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May 19, 2021 D9 Baseball: C-L Claims KSAC Title; Brookville Earns No. 2 Seed in 2A; Moniteau Earns 2A Home Game

C-L captured the KSAC Championship with the win over Keystone and Moniteau's win at Redbank Valley

May 19 D9 baseball recaps

CLARION-LIMESTONE 10, KEYSTONE 0, 6 INNINGS

STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Hayden Callen threw a four-hit, six-inning shutout, and Jake Smith went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, to lift Clarion-LImestone to a 10-0, six-inning win over visiting Keystone.

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The Lions victory coupled with Redbank Valley’s loss to Moniteau gave C-L the KSAC title, the second consecutive title for C-L, which also won the championship in 2019 (the 2020 season wasn’t played because of COVID-19). C-L and Clarion tied with one loss for the conference lead with the Lions holding the tiebreaker having beaten the Bobcats in the conference game this year.

Smith, who was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game, talked about winning the game and at least a portion of the conference crown – C-L didn’t know at the time that Redbank Valley had lost.

It was Smith’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth that ended the game thanks to the 10-run Mercy Rule, as Jordan Hesdon scored.

Smith also played a key role in a four-run second for the Lions with an RBI double to get the scoring started. That drove home Ryan Hummell, who had been hit by a pitch. A pair of Keystone errors helped three more runs score in the inning giving C-L an early 6-0 lead.

That was more than enough for Callen, the lone senior on the team. Callen, who was honored before the game, allowed just five base runners on the four hits and a catcher’s inference. He struck out 10.

Keystone threatened just twice in six innings putting runners on first and second with no outs in the fifth only to watch Callen strike out the side and then getting a runner to third with one out in the sixth only to have Callen snag Tye Elder’s line drive back to the mound. Logan Sell, at third, thought he was caught in a rundown when Callen started walking towards him and took off for the plate. That allowed Callen to walk to third to complete a rare “1 unassisted” double play with the one being the scorebook designation for the pitcher.

Jake Smith was the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game

Bryson Huwar also had a big day at the plate for the Lions going 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, two runs scored, and an RBI, while Corbin Coulson was 1-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.

Nate Gutonski was 2-for-2 with a double for Keystone.

Logan Sell was the loser but was hurt by some poor defense – Keystone committed six errors. He went four innings allowing seven runs, just two earned, on four hits, three walks, and a hit batter. He struck out three. Aiden Sell relieved and went an inning and two-thirds allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits, a walk, and two hit batters. He struck out two.

MONITEAU 11, REDBANK VALLEY 5

FAIRMOUNT CITY, Pa. – Trailing 4-1 after three, Moniteau used a seven-run sixth to beat homestanding Redbank Valley, 11-5.

The rally, coupled with Johnsonburg’s win over Coudersport, appears to have saved the Warriors a three-hour road trip to Coudersport in the District 9 Class 2A playoffs. D9and10Sports.com’s calculations have Moniteau earning the No. 4 seed and a home playoff game, while Coudersport dropped to fifth and will now most likely have to make the three-plus hour trip to Butler’s Pullman Park for a quarterfinal game next week. Redbank Valley, meanwhile, cost itself a chance at the No. 2 seed and will most likely be the No. 3 seed with the loss.

The Bulldogs led 4-1 after scoring three unearned runs in the third inning thanks to four straight Moniteau errors.

But the Warriors tied the game in the fourth on a three-run home run by Brady Thompson.

Moniteau then scored seven runs in the sixth breaking the tie on a Branson Carson double. AJ McElravy added a two-run double in the inning with Tanner Williams having a two-run single.

Carson was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored, and two RBIs. Jake Obman was also 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI, Williams was 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs, Keagan Book was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, McElravy was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs, and Brock Matthews 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Tate Minich was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI for Redbank Valley with Kobe Bonanno driving in two runs.

Thompson got the win going 5 ⅔ innings allowing five runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk. Carson pitched 1 ⅓ inning hitting a batter and striking out two.

