Baseball teams in Hopewell continue their winning ways as tonight it was the American Legion team.
Tonight, behind the arm of Lucas Arrington, Hopewell dominated Ambridge, 10-0 in the first round of the American Legion Playoffs.
Arrington threw a 2-hit complete game shutout, while striking out 3 Bridger hitters. The senior wasn’t throwing heat but was completely dominate all game long, keeping the Ambridge hitters off balance while possessing good movement on his pitches.
After a clean top of the 1st inning, the Vikings offense got going in the bottom of the inning. Lucas Walton reached base on an error and eventually scored on a throwing error by the Ambridge right fielder.
In the top of the 2nd, Ambridge got a base runner, but Arrington induced a groundball to shortstop, which Garrett Smith turned into a 6-3 unassisted double play.
Hopewell stretched their lead to 2-0 in the 2nd on an RBI single by Marsh Nock, which scored Johnny Vesicio.
Hopewell made it 3-0 in the 3rd on an unearned run, Vescio hit a hard grounder which the first baseman couldn’t handle and that scored Greg Barlion
Carter Kokoskie walked off the game with a 2-run single in the bottom of the 6th to end the game and advance Hopewell in the playoffs.
The big difference in the game was team defense. Ambridge committed 9 total errors, while Hopewell didn’t commit one. Vescio had the most defensive chances with 4 putouts.
Next up for Hopewell is a matchup against New Brighton. Time of game TBD.