ROWES RUN — Waynesburg took a four-run lead in the fourth but Colonial 3 chipped away to rally for a 6-4 victory on Wednesday in Fayette County American Legion baseball play at Rowes Run Field.
Colonial 3 (7-8) finishes up regular-season play on Friday when it travels to Smithfield-Fairchance (9-6), while Waynesburg completes its season at 4-13.
The Fayette County American Legion playoffs start on Monday.
"This was a big game for us," Colonial 3 manager Dave Zimcosky said. "I feel that if we show up to play ball, we can compete with any team. We have had a lot of close games this year.
"We have some Frazier boys on this team that weren't here today due to injury. One injury that really hurts us is Shane McGavitt. He was a big part of our lineup, and he is out for the rest of the season. It hurt whenever he went down. We miss him being around. He was a great kid and great ballplayer.
"Dylan Brosky is also out with an injury and not able to throw this summer. He is from Brownsville, and he could have been a dominant pitcher in the league. We are doing well with our guys that are here."
"Our guys kept showing up, competing and playing hard every game this year," Waynesburg manager Jamie Moore said. "We probably played our best game of the year against Farmington, and we had a close game against Uniontown. I thought we played better towards the end of the year."
Waynesburg scored four runs on four hits in the top of the fourth for a 4-0 advantage.
Starting pitcher Tyler Rush singled and courtesy runner Jesse Johnson moved to second on Logan Higgins' single. Johnson scored on Trevor Stephenson's RBI single before Higgins and Stephenson trotted home on Mike Davenport's three-run home run with two outs.
"Mike had a nice hit on that home run," Moore said. "We had some hard-hit balls today, but it was just that one bad inning. We have some young guys that got good experience this year."
Colonial 3 cut the deficit to one with three runs on two hits in the bottom of the frame. The home team benefited from a Waynesburg error.
"We started out flat at first and Waynesburg's pitcher did a good job of shutting us down and keeping us off balance," Zimcosky said. "Even though they took an early lead on us, we were confident that our guys could battle back."
DJ Zimcosky singled, Rocco Frisco walked and Mike Petrock reached on an error before Zimcosky's scored on Nick Keeney's RBI single.
Frisco scored on Frost's ground out, Jason Cooper walked and Nick Climes' grounder to short scored Petrock.
"We had that one bad inning, and that's been pretty typical of our year," Moore said. "It has cost us several times."
Colonial 3 scored two runs on two hits in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead.
Starting and winning pitcher Zachary Kutek walked and moved to second when DJ Zimcosky drew a free pass. Both moved up on a wild pitch, and with two outs, Kutek scored on Petrock's single to left to tie the game. Zimcosky scored the game-winning run on Keeney's infield single.
Colonial 3 added an insurance run in the sixth when Climes walked, Cam Brosky singled, Kutek walked and Climes scored on Ricky Marucci's sacrifice fly to center.
Frisco sent Waynesburg down in order in the seventh for the save.
Kutek allowed four earned runs on nine hits in six innings. He had five strikeouts and didn't walk a batter.
"Zach did a good job," Dave Zimcosky said. "He has pitched well since high school. He threw a lot for us at Brownsville and here at Colonial this summer. He is pitching really good ball, and has really improved a lot."
Rush took the loss, but only allowed five run (four earned) on five hits in five innings. He had five strikeouts and walked five. Rush had not pitched much this season. He was relieved by Matt Ankrom in the sixth.
"Tyler (Rush) has been mostly behind the plate at catcher for us," Moore said. "He is a utility guy, so we can pretty much put him anyway."