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May 17 Baseball and Softball Recaps: Punxsy’ John Matthews Sets School Career K’s Mark

Tuesday’s baseball and softball recaps.



PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Punxsutawney’s John Matthews struck out nine St. Marys’ batters in five innings to become the all-time strikeout king for the Chucks in a 9-0 win over the visiting Dutch.

Matthews allowed just one hit and a walk while recording the nine whiffs giving him 181 in his career. He was the winning pitcher and was backed by strong offensive days from Braxton Giavedoni and Lance Pennington.

Giavedoni was 2-for-3 with a triple and a double while scoring two runs out of the leadoff spot, while Pennington hit a home run and was 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs.

Matthews helped himself as well going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Brandon Matthews and Giavedoni each pitched a scoreless inning of relief with Brandon Matthews allowing one hit while striking out two and Giavedoni giving up two hits while striking out one.

Jesse McKee had a double for St. Marys, the Dutch’s lone extra-base hit.

Nate Beimel took the loss going four innings allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits.


CLEARFIELD, Pa. – A four-run first inning was backstopped by a strong pitching performance from Brandon Orsich, as Clearfield downed visiting DuBois, 4-1.

Orsich, who moved to 6-1 on the season, allowed one run on six hits in getting the complete-game win. He struck out five and lowered his ERA to 1.25 (10 earned run in 56 innings pitched). He has seven complete games in eight starts and the one game he didn’t get a complete game he pitched seven innings but the game went to extra innings.

All four Bison runs came in the first inning including Noah Schneider walking Will Myers and Eli Glass with the bases loaded. Ty Bender added a sac fly and another run scored when the Beavers misplayed a Logan Lykens single.

Lykens had two hits for Clearfield as did Thayne Morgan.

Zach Sloan had a pair of hits for DuBois, including a double, while Adam Bankovich had two singles.

The Beavers run came in the third inning when Sloan doubled and scored on a Nick LaBrasca single.

Schneider took the loss lasting just a ⅓ of an inning and being charged with all four runs, three earned, on one hit and three walks.

Sloan came in and pitched well in relief for DuBois allowing four hits and two walks while striking out three in 5 ⅔ innings of scoreless relief.


MARIENVILLE, Pa. – Christian Smith drove in four runs to pace an 18-run outburst for Clarion-Limestone in an 18-2 road win over Forest Area at East Forest.

Smith was 2-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored for the Lions, who also got a triple, a run scored and two RBIs from Brady Himes, two RBIs, a hit and two runs scored from Colby Himes, three runs scored, a hit, an RBI and two walks from Drew Beichner and two runs scored, a hit, two walks and an RBI from Riley Hummell.

Taylor and Christian Smith split the pitching duties with Christian getting the win in relief of older brother Taylor. He went two innings allowing two runs, one earned, on one hit and two walks while striking out five. Taylor started and threw two scoreless innings allowing a hit and striking out two.

Kyle Evans and Tony Ruffner had Forest Area’s RBIs with Ruffner going 1-for-2. Dave Nagele and Austin Johnino each scored runs, while Andrew Schwab had the other hit for the Fires.

Ruffner took the loss allowing 12 runs on four hits and nine walks in an inning of work. In all, Forest pitchers walked 19 with Manny Tirado walking five in two innings of work – he allowed two runs on one hit while striking out two – and Chris Pederson walking five in one inning – he allowed one hit and four runs, two earned.


KNOX, Pa. – Lake Pry, Jake Jewart and Derek Boben combined to go 7-for-11 with four RBIs and five runs scored to lead visiting Moniteau to a 10-4 win at Keystone.

Pry was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, Jewart was 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI and Boben was 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored.

Alec Friedlund and Hunter Slicker were both 1-for-3 with an RBI for Keystone.

Nathan Sosigian got the win in relief going four innings allowing two hits and walk while striking out two.

Jewart started and went three scoreless, hitless innings allowing a walk while striking out four. Derek Brown was tagged for four runs, three earned, on a hit and two walks while not recording an out in the fourth.

Friedlund took the loss going 4 ⅔ innings allowing nine runs, seven earned, on nine hits while striking out three. Slicker was charged with one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one in 2 ⅓ innings.


RIMERSBURG, Pa. – Sam and Logan Minich and Zander Hargenrader combined for six hits to lead North Clarion to a 9-6 win at Union.

Sam Minich was 2-for-3 with a run scored, Logan Minich was 2-for-4 and Hargenrader was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Hank Murphy and Luke Salvo had doubles to pace Union.

Logan Weaver got the win in relief of Zayne Hargenrader.


CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Hunter Lancaster scored the game-winning run when Josh Terry reached on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Curwensville topped Brockway, 3-2.

The game had been tied at two since the third before Lancaster walked leading off the eighth and went to third on a bunt single by Garrett Shaw, who went to second on the throw to third. Brockway then intentionally walked Austin Butlin bringing up Terry, whose grounder to third baseman Braden Martini was misplayed.

R.J. Olson, Curwensville’s third pitcher, got the win going one scoreless inning of relief walking one and striking out one.

Noah Strickland started and gave up two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two in 3 ⅓ innings of work. Bryce Timko threw 3 ⅔ scoreless innings allowing a hit and five walks but striking out six.

Timko also led the Golden Tide’s offense going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jake Terry also had an RBI and was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Hunter Antonuccio was 3-for-4 with a walk to pace Brockway.

Corey Carr started and was good going seven innings allowing two runs on five hits and five walks while striking out seven. Alex Lindemuth took the loss allowing two walks and a hit and an unearned run while not recording an out in the eighth.


EMPORIUM, Pa. – Jordan Crosby hit a home run and a double and drove in five to lead Cameron County to a 12-1, five-inning win over visiting Galeton.

