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High school baseball: Host Comets roll over Lorain in Amherst Summer Classic

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    Lorain’s pitcher Amaurion Mitchell pitches during a game against Amherst on Friday, July 27.

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    Amherst’s pitcher Brayden Willbond pitches during a game against Lorain on Friday, July 27.

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    Amherst’s left fielder Kyle Dalzell fields a ground ball during a game against Lorain on Friday, July 27.

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    Lorain’s Timmy Kosco (3) slides safely into home plate as Amherst’s catcher Connor Emch catches the toss too late to make a play on Friday, July 27.

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    Lorain’s shortstop Olie Thompson makes a stop during a game against Amherst on Friday, July 27.

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    Amherst’s Justin Hritsko fields a ground ball during a game against Lorain on Friday, July 27.

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    Lorain’s third baseman AJ Ramos makes a throw from his knees after fielding a line drive during a game against Amherst on Friday, July 27.

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AMHERST — Amherst’s offense was explosive and its pitching effective in a 14-4 victory over Lorain in the Amherst Summer Classic on Friday.

The Comets (2-1) scored three runs in the bottom of the first before blowing the game open with nine runs in the bottom of the second.

Leftfielder Kyle Dalzell paced the 13-hit offensive attack with three hits, including a pair of doubles, and three runs scored while driving in five runs. Gage Crain added three hits, including two doubles, while scoring a pair and driving in a pair.

“We had a couple of big hits with two out and runners in scoring position that kind of broke things open,” Comets’ coach Matt Rositano said. “Usually if you score early, with a crooked number, it just loosens everybody up.

“They say hitting is contagious, and I think you saw that today.”

Dalzell’s one-out double to left drove in a pair in the bottom of the first. His two-out, two-run double in the second made it 5-0. The Comets scored all nine of their

second-inning runs with two outs.

Lorain starter David Coleman gave up nine earned runs in 11⁄3 innings, but Titans’ coach Brad Ternes said he didn’t get much help from his defense.

“I thought we did OK,” Ternes said. “Coleman fell behind a few batters but he had some pretty good stuff going on. We had a play or two behind him that kind of cost him a little bit and made him throw some extra pitches.”

Amherst led 12-0 heading into the top of the fifth. Lorain pushed four runs across against Comets reliever Jake Armbruster to avoid the game ending via the mercy rule.

“I was proud of how they had aggressive at-bats to extend the game,” Ternes said. “They actually went out ready to swing instead of falling behind in the count and having to hit the pitcher’s stuff. They were more aggressive and started putting the bat on the ball.”

Dalzell walked and scored in the fourth and added an RBI single in the fifth.

“I went up to the plate trying to be aggressive early,” Dalzell said. “I was looking for the fastball in to put it in the gap. That’s what I did.

“Last year I think I was struggling hitting because I was getting down in the count. I was swinging at pitches I really wasn’t looking for. Being more aggressive now will make me a lot more successful.”

Dylan McCrann and Justin Hritzko also had multiple hits for the Comets, who host Medina today at noon.

Justin Winland had a pair of hits for Lorain, which will play Bay today at 6 p.m. at Amherst.

Contact Mike Perry at 440-329-7135 or macsportstalk@gmail.com.

Amherst 14, Lorain 4

LORAIN AB R H BI LAKE ERIE AB R H BI

Yandel Ramirez 3 0 1 0 Jason Monds 2 2 1 0

AJ Ramos 3 1 1 1 Dylan McCrann 2 2 2 0

David Coleman 3 0 1 1 Connor Emch 3 2 1 0

Anthony Miller III 3 0 0 0 Kyle Dalzell 3 3 3 5

Corey Thompson 1 0 0 0 Gage Crain 4 2 3 2

Justin Winland 2 0 2 1 Caleb McGee 2 2 1 2

Amaurion Mitchell 3 0 0 0 Blake Kendall 0 1 0 1

Demitrius Bridges 1 0 0 0 Justin Hritzko 2 0 2 2

Timmy Kosco 1 1 1 0 Logan Kelling 3 0 0 0

Olie Thompson 2 1 1 0 Brayden Willbond 3 0 0 0

Xavier Velazquez 2 1 1 1

TOTALS 24 4 8 4 TOTALS 24 14 13 12

Lorain 000 04 –4 8 1

Amherst 360 32 – 14 13 2

LOB— Lorain 5, Amherst 8. 2B – Thompson, Dalzell 2, Crain 2, Monds, McGee, Hritzko. SB - Kendall.

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IP H R ER W K

LORAIN

David Coleman (L, 0-1) 1.2 8 9 9 3 2

Amaurion Mitchell 2.1 4 3 3 1 2

Justin Winland 0.0 0 1 1 2 0

Olie Thompson 0.2 1 1 1 0 0

Totals 4.2 13 14 14 6 4

IP H R ER W K

AMHERST

Braydon Willbond (W, 1-0) 4.0 3 0 0 0 5

Jake Armbruster 1.0 4 4 4 0 0

Totals 5.0 7 4 4 0 5



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