HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Indiana wraps up second place in section
With the section title no longer available, Indiana took the next best thing it could Monday and locked up second place in the section.
The Indians scored the game’s first eight runs en route to an 11-2 win over host Uniontown in a WPIAL Section 2-AAA game.
“It was our goal to win the section title, but that’s not how it played out,” said first-year Indiana coach Ryan Davies, who has led the Indians to wins in 10 of their past 12 games. “We have a chance now to go into the playoffs and hopefully do some damage there. Our new goal is to see how far we can make it in the postseason.”
Sean Thompson struck out eight, walked two and allowed four hits in six innings to earn the win. Thompson also went 2-for-4 with a double.
Danny Clark, who struck out one, walked none and allowed no hits in one inning of relief, finished 2-for-5 with a double and four RBIs. Kevin Jack went 3-for-4, Trent Ream singled twice and drove in two runs, and Cole Shaffer singled twice.
Indiana (11-7, 9-3 section) travels to Kittanning today for a non-conference game.
HOMER-CENTER 8, UNITED 3: Homer-Center scored four runs in the sixth inning and pulled away to outlast the visiting Lions for its seventh straight win in a Heritage Conference game.
With his team clinging to a one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, Homer-Center’s Bryan Buzi drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double to stretch the Wildcats’ lead to 7-3. The next batter, Anthony Caruso, ripped an RBI-single to drive in Buzi for an insurance run.
“After two emotional games last night our guys were a little flat at first,” Homer-Center coach Scott Bauer said. “But they kept plugging away and found a way to win.”
Buzi and Caruso each finished 2-for-3, and Ean Lee drove in two runs.
Andrew Gaydosh struck out two, walked none and allowed six hits and two earned runs in five innings for the win. Stephen Novak struck out two, walked none and allowed one hit in two innings of relief to get the save.
Kolt Jarvis singled and doubled to pace United. Losing pitcher Taylor Sheriff struck out seven, walked four and allowed eight hits in six innings.
United plays host to Blairsville in a doubleheader today. Homer-Center (10-8, 9-6) welcomes Penns Manor on Thursday.
SALTSBURG 4, LIGONIER VALLEY 2: Saltsburg’s Steve Richards threw a one-hitter and got all the run support he needed in the second inning to best visiting Ligonier Valley in a Heritage Conference game.
Jimmy Beitel put Saltsburg on the board first when he scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the second inning. Tanner Yard and Richards each added RBI-singles to extend the Trojans’ lead to 3-0.
Richards struck out five and walked two. He allowed the Rams to score their two runs in the top of the fifth.
“Coaches Mark Palmer and J.T. Yard have both done their parts to help this team grow and knock off some of the top teams in the conference during this stretch,” Saltsburg assistant coach Glenn Richards said. “Those guys complement each other and they both bring different approaches to the game so they really complement the kids. Mark and J.T. working together has just been a huge boost for this program.”
Ian Satler singled twice to pace the Trojans.
Alex Vigliotti notched Ligonier Valley’s lone hit, a single in the top of the fifth.
Saltsburg (8-7) travels to Purchase Line on Thursday. Ligonier Valley plays host to Marion Center today.
PENNS MANOR 9, BLAIRSVILLE 5: Host Penns Manor mounted big rallies in the first and sixth innings and limited Blairsville to just five hits en route to an upset win in a Heritage Conference game.
Penns Manor drew six walks in the bottom of the first inning and plated five runs to take a 5-2 lead. The Comets later scored three runs on two hits in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-4 lead.
The Bobcats served up just four hits but issued a season-high 12 walks.
“We struggled all year on taking advantage of our opponents’ mistakes,” Penns Manor coach Skyler Eckenrode said. “But today we were patient, especially in the first inning, and I was pleased that we finally made a team throw strikes.”
Gavin Grimaldi singled and drove in three runs to lead Penns Manor.
Winning pitcher Clayton Stupic struck out three in 5 1-3 innings to get the win.
Ricky Shirley singled twice to power the Bobcats.
Both teams play today. Penns Manor (7-7) plays host to Northern Cambria and Blairsville travels to United for a doubleheader.
MARION CENTER 18, PURCHASE LINE 3: Marion Center allowed just four hits and racked up season-highs in hits and runs to ease past visiting Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to three innings due to the mercy rule.
The Stingers, who had 14 hits and committed no errors, scored 14 runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Hunter Stiteler went 3-for-3 with a double and a career-high six RBIs for Marion Center.
Matt Shank finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs, Erik Hicks went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs, and Matt Janosko singled twice and scored three times.
Jake Bothell struck out seven, walked one and allowed four hits in 2 2-3 innings to earn the win. Bothell also doubled and drove in two runs.
Zack Bartlebaugh hit a solo homer in the top of the first and a two-run shot in the third to pace the Red Dragons.
Marion Center (7-6, 7-5) travels to Ligonier Valley today. Purchase Line plays host to Saltsburg on Thursday.
APOLLO-RIDGE 9, WEST SHAMOKIN 4: Visiting Apollo-Ridge scored four runs in each of the second and seventh innings and limited West Shamokin to just five hits to score a win in a WPIAL Section 3-AA game.
Garrett Geiger tossed a five-hitter to pick up the win. Geiger struck out seven and walked four.
Brady Neal went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Apollo-Ridge. Mike Percic doubled twice, Dylan Wingard singled twice, and Mitch Johnston doubled and drove in two runs.
Dave Ferrier went 2-for-3 to lead West Shamokin.
Ben Vicini struck out five, walked two and allowed eight hits in a complete-game losing effort.
Both teams play today. Apollo-Ridge (6-7, 6-5) travels to Ford City and West Shamokin (3-11, 3-8) plays host to Deer Lakes.