Note: This recap appears in the Thursday, June 27 newspaper on Page B1.
The St. Clair Green Giants were able to cool off the Southern Ohio Copperheads.
Southern Ohio saw its five-game winning streak come to an end thanks to Tuesday’s 15-4 loss at St. Clair’s Lacasse Field.
Southern Ohio falls to 9-9 on the season, while St. Clair moves to 7-7.
The Copperheads led 3-0 going to the bottom of the third, but would be outscored 15-1 the rest of the way.
The Green Giants finished with 20 hits in the win. Jayden Sinju hit two three-run home runs, going 4 for 5 with seven RBIs and four runs scored.
Gibson Krzeminski was also on fire at the plate, going 5 for 6 to raise his average on the season to .355.
Thomas Zazzaro (2-1) had his first rough start of the season. He gave up eight runs — five earned — in 4 innings of work. He gave up 11 hits and a walk, striking out six. His ERA jumped from 0.85 to 1.95 as he lost his first game of the season.
Collin Sells and Resse Trahey combined to give up seven runs out of the bullpen.
The Copperheads enjoyed a solid start, scoring three runs in the second. Carter Cross scored on a balk, Zach Iverson hit an RBI single and Sebastian Fabik earned an RBI on a groundout for a 3-0 lead.
The game turned in the bottom of the third when Sinju cranked a three-run home run with two outs to tie the game. The runs were unearned after an error to start the inning by the Copperheads.
Southern Ohio did nudge back ahead 4-3 in the top of the fourth thanks to Iverson’s solo home run.
However, the Green Giants chased Zazzaro from the game in the fifth with an eight-run inning.
Daniel Warkentin’s three-run home run gave St. Clair a 7-4 lead. Zazzaro failed to retire a batter in the inning, and was lifted after Zack Stockton’s double.
Once the inning was over, Southern Ohio found itself trailing 11-4.
Sinju struck again in the bottom of the sixth with another three-run home run, giving St. Clair a 14-4 lead.
Joe Baier (1-1) came on in relief and pitched three innings, getting the win. He gave up one run on three hits.
Southern Ohio was held to seven hits, as Iverson was 2 for 4 with a run, two RBIs and a walk.