Blairsville sophomore Scott Thompson tossed a no-hitter, and the first-place Bobcats piled up 16 hits and improved to 7-1 with a 16-0 win over host Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference baseball game Friday that was shortened to four innings due to the mercy rule.
Thompson struck out seven and walked one. Zack Bartlebaugh drew the walk with two outs in the fourth inning to break up the perfect game.
Thompson also singled twice and drove in two runs.
“Scotty threw well,” Blairsville coach Mark Zerfoss said. “We knew he would be a little more powerful than Purchase Line could handle, but he hasn’t thrown off the mound in a while. He threw a few curveballs, but he mainly stuck with his fastball. He was overpowering. They just couldn’t catch up to it.”
Reed Ratkus powered Blairsville by going 2-for-4 with a double, a solo homer and four RBIs. Lucas Palmer singled twice and drove in a run, Colton McMillan singled twice and drove in three runs, and Bobby Thompson singled and doubled. Anthony Faulk doubled twice and drove in two runs, and Dylan Dirienzo singled and drove in two runs.
Both teams play Monday. Purchase Line (0-8) travels to Harmony, and Blairsville plays host to Ligonier Valley.
HOMER-CENTER 4, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 3: Ean Lee scored on a bases-loaded error in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving Homer-Center a victory in the first round of its tournament at First Commonwealth Field.
Richland defeated Brookville, 17-7, in the other game.
The Wildcats (7-4) face Richland in today’s championship game at 1 p.m. Northern Cambria played Brookville in the consolation at 10 a.m.
Andrew Gaydosh singled with two outs in the sixth and raced around to tie the score at 3.
Lee led off the bottom of the seventh by reaching on an error and made his way to third with no outs.
“Before we batted in the bottom of the seventh, I told our guys we’ve worked too hard and come too far to lose this game,” Homer-Center coach Scott Bauer said. “We were playing for one run, and we were able to scratch one across.”
Austin Fairman struck out seven and walked four, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings to earn the win.
Josh Prasko took the loss for Northern Cambria, striking out 10 and walking four, also in seven innings.
Matt Jones went 3-for-4 and Gaydosh finished 2-for-2 for the Wildcats.
Joe Frontino led Northern Cambria, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
MOUNT PLEASANT 5, DERRY 3: Mount Pleasant limited Derry to five hits and used a big rally in the fifth inning to notch a win in a WPIAL Section 2-AAA game at Grandview Field.
Mount Pleasant broke a 0-0 tie in the top of the fifth inning by plating four runs on four hits, a walk and an error.
Connor Wege paced Derry with two singles and an RBI. Cameron Gerhard tripled and drove in two runs.
Derry (6-5, 5-3) travels to Uniontown on Monday.
FORD CITY 11, APOLLO-RIDGE 1: Ford City outhit visiting Apollo-Ridge 10-4 and plated the game’s first six runs en route to a win in a WPIAL Section 3-AA game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Apollo-Ridge (7-8, 3-4) plays host to Freeport on Monday.