Bryson Bain took the loss going 5 ⅓ innings allowing nine runs, five earned, on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five. Hudson Martz pitched 1 ⅔ of an inning allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks.

BROOKVILLE 8, BROCKWAY 6

BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Brookville jumped into the No. 2 spot in the upcoming District 9 Class 2A playoffs with an 8-6 win over visiting Brockway.

The Raiders trailed 6-5 after Brockway scored twice in the top of the sixth but answered with a three-run bottom of the sixth to retake the lead.

An error on Brockway allowed Chase Palmer to score the tying run, and a Jamison Rhoades single gave the Raiders a 7-6 lead before the Raiders tacked on another run.

Rhoades was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Bryce Rafferty went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Bryce Weaver added a 1-for-4 day with two RBIs, Jace Miner was 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored, Owen Caylor went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Palmer was 2-for-2 with a run scored.

Daniel Shugarts paced Brockway going 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs. Marcus Bennett was 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs.

Weaver got the win going two scoreless innings allowing two walks while striking out one.

Bay Harper pitched an inning for Brookville allowing two earned runs on a hit and two hit batters, while Hunter Geer went four innings giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits, two walks, and three hit batters while striking out three.

Dylan Bash took the loss going 5 ⅓ innings allowing seven runs, four earned, on nine hits, three walks, and a hit batter while striking out five. Shugarts pitched ⅔ of an inning allowing an unearned run on a hit and a walk.

JOHNSONBURG 12, COUDERSPORT 1

COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Johnsonburg scored four times in the first inning and never looked back on its way to a 12-1 win at Coudersport.

The unbeaten Rams, 17-0, had already secured the top seed in the District 9 Class 2A playoffs but pushed Coudersport to the fifth seed with the victory.

Camron Marciniak went 4-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI to lead Johnsonburg, while Domenic Allegretto was 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, three runs scored, and three RBIs. Also for the Rams, Aiden Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, and four runs scored, Dalton Stahli was 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, and Collin Porter went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.

Derek Easton was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk for Coudersport, while LT Myers was 1-for-1 with a walk and a run scored and AJ Redmond walked and had an RBI.

Johnsonburg got work in for four different pitchers.

Aiden Zimmerman, the second of those, got the win going two scoreless, hitless innings walking one and striking out one. Luke Zimmerman started and went two innings allowing two hits and two walks while striking out one. Porter gave up a run on two hits, a walk, and two hit batters in two innings of work striking out three, and Gabe Watts hit a batter and struck out one in an inning of work.

Jackson Glover took the loss pitching a ⅓ of an inning allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. Garrett Kellert went 4 ⅔ innings allowing six runs, five earned, on 10 hits and a walk. Easton pitched an inning and a third allowing three earned runs on a hit and three walks while striking out two. Ryan Clouser pitched ⅔ of an inning allowing a hit, a walk, and a hit batter.

CURWENSVILLE 11, KANE 3

CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – A seven-run fifth innings helped Curwensville beat visiting Kane, 11-3.

Trailing 3-1 entering the fifth, the Golden Tide, winners of 4 of 5, used four hits, four walks, and a hit batter to strike for the seven runs.

A bases-loaded walk to Jake Mullins tied the game at three, and another bases-loaded walk, this time to Matt Brown, gave Curwensville the lead. Shane Sunderlin followed with a two-run single, and Chase Graham then delivered a two-run hit to make it 8-3.

Graham and Sunderlin each had three RBIs in the win with Graham going 1-for-4 and Sunderling 1-for-3. Jake McCracken was 3-for-4 with anRBI and two runs scored, Mullins walked three times, scored three times, and had an RBI, and Brown was 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs.

Andrew Jekielek was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI for Kane with Harley Morris going 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Sunderlin got the complete-game win needing just 86 pitches to get through seven innings. He allowed three earned runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five.

Morris took the loss in relief of Jacob Costanzo.

