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May 18, 2021 D9 Baseball Recaps: Whiteman Reaches 100 Ks in Kane Win; DuBois Scores Six in Seventh to Beat Clearfield

Carson Whiteman of Kane struck out 14 and now has 110 strikeouts on the season. Photo by Victoria Hallberg

May 18 District 9 baseball recaps

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KANE 6, BRADFORD 2

KANE, Pa. – Carson Whiteman struck out 14 in 6 ⅓ innings of work and went over the 100 strikeout mark on the season in Kane’s 6-2 win over visiting Bradford.

Whiteman allowed two unearned runs on two hits, a walk, and a hit batter. He now has 110 strikeouts on the season in just 45 innings of work, an average of 2.4 strikeouts per inning, and an average of 17.1 strikeouts per seven innings.

Kane led 3-2 until the bottom of the sixth when the Wolves struck for three insurance runs.

Andrew Jekielek did most of the damage offensively for Kane going 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and four RBIs. Harley Morris was also 1-for-4 with two runs scored.

Austen Davis paced Bradford going 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Michael Greenberg took the loss going 5 ⅔ innings allowing six runs, two earned, on four hits, three walks, and two hit batter. He struck out four.

DUBOIS 15, CLEARFIELD 11

HYDE, Pa. – Alex Pasternak’s bases-loaded, bases-clearing double to center was the key hit in a six-run seventh inning, as visiting DuBois stunned Clearfield, 15-11.

The Beavers trailed, 11-9, going to the seventh, but two walks, an error, and a Garrett Starr single helped the Beavers, who trailed 11-9 going to the inning, tie the game before Pasternak gave them the lead.

Pasternak also homered and was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBIs.

Chandler Ho helped the cause for DuBois going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBIs, while Starr was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two RBIs, and three runs scored.

Jordan Ell, who walked twice, also scored three times in the victory.

Blake Prestash hit a home run for Clearfield and was 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Matt Bailor had a pair of doubles for the Bison going 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Karson Rumsky was 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI and Morgan Billotte was 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and three RBIs. Nolan Barr also doubled and went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.

Also for Clearfield, Hunter Dixon added two RBIs and was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, and Kyle Elensky walked and scored twice.

Tyler Newell got the win going three innings allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out one. Ho pitched a scoreless seventh striking out two.

Starr started for DuBois and lasted two innings allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits, and a hit batter. Michael Orzechowski pitched an inning allowing two earned runs on two hits and two walks.

Rumsky took the loss allowing two earned runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three in 3 ⅓ innings of work. Hunter Dixon ended up with a blown save after pitching one inning allowing four runs, two earned, on three hits, and a walk. Morgan Billotte started and lasted 2 ⅔ innings allowing nine runs, four earned, on four hits, three walks, and four hit batters. He struck out two.

CRANBERRY 4, UNION 2

RIMERSBURG, Pa. – Preston Forrest struck out 13 to lead visiting Cranberry to a 4-2 win over Union.

Forrest scattered eight hits while allowing two earned runs. He walked three.

Forrest had to be good because Union’s Brock Jordan was pitching well.

Jordan gave up four unearned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven innings of work.

Austin Shoup led the Cranberry offense going 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while Ken Lavrich was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

Trey Fleming went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Union with Christian Rodgers going 2-for-4.

OTTO-ELDRED 15, OSWAYO VALLEY 0, 3 INNINGS

DUKE CENTER, Pa. – Otto-Eldred took another step towards securing the No. 2 seed in the upcoming District 9 Class 1A playoffs with a 15-0, three-inning win over visiting Oswayo Valley.

Jacob Merry and Cole Sebastian both hit home runs in the win with Merry going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs and Sebastian going 2-for-3 while adding a triple, scoring twice, and driving in three.

Max Splain added a pair of RBIs in the win going 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, while TJ VanScoter was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored and Brendan Magee was 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Josh Rhinehart retired all nine batters he faced to secure the win striking out eight of them.

