. One wonders how focused the Falcons will be for that twinbill when they see four enormous league games with Uniontown Lake and archrival Boardman on the horizon for next week.