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April 30, 2021 D9 Baseball: Punxsy Scores Seven in the Seventh for Stunning Win; Smethport Hands Coudy First Loss

Brandon Higley of Smethport delivers a pitch during the Hubbers 11-7 win over Coudersport Friday. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick's work here

April 30 District 9 baseball recaps


PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Kameron Falgout’s walk-off, two-run double with no outs capped a seven-run Punxsutawney rally in the seventh inning in a 17-16 win over visiting Ligonier Valley.

The Rams looked in good shape after they scored five runs in the top of the seventh to take a 16-10 lead.

But Punxsutawney immediately got a rally started in the bottom of the inning when Josh Tyger singled, Carter Savage doubled, Dakota Long singled in a run, and Zeke Bennett doubled home another to make it 16-12 while putting runners on second and third.

An error on Ligonier Valley third baseman Noah Lawson on a ball hit by Alex Phillips scored another run making it 16-13, and Jake Henretta was hit by a pitch loading the bases for Peyton Hetrick, who singled home two runs making it 16-15 brining up Falgout, who doubled to left to win the game.

The Chucks scored 17 runs on just 11 hits taking advantage of four errors, nine walks, and three hit batters.

Five of the 11 hits went for doubles with Savage recording a pair and Bennett, Falgout, and Long one each.

Falgout was 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and four RBIs, Savage was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored, Bennett was 1-for-2 with three walks, an RBI, and three runs scored, Henretta was hit by a pitch three times, walked, had an RBI, and scored twice, Hetrick was 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored, and two RBIs, Tyger was 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI, Long was 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, and Phillips was 1-fro-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.

Nick Beitel was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs to pace Ligonier Valley, while Connor Tunstall was 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and three RBIs.

Also for the Rams, Grant Dowden was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, a run scored, and an RB, Kaden Faas was 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and two RBIs, and Lanigan McCulty was 1-for-1 with two runs scored.

Punxsutawney used four pitchers with Justin Miller getting the win going one inning allowing five runs, four earned on four hits and a walk while striking out three.

Jake Sikora started and went three innings allowing six runs, two earned, on two hits and five walks while striking out one. Tyger pitcher two innings allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Zach Dinger pitched a scoreless inning walking one and striking out two.

Ligonier Valley also used four pitchers with Tunstall taking the loss. He faced seven batters and didn’t record an out giving up seven runs, six earned, on six hits.

Jacob Bleehash started and got five outs allowing four runs, one earned, on a hit, three walks, and a hit batter while striking out two. Dowden went four innings giving up six runs, five earned, on three hits, five walks, and a hit batter while striking out four, and Lawson went a ⅓ of an inning allowing a hit and a walk.


COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Taking advantage of four Coudersport errors, six walks, and five hit batters, visiting Smethport handed the Falcons their first loss of the season, 11-7, while claiming its first victory of the year.

Travis Cooney led the Hubbers (1-3) going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored.

Alex Cole was also 1-for-1 with a walk, two runs scored, and two RBIs for Smethport with Kameron Rounsville walking once, getting hit by a pitch, and scoring twice. Alex Ognen was also plunked twice and was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

AJ Redmond and Ashton Huck each drove in two runs for Coudersport with Redmond drawing a walk and Huck going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Garrett Kellert was also 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored for the Falcons, who fell to 7-1 with the loss.

Ognen got the win in relief of Brandon Higley going 2 ⅓ innings allowing two runs, one earned, on a hit, three walks, and a hit batter. He struck out seven, including the final two batters he faced after Coudersport had scored two runs and loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

Kellert, the third pitcher for Coudersport, took the loss going 4 ⅓ innings allowing six unearned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out eight.

Derek Easton started and was wild despite allowing just one earned run and a hit. He walked four and hit two while striking out two.

Jackson Glover pitched an inning and a third allowing four unearned runs on two hits, a walk, and three hit batters. He struck out one.


BUTLER, Pa. – Christan Hartman threw a three-ht shutout to lead visiting Freeport past Karns City, 7-0, at Michelle Krill Field and Historic Pullman Park.

Hartman hit a batter but didn’t walk anyone while striking out nine.

Helping his own cause at the plate, Hartman was 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Zach Clark was also 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Yellow Jackets, while Tyler Asti was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, and Brady Stivenson was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

Ethan Lacinski also went 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored, and Jackson Smetak was 1-fro-4 with a double and two RBIs for Freeport.

Hunter Troutman went 2-for-3 for Karns City, while Luke Garing added a double.

Cole Sherwin took the loss going two innings allowing two unearned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two. Mallick Metcalfe pitched 2 ⅔ innings giving up three earned runs on four hits while striking out two. Braeden Rodgers pitched an inning and two-thirds giving up two unearned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out one. Zack Blair threw ⅔ of a scoreless inning giving up a hit.

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