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April 17, 2021 D9 Baseball/Softball: Kane, DCC Baseball Get Wins in Final ABs; Johnston Gem Lifts Punxsy SB Past St. Marys

DCC baseball celebrates after scoring four in the seventh to beat St. Joseph's Catholic Academy Saturday. Photo by Carlie Gritzer.

April 17 District 9 baseball/softball recaps

BASEBALL

KANE 7, A-C VALLEY 5, 9 INNINGS

BUTLER, Pa. – A two-out error in the top of the ninth allowed Kane to break a tie game, and the visiting Wolves went on to beat A-C Valle, 7-5, at Michelle Krill Field at Historic Pullman Park in Butler.

With the game tied at five starting the ninth, Carson Whiteman’s one-out double got the rally started for the Wolves.

A groundout by Justin Peterson moved Whiteman to third with two outs, and Bobby Rumcik’s ground ball turned into an error by A-C Valley shortstop Riley Bauer letting Whiteman score.

Rumcik, who stole second, then came around to make it 7-5 on a single by Reese Novosel.

Kane had forced extra innings when it erased a five-run deficit with a five-run sixth inning that featured a game-tying single to center by Harley Morris.

Morris led the Wolves offense going 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs with Whiteman going 1-for-2 with the double, two walks, and two runs scored. Rumcik also walked twice and scored twice.

Bauer and Broc Weigle each had two RBIs for A-C Valley with Bauer going 1-for-5 and Weigle going 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Ryan Cooper walked three times and was 1-for-2 with two runs scored for the Falcons.

Morris got the win in relief of Andrew Jekielek going five innings allowing one run, it was earned, on two hits and five walks while striking out nine. Jekielek worked four innings giving up four runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out one.

Cooper took the loss in relief of Weigle going four innings and allowing six runs, none of which were earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out three. Weigle pitched five innings giving up an unearned run on one hit and four walks while striking out 11.

DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 6, ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC ACADEMY 2

BOALSBURG, Pa. – Scoring four times in the top of the seventh, DuBois Central Catholic pulled out a 6-2 win over St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.

DCC, which watched a 2-0 lead slip away when the Wolfpack scored twice in the bottom of the sixth, got the lead back immediately in the top of the seventh when Carter Hickman doubled leading off the inning, stole third and scored on a throwing error by the St. Joseph’s catcher.

Another error on the catcher later in the inning allowed two more Cardinals to score to make it 5-2, and DCC capped off the scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Matt Pyne.

Hickman was 2-for-5 with the double, the run scored, and an RBI, while Ben Gritzer was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Damon Foster also went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored for DCC.

Brandin Anderson got the win going two innings allowing one hit and striking out five.

Hickman started for the Cardinals and went five-plus innings giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks while striking out seven.

JOHNSONBURG 10, BRADFORD 0, 5 INNINGS

BRADFORD, Pa. – Ethan Wells had a pair of extra-base hits, including a home run, to lead visiting Johnsonburg to a 10-0, five-inning victory over Bradford.

Wells was 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and three RBIs while adding a double to his home run.

Aiden Zimmerman added a pair of runs scored for the Rams while going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, and Camron Marciniak scored four times while walking three times.

Collin Porter got the win going four innings allowing five hits and two walks while striking out three. Jefferson Freeburg pitched a scoreless inning of relief striking out two.

Austen Davis took the loss going two innings and allowing five runs, all earned, on four hits and six walks while striking out one.

WILLIAMSPORT 12, DUBOIS 2, 5 INNINGS

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Dallas Griess was 3-for-4 with two triples, a double, a run scored, and five RBIs to pace a 12-2, five-inning win for Williamsport over visiting DuBois.

Cameron Sims was also 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs for the Millionaires.

Karson Fields was 1-for-1 with two walks, a stolen base, a run scored, and an RBI for DuBois.

Kydreece Burks got the win going 4 ⅔ innings allowing two runs, both earned, on four hits and eight walks while striking out three. Joey Signor got the final two outs allowing a hit.

Brycen Dinkfelt took the loss giving up six runs, five earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out two in 3 ⅓ innings of work.

INDIANA 9, PUNXSUTAWNEY 3

INDIANA, Pa. – Ben Ryan was 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, a run scored, and three RBIs to lead Indiana to a 9-3 win over visiting Punxsutawney.

Lucas Connel also drove in a pair of runs for the Indians.

Carter Savage was 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Punxsutawney.

Indiana used five pitchers, with the second of those hurlers, Garrison Dougherty, getting the win.

Dougherty went three innings of scoreless, hitless relief allowing two walks while striking out three.

Jake Skiora took the loss allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits, a walk, and two hit batters while striking out four in three innings on the mound.

SOFTBALL

PUNXSUTAWNEY 2, ST. MARYS 1

ST. MARYS, Pa. – Behind a gem in the circle from Kendal Johnston, visiting Punxsutawney eked out a 2-1 win over St. Marys.

Johnston gave up one run on five hits and a walk while striking out four in seven innings.

The Lady Chucks got their two runs in the fourth on an Elliott Ferrent RBI double and a St. Marys’ error.

Ferrent’s double was one of just three hits Punxsutawney got off St. Marys’ starter Kendall Young.

Young was the hard-luck loser giving up two runs, one earned, on the three hits. She didn’t walk a batter and struck out 13.

Riley Presloid also had a double and a run scored for Punxsutawney.

Shannon Kaiser was 2-for-3 with an RBI for St. Marys.

DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 13, CURWENSVILLE 3, 5 INNINGS

DUBOIS, Pa. – Shyanne Lundy and Madi Hoyt combined for seven RBIs to pace a 13-3, five-inning victory for DuBois Central Catholic over visiting Curwensville.

Lundy was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and four RBIs, while Hoyt was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBIs.

Melia Mitskavich and Jessy Frank each added a pair of hits for the Lady Cardinals with Mitskavich going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Frank 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Emma Suplizo scored three times in the win and was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Mia Meholick scored twice while walking once.

Mackenzie Wall was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs for Curwensville with Abby Pentz going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Hoyt got the win going five innings allowing three runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Joslynne Freyer took the loss going 4 ⅓ innings allowing 13 runs, 11 earned, on 13 hits, two walks, and two hit batters while striking out three.

PORT ALLEGANY 14, BRADFORD 2, 5 INNINGS

PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – Marah Rush had a triple and four RBIs to help Port Allegany to a 14-2, five-inning home win over Bradford.

Makayla Alcorn also drove home three runs while going 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored for the Lady Gators, while Bree Garzel walked three times, scored twice, and had an RBI, and Madeline Smith drove home two runs and was 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Olivia Angell doubled and scored for Bradford, while Kalie Dixon had an RBI.

Rush got the win allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six in five innings of work.

Madison Dougherty took the loss throwing a ⅓ of an inning and giving up six runs, all earned, on a hit, four walks, and a hit batter while striking out one. Dixon pitched 3 ⅔ innings giving up eight runs, seven earned, on five hits, five walks, and a hit batter while striking out five.

BROCKWAY 12, SMETHPORT 1, 6 INNINGS

SMETHPORT, Pa. – Leah Lindemuth tossed a six-inning no-hitter to lead Brockway to a 12-1 win at Smethport.

Lindemuth gave up one unearned run on five walks while striking out 13.

Helping her own cause, Lindemuth was 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, a walk, and three runs scored, while Grace Stewart was 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, three runs scored, and four RBIs.

Also for the Lady Rovers, Stephanie Stage went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs and Lauren Rendos added a pair of RBIs.

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