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Falcons open new field with 16-4 win

April 19, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

After a long winter and one spring trip to Myrtle Beach, the Fitch baseball team was finally ready to christen its new diamond at Coppola Field.

That home opener took place on April 12 and about the only thing more beautiful than the shiny new turf was the play of the home team. The Falcons scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to a 16-4 win over visiting Columbiana. Senior Nick Belcik blasted two homeruns, including a grand slam and collected seven RBI's to pace Fitch's offensive explosion. Belcik was just as dangerous from the mound where he earned the pitching victory. He worked all five innings of the mercy rule shortened affair and struck out five Clippers. The win over Columbiana came on the heels of a fairly successful spring trip to Myrtle Beach and had Fitch's head coach beaming before opening a week packed with strong opponents.

"We are 5-0 since we returned," said bench boss Joe Paris on Sunday afternoon. "The week was great as we opened our new turf field too."

Cardinal Mooney got its turn to take the turf at Coppola for the first time this past Sunday afternoon and didn't care for the outcome. In between raindrops and falling temperatures, the Falcons foiled the Cardinals trip to Austintown 6-1. Senior Nick Desalvo pitched a two-hitter to earn the win for Fitch. Belcik and fellow seniors Mike Grazier and Cam Burton each collected two hits.

It was an enormous offensive streak for Burton, who beat up opposing pitchers all week. He preceded his two hit game against Mooney with three hits versus Poland and three more hits against New Castle. Burton also brought home a total of seven runs, including a five RBI performance in the Falcons' 17-6 bludgeoning of the Bulldogs last Friday. Fitch also hammered Poland 9-0 last week sweeping the season series.

"It was great to beat Poland twice," said Paris. "We are doing a great job hitting and scoring runs."

Senior Nick Bianco belted a pair of hits and had three ribbies against the Bulldogs. Fellow senior Vinny Direnzo slammed a triple. Grazier, Belcik and senior Robby Russo all had doubles.

Bianco was on fire from the hill in the Falcons' 6-0 shutout of New Castle last Saturday afternoon. He allowed just two hits and fanned eight in the complete game gem. Besides Burton's big day, Belcik had two more RBI's and senior Kole Klasic captured a double.

If Mother Nature cooperated, the Falcons were set for a home-in-home series with Warren Harding this past Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday's tilt was to be played on Fitch's new turf. This weekend begins with a clash against archrival Canfield at home on Friday. The Falcons then return to Cene Park to partake in the Bob Cene Tournament against Cleveland St. Edward and Ursuline. Coach Paris is hoping the momentum built during this latest five game winning streak is still cooking when those two parochial powers come calling.

"We hope the great hitting continues into next week and throughout the season," said Paris.

 
 

 

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