Bruisers blank Meadville, fall to Wayne County in own tournament

Cowle Post 151 Dugout Bruisers 18U team player and Geneva graduate Nick Stoltz dashes to first base on his way to a double on Saturday morning during a tournament at Havens Complex in Jefferson Township.

JEFFERSON — The Cowle Post 151 Dugout Bruisers 18U team split in Saturday’s games of an American Legion tournament at the Jefferson Havens Baseball Complex.

The Bruisers blanked Meadville (Pa.) Post 111 3-0 in the first contest, before dropping a 3-2 decision in eight innings to Wayne County Post 68 in the second.

“I was very happy with our pitching,” Bruisers coach Joe Zappitelli said. “It was definitely two defensive games.”

In the opener, Justin Simons, of Willoughby South, pitched 5.2 innings for the win. He allowed no runs on four hits with four strikeouts.

Simons left with bases loaded and one out in the sixth inning.

Tom Yuras, who just finished his freshman season at Mount Union and is a Lake Catholic graduate, notched the final five outs for the save. 

In the first inning, the Bruisers scored when Nick Reichek, a Grand Valley graduate, hit an RBI double. Nick Stoltz, a recent Geneva graduate and future player at Baldwin Wallace, also registered a hit.

Yuras started the second game and went two innings. He was relieved by John Cook, of Villa Angela-St. Joseph, who took the loss.

Logan Newell, a recent Grand Valley graduate, crushed a two-run homer for the Bruisers in the second inning to give the Bruisers a 2-0 lead. Reichek made two stellar defensive plays at third base.

Wayne County knotted the contest at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning and ended up winning in the eighth on a 3-2 single.

The tournament closes today.