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Eagles top Vikings in baseball

By The Herald Staff | 4/2/2014

WELLSVILLE — Central Heights and Wellsville renewed its rivalry in baseball Monday in Wellsville with two nip-and-tuck games.

Wellsville swept the Vikings, 2-0 and 7-5. The opener was an old-fashion pitching duel between Wellsville’s Shamus Kearney and Vikings’ Jordan Horstick.

WELLSVILLE — Central Heights and Wellsville renewed its rivalry in baseball Monday in Wellsville with two nip-and-tuck games.

Wellsville swept the Vikings, 2-0 and 7-5. The opener was an old-fashion pitching duel between Wellsville’s Shamus Kearney and Vikings’ Jordan Horstick.

Kearney (2-0) tossed a one-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts. Horstick went 4 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts. He gave up one unearned run and one hit.

“He was tremendous for his first outing of the year,” Central Heights coach Jason Brown said. “He had control and was all around the plate hitting his targets. He gave us a chance to win the game. He was pulled because he reached his pitch count this early in the year.”

Brown said Coby Robertson, who went 1 2/3 innings, came in and shut the door.

The Central Heights coach was not happy with the bats.

“We did not perform well at the plate,” he said. “We struggled to put the ball in play. We faced a good pitcher in Kearney, but we have to do better to get to where we want to be.”

The nightcap saw Central Heights leave the bases loaded twice.

“We left a lot of baserunners on base,” Brown said. “We have a lot of little things that we need to get fixed to get better. We played OK, but you can never be content with just playing OK to get to where we want to be. We will be working on a lot of those things in practice to get better. This gives us a chance to know what we need to work on. Wellsville is a very good team and give them a lot of credit. These are the kind of games we need to get our younger players to learn our system at Central Heights.”

Luke Meyer got the win for the Eagles in the nightcap and Tony Dougan earned the save.

Tristan Davis went 3 2/3 innings for the Vikings. He surrendered six runs.

“He struggled with his control, but battled out of some tight situations.” Brown said.

Robertson had two hits and two RBIs for the Vikings. Horstick and Jacob Anderson had a hit and an RBI each.

Wellsville (3-0) plays today at home against McLouth. Central Heights (0-2) plays Tuesday at Anderson County.

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