Nik Bonney took the loss going two innings allowing 12 runs, eight earned, on six hits, three walks, and a hit batter while striking out two. Cayden Black allowed three runs, one earned, on two hits while striking out one in ⅔ of an inning.

REDBANK VALLEY 17, FOREST AREA 2, 4 INNINGS

NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Redbank Valley moved into the No. 2 spot in the District 9 Class 2A playoff bracket with a 17-2, four-inning victory over visiting Forest Area.

The Bulldogs had seven extra-base hits among their 19 base knocks, including three home runs.

Bryson Bain, Kobe Bonanno, and Hudson Martz each went deep for Redbank Valley with Bain adding a double while going 2-for-3 with three runs scored and five RBIs.

Martz was 2-for-2 with a walk, three runs scored, and two RBIs, and Bonanno was 2-for-2 with a walk, three runs scored, and three RBIs.

Tate Minich added a pair of doubles in the win and went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Ty Hetrick was 2-for-2 with a run scored, Cam Wagner was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Owen Clousewas 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI, Mason Clouse was 2-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs, and Brandon Ross was 1-for-1 with two runs scored.

Aiden Hartle was 2-for-3 with a run scored for Forest Area.

Wagner got the win going two innings allowing an unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out three. Owen Clouse gave up an earned run on one hit and a walk while striking out one in an inning of work, and Kaeden Neiswonger pitched a scoreless inning walking two and hitting one while striking out two.

Matt Schmader took the loss pitching ⅓ of an inning allowing 12 runs, 11 earned, on 10 hits and a walk. Zeelan Hargenrader pitched 2 ⅔ innings allowing five earned runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out two.

BROCKWAY 7, KARNS CITY 4

BUTLER, Pa. – Karns City’s late-season swoon continued with a 7-4 loss to Brockway, which came into the game with two wins.

The Gremlins have now lost four in a row to slip below .500 (7-8).

Brockway scored all seven of its runs in the first two innings knocking Karns City starter and loser Michael Neff from the game after just an inning and a third. Neff was charged with seven runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out two.

Mallick Metcalfe held the Rovers at bay the rest of the way going 5 ⅔ innings allowing two hits, a walk, and a hit batter while striking out three.

Ezra Swanson, though, kept the Karns City bats silent giving up one earned run on six hits and four walks while striking out six in six innings of work.

The Gremlins tried to rally against Dylan Bash in the seventh after Swanson came out of the game at 100 pitches, but the rally fell short. Bash gave up three unearned runs on a hit, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out one.

Swanson helped his own cause going 1-fro-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Andrew Brubaker was 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs, and Bash was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Neff paced the Karns City offense going 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.

MONITEAU 17, CLARION 11

SHIPPENVILLE, Pa. – Scoring nine times in the top of the first inning, Moniteau went on to beat Clarion, 17-11.

Dawson Wallace and Brady Thompson each drove in three runs for the Warriors with Wallace going 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored and Thompson going 1-for-5 with two runs scored.

Tanner Williams, Mason Merhimer, and AJ McElravy each added a pair of RBIs in the win with Williams going 1-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored, Mershimer going 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, and McElravy 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Branson Carson was also 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored for the Moniteau, while Jakub Obman was 1-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Cam Lapinto led Clarion going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Bryce Brinkley was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Hunter Craddock went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and Cole Slaugenhoup was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Brock Matthews got the win going four innings allowing five earned runs on four hits, two walks, and two hit batters while striking out two. Ray Dean pitched an inning giving up three runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out one. Wallace went two innings allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits, and a hit batter. He struck out one.

Ryan Alston took the loss lasting just a ⅓ of an inning allowing seven runs, four earned, on a hit and five walks. Devon Lauer went 4 ⅔ innings allowing five runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out two. Dawson Smail pitched an inning and two-thirds giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits, three walks, and a hit batter while striking out one. Brinkley pitched a ⅓ of an inning scoreless, walking one.

