HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Homer-Center wins eighth straight
Homer-Center banged out 13 hits and scored its eighth straight win with a 13-0 victory over Penns Manor in a Heritage Conference baseball game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule Thursday at First Commonwealth Field.
Stephen Novak threw a three-hitter to earn the win. Novak struck out four, walked one and allowed no extra-base hits.
“Stephen pounded the zone,” Homer-Center coach Scott Bauer said. “He kept them off balance and kept them from getting good swings all day.”
Anthony Caruso went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs to lead Homer-Center (11-8, 10-6). Ean Lee singled twice and drove in two runs, Kolby Skultety doubled and drove in two runs, and Bryan Buzi drove in two runs.
Penns Manor (7-9) plays host to United on Monday.
SALTSBURG 8, PURCHASE LINE 1: Saltsburg jumped out to a 5-0 lead and then shut down host Purchase Line to notch its fourth straight win in a Heritage Conference game.
Ian Satler struck out eight, walked three and allowed four hits in four innings to pick up the win.
Satler also singled, doubled and drove in two runs.
Tanner Yard struck out three and walked none in three innings of no-hit relief.
Jimmy Beitel stroked a single and drove in two runs for the Trojans (9-7), and Steve Richards singled and scored three runs.
Mike Cramer led Purchase Line by going 2-for-2 with a solo home run.
Cramer, a senior infielder who was injured for most of the season, has hit four home runs in just six games.
MARION CENTER 15, UNITED 2: Host Marion Center banged out a season-best 18 hits and handcuffed United en route to a win in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Andy Fox paced Marion Center by going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Jake Bothell also went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs, and Matt Shank went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Matt Janosko finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Travis Gaston singled twice, scored three times and drove in two runs. Mike Badzik singled twice and drove in two runs, and Hunter Stiteler singled and doubled.
Shank picked up the win, striking out six, walking none and surrendering five hits in four innings.
Jeff Labryer struck out three, walked none and allowed no hits in one inning of relief.
United (3-14) plays at Purchase Line today, and Marion Center (8-6, 8-5) travels to Northern Cambria on Monday.