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April 23, 2022 D9 Baseball: Sansom Return to Mound Highlights DCC Win; Jburg Beats Shenango in PIAA Rematch

DCC's Cole Sansom takes a swing in the third inning of Saturday's win. Sansom singled in his plate appearance during the AB and also returned to the mound for the first time in three years. Photo by Chris Rossetti

April 23 District 9 baseball recaps

DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 8, REDBANK VALLEY 4

DUBOIS, Pa. – Building a 7-0 lead after three innings of play, DuBois Central Catholic beat visiting Redbank Valley, 8-4, in a game that featured the return of DCC’s Cole Sansom to the mound after a three-year absence.

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Sansom last pitched for the Cardinals as a freshman in 2019 before missing the 2020 season when it was shut down because of COVID-19 and then last season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery.

But the lanky lefty made his much-anticipated return to the mound in relief Saturday night and did so in grand fashion striking out the side in the sixth inning before getting the only batter he faced in the seventh to pop out.

“It felt good,” Sansom said. “It has been a while, so it was fun. It felt like such a long time, I root for all of these guys, and I just want to help them as much as I can.”

Sansom, who said he didn’t have any nerves in his return to the bump, said his arm felt good.

“It felt good the whole time,” Sansom said.

         

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The game was started by a pair of college-bound pitchers with DCC sending Youngstown St. recruit Brandin Anderson to the mound against IUP commit Bryson Bain for Redbank Valley.

And while Anderson was strong early retiring the first eight men he faced, Bain struggled in the opening inning allowing four runs on five hits and two walks.

The first four batters reached base against Bain, and DCC sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning.

     

The Cardinals then tacked on three more runs in the third to go up 7-0 before Redbank Valley scored three in the fourth and one in the fifth to get back into the game. DCC regained a four-run lead with one in the bottom of the fifth.

Aiden Snowberger set the table for the Cardinals out of the leadoff spot going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, while No. 9 hitter Matt Pyne was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and two runs scored.

Sansom also had a nice night at the plate going 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Ty Carrier had a pair of RBIs for Redbank Valley going 1-for-3, while Bain scored twice while walking three times.

Anderson got the win going 4 ⅔ innings allowing four runs, three earned, on two hits and six walks while striking out seven.

Snowberger pitched a ⅓ of an inning but struck out two with one reaching on a wild pitch. Sansom then pitched his 1 ⅓ innings striking out three, and Carter Hickman finished off with a ⅔ of an inning scoreless walking one and striking out one.

Bain took the loss going three innings allowing seven earned runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out two.

Ty Carrier pitched well in relief for the Bulldogs giving up one unearned run on a hit, a walk, and a hit batter while striking out four.

JOHNSONBURG 13, SHENANGO 8

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – In a rematch of a PIAA second-round playoff game from last season, Johnsonburg got a bit of revenge with a 13-8 win over defending WPIAL Class 2A champion Shenango on the road.

Seven runs in the first two innings plus a six-run fourth helped the Rams topple the team that eliminated it from postseason play a year ago by a 2-1 count in extra innings.

Ethan Wells and Aiden Zimmerman went deep for Johnsonburg with Aiden Zimmerman also adding a double while going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs out of the leadoff spot.

Wells was 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and three RBIs.

Also for the Rams, Camron Marciniak went 3-for-4 with a triple, a walk, and three runs scored, Kaden Dennis was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Luke Zimmerman was 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, and a run scored, Jefferson Freeburg was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored,

Joe Campoli hit a home run for Shenango while going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.

CJ Coliazi was also 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Wildcats, and Adam Bryant added a pair of RBIs.

Collin Porter got the win going five innings allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out six.

Aiden Zimmerman pitched an inning allowing four earned runs on four hits, a walk, and a hit batter while striking out two. Luke Zimmerman went an inning allowing three hits.

Braden Ziegler took the loss pitching 1 ⅔ innings allowing seven earned runs on four hits, two walks, and two hit batters while striking out one.

Campoli pitched two innings allowing four earned runs on two hits, three walks, and two hit batters while striking out one, and Hunter Lively went 3 ⅓ innings allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out two.

PORT ALLEGANY 4, COUDERSPORT 0

COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Sawyer Prince threw an absolute gem in helping visiting Port Allegany to a 4-0 win over Coudersport.

Prince allowed just three hits while hitting a batter and walking no one in getting the shutout. He struck out 16.

Blaine Moses drove in a pair of runs for the Gators while going 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Noah Archer scored twice and was 1-for-3. Prince also walked and scored a run to help his own cause.

Wyatt Daisley, Garrett Kellert, and LT Myers had hits for Coudersport.

Kellert took the loss going five innings allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits, four walks, and two hit batters while striking out three. Gavyn Ayers pitched two innings scoreless. He didn’t allow a hit or a walk but did hit two batters while striking out one.

CURWENSVILLE 6, MOSHANNON VALLEY 0

CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Jake Mullins was outstanding on the hill in throwing a 3-hit shutout in a 6-0 Curwensville win over visiting Moshannon Valley.

Mullins walked one and struck out 14.

Thad Butler, Shane Sunderlin, and Tyler Lee each had three hits to pace the Golden Tide offense.

Butler was 3-for-4, Sunderlin was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, and Lee was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Also for Curwensville, Jayson Rowles went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Michael Kitko was 2-for-3 with a double for Moshannon Valley.

