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April 6, 2021 D9 Baseball Recaps: Jburg Rallies Past DCC in 10 innings; A-C Valley Honors Middleton but Falls to Keystone; C-L Tops Rival Clarion

Broc Weigle (left) and Riley Bauer hold up Doc Middleton's jersey Tuesday before A-C Valley's game with Keystone. Middleton, a fixture at A-C Valley for over 50 years, passed away last October and the Falcons retired his baseball jersey Tuesday. Photo by Ann Butler

April 6 District 9 baseball recaps

JOHNSONBURG 5, DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 4, 10 INNINGS

DUBOIS, Pa. – Luke Zimmerman reached on an error in the top of the 10th inning and came around to score to help Johnsonburg to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over DuBois Central Catholic.

The Rams had tied the game in the top of the seventh when Camron Marcinak singled with one out and scored on a one-out double by Ethan Wells after Marcinak stole second.

Johnsonburg threatened in the eighth with runners on first and second and two outs and again in the ninth with a runner on third and no outs but failed to score.

Kaden Brezenski did a yeoman’s job pitching around a leadoff triple in the ninth by the Rams Dalton Stahli getting a groundout, a strikeout, and a flyout to end the threat.

DCC had a golden opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the 10th when Dante Armanini doubled to lead off the inning.

But Armanini was doubled off second when Cartar Kosko’s line drive was caught by Stahli, the Johnsonburg shortstop, who flipped to second baseman K. Dennis to double up Armanini.

DCC led 4-1 after four before Johnsonburg got within one with a two-spot in the fifth.

Marcinak was 2-for-4 with a pair of walks, a run scored, and two RBIs to pace Johnsonburg’s offense, while Stahli was 2-for-4 with the triple and a run scored. Wells and Aiden Zimmerman each added doubles with Wells driving in a run and Zimmerman scoring a run.

Kosko was 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to pace DCC.

Aiden Zimmerman, Johnsonburg’s third pitcher, got the win going 4 ⅔ scoreless innings allowing one hit while striking out seven.

Gabe Watts started for the Rams and lasted 1 ⅓ innings giving up three runs, one earned. He didn’t allow a hit but walked six and struck out two. Luke Zimmerman pitched four innings of relief allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out five.

Brezenski, DCC’s fourth pitcher, took the loss allowing one unearned run on one hit and two walks while striking out four in 3 ⅓ innings of work.

Brandin Anderson started for the Cardinals and went four innings giving up two earned runs on two hits and four walks while striking out four. Dylan Hanna pitched one inning giving up an unearned run on two hits while striking out three before Carter Hickman pitched 1 ⅔ innings giving up one earned run on three hits and three walks while striking out one.

KEYSTONE 4, A-C VALLEY 1

EMLENTON, Pa. – Tye Elder and Nate Gutonski combined on a six-hitter with 13 strikeouts to lead visiting Keystone past A-C Valley, 4-1, on a day that the Falcons retired the jersey of the late Doc Middleton.

Middleton was a fixture in the A-C Valley sports community for over 50 years until passing away this past October.

“There has been a huge hole in the athletic department at A-C Valley since October,” A-C Valley manager Dewey Irwin said. “Doc dedicated his whole life to A-C Valley. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He cared so much about the kids. He was truly a great guy.”

Elder got the win going five innings allowing one earned run on six hits and four walks while striking out nine. Gutonski got the save going two innings striking out four while not allowing a hit or a walk.

Aidan Sell hit a home run for the Panthers and was 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI, while Seth Apel was 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. Elder was also 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI to help his own cause, and Logan Sell drove in a run as well.

Broc Weigle took the loss for A-C Valley going six innings allowing four runs, all earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out 14.

Weigle was also 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Ryan Cooper was 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.

KANE 9, CURWENSVILLE 4

MT. JEWETT, Pa. – Andrew Jekielek had a pair of hits to help Kane to a 9-4 win over visiting Curwensville.

Jekielek was 2-for-3 with a double, walk, a run scored, and an RBI for the Wolves, while Carson Whiteman also doubled, walked twice, scored a run, and drove home a run.

Harley Morris got the win in relief of Whiteman giving up four runs, all earned, on five hits and six walks while striking out five.

Whiteman had left with a 3-0 lead after four innings allowing two hits and two walks while striking out nine, but Curwensville struck for three runs off of Morris in the fifth tie the game.

Kane answered with a six-spot in the bottom of the fifth to retake the lead for good.

Keegan Wilson and Tyler Lee paced Curwensville with each player going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Shane Sunderlin took the loss in relief going two innings allowing six runs, all unearned, on two hits and a walk while striking out two.

