May 21 baseball recaps.
(Photo: Hunter Cashmer, Elk County Catholic)
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 2, CLARION 0
SHIPPENVILLE, Pa. – In a pitcher’s duel between Elk County Catholic’s Hunter Cashmer and Clarion’s Chase Kriebel, ECC scored twice in the top of the eighth off reliever Skylar Rhoades to pick up a 2-0 win in the District 9 Class 1A quarterfinals at the Clarion County Park.
Cashmer went the distance for the Crusaders needing just 87 pitches to toss a two-hit shutout. He walked one, hit one and struck out 10.
Cashmer talked about his performance and the team win.
Kriebel was matching Cashmer zero for zero through 6 ⅔ innings before finally reaching the playoff maximum of 105 pitches with two outs in the seventh.
He gave up two hits, walked four and struck out 15.
Rhoades came in and got the final out in the seventh and then the first out in the eighth before an error opened the door for ECC in the eighth when Tylor Herzing reached first. Will Uberti followed with a single to right, and Herzing raced to third when the ball was fumbled in the outfield.
The Crusaders then had Uberti get caught in a rundown, and Herzing raced home to make it 1-0 with Uberti finding his way into second safely. He scored from there on a base hit to left by Alec Wehler.
Taylor Boland had two of the four hits for ECC going 2-for-4.
Clarion squandered an opportunity in the sixth when Rhoades reached on an error leading off the inning and stole second and third with Cal German at the plate and no outs. But German and Lake Staub both popped up to second, and Slaughenhaup grounded out to short to end the threat.
ECC, the fifth seed, will take on top-seeded DuBois Central Catholic Thursday at Kuntz Field in Punxsutawney.
OTTO-ELDRED 5, PORT ALLEGANY 4
ELDRED, Pa. – Cameron Magee’s ground ball to left field drove in Ryan Love with the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh, as second-seeded Otto-Eldred rallied past seventh-seeded and upset-minded Port Allegany, 5-4, in the District 9 Class 1A quarterfinals in Eldred.
Otto-Eldred found itself trailing 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh following a home run from Carter Moses at the top of the inning that broke a 3-3 tie.
But the Terrors loaded the bases on a single and two walks to start the inning before Chris Connelly walked with the bases loaded to tie the game at four.
That brought up Magee, who singled to left on a 2-2 pitch to send Otto-Eldred into the semifinals Thursday against Clarion-Limestone. That game will be played at 4 p.m. in Wilcox.
Cole Sebastian led the Terrors offense going 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Trent Windsor went 2-for-3 with a run scored while Magee and Connelly each had an RBI. Andrew Sheeler and Tommy Vanscoter each added a base hit with Sheeler driving in one run.
Howie Stuckey and Moses each homered to pace the Gators offense. Stuckey also hit a double, scored twice and added and RBI. Montgomery Tanner was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored while Drew Benson added a base hit.
Chase Sebastian picked up the complete-game win. He needed 99 pitches to go seven innings allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out nine.
Josh Rees, the third of four Port Allegany pitchers, suffered the loss. He faced two batters walking both of them and being charged with one earned run.
Ethan Sprankle, who relieved Stuckey with two outs in the fifth, pitched into the seventh and was charged with one run on three hits while striking out two in 1 ⅓ innings of work.
Stuckey lasted 4 ⅔ innings before reaching the playoff limit of 105 pitches. He gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits and four walks while striking out seven.
Carter Moses pitched to two batters in the seventh allowing a hit and a walk without recording and out.
CLARION-LIMESTONE 11, NORTH CLARION 4
STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Scoring nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined, third-seeded Clarion-Limestone erased a 3-2 deficit and picked up an 11-4 win over sixth-seeded North Clarion in the District 9 Class 1A quarterfinals at C-L.
North Clarion erased an early 2-0 deficit with a three-run that included a two-run double from Logan Minich and an error that put the Wolves in the lead.
But in the fifth, Ben Smith’s two-out, two-run double put C-L back in front for good, 4-3, and Ian Larson followed with an RBI single to make it 5-3.
The Lions added on in the sixth thanks to an RBI bunt single by Drew Beichner, a run-scoring base hit by Bryson Huwar, a two-run single by Hayden Callen, a Smith RBI groundout and a single by Larson.
Larson had a big game going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Smith was 1-for-4 with the double, a run scored and three RBIs, Callen was 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and two RBIs, Huwar was 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI and Colby Himes went 1-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored.
Korey Mills was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored for North Clarion with Logan Minnich going 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Zack Wolbert was also 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Preston Schmader was 2-for-3.
