STEUBENVILLE -Getting runners on base is one thing. Moving them around is another.
Shadyside had a hard time doing either Saturday afternoon in dropping a 7-3 decision to Steubenville Catholic in the OVAC Class 2A title at Vaccaro Field.
The third-seeded Tigers (13-7) managed two singles off the Crusaders' Chris Murphy, and neither before the fifth inning.
Shadyside’s Austin Dorris leads off the base during Saturday’s game against Steubenville Catholic.
"When you don't get base hits, you're not going to win many games," Shadyside coach Mike Meintel said. "That's the bottom line.
"Their kid pitched a great game, but we didn't come ready to play."
Steubenville Catholic (13-5) scored twice in its first at-bat as Murphy led off with the first of his three singles and stole second.
One out later, Brenton Colabella's infield bouncer was thrown wildly to first, leaving runners on the corners. Colabella promptly stole second and, with two outs, Alex Porreca lined a 1-2 pitch to left that plated both runners.
The Crusaders made it 5-0 in the third as they took advantage of wildness on Shadyside starter Jared Brooks' part. A single, walk and hit batter loaded the bases with no outs.
Two runs came in on wild pitches, with the third crossing on a groundout.
"They got their runners on and moved them over," Meintel said. "We couldn't do that."
The loss wasted a solid pitching performance from Tigers' lefty Brooks, who fanned a dozen and walked just two, in a complete-game performance. He did surrender seven hits, but settled down through the middle innings, retiring 15 of 17 at one point, before being touched for a two-run single by Colabella in the seventh.
The Tigers avoided being shutout when they scored all their runs in their final at-bat.
Jacob Spencer and Luke Nardo were hit by pitches leading off the bottom of the seven. Chase Kinemond walked to load the bases before Adam Stupak singled to right to plate the first run. With one out, Austin Dorris' dribbler to short was mishandled as the second run crossed the plate. Zach Frizzi's sacrifice fly plated the final run.