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  • Pittsburg defeats Girard in a wild one, 15-11

  • Opening their season last Tuesday against Girard at JayCee Ballpark, Pittsburg went hitless for 5 1/3 innings and only managed three hits during a 7-5 loss.

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  • Opening their season last Tuesday against Girard at JayCee Ballpark, Pittsburg went hitless for 5 1/3 innings and only managed three hits during a 7-5 loss.
    However, on Monday night, Pittsburg collected 13 hits (including three home runs and two doubles) en route to a 15-11 win over Girard at Red Wutke Park during a game in which both teams combined for 26 runs, 22 hits, 12 errors and eight pitchers.
    “We hit the ball much better,” Pittsburg head coach Mike Wilbert said. “I was pleased with our offensive attack. I was pleased with our pitching. Our defense has to get better.”
    During his postgame interview, Wilbert focused more on the six errors Pittsburg fielders made rather than 15 runs and 13 hits.
    “We have to learn how to play defense better,” Wilbert said. “It’s not the hard plays. We’re not making the routine plays. We’re not catching pop flies on the infield. We’re not catching the balls that hit us in the glove. If we do that, that’s a five-inning ballgame. We have to quit making our pitchers get four and five outs in an inning if we want to be successful.”
    Pittsburg led Girard 13-3 headed into the bottom of the fifth needing only a scoreless inning but two errors and two singles later, Girard plated three runs and extended the game.
    In the top of the sixth, Girard brought in ace pitcher Nick George, who no-hit Pittsburg for 5 1/3 innings last week. George promptly retired Broc Bennett, Tanner Ellis and Jornell Fondren 1-2-3 on nine strikes.
    In the bottom of the sixth, Girard cut the lead to 13-10 with four runs on four hits and two errors. Sophomore shortstop Tanner Lewis hit a RBI single, Nate George plated two runs on his double and Nick George hit another RBI single, turning a game on the verge of run-rule into a nailbiter.
    However, Pittsburg came through with two insurance runs in the seventh. Joe Wimmer singled into center and the versatile senior quickly realized nobody on Girard would be able to cover second base since both the second baseman and the shortstop were in hot pursuit of the ball in the outfield, turning a single into a double.
    Wimmer scored on a wild pitch and Dylan Gromer singled in Britton Carter, who reached on a walk and worked his way around to third on the wild pitches which allowed Wimmer to score.
    Wilbert brought Gromer in for Spencer Bernhardt in the seventh and despite a few wild moments and one Girard run on a bases-loaded walk, Gromer struck out Nick George looking and gave Pittsburg a 15-11 win.
    Nick Vacca smashed a home run over the left field wall for the first run of the game, Brandon Baker blasted a rocket shot easily over the 360 sign in center, and Wimmer hit one to center to give Anthony Scholes fits and worked his way around the bases for an inside-the-park homer.
    Page 2 of 2 - Pittsburg (3-1) faces Southeast Kansas League rival Fort Scott on Thursday and Girard (2-2) hosts Frontenac (3-0) on Thursday.
    Pittsburg baseball 15, Girard 11
    PHS 131 530 2 — 15 13 6
    GHS 030 034 1 — 11 9 6
    Joe Wimmer, Broc Bennett (3), Spencer Bernhardt (6), Dylan Gromer (7) and Gromer, Todd Keller (7). Nate George, Justin Mein (4), Cody Grilz (5), Nick George (6) and Tucker Johnson. WP — Bennett. LP — Na. George. 2B — Anthony McNeely, Wimmer; Grilz, Na. George. HR — Nick Vacca, Brandon Baker, Wimmer. SF — Baker. SB — Baker, Gromer.
    Pittsburg JV 11, Girard 4

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