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Malvern suffers tough setback vs. East Canton

By TODD REED News Leader Sports Editor Published: April 20, 2017 12:00 AM
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A late-inning meltdown proved to be the difference as Malvern suffered a 7-6 setback to host East Canton.

Malvern scored two in the first, one in the second and three more in the fourth inning for a 6-0 advantage.

East Canton got to within four with two runs in the sixth, and rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Hunter Mullins went 2-for-4 with three RBIs; Drew Hutchison singled three times and scored three runs; Gavyn Potts had two hits, an RBI and two runs scored; Jaret Majestic went 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI; and Alex Skinner had two hits in four plate appearances.

Majestic pitched six and 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs, five earned, on 11 hits. He struck out eight and walked two.

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"This loss was about as demoralizing as they come," commented Head Coach Matt Chiurco. "We got out to a great start, but then we got complacent and lost our focus. There were times after the third inning when we had opportunities to score, but had major base running errors and quick approaches at the plate.

"In the last two innings, we gave them four extra outs and when that happens, you are asking for trouble. We told the guys before the game that we needed their focus for the next two hours and play mistake-free baseball and once again that didn't happen."

Strasburg - 13

Malvern - 0

Earlier in the week, the Hornets dropped a league game to the Tigers.

Malvern managed just four hits on the day - singles by Jaret Majestic, Austin Patterson, Jake Foster and Alex Skinner.

Hutchison pitched all six innings, giving up 11 earned runs on 10 hits and five walks.

Malvern (2-5) will travel to Sandy Valley today (April 20); to Wellsville for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 22; to Newcomerstown on Monday, April 24; and to Conotton Valley on Tuesday, April 25; before returning home for a game against Hiland on Wednesday, April 26.


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