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May 25, 2021 D9 Baseball: JB’s Porter Tosses No-No; C-ville Stuns B-ville; Whiteman Whiffs 18 in Kane Win Powered by North Washington Rodeo

Collin Port of Johnsonburg tossed a no-hitter while facing the minimum 21 batters Tuesday. Photo by Bob Parana

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May 25 District 9 playoff baseball recaps

Also see: Moniteau rolls past Coudersport

JOHNSONBURG 8, PORT ALLEGANY 0

JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – Collin Porter tossed a no-hitter to lead top-seeded Johnsonburg to an 8-0 win over Port Allegany in the District 9 Class 2A quarterfinals at Knothole Park in Johnsonburg.

Porter faced he minimum the 21 batters thanks to a double play turned behind him in the third inning after he issued a leadoff walk to Sawyer Prince. He struck out eight and needed just 80 pitches to complete his gem.

Prince matched zeros with Porter through three innings before Johnsonburg broke the ice in the fourth inning with a pair of runs on singles by Dalton Stahli and Jefferson Freeburg.

The Rams then added two more in the fifth and four in the sixth.

Prince went 5 ⅓ innings allowing six runs, four earned, on nine hits and two walks while striking out six. Carter Moses pitched ⅔ of an inning allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out one.

Freeburg led the Johnsonburg offense going 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Ethan Wells was 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and two RBIs, Camron Marciniak was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and an RBI, Stahli was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs, and Porter helped himself going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Johnsonburg will take on fourth-seeded Moniteau, a 13-3, six-inning winner over fifth-seeded Coudersport in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at Punxsutawney High School.

CURWENSVILLE 4, BROOKVILLE 2

BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Jake Mullins outdueled Wichita State-bound Jace Miner, as seventh-seeded Curwensville upset second-seeded Brookville, 4-2, in the District 9 Class 2A quarterfinals at McKinley Field in Brookville.

Mullins threw a gem going the distance on just 83 pitches. He allowed two unearned runs on three hits and two hit batters. He struck out eight.

Jake Mullins threw a complete-game to help Curwensville upset Brookville. Photo by Jared Bakaysa

Miner didn’t throw bad and ended up giving up three runs, two earned, on two hits and five walks while striking out 10. But Miner ran his pitch count high and had to come out of the game in the fifth inning with one out, the bases loaded, and Brookville up a run. He was at 103 pitches – two shy of needing to be removed from the game – when the Raiders made the change on the mound.

With the game in the balance, Brookville manager Nate Bonfardine turned to seldom-used Bryce Rafferty, who had appeared in one game all season – a one-inning appearance against St. Marys April 23 when he gave up six earned runs.

Rafferty got Jake McCracken to pop up on an infield fly to second baseman Owen Caylor on the first pitch he threw, but Mullins delivered a two-out, two-run single to put Curwensville ahead, 3-2.

Curwensville added an insurance run in the seventh off Jamison Rhoades when McCracken doubled after two outs and came home on a single by Mullins, who was 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs.

Brookville tried to keep its season alive in the bottom of the seventh and threatened with two outs when Hunter Roney singled and Rhoades was hit by a pitch. But Caylor flew out to McCracken in center to end the game.

Curwensville snagged a 1-0 lead with a run in the fourth before Brookville retook the lead with two in the bottom of the inning thanks to a Chase Palmer RBI triple and a Rafferty RBI groundout.

Palmer was 1-for-3 with the triple, a run scored, and an RBI for the Raiders.

Curwensville will take on sixth-seeded Kane, a 7-0 winner over third-seeded Redbank Valley, in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in DuBois at either Showers Field or Stern Family Field.

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KANE 7, REDBANK VALLEY 0

FAIRMOUNT CITY, Pa. – Carson Whiteman dominated Redbank Valley, as sixth-seeded Kane pulled a mild upset over third-seeded Redbank Valley, 7-0, in the District 9 Class 2A quarterfinals at the Redbank Valley Municipal Park.

Whiteman tossed a five-hit shutout that including him retiring 18 of the 21 batters he got out by strikeout. He now has 128 strikeouts in 52 innings of work, a ratio of 17.23 strikeouts per seven innings. Seventy-nine of his 107 pitches Tuesday were strikes.

