Brandon Lytle bounced back after suffering the loss in the opener and fired a complete-game two-hit shutout to lift Dick's Pharmacy to a 6-0 victory over ReMax Realty in the George B. Kelley Federation playoffs on Saturday at Mansion Park.
Dick's and ReMax are tied at 1-1 in the best-of-three semifinal series with the third and deciding game scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Vets Field.
Lytle stuck out 11 batters in earning the win. Dick's broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Mirror photos by Gary M. Baranec
Ketrow Insurance right fielder Derek Frye attempts to make a diving catch against Johnston Realty in an Altoona AAABA League game Saturday at Juniata. The ball dropped in for a hit.
Umpire Gene Decker helps warm up Ketrow pitcher Aaron Burger between innings on Saturday at Juniata.
Chris Sinisi finished with two hits for Dick's, and Justin Wolfe had two hits and two RBIs. Kristian Mirenda had both of ReMax's hits.
Earlier Saturday, the teams completed a game that was suspended on Wednesday with ReMax leading 13-11 in the top of the seventh inning. ReMax hung on for a 13-12 win.
Mirenda had two hits for ReMax, and Marcus Wolf, Alex Martynuska and Austin DeBernardis each drove in two runs.
Lytle, who suffered the loss, had two hits, and Wolfe drove in a pair.
n In the other semifinal series, Park Furniture forfeited to Martin Oil, which evened the series at 1-1. The teams are scheduled to play Game 3 at Vets today at 5 p.m.
REMAX REALTY (13): Mirenda cf 422, Robertson 2b-p 320, Baker 1b 300, Schmitt pr-1b 111, Wolf ss-p 321, Thomas cr-2b 030, Wise 3b 421, A. Martynuska c 301, L. Adams 2b 300, DeBernardis lf 411, Dalto p 100, Marquette p-ss 100. Totals - 29-13-7.
DICK'S PHARMACY (12): Sinisi p-ss 320, DeGennaro ss-2b-p-c-2b 210, Oswalt cf 231, Knott rf-1b 430, Wolfe 3b 311, Eckenrode 1b 100, Z. Martynuska rf 111, E. Adams lf 100, N. Lytle c-p-c 321, Futrell cf 000, B. Lytle 2b-p-c-p 312, Johnson lf-rf 200. Totals - 26-12-6.
SCORE BY INNINGS
ReMax Realty001 00(12) 0-13 7 4
Dick's Pharmacy210 03 5 1-12 6 4
E-Robertson, Wolf, Wise, A. Martynuska, Sinisi, Wolfe, B. Lytle, Johnson. 2B-Mirenda, Wolf, DeBernardis, Wolfe. RBI-Mirenda, Schmitt, Wolf 2, Wise, A. Martynuska 2, DeBernardis 2, Knott, Wolfe 2, Eckenrode, B. Lytle, Johnson. WP-Marquette. LP-B. Lytle. SV-Robertson. SO-Dalto 4, Marquette 1, Sinisi 4, B. Lytle 1, DeGennaro 1. BB-Dalto 5, Marquette 2, Wolf 4, Robertson 3, Sinisi 3, B. Lytle 2, DeGennaro 1.
DICK'S PHARMACY (6): Sinisi ss 412, DeGennaro 2b 411, Oswalt cf 410, Knott 1b 210, Wolfe 3b 312, E. Adams lf 300, N. Lytle c 300, Futrell cr 000, B. Lytle p 300, Johnson rf 200, Z. Martynuska cr 010. Totals - 28-6-5.
REMAX REALTY (0): Mirenda cf-p 302, L. Adams p-cf 200, Dalto cr 000, Robertson 2b 300, Wise 3b 200, DeBernardis lf 300, A. Martynuska c 300, Marquette ss 100, Schmitt 1b 300, Thomas rf 200. Totals - 22-0-2.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Dick's Pharmacy000 005 1-6 5 2
ReMax Realty000 000 0-0 2 6
E-DeGennaro 2, Mirenda, Robertson 3, Wise, Marquette. 2B-Sinisi, Mirenda. RBI-Wolfe 2, E. Adams. WP-B. Lytle. LP-L. Adams. SO-B. Lytle 11, L. Adams 5, Mirenda 2. BB-B. Lytle 4, L. Adams 2, Mirenda 1.
Series: Tied, 1-1.
Mike Marcinko had five hits, scored three runs and drove in a run to lead Johnston Realty to a five-inning win over Ketrow Insurance at Juniata in Altoona AAABA?League action.
Braedon Pennington added three hits and three RBIs for the winners, who led 7-0 after two innings. Ty Zimmerman added two hits and three RBIs. Jaret Berardinelli had two hits for Ketrow.
JOHNSTON REALTY (15): Marcinko ss 535, Doren cf 532, Pennington lf 433, Taylor 3b 321, Faretta 2b 312, Zimmerman rf 212, Costa c 211, Guzic c 110, Lombardo 1b 211, Scholly dh 402, Spiegal p 000, Finlan p 000. Totals - 31-15-19.