Morris faced six batters in the fifth not retiring any of them while throwing just nine of his 26 pitches for strikes. He walked three and hit a batter while giving up two hit and six earned runs.

Costanzo went four innings allowing an earned run on three hits, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out one, and Jekielek gave up four earned runs on four hits, two walks, and a hit batter in two innings of work striking out one.

Kane appears to be the No. 6 seed in the upcoming District 9 Class 2A playoffs with Curwensville slated for the No. 7 spot.

ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 12, DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 2, 5 INNINGS

ST. MARYS, Pa. – A six-run fourth inning helped Elk County Catholic beat visiting DuBois Central Catholic, 12-2, in five innings.

Luke Ginther went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, three runs scored, and three RBIs for ECC, while Mark Kraus was 2-for-3 with a run scored, and two RBIs, Isaac Dellequila was 2-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs, and Joey Geci was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.

Brandin Anderson was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Dante Armanini went 1-for-2 with an RBI. Damon Foster scored twice.

Tommy Slay got the win going five innings allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks while striking out six.

Zach Spellen took the loss going an inning and a third allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out two. He was one of six pitchers DCC used.

OTTO-ELDRED 16, CAMERON COUNTY 0, 5 INNINGS

EMPORIUM, Pa. – Max Splain went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, two runs scored, and six RBIs.

Jacob Merry hit a home run and a double and was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs for the Terrors, and Brendan Magee scored twice.

Also for the Terrors, Andrew Schenfield was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, and Austin Cousins was 1-for-1 with two walks, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Caden Beldin was 2-for-2 with a double for Cameron County.

Splain got the win going three innings allowing three hits and two walks while striking out six. Cole Sebastian went two innings allowing a hit while striking out four.

Maddox Baughman went 2 ⅔ innings allowing eight earned runs on seven hits, four walks, and a hit batter while striking out four.

UNION 12, KARNS CITY 11

BUTLER, Pa. – Union scored eight runs in the bottom of the eighth to stun Karns City, 12-11, at Michelle Krill Field at Historic Pullman Park in Butler.

Karns City, which finished the season losing six in a row after dropping a pair of games Wednesday, tied the game at five with a run in the top of the seventh and then seemingly took complete control when it scored six in the top of the eighth.

But Union rallied in the bottom of the inning using four hits, three walks, a hit batter, and an error.

Trey Fleming drove home Doug Huffman with the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the eight. Huffman had tied the game with a two-run single after a walk, a hit batter, a wild pitch, and two passed ball had gotten the Golden Knights within a run.

Huffman was 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and two RBIs, while Carter Terwint was 2-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored, while Isaac Saylor was 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and two RBIs.

Mallick Metcalfe went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored for Karns City with Hunter Troutman went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and two RBIs.

Fleming got the win going an inning and two-thirds allowing six runs, three earned, on four hits, a walk, and a hit batter while striking out one. Karter Vogle started and went 4 ⅔ innings allowing five runs, four earned on five hits, and three walks while striking out seven. Bailey Crissman pitched an inning and two-thirds allowing an earned run on a hit and five walks while striking out three.

Zack Blair took the loss not recording an out. He allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk. Troutman started and went four innings allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out one. Wyatt Fleming pitched 3 ⅓ innings allowing six runs, five earned, on two hits, three walks, and a hit batter while striking out four.

AMBRIDGE 13, KARNS CITY 7

BUTLER, Pa. – In its first game of the day, Karns City couldn’t stay with Ambridge, losing 13-7, at Michelle Krill Field at Historic Pullman Park.

Ryan Conover, Blake Gibson, Caison Holland, Tyler Holman, and Nate Thomas each had two hits for Ambridge.

Conover was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, Gibson was 2-for-3 with a run scored, and two RBIs, Holland was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs, Homan was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored, and Thomas was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Mallick Metcalfe was 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs while Cole Sherwin was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored and Hobie Bartoe was 2-for-2 with triple and a run scored.

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