Ferry Pleased Despite Brookville Baseball Loss in Opener to Karns City

BUTLER, Pa. (D9Sports) – While the outcome wasn’t what he would have liked it to be, Brookville manager Bruce Ferry was pleased with how his team played in a 7-1 loss to Karns City in the season opener Thursday at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler.

“I was pretty happy honestly,” Ferry, back in charge of the Raiders after nearly a decade away, said. “I’m not going to get down after this. We’ve got 14 or 15 guys. It’s hard to do a lot of stuff (in practice). I think the kids came and competed well. We will build upon it and hopefully get better.”

Some of things that please Ferry was how his team played defense, how it pitched and the pitch selection of his hitters.

“For the most part, we played pretty good defensively,” Ferry said. “We pitched pretty well. We got what we wanted out of our pitching, anyway. Our pitch selection (at the plate) I thought was really good. We maybe swung at two bad ball all night.”

While Ferry was happy for the most part, he did point out some areas where the Raiders need to improve.

“We have some young kids playing some positions, and there are some things we need to work on,” Ferry sadi. “We need to get some better jumps on balls in the infield. We struck out a little too much, which wasn’t that good. But they had a real good pitcher there too. They are a pretty good ball club.”

Brookville struggled against Karns City’s Holden Martin and Eric Dodd managing just three hits in the game, two by Logan Thrush, while striking out nine times.

The Raiders lone run came in the first inning on a delayed double steal that saw Thrush, who had singled score when Ben Caun stole second, Thrush was aided greatly by a wild throw from Karns City catcher Cullen Williams.

But the first inning could have been so much bigger for the Raiders, who got the first two men on for the heart of their lineup only to watch Kyle Dunkle and Caun hit into fielder’s choices and Ben Reitz strike out.

After the first, Brookville had a runner reach second only two more times in the game and both with two outs.

In the third, Thrush doubled to right-center before Dunkle struck out looking. Then in the fifth, Dane Lyle, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, got to second when Jordan Tosh reached on an error by the leftfielder. Thrush, though, struck out to end the threat and was the first of seven straight Brookville batters to record outs to end the game.

Watch Tosh reach on an error

Pitching wise, Brookville got mixed reviews.

Reitz started and while throwing a 1-2-3 second inning ended up giving up four runs in three innings while allowing seven baserunners (five hits and two walks). Tosh then threw a 1-2-3 fourth but was knocked around in the fifth giving up three runs on three hits and a hit batter while allowing two of the runs to score on wild pitched. Wyatt Shaffer had a solid inning to close things down for Brookville giving up a hit but striking out two.

KARNS CITY 7, BROOKVILLE 1
Score by innings
Brookville 100 000 0 – 1
Karns City 103 030 – 7

Brookville – 1
Jordan Tosh ss/p 2000, Logan Thrush cf 3120, Kyle Dunkle c 3000, Ben Caun rf 3000, Trenton Gilhousen rf 0000, Ben Reitz p/ss/3b 3000, Espy Reinard 1b 2000, Tanner LaBenne 1b 1000, Austin Cook lf 3010, Nick Keth 2b 2000, Brady Caylor 1000, Dane Lyne 3b 2000, Wyatt Shaffer p 0000. Totals 25-1-3-0.

Karns City – 7
Jimmy Thompson cf 3220, Seth Silverio ph/cf 1000, Holden Martin p/ss 2210, Tyler Yough ph/2b 1000, Evan Stitt ss/2b 3232, Cullen Williams c 2100, Nolan Riley 1b 1013, Marcus Lantz 2b/3b 3010, Eric Dodd 3b/p 3000, Hunter Schaffner lf 2000, Jace Ebbitt ph/lf 1000, Jared Stewart rf 2000, Colton Hutchison ph/rf 1010. Totals 25-7-9-5.

LOB – Brookville 4. Karns City 4. 2B – Thrush. Stitt. SB – Caun. Thompson (2) E – Tosh. Williams, Schaffner SF – Riley. HBP – Williams by Tosh.

PITCHING
Brookville – Reitz 3 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K. Tosh 2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K. Shaffer 1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K.
Karns City – Martin 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K. Dodd 2 IP, 0R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Winning pitcher: Martin
Losing pitcher: ReitzKARNS CITY 7, BROOKVILLE 1
Score by innings

Brookville 100 000 0 – 1
Karns City 103 030 – 7

Brookville – 1
Jordan Tosh ss/p 2000, Logan Thrush cf 3120, Kyle Dunkle c 3000, Ben Caun rf 3000, Trenton Gilhousen rf 0000, Ben Reitz p/ss/3b 3000, Espy Reinard 1b 2000, Tanner LaBenne 1b 1000, Austin Cook lf 3010, Nick Keth 2b 2000, Brady Caylor 1000, Dane Lyne 3b 2000, Wyatt Shaffer p 0000. Totals 25-1-3-0.

Karns City – 7
Jimmy Thompson cf 3220, Seth Silverio ph/cf 1000, Holden Martin p/ss 2210, Tyler Yough ph/2b 1000, Evan Stitt ss/2b 3232, Cullen Williams c 2100, Nolan Riley 1b 1013, Marcus Lantz 2b/3b 3010, Eric Dodd 3b/p 3000, Hunter Schaffner lf 2000, Jace Ebbitt ph/lf 1000, Jared Stewart rf 2000, Colton Hutchison ph/rf 1010. Totals 25-7-9-5.

LOB – Brookville 4. Karns City 4. 2B – Thrush. Stitt. SB – Caun. Thompson (2) E – Tosh. Williams, Schaffner SF – Riley. HBP – Williams by Tosh.

PITCHING
Brookville – Reitz 3 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K. Tosh 2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K. Shaffer 1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K.
Karns City – Martin 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K. Dodd 2 IP, 0R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Winning pitcher: Martin
Losing pitcher: Reitz


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