DUBOIS, Pa. – Down to its last strike, DuBois Central Catholic erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh to stun Clarion, 5-2, at Stern Field in DuBois.
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In a game originally scheduled for the Clarion County Park but moved to DuBois because of a lack of an available bus for DCC, Clarion, as the home team took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning behind a strong pitching performance from Derek Smail.
But Smail, who entered the inning having thrown just 68 pitches, walked the leadoff hitter, Carter Himes.
The sophomore, though, got the next two outs, including a gift out for the second out when Matt Pyne hit a sinking line drive to center that centerfielder Bryce Brinkley trapped in his glove. But Himes got confused by the base umpire pointing to the ground to indicate the ball hit the turf and turned to go back to first. He was easily retired on an 8-6 putout at second.
But Aiden Snowberger walked, and a wild pitch moved Pyne to third and Snowberger to second.
With the tying run 90 feet away, Smail got ahead 0-2 on Carter Hickman before Hickman worked the count to 2-2. He then delivered a game-tying single to left.
That brought up the Cardinals’ top hitter, Brayden Fox.
But the left-handed Fox, who was 0-for-2 at that point, also found himself down to his last strike when he ripped a two-run double into left-center field to put DCC ahead 4-2.
Kaden Brezinski followed with a triple to bring home Fox.
Fox then completed an exciting inning for DCC when he made a diving catch in the left-center field gap for the final out on a ball hit by Devon Lauer.
Fox was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game and talked about his clutch hit.
Hickman was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Smail was 2-for-3 for Clarion.
Snowberger got the win in relief going three innings allowing an earned run on three hits while striking out four. Himes gave up one earned on two hits and three walks while striking out two.
Smail took the loss going 6 ⅔ innings allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits, four walks, and two hit batters while striking out three.
CAMERON COUNTY 3, ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 2, 8 INNINGS
EMPORIUM, Pa. – Maddux Baughman walked on five pitches with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth to give Cameron County a 3-2 win over Elk County Catholic.
It was the third walk of the inning for the Red Raiders – one was intentional – to go with a hit batsman.
Estyn Solveson was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for Cameron County while Anthony Mastriania was 2-for-2.
Frankie Smith was 1-for-3 with an RBI for ECC with Colby Nussbaum going 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Jessop Farabaugh got the win in relief of Ryan Shaffer. He went three innings scoreless allowing three hits and two walks while striking out two. Shaffer pitched five innings giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out three.
David Anderson, who gave up a leadoff walk in the eighth before being replaced by Lance O’Neill, took the loss. He went 1 ⅔ innings allowing an earned run on a hit and a walk while striking out one.
ECC used five pitches with none throwing more than 2 ⅓ innings.
CLEARFIELD 5, PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA 4
HYDE, Pa. – Cole Bloom’s one-out, two-run triple to right gave Clearfield a 5-4 walk-off victory over Philipsburg-Osceola.
P-O had taken a 4-3 lead with a run in the sixth before Hunter Rumsky drew a one-out walk in the seventh and was moved to second on a base hit from HayvinBumbarger, who battled through a seven-pitch at-bat. Elijah Quick ran for Bumbarger and scored the winning run when Bloom tripled on an 0-2 pitch.
Bloom had three RBIs on the night going 2-for-4, while Will Domico was 2-for-3.
Brandon Hahn was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI for P-O.
Craig Mays got the win going seven innings allowing four earned runs on eight hits, a walk, and three hit batters while striking out three.
Aidan Minarchick took the loss. He faced two batters retiring neither of the while giving up an earned run on two hits.
Denny Pretash went 6 ⅓ innings before reaching the 100-pitch limit following the walk to Rumsky in the seventh. It was one of four walks he issued. He also gave up six hits and four runs, one earned.
PORT ALLEGANY 8, OTTO-ELDRED 0
PORT ALLEGANY, Pa.- Drew Evens and Nick Wilfong combined on a one-hit shutout, as Port Allegany took control of the NTL with an 8-0 win over visiting Otto-Eldred.
Evens got the win going 4 ⅓ innings allowing one hit and eight walks while striking out eight. Wilfong the unfinished off going 2 ⅔ innings of hitless ball. He walked one and struck out one.
Evens helped his own cause with a home run and three RBIs. He was 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Blaine Moses and Tyler Fillhart each added doubles with Moses going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Fillhart 1-for-3 with a run scored, and TXX Carinci was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Max Spalin had Otto-Eldred’s lone hit, a triple.
Splain took the loss going five innings allowing six earned runs on 10 hits while striking out three.
The victory moves Port Allegany to 9-1 in the NTL, a game up on both Cameron County and Otto-Eldred, who are each 8-2. The Gators play Coudersport Monday and get a rematch with Otto-Eldred Wednesday in Eldred. Otto-Eldred faces Cameron County Monday before playing Port Allegany Wednesday, and Cameron County takes on Coudersport Wednesday.
CLARION-LIMESTONE 11, KEYSTONE 0, 5 INNING
KNOX, Pa. – Tommy Smith fired a five-inning no-hitter as Clarion-Limestone beat Keystone, 11-0, in five innings on the road.
Smith walked one and struck out 11.
Jordan Hesdon went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs to lead the C-L offense while Logan Lutz was 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, two runs scored, and two RBIs.
Kohen Kemmer also went 2-for-3 with a triple, a run scored, and two RBIs.
Noah Weckerly took the loss going four innings allowing eight earned runs on nine hits, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out two.
BROOKVILLE 13, BRADFORD 2, 5 INNINGS
BRADFORD, Pa. – Hunter Greeley, Ladd Blake, and Carter Kessler each drive in two runs to lead Brookville to a 13-2, five-inning win at Bradford.
Greeley was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored, Blake was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored, and Kessler was 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Raiders.
Adam Ward was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored for Bradford.
Bryce Weaver got the win going five innings allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits and five walks while striking out five.
AJ Lama took the loss going 4 ⅔ innings allowing 13 runs, 10 earned, on nine hits, nine walks, and two hit batters while striking out two.
COUDERSPORT 16, NORTHERN POTTER 1, 3 INNINGS
COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Behind six RBIs from Gavyn Ayers Coudersport took care of visiting Northern Potter, 16-1, in three innings.
Ayers went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Mitch Taylor (2-for-2, 1 BB, 2 R) and Mason Roessner (2-for-3, 1 2B, 3 R, 1 RBI) each added a pair of hits for the Falcons, and Jacob Hooftallen chipped in two RBIs while going 1-for-1 with two runs scored.
Dylan Howard didn’t allow a hit in three innings on the mound. He did walk three and hit two while striking out two and giving up an earned run.