Crusaders defeat Kane Wolves 13-7 Tuesday

The Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team withstood a four-run first inning by the Kane Wolves Tuesday afternoon at Berwind Park as they rebounded for a 13-7 victory over the Wolves.Kane jumped out to the 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning. Elk Catholic responded with three runs of their own in the home half of the inning. The Crusaders would score four in the second, five in the third and one in the fourth for a 13-4 lead. Kane scored two in the fifth and one in the seventh making the final score 13-7.The Wolves had eight hits in the contest led by Jeff Kocjancic’s home run and single. Andrew Peterson added a home run while Tyler Burdick tripled and Tyler Ennis, Andrew Pierson, Logan Kumher and Nate Allen all singled.Elk Catholic had 13 hits in the contest. Ivan Wortman and Brandon Schlimm each had three singles. Pat Brennen doubled with Vincent Jacob, Dan Singer, Shea Meyer, Brock McCullough, Wes Brennen and Ben Cortina all getting singles.Dan Singer started on the mound for the Crusaders working to only four batters giving up four hits and four runs. Ben Cortina worked six innings of relief giving up two hits, walking five and striking out eight. Ivan Wortman worked the seventh inning for ECC giving up two hits, walking one and striking out one.Dan Park started on the mound for Kane going 2 1/3 innings giving up seven hits and walking three. Matt Flickinger worked to three batters giving up two singles. Andrew Pierson worked 4 2/3 innings giving up four hits and striking out two.“Ben (Cortina) pitched well for us. He had a good outing for his first time on the mound this season,” said ECCHS coach Tom Zampogna. “We played well offensively, but defensively we made a few mistakes. It was good to get the win after the game in DuBois on Monday,” said the coach.“Kane is a young team and so are we,” added Zampogna.The top of the first inning saw Ennis and Pierson single for Kane. Kocjancic followed with a three-run home run to right field. Andrew Peterson followed with a solo home run to left as Kane took the 4-0 lead. See full article by purchasing the April 18 edition of The Kane Republican.