Jake Mullins started for the Golden Tide and pitched three innings allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks while striking out five.

CLARION-LIMESTONE 9, CLARION 5

STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Bryson Huwar’s RBI single to left in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 5-all tie, and Clarion-Limestone went on to beat visiting Clarion, 9-5.

Huwar, who went 3-for-4 in the contest with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs, said he was just trying to get the ball in the air to score Tommy Smith from third base with runners at the corners and no one out in the sixth.

“I was looking to put one in the air,” Huwar said. “I was just confident at the plate. I didn’t get flustered and just did what I did all game.”

Watch Huwar’s full postgame interview after he was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game.

Clarion had just tied the game at five with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth including an RBI single by Daunte Girvan that got the Bobcats within a run followed by a Bryce Brinkley grounder to Tommy Smith at shortstop with two outs and runners on first and second that turned into the game-tying play when Smith booted the ball and Hunter Craddock raced around from second to tie the game just ahead of catcher Jordan Hesdon’s tag.

Tommy Smith made up for his miscue when he led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple to deep right field off of Clarion reliever Devon Lauer.

That hit knocked Lauer from the game, and Dawson Smail, who relieved, walked Hayden Calle bringing up Huwar, who broke the tie.

Later in the inning, Corbin Coulson made it 7-5 with a sacrifice fly to center, and then Nick Aaron got a sun-aided single to right that Craddock lost in the sun to make it 9-5.

Clarion led 3-0 after two innings thanks to a Lauer groundout in the first that scored Smail, who had tripled on the game’s first pitch, ad two runs in the second that came home on a Girvan single and a Smail sacrifice fly.

C-L answered with three in the third thanks to an error, Huwar’s RBI double, and a run-scoring groundout by Callen.

The Lions took the lead in the fourth when Callen drove home Jake Smith with a two-out single to center, and then C-L added an unearned run in the fifth on a two-out error that allowed Jake Smith to reach scoring Coulson.

Callen reached base four times for the Lions going 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. He also walked once and was hit by a pitch.

Girvan was 3-for-3 for Clarion with a run scored and two RBIs, while Cole Slaughenhoup went 2-for-4 with a double.

Callen got the win going 6 ⅓ innings allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits, three hits, and a hit batter. He struck out four. Smith got the final two outs walking one and striking out two.

Lauer took the loss in relief. He pitched 2 ⅔ innings giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits and a hit batter. He struck out one.

Cameron Lapinto started for Clarion and lasted 2 ⅓ innings allowing three runs, all earned, on four hits, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out two.

Smail pitched a ⅓ of an inning allowing three earned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one. Girvan got the final out in the sixth for the Bobcats.

DUBOIS 10, ST. MARYS 4

DUBOIS, Pa. – Trenton Gaffney drove in four runs to lead DuBois past visiting St. Marys, 10-4.

Gaffney was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple and also scored a run for the Beavers.

Nathan Farrell added a pair of hits for DuBois going 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI, while Karson Fields and Brycen Dinkfelt each chipped in with doubles. Fields was 1-for-3 with a run scored and Dinkfelt was 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Alex Pasternak scored twice in the win as did Chandler Ho.

Conner Straub was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for St. Marys with Christian Coudriet going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Also collecting a pair of hits each for the Dutch were Connor Bressler, who had an RBI and scored a run, Garret Bauer, and Logan Bauer, who also scored once.

Garrett Starr got the win going five innings allowing one earned run on eight hits and a walk while striking out three.

Logan Mosier took the loss throwing four innings and allowing three runs, all earned, on four hits, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out two.

REDBANK VALLEY 6, KARNS CITY 4

FAIRMOUNT CITY, Pa. – Hudson Martz, Bryson Bain, and Kobe Bonanno hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first inning to help Redbank Valley beat visiting Karns City, 6-4.

After Tate Minich was retired leading off the first for the Bulldogs, Martz, Bain, and Bonanno each went deep off of Karns City starter and loser Cole Sherwin (5 innings, 6 runs, 6 ER, 8 hits, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts).

Despite the quick start, Redbank Valley found itself only leading by one, 3-2, going to the bottom of the fifth when the Bulldogs got some insurance with a pair of runs on a two-run single by Bonanno, who was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Jimmy Gundlach was 3-for-3 with a double for Redbank Valley.

Mallick Metcalfe paced Karns City going 3-for-4 with a home run, a run scored, and an RBI.

Bain got the win going four innings allowing two runs, both earned, on five hits and a walk while striking out six. Martz pitched two innings giving up two runs, both earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out one, and Minich picked up the save throwing a scoreless seventh allowing a hit and striking out two.

