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Streetsboro baseball team routs Rittman at Canal Park (WITH VIDEO)

Published: May 7, 2014 12:00 AM
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by Steve Batko | Correspondent

After going winless in non-league play into the month of May, the Streetsboro baseball team finally won a nonleague battle.

Then, the Rockets captured a second straight win in nonleague action.

Streetsboro head coach Chris Scisciani likes that his team is winning outside of the league.

The Rockets won two straight nonleague affairs -- 16-1 over Rittman May 3 at Canal Park in Akron and 3-0 over Western Reserve Academy May 2 at home.

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See this video from the Rittman game:

With the wins, Streetsboro improved to 6-8 overall.

Senior Austin Szemacs had quite a day. He was the winning pitcher as he fired a one-hitter against Rittman to move to 2-1 this year.

Szemacs also belted an inside the park home run He slammed the ball to deep center.

The only hit Szemacs allowed was a double in the third inning by Rittman freshman Jeremiah Butcher.

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Streetsboro plated eight runs in the top of the fourth and seven more in the top of the sixth. Szemacs scored three times and had a stolen base as well.

"Austin gave us another excellent pitching outing and that was great for him to hit an inside-the-park homer at Canal Park," Scisciani said.

Senior Alex Bison ripped a double, two runs batted in and a run scored, while senior Gage Simpkins had a double, scored three runs and knocked in two RBIs.

Junior pitcher Ricky Delambo tossed a two-hit shutout against.

Delambo fanned nine Pioneer batters in the win to move to 3-2 this year.

"Ricky pitched extremely well and we have had a lot of guys step up this year on the mound," Scisciani said. "It was nice to see the seniors win."

Senior catcher Nate Bailey knocked in two runs with a single, while Bison hit a solo home run. Szemacs added a double and scored once.

"It was nice to see Alex [Bison] get out of his slump," Scisciani said. "He had been struggling at the dish and Alex got a nice solo shot and hopefully, his slump is over."

The Rockets earned an 11-1 win in the junior varsity game.

Scisciani also received his club's postseason draw at the May 4 seed meeting. Streetsboro was seeded eighth out of 11 teams at the Akron Canal Park Division II sectional-district tournament.

The Rockets are set to play May 13 at Richfield Revere (4-11-1), the seventh seed. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Woodridge earned the top seed and Chagrin Falls and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary earned the second and third seeds, respectively.

"I thought we might have gotten the seventh seed, but I know Revere plays in the very strong Suburban League," Scisciani said.

Streetsboro was scheduled to host Portage Trail Conference County Division rival Mogadore May 5 before heading to Mogadore May 6. Results of both games were not available at press time.

The Rockets are set to visit County Division foe Waterloo May 8 before returning home to play Mayfield May 9. Both varsity games are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Streetsboro is set to host County Division rival Woodridge May 12 at 4:15 p.m.

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