Andino Vecchiolla picked up right where he left off in the high school season in throwing a two-hit shutout in Uniontown’s 8-0 victory over Smithfield-Fairchance on Saturday at Smithfield Ball Field in Fayette County American Legion baseball action.
Vecchiolla had eight strikeouts and walked two in seven innings. The lefty threw 83 pitches (58 strikes). Vecchiolla, who was Laurel Highlands’ ace this past season, forced six groundouts and four flyouts.
Uniontown had a late start to the Legion season due to the success of the Mustangs, who went to the WPIAL Class AAAAA Championship Final and played in the state playoffs, but coach Brad Yohman’s team is off to a 3-0 start.
The visitors scored the only run Vecchiolla would need in the third, and added another in the fourth.
Willie Palmer kept Smithfield-Fairchance (4-3) in the game, but Uniontown’s offense started to flourish once the Albert Gallatin graduate was lifted after the fourth.
Palmer took the loss, but only allowed two unearned runs on three hits. He had seven strikeouts and walk two in throwing 82 pitches.
Uniontown scored one run in the fifth for a 3-0 advantage. It tacked on three in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Nick Kumor led Uniontown’s offense with two hits, including a double, and three RBIs. Teammates Jayce Hampe, Santino Marra, Kaleb Scott and Nate Zimcosky each had two hits apiece.
Hampe, Dylan Bohna, Justin Brestensky, Garrett Myers and Chad Petrush had one RBI apiece for the defending Region 6 Champions. Scott scored two runs and had the other extra-base hit, a double.
Angelo Doyle and Josh Szerensci had the two base hits for Snithfield-Fairchance.
Uniontown hosts Colonial 3 on Monday in a doubleheader at Hutchinson Field. The first pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 6 p.m.