After dropping a hard fought first game to the host team in game one, the Derry Trojan varsity baseball team spotted Blacklick Valley the first four runs of the game, but clawed their way back in a 5-4 win.
Senior Zack Karaschak started the game on the mound for DA, and after a tough start, settled down to pitch extremely well. He teamed up with Sophomore Nick Detore to shut down the Vikings and keep them off the scoreboard in the final five innings.
Derry scored a run in the home half of the fourth inning on a Ryan Hood single that drive in Ryan Bushey making it a 4-1 contest.
The Trojans then erupted for three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. The inning started when Sophomore Ty Cymmerman reached base on an error. After a walk to Paul Koontz, Trey Weinell singled to load the bases. Cymmerman then scored on a passed ball. After one out, Sophomore Josh Ulery ripped a single To left field to drive in Weinell and Koontz and the game was tied at 4-4.
Derry would push across the winning run in the sixth. Brayden Mickinac led off with a single. He was pinch run for by freshman Lucas Ray. Cymmerman dropped down a sacrifice bunt moving Ray to second. He then alertly moved to third on a ball that the Vikings catcher had to block. Ray then scored on Donte Klapchar’s groundout.
Detore picked up the win in relief of Karaschak. He struck out two and did not allow a hit in the final 1 and 2/3 inning’s. Karaschak allowed four earned runs on six hits in 5 1/3 inning’s. He fanned five while walking three.