Austin Petraglia tossed a two-hitter and Collyn Flynn's artful slide to avoid a tag at the plate lifted Connellsville to a 2-0 victory in eight innings over Plum in the first round of the Pennsylvania Region 6 American Legion Baseball Tournament at Chippewa Park.
Petraglia went the distance in the victory, scattering two hits, including Jared Hoener's double, with seven strikeouts and no walks.
"Petraglia was mowing them down. He pitched a great game," praised Connellsville manager Joe Bonadio. "He was very efficient. He still had a (few) pitches left (toward the 100-pitch allotment)."
Plum starter Brody Simmons was equally effective, allowing only three hits in 7.2 innings of work. He struck out 10.
Flynn opened the top of the eighth inning by working a walk off Simmons.
"Flynn had a good at-bat to work for a walk," said Bonadio.
D.J. Farkas bunted Flynn to second and beat out the play at first to give Connellsville two runners with no outs.
Kyle Ridley bunted both runners up a base.
Frick then lofted a fly ball into the outfield, and Flynn tagged and came home.
"The throw was on time. Flynn slid around the catcher (to avoid the tag) and then came back to touch the plate," explained Bonadio. "The bunts (by Farkas and Ridley) were huge, and Flynn's head's up slide."
Farkas moved to third on the play. Then, with Tanner Orndorff on first and Farkas on third with two outs, Brant Bonadio hit a ground ball to third base.
Plum's starting third baseman was tossed from the game for arguing with the plate umpire when Flynn scored, and his replacement opted to throw to second on Bonadio's grounder. Orndorff beat the poor throw, allowing Farkas to score an insurance run.
"The kids hung in the whole game. We made no mistakes. It was a stalemate for a long time. Plum's pitcher was really good," said Joe Bonadio. "We didn't have any chances. The hits were scattered. We didn't have anyone in scoring position."
Connellsville plays Blackhawk, which defeated Belle Vernon, 18-2, in five innings, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.