HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Saltsburg takes two from top teams
Minutes after handing defending District 6 champion Blairsville its second loss of the season, visiting Saltsburg boarded a bus and headed to its home field to best another returning playoff team, Marion Center.
The Trojans topped host Blairsville, 9-3, in their first game of the day before outlasting visiting Marion Center, 4-2, in Heritage Conference baseball action Wednesday.
In a game that began at 1 p.m., Saltsburg jumped out to a 5-0 lead and racked up 11 hits to roll over the Bobcats.
Blairsville beat the Trojans, 15-3, in their first meeting on March 31.
Steve Richards tossed a four-hitter to earn the win. Richards, who struck out three and walked one, also finished 2-for-4.
Austin Morris singled twice and drove in two runs to lead the Trojans. Tyler Bendis went 2-for-4 with a double.
John Distefano doubled twice to power the Bobcats. Anthony Faulk singled and drove in two runs.
Later in the day, Saltsburg’s Lucas Mowery gave starting pitcher Ian Satler all the run support he needed by belting a three-run homer in the third inning to give the Trojans a 4-1 lead.
Satler fired a six-hitter to pick up the win. He struck out 12 and walked three.
“Ian had another big day at home,” Saltsburg assistant coach Glenn Richards said. “He has a heck of a fastball, and he was on with it today. He can throw smoke. He might be the hardest thrower in the league right now.”
Mowery finished 2-for-3, and Richards singled three times.
Kyle Kinder singled, doubled and drove in two runs for the Stingers.
Marion Center (5-3) travels to Homer-Center on Friday, and Saltsburg (6-7) plays host to Northern Cambria on Tuesday.
BLAIRSVILLE 6, PURCHASE LINE 3: In its second home game of the day, Blairsville stranded 11 runners but used small rallies in three straight innings to pull away from Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference game.
The Bobcats built an early 3-0 lead before scoring one run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 6-1 lead.
“It was nice to get an early lead there, but we really didn’t play good baseball in either of those games,” Blairsville coach Mark Zerfoss said. “We just couldn’t get a clutch hit to break either game open.”
Cameron Livingston went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to pace the Bobcats. Scott Thompson doubled and drove in two runs.
Dylan Direnzo struck out one, walked one and allowed six hits in 6 2-3 innings to earn the win.
Evan Ober singled twice and drove in two runs for the Red Dragons. Luke Barnett singled and doubled.
Both teams play at home today. Blairsville (7-2) plays host to Penns Manor, and Purchase Line welcomes Northern Cambria.
NORTHERN CAMBRIA 9, HOMER-CENTER 7: Northern Cambria banged out 11 hits and plated the game’s final seven runs to notch a come-from-behind win over visiting Homer-Center in a Heritage Conference game.
The Colts trimmed the Wildcats’ lead to 7-5 by scoring three runs on three hits in the bottom of the fourth inning.
An inning later, Northern Cambria plated four runs on three hits, an error and a walk to take a 9-7 lead. Mac Novella sparked the rally with a two-run single.
Novella went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to power the Colts. D.J. Olenchick finished 3-for-4, and Adam Weiland singled, scored two runs and drove in two runs.
Josh Prasko struck out 10, walked two and allowed seven hits in a complete-game win.
Darren Carr went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Homer-Center. Andrew Gaydosh belted a solo homer and scored three runs, and Anthony Caruso went 2-for-4.
Homer-Center’s Stephen Novak struck out five and walked two in a complete-game effort.
Northern Cambria (8-3, 7-1 conference) travels to Purchase Line today, and Homer-Center (3-8, 3-6) plays host to Marion Center on Friday.
PENNS MANOR 6, BLACKLICK VALLEY 4: Penns Manor used a five-run rally in the fifth inning and improved to .500 by toppling host Blacklick Valley in a non-conference game.
The Comets trailed 2-0 before scoring five runs on three hits, two walks, a hit batsman and an error in the top of the fifth to take a 5-2 lead. Zach Hnatko ignited the onslaught with a two-run single with one out.
Luke Ruddock struck out three and surrendered five hits in six innings to pick up the win. Clayton Stupic allowed no hits in the seventh inning to notch the save.
Penns Manor (5-5) travels to Blairsville today.
DERRY 6, YOUGH 1: Derry scored six unanswered runs and limited Yough to five hits and no extra-base hits to earn its fifth win in seven games in a WPIAL Section 2-AAA game at Grandview Field.
Joey Kelly pitched a five-hitter to improve to 5-0 on the season. Kelly struck out three and walked two.
Zack Zimmerman singled and scored two runs to lead Derry.
Derry (6-5, 4-4) travels to Mount Pleasant today.