HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Comets edge Wildcats with late five-run rally
Host Penns Manor plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to score a 12-10 come-from-behind win over Homer-Center in a Heritage Conference baseball game Wednesday.
The Comets were trailing 10-7 in the sixth when Gavin Grimaldi hit a three-run double with the bases loaded to tie the game, 10-10. Grimaldi scored the eventual game-winning run two batters later on a Zach Hnatko groundout. Mitch Hamilton scored on an error later in the inning to make it a 12-10 game.
Winning pitcher Clayton Stupic struck out five, walked one and allowed no hits in relief in the last 1 2-3 innings.
“It feels great to come back against a team like Homer-Center,” Penns Manor coach Skyler Eckenrode said. “We came back twice tonight and that felt really good. We never gave up.”
Grimaldi went 2-for-5 and drove in five runs. Luke Ruddock doubled and drove in three runs, and Hnatko singled twice.
Darren Carr went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Homer-Center. Andrew Gaydosh singled twice and drove in two runs, and Alex Arone and Matt Cook each singled twice.
Penns Manor (3-2) plays host to Marion Center on Friday. Homer-Center travels to Marion Center on Monday.
SALTSBURG 16, PURCHASE LINE 4: Saltsburg racked up a season-high 16 hits and belted two homers to cruise past visiting Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Ian Satler finished 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBIs for Saltsburg, and Steve Richards went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, two RBIs and four runs scored.
Tom Roman finished 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored, Tanner Yard singled twice and scored three times, and Tyler Bendis went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Lucas Mowery struck out one, walked none and allowed five hits in three innings to notch the win. Mowery also singled three times and drove in two runs.
Ethan Koziel singled twice and drove in two runs to pace Purchase Line. Luke Barnett singled twice and drove in a run.
Saltsburg (2-5) travels to United for a doubleheader today. Purchase Line plays host to Northern Cambria on Friday.
MARION CENTER 8, UNITED 1: Marion Center’s Tyler Doolin tossed a gem, and the Stingers provided him with plenty of run support en route to a win over United in a Heritage Conference game in Armagh.
Doolin tossed a three-hitter and allowed his lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning. He struck out seven and walked two.
Hunter Stiteler singled twice and drove in two runs for the Stingers. Matt Shank singled and doubled, and Andy Fox singled and drove in two runs.
Losing pitcher Beau Sheriff struck out seven and walked six.
Both teams play at home today. Marion Center (3-1) plays host to Ligonier Valley, and United (1-3) welcomes Saltsburg in a doubleheader.
WEST SHAMOKIN 4, APOLLO-RIDGE 3: West Shamokin plated two runs in the top of the seventh inning to nip Apollo-Ridge in a WPIAL Section 3-AA game in Spring Church.
The Wolves’ Scott Pryzbysz tied the game 3-3 in the seventh when he ripped an RBI single that scored Dave Ferrier. Two batters later, Evan Nosal drove in the eventual game-winning run by drawing a bases-loaded walk to score Devin Fairman, making it a 4-3 game.
Pryzbysz finished 3-for-4, and Fairman went 2-for-4.
Matt Hankey struck out five and walked seven in 6 1-3 innings to get the win. Freshman Ben Vicini allowed no hits in the seventh to pick up the save.
Brandon Neal singled and doubled to power the Vikings.
Apollo-Ridge (0-3) plays host to Freeport on Friday, while West Shamokin (1-4) welcomes Freeport today.