HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Homer-Center tops Bobcats, Ligonier
In the first of two Homer-Center games played at First Commonwealth Field, Jim Bence blasted two home runs and drove in seven runs to help the Wildcats topple Blairsville, 16-5, in a Heritage Conference baseball game Monday.
The game was shortened to six innings due to the mercy rule.
Bence finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored. He smacked a grand slam to center in the fifth inning and launched a three-run shot to left in the sixth.
Kolby Skultety went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs for the Wildcats. Bryan Buzi singled twice and drove in two runs, and Darren Carr singled twice.
Winning pitcher Anthony Caruso struck out two and allowed one hit in 1 1-3 innings.
Anthony Faulk went 2-for-3 to pace Blairsville (8-2), which travels to Penns Manor today.
In its second Heritage Conference game of the day, Homer-Center built an early 7-0 lead before halting a Ligonier Valley comeback for a 7-5 win.
Skultety belted a three-run single in the third inning to give Homer-Center a 5-0 lead. The next batter, Bence, cranked a two-run homer, his third of the day, to make it 7-0.
Homer-Center committed four errors in the sixth and allowed the Rams to score four runs to make it 7-5.
But Wildcats’ reliever Andrew Gaydosh allowed no hits in the seventh to end the game and record the save.
Stephen McLoughlin struck out three, walked two and allowed seven hits in 5 2-3 innings to pick up the win.
Rick Ross singled, doubled and drove in two runs for the Rams. Jake Nemeth and Hunter Mills each went 2-for-4 with a double.
Both teams play today. Homer-Center (9-8, 8-6 conference) plays host to United, and Ligonier Valley travels to Saltsburg.
UNITED 8, FERNDALE 7: United sophomore Colt Jarvis ripped an RBI double in the eighth inning to lift the Lions to a win over Ferndale in a non-conference game in Armagh.
With the game tied 7-7 and the bases loaded with two outs, Jarvis belted the first pitch he saw for a double that scored David Brothers for the game-winning run. Jarvis finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
“Colt has been clutch in several games with his hitting,” United coach Jerry Hammack said. “When we needed a hit with two outs and the bases loaded he cracked a nice shot into the right-center field gap to score the game-winning run. He’s really picked up his game, especially for just being a sophomore.”
Ferndale erased a five-run deficit and plated five runs on three hits, three hit batsmen and a walk in the top of the seventh to tie the game, 7-7.
Weylon McGeary paced United by going 3-for-5.
Taylor Sheriff struck out two and walked one in one inning of relief to pick up the win. Sheriff also singled twice.
United (3-10) travels to Homer-Center today.
MARION CENTER 15, PURCHASE LINE 1: Marion Center amassed 13 hits and plated eight runs in the sixth inning to rout host Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to six innings due to the mercy rule.
Hunter Stiteler went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs for Marion Center. Travis Gaston went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Matt Janosko finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Winning pitcher Matt Shank struck out five, walked none and allowed two hits in three innings. Jeff Labryer struck out six, walked none and allowed four hits in three innings of relief.
Darren Bingaman singled twice to lead Purchase Line.
Purchase Line (2-11) plays at Marion Center (6-6, 6-5) today.
DERRY 6, GREENSBURG SALEM 0: Derry’s Connor Wege tossed a complete-game shutout and got all the run support he needed in the third inning in a shutout of Greensburg Salem in a WPIAL Section 2-AAA game at Grandview Field.
Wege struck out nine, walked two and allowed six hits. He also singled and doubled.
Zack Zimmerman, Johnny Panizzi and Ryan Maloy stroked two singles apiece for the Trojans.
Derry (7-8, 5-7) plays host to East Allegheny on Wednesday.