Big bats lead Red Raiders to a 7-3 win over the Unionville Indians
● By Steven Hoffman
The Coatesville baseball team continued its hot streak, relying on a five-run fifth inning to top Unionville, 7-3, on May 12.
The game was tied 2-2 after four innings, with Unionville starting pitcher Joe Love doing a nice job of keeping Coatesville's big bats in check. But Coatesville loaded the bases on two singles and a walk to start the top of the fifth. First baseman Matt Stolzer stepped into the batter’s box looking to do more damage—it was his two-run single that gave Coatesville the early lead. Stolzer hit a sharp single to left, scoring two more runs. Stephon Hines, Coatesville’s designated hitter, stepped to the plate looking to increase the Red Raiders’ lead. Hines belted a drive to left-center that cleared the fence—and the bases—as the three-run homer gave Coatesville a 7-2 lead.
Unionville put a runner on base in the bottom of the fifth, but couldn’t chip into that lead.
Love continued to work hard on the mound. He kept Coatesville’s hitters in check in the sixth inning. The defense made several nice plays behind Love, including several nice catches by A.J. Narcise in center field.
When Unionville put its first two hitters on in the bottom of the sixth off Coatesville starter Ryan Ohar, Coateville turned to the bullpen for lefthander Damon Nelson. The Indians pushed across one run on a ground out by Brendan Barrett, but Nelson set down the next two betters to end the threat.
Unionville’s Tyler Rafetto, who had three hits on the day, led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single, but Nelson retired the next three batters to preserve the 7-3 victory.
The win improved Coatesville’s record to 14-3, and Unionville’s record now stands at 6-10.