Derry Sophomore Paul Koontz experienced some tough mound losses this season with lack of run support to follow up strong outings, but on Wednesday, the Trojan offense did just enough cashing in six times in a 6-1 road win at Indiana.
Koontz locked up with Indiana ace Alec Petroff, who ran into control problems early in the game, which helped the Trojan cause. He was also not supported defensively early on with a couple of fielding errors, but the Trojans took advantage. After loading the bases with one out in the opening inning, senior Zack Karaschak blasted a double to left centerfield driving home all three runs.
Indiana picked up their lone run in the bottom of the inning aided by a one out double off the bat of Zach Tortorella, followed by an RBI single by Austin Homer.
Derry added another run in the third inning. Sophomore Ryan Bushey reached on a throwing error, and went to third on a Josh Ulery single and scored an error by the Indiana left fielder.
As Koontz kept the Indian batters at bay, the Trojans added two more tallied in the top of the fourth. Three straight walks to Donte Klapchar, Austin Siko, combined with a double steal and a walk to Ryan Bushey loaded the bases. Petroff was lifted and Antonio Caporossi entered the game and got a strikeout for the first out. Trojan freshman Brayden Mickinac then singled to right centerfield to score Klapchar and courtesy runner Ty Cymmerman giving Derry a 6-1 lead.
Koontz got the first out in the seventh before being lifted due to pitch count regulations. He gave up just a run on three hits in 6 1/3. The right-handler struck out nine and walked five. Nick Detore got the final two outs, including a punch out to end the game.
Derry said farewell to its four outstanding seniors after the game. Donte Klapchar, Zack Karaschak, Trey Weinell and Nate Angus.
“These four guys will be missed considerably” Coach John Flickinger said.
“They were good ball players, but most importantly, they are great people with good families, and all four will be successful in whatever path they choose in life.”
Klapchar finished a four year letter winner, while Karaschak had three letters in baseball. Weinell and Angus each finished with two.
“I tell them all the time we want to win every game and it means something at the time, but when the dust clears it’s all about the relationships you build along the way. I’ll miss this group.” Flickinger added.