Blairsville takes District 6 title
ALTOONA — The baseball gods are on the Blairsville Bobcats’ side at the moment.
Four days removed from a dramatic comeback win in the District 6 Class AA semifinals which propelled them to the district championship game, the Bobcats benefited from another costly balk by the opponent to win their first district baseball title with a 3-2 victory over Mount Union at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Wednesday night.
With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, a balk by a Mount Union pitcher allowed Blairsville’s Cameron Livingston to advance from first to second, putting him in scoring position.
John Distefano, one of the heroes in Blairsville’s 7-6 win over Central Martinsburg in the semifinals Saturday, promptly followed with an RBI single to score Livingston and provide the winning margin for the Bobcats.
Blairsville pitcher Reed Ratkus then shut the door on Mount Union in the top of the seventh to sew up the Bobcats’ first-ever district title.
Ratkus fired a complete game to earn the win, and Blairsville improved to 17-1 on the season. The Bobcats will continue their season Monday in the PIAA Class AA playoffs, with a first-round game against an opponent yet to be determined.
In its previous game — Saturday’s semifinal-round victory in which the Bobcats scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull off a shocking 7-6 win — Blairsville scored the game-winning run on a balk. Moments before that, Distefano delivered a two-run single to tie the game at 6.
Read the full report Thursday in The Indiana Gazette.
PHOTO: Blairsville's Bobby Thompson (23) and Reed Ratkus (5) celebrated winning the District 6 championship Wednesday at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona.