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Albion rolls past Akron in Tri County Babe Ruth League clash of unbeatens

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 5 July 2018 at 8:48 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Liam Ward bangs out a hit during this evening’s win over visiting Akron.

Jumping out to a quick first inning lead, Albion went on to defeat visiting Akron 10-1 this evening in a key Tri County Babe Ruth League clash of unbeatens.

Staying perfect at 8-0, Albion took the lead for good by scoring twice in the first inning on a double by Liam Ward and a single by Zach Colacecchi. A leadoff triple by Patrick Ricker set up the threat.

Patrick Ricker delivers a pitch for Albion.

The lead doubled to 4-0 in the third inning on a solo home run by winning pitcher Thomas Furmanski and a run producing fielders choice play off the bat of Colacecchi.

Albion then broke the game open by tallying three times in the fourth frame on  single by Ward, a double by Furmanski and a triple by Drew Caldwell.  An error and a single by Ricker set up the opportunity.

A two-run single by Bailey Blanchard later highlighted a three-run sixth inning uprising as the first run came in on an error.

Caldwell finished with 3 hits as Ricker, Ward and Furmanski each had 2.

On the mound, Furmanski allowed 4 hits and struck out 13 in 5 innings of work.

Ricker hurled the final two frames allowing 2 hits and striking out 3. He got out of a no out, bases loaded jam in the seventh by registering 3 straight clutch strikeouts.

A fifth inning triple by Matt Iannarelli plated the lone run for Akron which slips to 6-1.