HS BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Thompson leads Indiana to win
Indiana didn’t muster much offense, but with ace Sean Thompson on the hill, the Indians didn’t need much.
Thompson tossed a four-hitter, and the Indians scored a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings to nip Derry, 2-1, in a WPIAL Section 2-AAA baseball game Monday at Keystone Rehab Field.
Thompson, who struck out 12 and walked none to win his third straight game, has racked up 38 strikeouts and just five walks in 23 innings.
“I have to give Sean Thompson a lot of credit. He pitched another tremendous game,” Indiana coach Rob Stossel said. “That’s three complete games in a row for him. He’s really pitched with a lot of poise and composure. He’s just taking control of games when he’s on the bump.”
The Indians’ Zach Schultz tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth when he reached base on an error, stole second and scored on an error.
An inning later, leadoff hitter Danny Clark advanced to third base after ripping a fly ball that Derry right fielder Kyle Holmes misplayed near the fence. Clark scored the game-winning run on the next at-bat on Bo Putt’s grounder to second base.
Losing pitcher Connor Wege struck out six, walked two and allowed five hits in six innings.
Indiana (7-2, 4-1 section) plays host to Kittanning today, and Derry (5-2, 4-1) welcomes Greensburg Salem on Thursday.
BLAIRSVILLE 20, PENNS MANOR 3: Host Blairsville amassed a season-high 15 hits and plated 15 runs in the third inning to thump Penns Manor in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to three innings due to the mercy rule.
Blairsville, which jumped out to a 5-0 lead, plated 15 runs on nine hits, five walks and a hit batsman in the top of the third. The Bobcats scored 10 runs with two outs in the inning.
“We had some guys on in the first inning, we just couldn’t produce,” Blairsville coach Mark Zerfoss said. “But we strung some hits and walks together in the second and took a lead, and then everything just seemed to go our way in the last inning.”
Anthony Faulk and Colton McMillan each singled twice, scored twice and drove in three runs for Blairsville. Reed Ratkus doubled, tripled and drove in four runs. Nick Scribe singled, scored twice and drove in two runs, and Josh Daugherty singled twice, scored three times and drove in a run. Lucas Palmer doubled, scored three times and drove in two runs, and John Distefano singled, doubled, scored three times and drove in a run.
Bobby Thompson and Ratkus teamed up to fire a one-hitter. Thompson struck out three and allowed one hit in two innings to pick up the win.
Kasey Jewart singled to register Penns Manor’s lone hit.
Both teams play Wednesday. Blairsville (4-1) travels to Leechburg, and Penns Manor visits Homer-Center.
HOMER-CENTER 15, UNITED 0: Visiting Homer-Center piled up 20 hits and gave pitcher Isiah Carr more than enough run support to notch a win over United in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Carr tossed a four-hitter, striking out 11 and walking three, and he also finished 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Matt Jones went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs for the Wildcats. Austin Fairman doubled twice, singled twice and drove in three runs, and Darren Carr singled twice and had two RBIs. Logan Dellafiora singled, doubled and drove in two runs, Nate Wilden went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, and Bryan Buzi scored three runs.
Both teams play Wednesday. United (1-4) travels to Marion Center, and Homer-Center plays host to Penns Manor.
MARION CENTER 10, PURCHASE LINE 0: Host Marion Center took an early 3-0 lead and never let off the throttle, piling up nine hits to blank Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The Stingers led 6-0 before plating four runs on three hits, a walk and an error in the bottom of the fifth inning.
C.J. Stiles struck out 11, walked two and allowed one hit in six innings to earn the win. Stiles, who also doubled, scored a run and drove in two runs, has struck out 21, walked five and allowed four hits in 12 1-3 innings this season.
“C.J. just pitched an outstanding game,” Marion Center coach Paul DeHaven said. “That’s two nice games in a row for him. He also pitched a great game against Blairsville. He’s been impressive so far.”
Matt Shank led Marion Center by going 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs. Hunter Stiteler added two singles and two RBIs, and Jake Bothell singled in two runs.
Zach Bartlebaugh singled to notch Purchase Line’s lone hit.
Both teams play Wednesday. Marion Center (2-3) plays host to United, and Purchase Line welcomes Saltsburg.
LIGONIER VALLEY 15, SALTSBURG 3: Visiting Ligonier Valley raced to a 9-0 lead and outhit Saltsburg 14-2 en route to a win in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The Rams led 4-0 before plating five runs on seven hits and a walk in the third inning to take a 9-0 lead.
Luke Ferlin paced Ligonier Valley by going 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Ryan Torrance singled twice, scored three times and drove in a run, and Matt Ryan singled, doubled, scored three times and drove in a run. Zach Yeskey smacked a three-run homer, and Ty Ferlin drove in two runs.
Andrew Schultz tossed a two-hitter, striking out six and walking two. Schultz also stroked four singles, scored twice and drove in three runs.
Mitchel Yard doubled, hit a solo homer, scored three runs and drove in three runs for Saltsburg.
Both teams play Wednesday. Saltsburg (1-3) travels to Purchase Line, and Ligonier Valley plays host to Northern Cambria.