SMETHPORT 11, PORT ALLEGANY 2

SMETHPORT, Pa. – Brandon Higley and Kameron Rounsville combined on a two-hitter to lead Smethport to an 11-2 home win over Port Allegany.

Higley went six innings allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits, four walks, and a hit batter, while striking out eight, and Rounsville pitched a scoreless seventh walking two and striking out one.

Higley was a big force on offense as well going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs, and three runs scored.

Alex Ogen was also 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored for the Hubbers, while Alex Cole went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. Noah Lent also walked twice and scored twice, and Rounsville was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Sawyer Prince went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and a walk for Port Allegany.

Prince took the loss going three innings allowing eight runs, six earned, on seven hits. four walks, and a hit batter while striking out six. Drew Evens gave up three earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two.

HOLLIDAYSBURG 16, PUNXSUTAWNEY 14

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Scoring the equivalency of two touchdowns with a pair of two-point conversions, Hollidaysburg went on the road and beat Punxsutawney, 16-14.

Landon Perry had a huge day at the plate for the Tigers going 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, a walk, a run scored, and six RBIs.

Bryce Martellacci added a three-hit game going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Caleb Gampe was 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs.

Also for Hollidaysburg, Zach Barton went 2-for-5 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI, Tyler Faber was 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI and Caleb Jandora was 1-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.

Zach Dinger was the offensive hero for Punxsutawney going 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk, two runs scored, and four RBIs.

Zeke Bennett was also 3-for-5 with a walk, a run scored, and three RBIs for the Chucks, and Isaac London went 2-for-4 with two walks, a run scored, and an RBI.

Gabe Herman got the win going 1 ⅓ innings allowing three earned runs on five hits, a walk, and a hit batter. Martellacci started and lasted 3 ⅔ innings allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and seven walks while striking out one. Jandora picked up the save going a ⅓ of an inning striking out one.

Branson Scaratine took the loss surrendering nine runs, four earned, on nine hits and two walks while striking out one in 2 ⅔ innings of work. Justin Miller pitched ⅔ of an inning giving up two earned runs on a hit and three walks. Dakota Long went 2 ⅔ innings allowing an earned run on two hits and two walks. Isaac London pitched an inning giving up four runs, two earned, on two hits and two hit batters.

WILLIAMSPORT 20, ST. MARYS 15

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Football season may be three months away, but Williamsport and St. Marys played a football-like game on the diamond with the homestanding Millionaires sending the Dutch home with a 20-15 loss.

Williamsport used a 13-run fifth inning to erase an 8-7 deficit.

Braedon Mazzante led the Millionaire with five RBIs. He was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Owen Berry went 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs, and three runs scored with Cameron Sims going 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and four runs scored, and Xavier Taylor was 1-for-1 with three walks, an RBI, and four runs scored. Atreyu Murray was also 1-for-1 with two walks, a run scored, and three runs scored.

Logan Bauer hit a home run for St. Marys and was 1-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs, and two runs scored.

Tony Lewis was 1-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored, and four RBIs for the Dutch, Connor Bressler was 1-fro-3 with a double, two walks, and two runs scored, Conner Straub was 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs, Garrett Bauer was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and three RBIs, and Michael Fitzgerald was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

Tommy Aversa got the win going 2 ⅓ innings allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits, and a walk. Murray lasted a ⅓ of an inning allowing a run on four walks and a strikeout. Derek Gehr pitched 2 ⅔ innings allowing seven runs, one earned, on six hits and walks while striking out four. Berry pitched an inning and two-thirds allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out four.

Lewis took the loss in relief of Alex Vollmer. He gave up three earned runs on a hit and two walks. Vollmer went four innings giving up eight runs, six earned, on six hits, six walks, and a hit batter while striking out three. Bressler pitched a ⅔ of an inning allowing nine earned runs on seven hits, a walk, and a hit batter, and Mitchell Reiter pitched an inning and a third allowing a walk.

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