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Butler snaps 6-game skid

Bish delivers walk-off RBI single for 4-3 win over Allderdice

BUTLER TWP — After a frustrating evening on the mound, Carson Bish enjoyed a thrilling moment at the plate.

Butler’s starting pitcher allowed seven hits in six innings Tuesday night against Allderdice — five of them infield singles — in the first game of a baseball doubleheader at the Butler High School field.

“Carson pitched really well,” Butler coach Josh Forbes said. “He kept running into some tough luck that way.”

But Bish delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh, bringing Boden Lenyk home from third base and handing the Golden Tornado a 4-3 victory. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for Butler (5-8, 3-6).

“A win is a win ... and we badly needed a win, any way we could get it,” Forbes said.

Lenyk had a run-scoring double — his first of three doubles on the night — in the first inning and wound up scoring himself when Trent Best drew a bases-loaded walk. The Tornado had a runner picked off and stranded the bases loaded in that opening frame, however.

Lenyk added three more hits in the second game — a 14-8 Tornado win — including a double and home run. Kyle Casteel was the winning pitcher.

Allderdice (1-12, 0-11) rallied to tie the game at three by scoring single tallies in the fourth and fifth innings. The Dragons had a runner at third with one out in the sixth, but Bish got Alex Schafer to fly out to shallow center and Zack Shook to ground into a force play as the visitors missed a chance to take the lead.

The Dragons stole eight bases in the game, but the doubleheader loss pushed their losing streak to 11 games.

“We’ve been losing some close games,” Allderdice coach Brad Hoffer said. “But with all the rain we’ve had,. playing five games last week, it’s killing our pitching. We run out of arms.”

Forbes recognized the fact that the Dragons have already played three-game series againstr Seneca Valley and North Allegheny.

“They’ve seen the best in 6A,” Forbes said. “We weren’t going to show them anything they haven’t seen. They made some nice plays in this game.”

Lenyk set up the game-winning run by doubling to center to begin the Butler seventh. The ball died in the thick grass and Lenyk hustled into second base.

“You have to be aggressive turning the bag at first base here because the ball is going to die out there,” Lenyk said. “Outfielders may have trouble picking the ball up out of that grass.”

Nolan Stefaniak dropped down a sacrifice bunt, moving Lenyk to third. Bish then lined a solid single to center against the Dragons’ drawn-in infield.

Tanner Pry pitched a scoreless seventh to get the win. Gabe Engel was the losing pitcher for Allderdice, pitching only the seventh. Donovan Snelsire pitched the first six innings for the Dragons, allowing eight hits. He threw 34 pitches in the first inning.

“Donovan settled down and pitched a strong game,” Hoffer said. “This is his second straight good outing. We’re hoping we have something there.”

Allderdice 010 110 0 — 3 7 2

Butler 210 000 1 — 4 10 1

1 out when winning run scored

WP: Tanner Pry 1IP (1so, 1bb). LP: Gabe Engel .1IP (0so, 0bb).

Allderdice (1-12, 0-11): Lukas Stead 2-1B, Brendan Stecik 3-1B RBI 2-R, Nadav Gil 1B, Pat Dwyer 1B, Alex Schafer RBI.

Butler (5-8, 3-6): Noah Kollinger 2-1B, Liam McElroy 2-1B, Boden Lenyk 3-2B 2-RBI 2-R, Carson Bish 2-1B RBI, Trent Best RBI, Andrew Lucas 1B.

Thursday: Allderdice at Butler, 7 p.m.

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