Consavage shuts out Rostraver
ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP — For the second time in as many Fayette County baseball games, Rostraver struggled to find any offense Tuesday at the John DiVirgilio Complex.
And for the second time, Rostraver (0-2) came up on the short end of the stick as they were shut out by Mario’s, 4-0.
“You can’t win if you don’t score runs,” Rostraver manager Dan Palm said. “It is also pretty hard to score runs if you don’t get hits.”
Rostraver only recorded two safeties off of Charleroi graduate Trevor Consavage. Pat Palkovic led off the first inning with a hit and Matt Trigona recorded a double in the seventh inning.
“I give Trevor a lot of credit because he pitched a good game,” Palm said. “We had scoring opportunities, but Trevor seemed to always make the tough pitch when in a jam.”
Consavage went the distance for Mario’s. He had four strikeouts and nine walks.
“Although he had nine walks, he kept us from having a big inning,” Palm added. “We had at least one runner on in every inning.”
It appeared that Rostraver would get on the board early, but it didn’t happen.
Following Palkovic’s single, Ryan Russell walked. After Greg Visnic sacrificed the runners to second and third base, respectively, Trigona walked to load the bases.
Consavage, however, struck out Brandon DePhillips and got Mike Welc to ground out to short.
“The first inning could have been huge for us but it gave Mario’s momentum,” Palm said. “We had the bases loaded and one out and didn’t get anything. That hurt us.”
Russell pitched a solid game into the sixth inning for Rostraver.
After Russell recorded the first two outs of the sixth inning, Bill Rouse doubled. John Harvey singled in Rouse for the game-winning run.
After an error brought in Harvey, Jimmy Kubina and Scott Van Sickle recorded back to back run producing doubles.
For the game, Russell gave up four runs (three unearned) while yielding nine hits. He also had five strikeouts and two walks.
“Ryan pitched well, we just had defensive lapses that hurt us,” Palm said. “Rouse got them going with that double and it went downhill. Rouse played a really good game.”
Rostraver, who has one run and five hits combined in two games, heads to Waynesburg Thursday.
“Just like last year, we are getting good pitching and fielding,” Palm said. “We lapsed defensively in the sixth, but for the most part we are where we were last year. We just aren’t hitting the ball.”