KETROW INSURANCE (0): Osterhout cf 101, McMonagle ss 200, J. McCall lf 200, Burger p 200, Pope 3b 200, Berardinelli c 202, Keller 2b 200, M. McCall 1b 100, Frye rf 200. Totals - 16-0-3.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Johnston Realty432 06X X - 15 19 0
Ketrow Insurance000 00X X - 0 3 3
E-M. McCall, McMonagle 2. 2B-Marcinko, Faretta, Lombardo. RBI-Marcinko, Pennington 3, Taylor, Faretta 2, Zimmerman 3, Costa, Lombardo, Scholly. WP-Spiegal. LP-Burger. SO-Spiegal 3, Finlan 4, Burger 2. BB-Spiegal 2, Burger 2, Finlan 1.
Records: Johnston Realty (13-4); Ketrow Insurance (5-12).
Jared Keller drove in three runs and scored two to help Ketrow Insurance top Railbirds at Juniata. The game was Ketrow's first of the day.
Tyler Osterhout went 3-for-3 and drove in a run for Ketrow.
RAILBIRDS (4): Creps 2b-ss 400, Curfman 3b 200, Montgomery p 100, Swope cf 311, Krepps 3b 411, Grace 1b 321, Stern ss 100, Runk lf 100, Hamm rf 201, Weyant 2b 200, England c 300, Robinette ph 100. Totals - 27-4-5.
KETROW INSURANCE (8): Osterhout cf 313, McMonagle ss 301, J. McCall lf 411, Burger 3b-p 421, Pope rf 400, Berardinelli c 210, Keller 2b 222, M. McCall 1b-3b 210, Waltz p-1b 301. Totals - 27-8-9.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Railbirds000 101 2-4 5 2
Ketrow Insurance300 122 X-8 9 1
E-Creps, Grace, Waltz. 2B-Keller, Krepps. 3B-Burger. RBI-Osterhout, J. McCall, Berardinelli, Keller 3, Waltz, Grace, Hamm, Weyant, Runk. WP-Waltz. LP-Grace. SO-Waltz 4, Grace 1, Montgomery 3. BB-Waltz 6, Burger 1, Grace 4, Montgomery 3.
Records: Railbirds (4-13); Ketrow Insurance (5-11).
Babe Ruth 14-15 tournament
MILROY - Altoona advanced to the second round of the Junior Babe Ruth District 7 Tournament, thanks to a 7-2 win over Perry County at Armagh Memorial Field.
Altoona plays Monday night at Armagh Field at 7:30 p.m. against either Mifflin County or Gettysburg.
Altoona led 5-1 after three innings en route to its tourney-opening win. Winning pitcher Josiah Huber struck out eight in five innings. He walked three, and he also had two hits.
Cullen Gahagan had three hits and two RBIs for the winners, while teammate Brenden Vollkommer added two hits and an RBI, and Jake Mellott added two hits.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Perry County001 001 0 - 2 4 1
Altoona032 200 X - 7 13 1
3B-Mellott (A). Multiple hits-Gahagan 3, Mellott 2, Vollkommer 2, Huber 2 (A). RBI-Homan (P), Gahagan 2, Livermore, Vollkommer, McConnell (A). WP-Huber. LP-Sheaffer. SO-Huber 8, Knepp 2 (A), Sheaffer 1, Williams 2 (P). BB-Huber 3, Knepp 1, Sheaffer 1, Williams 1 (P).
Altoona Teener Minor
Cumming Motors wrapped up the top seed for the Altoona Teener Minor League playoffs by edging Altoona Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center, 5-4, at Seitz Field.
Jacob Huber's RBI double with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in Brady Nicewonger with the winning run. Cumming finished the regular season with a 17-3 mark.
Huber finished with two hits and three RBIs, and Nicewonger gave up one hit over the last three innings to earn the win. The game featured five lead changes with Cumming tying the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning when Brandon Grine doubled and scored later on an error.
n Nate Mauk had two hits and two RBIs to lead Altoona Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center to a 12-4 win over J&P Auto Mart in AAOC's second game of the day at Seitz Field.
Connor Pielmeier had three hits for the winners, who finished the regular season at 16-4.
CUMMING MOTORS 5, ALTOONA ARTHRITIS & OSTEOPOROSIS CENTER 4: Multiple hits-Huber 2 (CM). WP-Nicewonger. LP-McGinnis. SO-Sheetz 2 (CM); Yasulitis 5, McCoy 3 (AAOC).
Records: Cumming Motors (17-3); Altoona Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center (15-4).
ALTOONA ARTHRITIS & OSTEOPOROSIS CENTER 12, J&P AUTO MART 4: Multiple hits - Pielmeier 3, Mauk 2 (A). WP-Martellacci. LP-Sell. SO-Martellacci 2, Rupert 4, Pielmeier 2, Mauk 2 (A), Sell 1, Weston 3 (J).
Records: Altoona Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center (16-4), J&P Auto Mart (4-16).