Carson Whiteman struck out 18 to lead Kane to a shutout upset win over Redbank Valley. Photo Victoria Hallberg

Kane gave Whiteman all the runs he needed during a four-run third inning that was highlighted by the Wolves scoring a pair of runs on a single by Whiteman that was accompanied by an error on Redbank Valley.

Whiteman was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in support of his own cause – his courtesy runner Luke Ely scored twice. Justin Peterson was also 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Curtis Barner hit a home run and went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

The seven runs scored were the most for Kane in nearly a month – the Wolves beat Port Allegany 11-1 April 26.

Hudson Martz had a pair of hits for Redbank Valley going 2-for-3 with a double. Kobe Bonanno was also 1-for-3 with a double for the Bulldogs.

Bryson Bain took the loss going 2 ⅔ innings allowing four runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out three. Martz then pitched 4 ⅓ innings allowing three earned runs on four hits and five walks while striking out seven.

Kane will take on seventh-seeded Curwensville, a 4-2 winner over second-seeded Brookville, in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in DuBois at either Showers Field or Stern Family Field.

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ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 6, CLARION 1

SHIPPENVILLE, Pa. – Tommy Slay shutdown Clarion, as sixth-seeded Elk County Catholic knocked off the third-seeded Bobcats, 6-1, in the District 9 Class 1A quarterfinals at the Clarion County Park.

It is the second straight District 9 playoffs that the Crusaders have beaten Clarion on its home field. ECC took out Clarion in 2019, the last season there was a playoff before this year, at the Clarion County Park as well.

Slay cruised through six innings allowing one unearned run on three hits and four walks while striking out nine. Joe Tettis finished the contest going an inning walking one and striking out one.

Joey Geci powered the ECC offense going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored, and three RBIs.

Tettis was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI and Slay was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Losing pitcher Cole Slaughenhoup had a first-inning double and RBI for the Bobcats giving Clarion an early 1-0 lead before ECC scored twice in the second and three times in the third to take control of the game.

Slaughenhoup went five innings allowing five runs, three earned, on seven hits, three walks, and a ht batter while striking out three. Tanner Miller pitched two innings allowing one earned run on two hits and a hit batter while striking out one.

ECC will take on second-seeded Otto-Eldred, who had a bye, in the semifinals Thursday, May 27, at a time and place to be announced.

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DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 10, SMETHPORT 6

SMETHPORT, Pa. – Four straight hits, three singles and a triple, to open the sixth inning helped fifth-seeded DuBois Central Catholic score five times in the inning to break a four-all tie on its way to a 10-6 win at fourth-seeded Smethport.

Zach Spellen started the rally with a single to right and Matt Pyne followed with a single to left. Carter Hickman then tripled to center giving DCC a 6-4 lead.

That was it for Smethport starter and loser Alex Ognen, as Brandon Higley took over.

Higley promptly gave up an RBI single to Damon Foster making it 7-4.

After a flyout, Dante Armaninni had an RBI single to make it 8-4, and Kaden Brezenski added a two-out run-scoring base hit to make it 9-4.

Smethport answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, but DCC got the run back in the top of the seventh before the Hubbers scored one in the bottom of the inning.

Spellen was one of three Cardinals with three hits going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Hickman was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs and Armanini was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Winning pitcher Brandin Anderson hit a solo home run for DCC while going 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, and Pyne was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Anderson went five innings allowing four runs, two earned, on three hits, four walks, and a hit batter while striking out seven. Carter Kosko pitched the final two innings allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk while striking out four.

Smethport, which held leads of 1-0 and 4-2, was led by Travis Cooney. Cooney went 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Ognen was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored for the Hubbers.

In taking the loss, Ognen went five-plus innings allowing seven runs, five earned, on 12 hits and two walks while striking out three. Higley pitched 1 ⅓ innings allowing three earned runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two. Noah Lent went ⅔ of an inning scoreless.

DCC will face top-seeded Clarion-Limestone in the semifinals Thursday, May 27, at a site and time to be announced.

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