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BUTLER, Pa. – Scoring in every inning from the second through the sixth, fourth-seeded Moniteau rolled past fifth-seeded and visiting Coudersport, 13-3, in six innings in the District 9 Class 2A quarterfinals at Michelle Krill Field at Historic Pullman Park.
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“I am extremely excited,” Moniteau junior Branson Carson, who got the win in relief while having a nice day at the plate, said. “This is my first real season because of COVID, so I am excited and ready to play.”
Reslisten to the game
Carson came to play Tuesday.
At the plate he was 2-for-3 with a triple, a double, two walks, a run scored, and an RBI.
“I felt great,” Carson said. “I am coming off a couple of good games hitting. So, I felt really confident at the plate.”
He was also really good on the mound.
Coming in to replace Brady Thompson in the top of the fourth with Moniteau ahead 5-3, Carson went three shutout innings retiring all nine batters he faced, including seven by strikeout.
“I think my mix was good,” Carson said. “I threw a really good fastball. I could throw a curveball here and there. It was like they were biting, fouling stuff off. And I could throw a change-up in there.”
Watch Carson get a strikeout
Carson needed just 31 pitches to go his three innings meaning he should be good to go for the semifinal matchup with top-seeded Johnsonburg on Thursday, May 27. That game will be at 6 p.m. at Punxsutawney.
It was Carson’s leadoff triple in the second inning that started the bats for Moniteau.
“I wanted to spark a rally for the team leading off that inning,” Carson said. “I felt like I did my job.”
Watch Carson, who was the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game, give his full postgame interview.
Carson’s triple helped Moniteau score two runs in the second to take a 2-0 lead. That was big considering Thompson had just gotten out of a second-and-third, no-out jam in the top of the inning with three straight strikeouts.
But Thompson wasn’t as fortunate in the third when Coudersport took its only lead of the game with a three-run inning that included a game-tying single from Ryan Clouser and a Gavyn Ayers go-ahead single.
Moniteau, however, had the answer in the bottom of the inning.
The Warriors tied the game at three when Jakub Obman led off the inning with a single and went to third on a double by Carson. Dawson Wallace then grounded to shortstop Jackson Glover, who was able to erase Carson trying to go to third with Obman scoring to tie the game.
It looked like Coudersport starter A.J. Redmond would get out of the inning only allowing the one run when he struck out Thompson and got Brock Matthews to hit a fly ball to right field. But right fielder L.T. Myers got turned around and had the ball go off his glove for a three-base error allowing Wallace to score the go-ahead run. Matthews then scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-3.
Defense was an issue for the Falcons, as they committed five errors leading to six unearned Moniteau runs.
The Warriors added a run in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk to Mason Mershimer and then scored twice more in the fifth when Wallace led off with a triple and scored on a Thompson single. Another bases-loaded walk, this one to Keagan Book with two outs, made it 8-3.
Moniteau then ended the game on the 10-run Mercy Rule by scoring five times in the sixth winning the game on a bases-loaded walk to Carson.
Wallace had a big day at the plate for the Warriors going 3-for-4 with the triple, two RBIs, and four runs scored. Williams was also 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and two RBIs, and Thompson was 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI.
Thompson pitched three innings – he used 60 pitches so he won’t be able to pitch Thursday – allowing three earned runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out three.
Ashton Huck went 2-for-3 with a double to pace Coudersport with Glover also going 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
Redmond took the loss going four innings allowing eight runs, five earned, on 10 hits, and two walks while striking out five. Garrett Kellert pitched an inning and a third allowing four runs, two earned, on two hits and three walks while striking out two. Derek Easton pitched a ⅓ of an inning given up an earned run on a hit, a walk, and two hit batters.