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NANCY SCHOLZ/THE PRESS Teammates congratulate Mason Kresley after a three-run home run in the fourth inning during a 10-4 win over Becahi on Monday. NANCY SCHOLZ/THE PRESS Teammates congratulate Mason Kresley after a three-run home run in the fourth inning during a 10-4 win over Becahi on Monday.

Big fourth boosts Salisbury past BC

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Salisbury looked flat.

Down 2-0 after two innings, the Falcons had only put together two hits thus far, and needed a spark against the upset-minded Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks.

The spark came in the form of left fielder Mason Kresley. Justin Aungst doubled and Tyler Cooperman walked on five pitches to bring up Kresley. The senior then drove a fastball over the fence in left-center field for a three-run home run that gave the Falcons the lead for the first time and proved to be the game-winning hit in a 10-4 Salisbury victory.

Salisbury remained undefeated on the year at 3-0, and the hitting picked up from that clutch hit, as the Falcons scored four in the fourth, five in the fifth and one in the sixth.

"We were down and looked out until Mason hit that home run," said Aungst. "That hit really sparked us, and we rode the momentum from there."

Aungst went 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and three runs scored. He also started on the mound, going five innings, striking out seven and giving up only those two early runs in the first two innings.

Becahi jumped on Aungst with its first two batters doubling. He settled down to strike out the next three. But in the second inning, Jake Carty walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Carty then scored the second run on a single by Paul Karoly.

Aungst would cruise from then on, only giving up one hit up until the sixth inning, when fellow junior Brad Vangeli closed out the game.

"That first inning I was getting the ball up in the zone, and they were taking advantage of that," said Aungst. "I made some adjustments and just settled down from there. If I couldn't fall on my fastball, I would rely on my breaking pitches to get outs."

Aungst began the five run fifth inning with a single through the right side of the infield. Cooperman then doubled him home. After Kresley reached on an error by the third baseman, utility man Anthony Dee ripped a double over the head of the left fielder that scored Cooperman and Kresley. The senior came home two batters later on an RBI groundout by Ryan Utsch.

Vangeli and sophomore Evan Kulig both hit two-out singles and Vangeli scored when Nic Ampietro safely reached on an error by the second baseman.

In the bottom of the sixth, Aungst once again began the scoring spree. He doubled and later came home two batters later on an RBI groundout by Kresley for the Falcons 10th run.

"We're playing well, but we have a tough week ahead with games against Saucon [Valley], Allen, and Notre Dame [Green Pond]," said Aungst. "We need to use this game to prepare for those games."

Kulig finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Kresley went 1-for-3 with four RBI for the Falcons.