The Pitt-Bradford baseball team suffered back-to-back
defeats at the hands of the visiting La Roche Redhawks, 16-3, 16-1, at the
Kessel Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 19.
Pitt-Bradford (17-8, 7-3) could not find an answer to the
strong pitching performance put on display by the Redhawks.
In game one, junior Aaron Cressley (5-2) received the start
for the Panthers. Cressley tossed four innings of ball and allowed eight runs,
two earned, on seven hits and fanned six at the plate. In the fifth, sophomore
Ryan Chamberlain relieved Cressley and threw two innings. He allowed two earned
runs on one hit and struck out three.
To start the seventh, senior Ross Kauffman threw 0.1 innings
of work and allowed five earned runs in his brief appearance. Freshman Ryan
Northcott worked the final two outs and allowed one earned run on two hits.
Junior Kody Johnston was 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks
to lead the Panthers.
Pitt-Bradford jumped on the board first to start the game
when Connor Borowski hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Eric
Olivo. Unfortunately, not much went right for the Panthers moving forward.
Costly errors and mistakes throughout the lineup proved too
much to overcome as La Roche (21-11, 11-1) had little trouble producing runs
throughout the contest to earn the victory.
In game two, senior Derek Meyer (3-1) was on the hill for
the Panthers. Meyer pitched 3.2 innings, allowing 12 runs, 11 earned, on 11
hits and recorded two strikeouts. Junior Mike Para took the mound to relieve
Meyer in the fourth. Para finished with 2.1 innings of work. He allowed three
earned runs on six hits and fanned two.
Junior Corey Hites finished the game for the Panthers on the
mound. Hites threw the seventh inning and surrendered one earned one on one hit
and fanned one.
Johnston again led the Panthers at the plate with a 2-for-3
For the second time in as many games, the Panthers struggled
on the mound and in the batter’s box. Runs did not come easy in another tough
The Panthers return to the KAC on Sunday, April 20, as
Pitt-Bradford hosts Mount Aloysius in a makeup doubleheader at 2 p.m.