McDonald hammers Wellsville

McDONALD – Want to know the best recipe for recovering from a blowout loss?

Start with three runs in the first inning of your next game, add eight strikeouts from your starting pitcher, then sprinkle in 13 hits and there you have a McDonald specialty. The Blue Devils served up a 10-0 beatdown to Wellsville on Tuesday at Woodland Park in six innings.

Christian Rusinowski is lovin’ it.

“Whenever you get a lot of strikeouts it always feels good,” Rusinowski said.

The senior, who will play baseball and football at Waynesburg University, faced the minimum number of Wellsville batters in every inning except the second.

He gave up a hit to Nick Bayer to start the inning, Tyler Corbin reached on a fielder’s choice, hit Dondre Wolf and walked Devon Smith before striking out the final two batters in the frame.

“It started off with that hit to shake things up,” said Rusinowski, who only allowed three hits. “Battling back with them not getting any runs was a huge confidence booster. Nothing really hurt too much out there.”

Last Staurday, Springfield beat the Blue Devils, 10-1. However, they’ve been bruisers to much of the Inter-Tri County League Lower Tier with a pair of 12-2 wins over Leetonia and a 15-3 victory over Mineral Ridge. McDonald’s only league loss is to Western Reserve.

“They’re getting used to this kind of deal, unfortunately,” McDonald coach Matt Vukovic said. “It might run us into some problems against tougher teams.”

The Blue Devils (10-3, 7-1) face Sebring today.

“I know we’ll produce if we ever get in a close one,” Rusinowski said. “We’ll probably get that against Sebring.”

The Trojans are 9-4.

Mike Raschilla led McDonald with three hits; he was just a home run away from a cycle. Tom Rebraca had three RBIs and threw out two Tigers runners trying to steal second base. Cameron Ifft added two RBIs.

Wellsville dropped to 4-13.