SV baseball wins 7th straight
Raider bats produce early, often, in 10-3 win over Butler
April 22, 2013
BUTLER TWP — The Seneca Valley baseball team calls hard-hit balls “seeds.” The Raiders planted a lot of seeds at Butler High School’s field Thursday night, enough seeds to populate a small farm. Seneca Valley hit just about every ball hard, rapping out nine hits — seven for extra bases — on the way to a 10-3 win over Butler. “We had a lot of what we call ‘seeds’ today,” said Seneca Valley coach Eric Semega. “We try to get seven or eight in a game because that usually means we’ll be in it. I think we had seven or eight today.” Even the outs were loud. Leadoff hitter Jon Dorogy hit two pitches on the screws that resulted in line-drive outs to center field before driving another one past Butler centerfielder Mike Hepler for a two-run double in the sixth inning that opened up the game for the Raiders. “He had the hat trick tonight,” Semega said of Dorogy. “When you get a hat trick of seeds you get rewarded in practice. That’s their personal goal.” Drew Spangler had a seed in the second inning, launching a pitch from his cousin, Butler pitcher Zach Spangler, over the centerfield wall for a two-run home run and a 2-0 Raiders’ lead. Butler, though, answered in the bottom of inning with a two-run shot off the bat of Cory Wheeler that curled around the right field foul pole. It remained 2-2 into the fourth inning when Seneca Valley broke through for four runs off of Drew Spangler. Three consecutive doubles by Gianpaul Gonzalez, Jason Martin and Zach Spangler got the rally going. The wind made life difficult on the outfielders. So did the lights. It made every fly ball an adventure. Seneca Valley hasn’t had much luck at Butler’s high school field. This was the first varsity game played on it this season. The Raiders lost to the Golden Tornado two years ago on this field, committing five errors. “We’re not a big fan of this place,” Semega said. “Their players struggled with the outfield lights and the wind was a big issue today. It was tough out there for the outfielders. We were able to battle through some balls that could have dropped on us as well.” The offensive support was more than enough for Seneca Valley starting pitcher Connor Coward, who used a sharp-breaking curveball to freeze Butler hitters. Coward struck out six in six innings of work. “He threw well,” Semega said. “He was fooling a lot of people today.” Seneca Valley (7-2, 5-0) tacked on four more runs in the top of the sixth inning off Jesse Savisky for a 10-2 lead. Only two of those runs were earned, however.