Callen got the win going six innings allowing three runs, two earned, on 12 hits and two walks while striking out five. Huwar pitched one inning allowing a run on a hit and a walk while striking out one.
Logan Minich took the loss going five innings allowing nine runs, six earned, on eight hits and three walks while striking out five. Mills pitched an inning allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out one.
C-L will take on Otto-Eldred in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Thursday in Wilcox.
JOHNSONBURG 5, BROCKWAY 3
JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – Daunte Allegretto hit a two-run home run during a four-run fourth inning, as fourth-seeded Johnsonburg beat fifth-seeded Brockway, 5-3, in the District 9 Class 2A quarterfinals at Knothole Field in Johnsonburg.
Allegretto was 1-for-2 on the day driving in three runs while adding a run scored for the Rams. Domenic Allegretto doubled and scored a run while adding an RBI while Garrett Gregori scored a pair of runs.
Johnsonburg jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Domenic Allegretto hit a double, sending Gregori home.
The Rams extended their lead with a four-run fourth inning before Brockway scored its three runs in the final two innings.
Tyler Serafini scored the first run on a passed ball in the sixth, and then in the seventh Zane Puhala hit a two-run double that brought home Connor Ford and Ben Glasl.
Puhala paced the Rovers offense going 2-for-4 including the double and two RBIs.
Daunte Allegretto got the win going five scoreless innings allowing three hits and three walks while striking out four. Gabe Watts gave up three runs, one earned, on a hit and three walks while striking out four in the 1 ⅓ innings of work. Gavin Elmquist, despite giving up the two-run double to Puhala, picked up the save going ⅔ of an inning allowing the one hit while striking out one.
Tino Inzana was the hard-luck loser for Brockway. He gave up five runs, but only one earned, on just three hits and three walks while striking out four in six innings of work.
Johnsonburg will take on top-seeded Coudersport in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Thursday at St. Marys’ Berwind Park.
KARNS CITY 17, REDBANK VALLEY 2, 3 INNINGS
BUTLER, Pa. – Cameron Blair drove in four runs and went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two runs scored to help third-seeded Karns City take care of sixth-seeded Redbank Valley, 17-2 in three innings, in the District 9 Class 2A Quarterfinals at Pullman Park in Butler.
Steve O’Donnell (2-for-3, 3 runs scored), Tyler Yough (1-for-2, 2 runs scored), Ty Belles (2-for-3, 3 runs scored) and Josh Wimer (2-for-3, 1 run scored) each drove in two runs for the Gremlins. Jake Weckerly had a pair of hits, three runs scored and an RBI while Colton Hutchinson went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored.
Redbank Valley jumped out to a 2-0 lead to start the game.
Hunter Buzard tripled home Nick Smith, and Blaney Brooks had an RBI single to score Buzard.
But after that, it was all Karns City. The Gremlins scored five in the first, four in the second and eight in the third to end the game.
Brooks paced the Bulldogs offense going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Buzard was 1-for-2 with a triple, run scored and an RBI while Smith was 1-for-2 with a run scored.
O’Donnell got the win on the mound for Karns City going three innings and allowing two runs, both earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out two.
Bryson Bain, the first of four Redbank Valley pitchers, took the loss. He lasted ⅓ of an inning and was charged with five runs, four earned, on two hits and three walks. Nick Smith (4 runs), Blaney Books (8 runs, 7 earned) and Kobe Bonanno (0 runs) also pitched for the Bulldogs.
Karns City will take on Moniteau in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at Pullman Park.
MONITEAU 9, CRANBERRY 3
BUTLER, Pa. – Hunter Fitzingo went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead second-seeded Moniteau to a 9-3 victory over seventh-seeded Cranberry in the District 9 Class 2A Quarterfinals.
Tyler McFadden and Nate Tack each drove in two runs for the Warriors with McFadden adding a base hit. Gage Neal was 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI and Mason Mershimer went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Luke Pry scored twice, and Chance Nagy had a base hit with an RBI.
Trevor Gladin paced the Berries offense going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Tyler Comiske had a pair of hits and an RBI while Hunter O’Neil drove in a run with a double.
Nagy got the win going 6 ⅔ innings allowing three runs, all earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out 11. Branson Carson got the final out.
Gladin took the loss giving up seven runs, three earned, on five hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out five in 3 ⅓ innings. Adam Smerkar pitched 2 ⅔ innings allowing two earned run on two hits, four walks and a hit batter while striking out three.
Moniteau will face Karns City in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at Pullman Park in Butler.