Kitko took the loss going two innings allowing three earned runs on five hits, three walks, and a hit batter while striking out two. Zach Witherow pitched four innings allowing three earned runs on eight hits while striking out six.

BROCKWAY 6, OTTO-ELDRED 4

BROCKWAY, Pa. – Marcus Bennett’s two-run, two-out triple in the bottom of the sixth gave Brockway a 6-4 win over visiting Otto-Eldred.

The Rovers trailed 4-3 entering the sixth before tying the game when Jeremy Swanson reached on a two-out error that saw a second error also occur on the play.

Matthew Brubaker was then hit by a pitch, and Bennett tripled to center.

Chad Young, who had relieved Andrew Brubaker with two outs in the sixth, then retired Otto-Eldred 1-2-3 in the seventh to close out the victory.

Bennett had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with the triple and three RBIs.

Daniel Shugarts was also 2-for-3 for Brockway, while Young was 2-for-2 with a walk.

Max Splain was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored for Otto-Eldred with Calvin Minich, Andrew Schenfield, and Jacob Coffman each driving in runs.

Andrew Brubaker went 5 ⅔ innings allowing four earned runs on five hits, four walks, and two hit batters while striking out six. Young pitched 1 ⅓ inning not allowing a base runner while striking out one.

Max Splain took the loss going 2 ⅓ innings allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out five. Austin Cousins started and went 3 ⅔ innings allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out one.

PENNS VALLEY 5, CLEARFIELD 3

SPRING MILLS, Pa. – Hayden Houser went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored to help Penns Valley down visiting Clearfield, 5-3.

McClain Welshans was also 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs for the Rams.

Morgan Billotte went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Cole Bloom was 2-for-3 with two runs scored for Clearfield.

Kyle Niewinski got the win in relief pitching 4 ⅓ innings allowing two earned runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four.

Hunter Lyons picked up the save throwing a scoreless seventh allowing a hit and striking out the side.

Colby Sweitzer started for Penns Valley and got just five outs allowing an unearned run on a hit and a walk while striking out three.

Kyle Elensky took the loss going four innings giving up five earned runs on nine hits while striking out five. Blake Pretash pitched two scoreless, hitless innings striking out three.

ALTOONA 15, DUBOIS 5, 5 INNINGS

DUBOIS, Pa. – Erik Rhodes went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and three RBIs to lift visiting Altoona to a 15-5, five-inning win over DuBois at Showers Field in DuBois.

Lucas Muffie added a pair of RBIs for the Mountain Lions while going 1-for-1 with two walks and a run scored, while Matt Moyer walked twice, scored twice, and drove in two runs.

Brycen Dinkfelt was 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, a runs scored, and two RBIs for DuBois with Tyler Chamberlin going 2-for-2 with two RBIs, and Billy Gray 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

Aidan Steinbugl got the win going four innings allowing five earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Connor Blough finished off the game throwing an inning allowing two hits.

Colby Estrada was tagged with the loss going 1 ⅔ innings allowing 12 runs, 11 earned, on five hits, five walks, and four hit batters. He struck out two. Tycen Roy pitched 1 ⅓ innings allowing two unearned runs on two hits and a walk, and Gavin Kaschalk pitched two innings giving up an earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out one.

INDIANA 12, PUNXSUTAWNEY 3

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Living up to his name, Gavin Homer homered while going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and four RBIs in Indiana’s 12-3 win at Punxsutawney.

Tristan Reddinger was also 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI for the Indians with Branden Yanity going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI and Ben Ryan going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Isaac London was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI for Punxsutawney with Peyton Hetrick going 2-for-3.

Kadin Homer got the win going three innings in relief allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three.

Garrison Dougherty started and went three innings allowing one earned run on two hits and three walks while striking out one.

Yanity finished off throwing a scoreless seventh allowing a hit.

Jake Sikora took the loss going 1 ⅔ innings allowing seven runs, six earned, on four hits, four walks, and three hits batter while striking out two.

Justin Miller pitched 3 ⅓ innings allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk while striking out five. Carter Savage was wild walking two and hitting four while allowing a hit and two earned runs in two innings of work. He struck out two.

WILLIAMSPORT 14, ST. MARYS 1, 5 INNINGS

ST. MARYS, Pa. – Getting multiple RBIs from five different players, Williamsport hit the road and picked up a 14-1, five-inning victory over St. Marys.

Deacon Brown drove in three runs for the Millionaires going 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

Dallas Griess had the lone extra-base hit for Williamsport, a double, while going 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored, and two RBIs.

Xavier Taylor was 1-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored, and two RBIs with Tommy Aversa and OwenBerry also each driving in a pair of runs.

Adam Aldenderfer contributed to the victory by going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Griffin Vollman was 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored, and Cayden Roberston was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Logan Mosier went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored for St. Marys.

Three pitchers went to Williamsport.

Joey Signor started and pitched two scoreless innings allowing two hits while striking out three.

Caleb Fausnaught got the win going two innings allowing an earned run on two hits and four walks, and Chais Shieg pitched a scoreless inning.

Charlie Coudriet took the loss going four innings allowing nine runs, seven earned, on four hits, six walks, and a hit batter while striking out one. Layton Ryan pitched an inning giving up five earned runs on five hits and a walk.

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