STEUBENVILLE - For five and a half innings Steubenville and Edison engaged in the type of battle people expect when the Jefferson County rivals hook up. It took Big Red less than half an inning to turn that tight, 2-1, affair into an 11-1, six-inning victory Tuesday at Vaccaro Field.
"We got back on track," Big Red coach Fred Heatherington said. "We were ready to play at the beginning of the game. We had a good performance from Anthony (Zorne)."
Zorne, a freshman, was strong for Big Red, striking out seven in six innings and surrendering one run in the top half of the fourth.
After Kai McClurg the sixth off with a double to lead off the sixth, Lucas Herrington followed with a singled. An error throwing the ball in from the outfield allowed McClurg to score and put Herrington on second. Pinch-hitter Cody Saltsman then laced a single that plated Herrington and Big Red was off and running.
In all Big Red had eight different players score in the final inning, including McClurg who scored the inning's first and game's last runs on errors.
The Wildcats didn't help their own cause in the sixth as Big Red received five bases on ball and Edison committed four errors in the inning.
"The bottom line is all those errors were self-inflicted," Edison coach Mike Collopy said. "They put the ball in play, which is what they're supposed to do, and we didn't make any plays behind our pitchers so that's what happens."
Matt Petrella led Big Red with three base hits, including a 2-run single in the sixth. John Linn also had two RBIs, driving in the game's first two runs on a triple in the second frame.
Nolan Marcus knocked in the Wildcats' lone run, pushing across Josh Pasek, who reached on a single, with a fourth inning groundout.