COUDERSPORT 12, GALETON 2, 6 INNINGS

GALETON, Pa. – Garrett Kellert, Jackson Glover, and AJ Redmond each had three hits, and Gavyn Ayers drove in three runs to lift visiting Coudersport to a 12-2, six-inning win over Galeto.

Kellert was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored, Glover was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, and Redmond was 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and two RBIs. Ayers, meanwhile, went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and a run scored.

Also for the Falcons, Derek Easton was 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI, and Ashton Huck scored twice while walking twice.

Hunter Crowell hit a home run for Galeton and was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs. Ty Stover was also 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Redmond got the win in relief of Glover going three scoreless innings allowing one hit while striking out five. Glover started and pitched two scoreless innings allowing two hits and striking out three. Ayers gave up two runs, on earned, on one hit while striking out one in one inning of work.

Tre Slawson took the loss going five innings and allowing six runs, five earned, on 13 hits and a walk while striking out six.

MONITEAU 13, UNION 2

RIMERSBURG, Pa. – Winning pitcher Brock Matthews helped his own cause by going 3-for-4 with a walk, a triple, a run scored, and two RBIs to lead visiting Moniteau to a 13-2 win at Union.

Matthews also pitched five innings allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out four.

Mason Mershimer was also 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, a run scored, and two RBIs for the Warriors, while Branson Carson drove in three runs while going 1-for-4 with two runs scored.

Also picking up a pair of hits for Moniteau where Keagan Book, who was 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored, and Dawson Wallace, who was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Dean Hershey added a pair of RBIs in the win.

Karter Vogle and Brock Jordan had RBIs for Union.

Ray Dean pitched two scoreless, hitless innings of relief for Moniteau walking two and striking out three.

Jordan took the loss going two innings and allowing six runs, one earned, on five hits and four walks. Vogle gave up four earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three in two innings of work, and Bailey Crissman allowed three runs, one earned, on a hit and a walk while striking out three in three innings of relief.

PORT ALLEGANY 17, OSWAYO VALLEY 2, 6 INNINGS

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. – Using an eight-run third and a six-run sixth, visiting Port Allegany rolled to a 17-2, six-inning win over Oswayo Valley.

The Gators drew 11 walks, were hit by a pair of pitches, and took advantage of seven Oswayo Valley errors to score the 17 runs despite having only six hits.

Ian Dynda drove in three runs for Port Allegany going 1-for-1 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored, while Sawyer Prince, Drew Evens, and Blaine Moses all had a pair of RBIs.

Prince was 1-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored, Evens was 1-for-4 with two runs scored, and Blaine Moses was 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.

Carter Moses also scored three times for the Gators.

Derrek Bickel had the lone hit for Oswayo Valley and was also hit by a pitch while scoring a run.

Evens got the win going four innings of hitless baseball allowing a walk and two unearned runs while striking out eight. Ty Guilds, who added a double on offense, went two scoreless innings allowing a hit while striking out three.

Nik Boney took the loss for Oswayo Valley despite not giving up a hit going 2 ⅓ innings and allowing six runs, three earned, on five walks. He struck out one.

BRADFORD 18, BROCKWAY 12

BROCKWAY, Pa. – Trailing by seven in the third inning, Bradford exploded for 14 runs the rest of the way while picking up an 18-12 win at Brockway.

Cam Austin led the Owls going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, three runs scored, and two RBIs, while Jack Wells was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Dalton Dixon went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs.

Also for Bradford, Nolan Roulo had a bases-clearing double off the top of the fence in the first inning.

Austen Davis came in to pitch in the third inning and earned the win. Cam Austin relieved Davis in the sixth and finished off the game.

Brockway stats weren’t available.

BALD EAGLE AREA 10, CLEARFIELD 5

WINGATE, Pa. – Noah Williamson went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, and two RBIs to pace a 10-5 win by Bald Eagle Area over visiting Clearfield.

Miles Stover was also 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs for the Bald Eagles, while Hayden Vaughn hit a home run, drove in two runs, and scored twice. Wyatt McClain also had a pair of RBIs for Bald Eagle Area.

Kyle Elensky was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs for Clearfield, while Ryan Gearhart also scored twice and Matt Bailor double, drove home two, and scored a run in three at-bats.

Wyatt Coakley got the win going 6 ⅓ innings allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out two. Dillon Barnyack got the final two outs giving up a hit and striking out one.

Elensky suffered the loss going three innings and allowing eight runs, six earned, on nine hits and two walks while striking out three. Gearhart, the third of three Bison pitchers, pitched two scoreless innings allowing three hits and striking out four.

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