Season comes to an end - Titusville Herald: Sports

Season comes to an end

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 5:00 am

Despite holding a late lead over Franklin in the fifth inning on Thursday night, the Titusville 12-U all star team fell 7-2 at Miller-Sibley Park. The result left their record at 0-2, eliminating them from any future contests this season.

Titusville carried a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but surrendered six runs in the frame before failing to score in the top of the sixth. Head coach Phil Knapp said he was proud of the effort displayed by his team, despite the game ending in a loss.

“We did a great job all around tonight, but we just had a couple balls get by us,” Knapp said. “We made some errors late, and that puts you in trouble when late innings are getting extended. These kids played hard, so this was a tough one.”

Pitcher Coleman Knapp reached his pitch count limit after 4 2/3 innings, during which he struck out eight batters and allowed three runs. Dominic Fonzo took over for the final third of the fifth inning, but was unable to keep the deficit at 3-2, allowing four runs and striking out one batter.

Titusville jumped out to an early lead after shortstop James Johnson scored on a single by second baseman Blake Ross in the top of the first inning, who also reached with a leadoff single. The second run was added by Coleman, who hit a solo home run in the third. 

Those were the only three hits surrendered by Franklin pitcher Darius Cassano, who struck out 14 Titusville batters in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Cassano also hit an RBI double in the third inning to cut the lead to 2-1. Third baseman Ian Higley gave Franklin the lead in the fifth inning with a two-run single.

Knapp gave credit to Franklin for playing well and coming away with the victory.

“(Cassano) did a great job of staying in the game after a tough first inning,” Knapp said. “His pitch count got high early, but he settled down and threw the ball well.”

Titusville attempted a two-out rally in the sixth inning, but Franklin pitcher Mikah Stone struck out the final batter to end the game.

Titusville’s all star season comes to an end after two losses in a double elimination tournament format. Knapp praised his team’s hard work and said he was proud of how they played during their short time together.

“We weren’t an overly-sized team by any means, but every single one of these kids put in the work,” Knapp said. “All of these kids worked hard at practice and left it all out on the field in both games. I’m really proud of them.”

Zook can be reached, by email, at sports@titusvilleherald.com

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Titusville, PA

Current Conditions

Partly Cloudy
74°
Humidity: 79%
Winds: SW at 6mph
Feels Like: 74°

Your Extended Forecast

Tomorrow

weather
High 79°/Low 65°
A few thunderstorms possible. Lows overnight in the mid 60s.

sunday

weather
High 84°/Low 66°
A few morning showers. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 60s.

monday

weather
High 83°/Low 64°
Afternoon thunderstorms. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 60s.

Featured Ads

Follow us on Facebook

E-Edition Information

E-edition subscription rates

The Titusville Herald’s complete on-line newspaper version (E-edition) requires a subscription.

Stocks