Crosby was 3-for-4 on the day and also scored a run. Bryce Bauer added a triple for the Red Raiders in his only official at bat while scoring twice and driving in three.

Marcus Brown limited Galeton to just two hits in getting the five-inning complete game. He allowed one run, walked three and struck out six.

Evan Brooks scored the Tigers run.


PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – Dylan Kio’s two-run fourth-inning home run lifted Port Allegany to a 3-2 win over Otto-Eldred in a game that was started May 6 and finished Tuesday.

On May 6, the teams got one scoreless inning in before rain halted the action.

When play resumed, Port grabbed a 3-0 lead thanks in part to Kio’s home run, in a three-run fourth inning.

Otto got single runs in the fifth and seventh and had the tying run at second in the seventh before Garrett Talkington came in and shut the door with a strikeout, a fly out and a ground out to earn the save.

It was actually a strange save for Talkington, who started the original game May 6 only to see Tre Garzel relieve him in the top of the second Tuesday. Garzel got the win going five innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out four. Talkington didn’t allow a hit and struck out two – one May 6 and one Tuesday.

Sawyer Drummond took the loss going five innings, all Tuesday, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out eight. Eli Porter threw a scoreless inning May 6.

Kio was 2-for-2 with the home run and a walk, while Jordan Seefeldt was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Port Allegany.

Derrick Coffman led Otto going 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Heath Stewart also had an RBI for the Terrors.



MARIENVILLE, Pa. – Jasmine Ginnery tossed a three-hitter, as Forest Area picked up its second win of the year with a 5-3 defeat of visiting Clarion-Limestone at East Forest.

Ginnery gave up three runs and struck out six in getting the victory.

C-L led 3-0 after 4 ½ before Forest Area scored five times in the bottom of the sixth.

Sarah Schettler had an RBI double, while Allison Carll, Ginnery, Cassie Cochran and Bianca Hetrick also had RBIs in the inning.

Schetter was 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Ginnery was 2-for-3 and Jailia Guzzi was 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Lady Fires.

Abby Carl was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI for C-L, while Maddy Craig also had an RBI for the Lady Lions.


CHICORA, Pa. – Jenna Huegel had a triple and two singles to lead Cranberry to a 10-7 win at Karns City.

Malliah Schreck added a pair of hits for the Berries, while Natalie Barcinas picked up the win.

Ashley Coon paced Karns City with a three hits, including a triple and a double. LeeAnn Gibson had a triple and a single for the Lady Gremlins.


KNOX, Pa. – Moniteau capped off a strong regular season with an 11-0, five-inning win at Keystone that moved the Lady Warriors to 19-1 on the year.

Kennedy DeMatteis fell just short of her fifth straight no-hitter giving up one hit while striking out eight giving her 183 regular-season strikeouts and a regular-season ERA of 0.91. She also had two singles and three RBIs and reached the 40- RBI plateau with 40.

Gabby Stewart added three hits, including a double, and three runs scored, while Cortney Claypool hit her fifth home run of the year while also tripling and singling. She drove in four and scored three times and finished the regular season with six triple, 45 RBIs and 38 runs scored.

Sara Hull got into the act with a double and a single to go with two RBIs.


BROCKWAY, Pa. – Camryn Richards had three hits and winning pitcher Rylee Young added two hits to lead visiting Curwensville to a 7-2 win at Brockway.

Richard was 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, while Young was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Lady Tide.

Young also pitched well allowing two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out 10 in seven innings of work.

Carlee Hidinger paced Brockway going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.


EMPORIUM, Pa. – Makaya Shadle struck out 10 while allowing just two hits and four walks, as visiting Galeton beat Cameron County, 5-1.

Cortney Parsell and Katelynn McInroy paced the Lady Tigers offense with two hits each. Shadle hit a three-run home run in the seventh to break the game open with Galeton leading 2-1 at the time.

Laila Smith and Sami Bickford had the Cameron County hits. Smith took the loss allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four.


CLEARFIELD, Pa. – Alexis Wetzler and Rachael Bernier each had two hits and two RBIs to lead visiting Bellefonte to a 12-1 win over Clearfield.

Wetzler, the leadoff hitter, also walked twice and scored four runs for the Lady Raiders, who scored 11 unearned runs thanks to five Lady Bison errors.

Samantha Gates added a double and two RBIs for Bellefonte.

Lindsay Hand had an RBI single in the second inning to account for Clearfield’s run.

Tara Baney got the win going four innings and allowing one run on one hit and one walk while striking out nine. Bernier threw two scoreless innings allowing two hits while striking out three.

Erica Hanes took the loss allowing nine runs, one earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out one in three innings. Abby Fedder allowed three unearned runs on three hits and a walk in three innings of work.


SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. – Shaelyn Black drove in four runs to pace Coudersport in a 12-5 win at Oswayo Valley.

Black was 3-for-5 on the day, while Macy Gleason and Joplin Osgood each had doubles for the Lady Falcons.

Shayla Bickel was 2-for-4 with a double to pace Oswayo Valley, while Jillian Wichert was 1-for-3 with a double.

EmmaRae Easton got the win allowing five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five.


ST. MARYS, Pa. – Josie Smith and Brandi Clyde combined for seven RBIs, as Elk County Catholic hammered visiting Kane, 15-4, in five innings.

Smith was 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs and a run scored, while Clyde was 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, three RBIs and a three runs scored.

Emily Evers added a 2-for-2 day with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI for the Lady Crusaders, while Marlee Schaut was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, and Jordyn Fox scored twice.

Marcie Stanisch was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead Kane.

Michelle Gerber got the win allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two.