HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Indiana crawls out of big hole to beat Freeport
Indiana used the arm and bat of Trajan Jones to erase an early eight-run deficit and beat Freeport, 10-8, in a WPIAL Class 4A Section 1 baseball game Wednesday at Keystone Rehab Field.
The Indians were trailing 8-0 before plating three runs on four hits and a walk to make the score 8-3 in the bottom of the third inning. Indiana then scored five runs on four hits and a hit batsman in the fifth before plating two runs on four hits in the sixth to take a 10-8 lead.
Jones struck out seven, walked one and allowed one hit and no runs in 4 2-3 innings of relief to pick up the win. Jones also went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs.
Bobby Bell singled and doubled twice for the Indians. Ryan Dixson singled and doubled, and Brayden Lorelli singled twice.
Indiana (3-6, 2-5 section) plays host to Mount Pleasant today.
UNITED 17-13, PURCHASE LINE 5-0: United racked up a combined 30 runs and 29 hits to sweep visiting Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference doubleheader.
The second game was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Nate Fabrizio paced the Lions in the opening game by going 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Garrett Duckworth singled twice and scored four times, Kyler Baird singled and doubled, Austyn Becker singled, scored twice and drove in three runs, and Mason Muir, Devon Slippy and Josh Hamilton smacked two singles apiece.
Logan Neuner struck out three, walked one and allowed two hits in 2 1-3 innings to earn the win. He also singled twice and drove in five runs.
For the Red Dragons, Lucas Syster went 3-for-3, and Tyler Kauffman singled twice and drove in two runs.
In the second game, United scored in every inning and outhit Purchase Line 12-1 to score an easy win.
Fabrizio and Brian Barbus teamed up to toss a one-hitter.
Fabrizio struck out three and walked one in two scoreless and hitless innings to get the win, and Barbus fanned three, walked none and gave up one hit in three innings of relief.
Dom Eritano doubled twice, scored three times and drove in two runs to lead United. Muir went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Baird singled twice and drove in three runs, and Becker went 2-for-3.
Both teams play Friday. Purchase Line (0-8) travels to Saltsburg and United plays host to Penns Manor.
LIGONIER VALLEY 8, MARION CENTER 6: Ligonier Valley committed five errors but staged a huge rally in the fifth inning to earn a come-from-behind win over host Marion Center in a Heritage Conference game.
The Rams were trailing 6-3 before plating five runs on four hits and two walks to take an 8-6 lead in the top of the fifth inning. Ligonier Valley reliever Garrett Custer then limited Marion Center to just two hits and no runs in the last three innings to seal the win.
Custer struck out three and walked two in 3 2-3 innings of relief to score the win. Alex Caldwell singled twice and drove in three runs, and Hunter Jones singled twice.
Dylan Goss went 3-for-4 to lead the Stingers.
Both teams play Friday. Ligonier Valley plays host to Northern Cambria and Marion Center travels to Homer-Center.
BLAIRSVILLE 11, SALTSBURG 0: Adam Ratkus and Dakota Sunday cracked homers and teamed up to toss a two-hitter to lift Blairsville to an easy win over host Saltsburg in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Sunday first hit a two-run homer to give the Bobcats a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Ratkus then clubbed a three-run shot to make the score 9-0 in the fourth.
Ratkus struck out two, walked two and allowed two hits in four innings, and Sunday fanned three, walked one and allowed no hits in one inning.
“Adam threw a decent game,” Blairsville coach Mark Zerfoss said. “He didn’t have his curveball working really well so he relied on his fastball.”
Ricky Shirley singled and doubled, Sunday scored three times, and Ratkus drove in three runs.
Both teams play Friday. Blairsville (7-2) travels to West Shamokin and Saltsburg plays host to Purchase Line.
GREENSBURG SALEM 3, DERRY 0: Greensburg Salem gave ace Alec Shaw all the run support he needed in the bottom of the first inning of a win over visiting Derry in a WPIAL Class 4A Section 1 game.
The Lions used three hits and a walk to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of a pitchers’ duel. Shaw only allowed three Derry runners to reach second and none to reach third in a three-hitter.
Josh Bauer struck out two, walked two and allowed six hits and two earned runs in a complete-game losing effort.
Derry (5-2) travels to Richland on Friday.