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Falcons on fire on baseball field

April 24, 2013
By Nik Zirounis , Town Crier correspondent

Seven wins in a row have put the Fitch baseball team in a very good position as the midway point of the high school season approaches.

The Falcons have not lost since the first full weekend of April and in the process have started the All American Conference portion of the schedule undefeated.

Perhaps that hot start by Fitch is why the equally unbeaten group from North Canton Hoover decided not to play a scheduled game in Austintown on Saturday, April 20. That game as well as one with Jefferson was postponed officially due to weather, but nothing could damper the spirits of this highflying Falcon outfit.

In four wins starting on April 14, the Falcons scored a combined 45 runs proving that their offense has few holes. The biggest wins of the week came during a home-in-home series with conference rival Canfield.

Fitch first clobbered the Cardinals 10-2 on the road on April 15. Appropriately for a game played on that date, the Falcons made things taxing for the Canfield pitching staff. Scott Pierce pierced Cardinal pitchers for four hits including a triple and had two RBIs. Kevin Sierra slammed a home run for the Falcons. Luke Peterson picked up a double and a single. Austin Cooper, who twirled a no hitter earlier this season, kept up the magnificent mound work to pick up the win in game one against Canfield.

Things didn't come so easily for the Falcons when they met the Cardinals again the next day at home. Canfield climbed on top of the contest with five runs in the top half of the first inning. After the Falcons plated two runs in their half of the first, the Cardinals came back out and hung four more runs on the board. Down 9-4 in the fourth, something must have clicked for the powerful Fitch lineup. Pierce picked up a two-run double to start the rally, then Zach Miller mashed the second of his two home runs in the game with two teammates aboard. That moon shot by Miller tied things at 9-9. The Falcons made it 10-9 when Tony Adams doubled home Zarek Bell. An inning after Canfield retied the game, Sierra got on base then scored the eventual winning run on another Pierce RBI hit. Fitch would hang on for an exhausting 11-10 victory.

If that last game with Canfield was a lot for the Falcons to handle at least they got to "relax" a little bit in their next game at Struthers. Fitch was able to coast because it scored in every inning save the sixth. Falcon hitters started early with two in the first, two in the second, three in the third and three more in the fourth. Up 11-0 the Falcons were already in complete control, but a seven run outburst in the top of the seventh pushed the visitors to an 18-6 triumph. Pierce picked up a homer and had a pair of RBI to help pace the Fitch attack. Phil Socha packed a punch too socking two doubles, three singles and collecting six ribbies. Both Sierra brothers got in on the slugfest combining for five RBI. Alex DiFrancesco was the beneficiary of all of the offensive support picking up the pitching win.

The first of Fitch's four wins last week came in a non-conference showdown with Mooney on April 14. The Falcons clipped the Cardinals in a closely contested battle 6-2. Fitch needed to score five runs in the last two innings to come away with the win over the highly competitive Cardinals. DiFrancesco earned the win once again with Pierce pitching the last inning to notch the save.

There was no word at press time when the abovementioned postponements would be made up, but the Falcons can't worry about that now because two huge conference games with Howland kick off this week's slate of games. Tilts with Hubbard and Beaver Local will also pose challenges to Fitch's fast 10-1 beginning to 2013. The Eagles visit Coppola Field on April 25 then the Falcons travel to Beaver Local the following Monday.

 
 

 

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