DUBOIS, Pa. – Back-to-back bases-loaded walks with no one out in the seventh inning allowed DuBois Central Catholic to walk off DuBois, 3-2, in the 2023 City Classic at Showers Field in DuBois.
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In a game tied at one going to the seventh inning, the Cardinals had to rally from a 2-1 deficit to win.
Pinch hitter Ben Yale started the inning with a single to left field with Trenton Miller, the batter he pinch hit for, coming back in to run.
Matt Pyne then blooped a single into center field to put runners on first and second before Aidan Snowberger beat out a bunt base hit to load the bases.
Carter Hickman then drew a five-pitch walk to tie the game, and Brayden Fox won the game when he walked on a 3-1 pitch to win the contest.
In a game that was scoreless until the fifth, DuBois had rallied from a 1-0 deficit to take the 2-1 lead when Noah Farrell hit a two-out solo home run off the top of the luxury suite in left.
DCC took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a two-out single to center by Hickman that scored courtesy runner Johnny Varischetti from second base. Varsichetti was running for Miller, who had walked leading off the inning.
DuBois tied the game in the sixth on a Billy Gray sacrifice fly to right field scoring Kaden Clark, who had reached on a weakly hit infield single to start the inning.
Clark was the last batter faced by Hickman, who was once again strong going five innings allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out three. He was also 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk and two RBIs.
Hickman and Yale were named the co-Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Players of the Game and talked about the victory. (There were some audio difficulties during the interview so it starts about halfway through).
Trey Wingard greeted Snowberger with a double off the wall in right to put runners on second and third with no outs before Gray lofted the one-out sac fly to right.
Snowberger got the win going two innings allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out four.
Farrell took the loss in relief of Tyler Chamberlin. He went an inning plus allowing two earned runs on three hits, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out one.
Chamberlin went five innings giving up one earned run on five hits and a walk while striking out four.
Snowberger added a 2-for-4 day for DCC, while Farrell was 2-for-4 with a home run, a run scored, and an RBI with Wingard going 2-for-2 with a double and a walk for DuBois.
OTTO-ELDRED 2, COUDERSPORT 0
COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Max Splain threw an immaculate fifth inning and tossed a three-hit shutout to lead visiting Otto-Eldred to a 2-0 win at Coudersport.
In the fifth, Splain’s nine strikes came on six missed swings, two called strikes, and a foul ball.
That was part of a 74-pitch masterpiece that saw him strike out 10 without issuing a walk.
London Francis had both RBIs for the Terrors despite not recording a hit.
He drove in a run in the fourth on a fielder’s choice that scored Manning Splain, who had led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on a single by Max Splain, his older brother.
Then in the sixth, Francis drove in a second run on an RBI groundout that scored Max Splain, who had walked leading off the inning, stole second, and advanced to third on an error.
Otto-Eldred managed just two hits off Coudersport’s Owen Deutschlander and two Falcon relievers.
Deutschlander went five-plus innings allowing two earned runs on one hit and three walks while striking out seven.
Mason Roessner allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in an inning of relief, and Gavyn Ayers struck out one in an inning of work.
Wyatt Daisley was 2-for-3 for the Falcons while Ayers added a triple.
MONITEAU 8, ST. MARYS 6
ERIE, Pa. – Scoring three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth, Moniteau rallied from a four-run deficit to beat St. Marys, 8-6, at UPMC Park in Erie.
Down 6-2 after St. Marys scored twice in the top of the fifth, the Warriors cut the deficit to one with three in the bottom of the inning.
Brock Matthews had a two-run double followed by an RBI double by Dawson Cook to get Moniteau back in the game.
The Warriors then tied the game in the sixth when Matthews hit a sac fly and reached on an error when the ball was dropped. Cook then gave Moniteau the lead when he reached on an error that scored Keagan Book from third and Matthews from second.
That made Cook the winning pitcher.
He tossed two scoreless innings of relief and didn’t allow a hit or a walk while striking out four.
Wallace started and went two innings giving up four runs, two earned, on six hits while striking out one. Connor Ealy followed allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out four.
Dan Schutz took the loss allowing three unearned runs on a hit and two walks while striking out three in two innings of work.
Cameron Coudriet started and went 3 ⅓ innings allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and four walks while striking out four. Carter Redmond then pitched ⅔ of an inning allowing three runs, two earned, on two hits and two walks.
Cook and Matthews each had three RBIs for Moniteau with Matthews going 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored and Cook going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.
Wallace, who walked twice, and Book, who walked once, both added a pair of runs scored for the Warriors.
Carter Price was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs for St. Marys with Charlie Coudriet going 2-for-4 with a run scored and Cameron Coudrier going 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
PORT ALLEGANY 13, BRADFORD 4
BRADFORD, Pa. – Blaine Moses and Drew Evens combined for seven hits, six runs scored, and four RBIs to help Port Allegany move to 12-1 on the season with a 13-4 win at Bradford.
Moses was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs, while Evens was 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored, and two RBIs.
Nick Wilfong also went 2-for-5 with a run scored for the Gators.
Jackson Nannen had a pair of hits and two RBIs for Bradford going 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.
Wilfong got the win in relief of Evens going 3 ⅓ innings allowing an unearned run on a hit and two walks while striking out five.
Events started and worked 3 ⅓ innings allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out six. Moses pitched a scoreless ⅓ of an inning allowing a hit.
Talan Reese took the loss going four innings allowing eight runs, five earned, on seven hits and five walks while striking out six.
JUNIATA VALLEY 4, CURWENSVILLE 2
CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Mason Buckley had a four-hit day to help visiting Juniata Valley down Curwensville, 4-2, in the first of two contests for the Golden Tide.
Buckley was 4-for-4 with two RBIs, while Jacob Rodkey went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
That was more than enough support for the Hornets’ pitching duo of Conner Harbst and Chris Deihl.
Harbst got the win going five innings allowing two earned runs on six hits, four walks, and a hit batter while striking out four. Deihl picked up the save recording six outs while allowing three hits and striking out one.
Logan Kunkle and Cael Butler were both 2-for-3 with an RBI for Curwensville with Nik Fergert also going 2-for-3.
Ayden Sutika took the loss going four innings allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out three. Aidan Finn gave up an earned run on four hits while striking out two in three innings of relief.
BELLWOOD-ANTIS 10, CURWENSVILLE 3
CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Visiting Bellwood-Antis jumped all over Curwensville with a five-run first inning on its way to a 10-3 win in the Golden Tides’ second game of the day.
Cam Swogger led Blue Devils going 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, while Vincent Cocciotti was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, and Josh Dorminy was 2-for-5 with a run scored. Zach Pier and Matt Berkowitz each scored two runs in the victory.
Ayden Sutika drove in all three runs for Curwensville going 1-for-3 with a double, while Butler was 2-for-2.
Cocciotti got the win going 3 ⅓ innings of scoreless relief of Nicholas Kost. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out four.
Kost gave up three unearned runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three in 3 ⅔ innings.
Lawson Neiswender took the loss going 1 ⅔ innings allowing six runs, three earned, on four hits and a walk while also hitting two batters. Kunkle pitched 3 ⅓ innings allowing an unearned run on four hits and a hit batter while striking out two, and Merek Sutika went two innings giving up three runs, one earned, on a hit and a walk.