On Thursday night, the Steelmen turned back the Caln Chiefs, 9-5, with the aid of a five-run first inning at "Doc" Kennedy Field.

The two ballclubs will meet again this evening at Coatesville High School at 6 p.m.

Phoenixville is now 5-3 in the CCL (6-3 overall) while Caln slipped to 6-4. Every team in the league has at least three setbacks.

"This was a real good win," said Phoenixville manager Jack Sturgeon. "We hit the ball real well early on. The last couple weeks we have been hitting the ball with different guys stepping up."

Phoenixville sent nine men to the plate in the first inning. The hosts scored five runs on four hits, an error and a hit batsman.

The Steelmen finished the night with 10 hits, including two each by leadoff man Mike Gatlos (double), No. 2 batter Huston Mattson and sixth man Garrett Grejdus (RBI triple). Grejdus and Dan Gallagher each knocked in two runs. Gatlos, the right fielder, and Mattson, the second baseman, each scored twice.

"(Shortstop) Garrett Grejdus had a good game," Sturgeon said. "Everybody in that one inning did a good job."

The offensive damage supported the mound effort of left-hander Tom Pilcicki, who went six innings, and Buck Schaaf, who started the game at third base. Pilcicki gave up eight hits and five earned runs with one strikeout and two walks. Schaaf allowed three hits and no runs in the seventh inning with a pair of strikeouts.

Caln, which collected 11 hits, left 10 men on base, including the bases loaded in the second and seventh innings.

"Tommy did a good job to hold us in the game," Sturgeon said. "These guys (Chiefs) can hit. "Almost everybody can hit in the summer."

To lead off the seventh inning, Phoenix center fielder Mike Advise chased down a deep fly ball to the fence by Caln cleanup batter Jeff Cellucci. Sturgeon thought that was a key play in dispatching the Chiefs in the final stanza.

"We started a stretch of seven days with seven games," Sturgeon said. "This was a good way to start. They (Chiefs) are very tough at home."

Pitcher Mark Yearsley, first baseman Chad Walton and right fielder Dom Fantarosa (double) had two-hit games for the Chiefs. Walton clouted a two-run triple during a three-run rally in the fifth inning. Second baseman Colby Shesko slugged a leadoff solo home run over the right field fence to begin the sixth inning.

"We had too many left on base," said Caln manager Hal Ziegler. "We didn't hit with men on base. That is the name of the game. In the first two innings we had the bases loaded and scored one run. In the last inning we had the bases loaded and scored no runs. We have to get a little intensity.

"You can't get behind that far in the first two innings. When you do that, you are in trouble."

Yearsley pitched four innings in taking the loss for the Chiefs. He surrendered seven hits and five earned runs with three strikeouts and one walk before giving way to Brian Powell. Yearsley hit designated hitter Mike Wagner with a pitch to start the fifth inning before Grejdus laced a long triple to the left-center field gap before Ziegler changed pitchers with nobody out. Powell came to the mound from the shortstop position.

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