HS BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Blairsville clinches tie for title
Nick Scribe’s double off the outfield wall Tuesday night did more than just drive in the winning run for a doubleheader sweep of a pesky Northern Cambria team.
It also gave the Blairsville Bobcats at least a share of the Heritage Conference baseball title.
Scribe’s double with two on and two out in the seventh inning gave the Bobcats a 10-9 lead that they would hold on to to finish off the sweep.
The Bobcats (13-1) can clinch the title outright on Thursday with a win over Penns Manor at home.
Blairsville cruised to the win in the opener, 10-1, but trailed by two runs entering the final inning of the second game. Knowing a win would give his team at least a share of the crown, Blairsville coach Mark Zerfoss told his team to regroup before the final at-bat.
“I just told the kids that we had been in this position before, and that they’d know how to respond,” Zerfoss said. “And they did.”
Bobby Thompson’s triple off Northern Cambria reliever Adam Polites scored Reed Ratkus, who had reached on a single. Scott Thompson then tied the game with an RBI groundout. With two outs, John Distefano doubled and Colton McMillan was hit by a pitch to bring up Scribe, who had been 0-for-6 on the day to that point.
Scott Thompson closed out the win with a 1-2-3 seventh to earn the save. Bobby Thompson worked six rocky innings before giving way to his younger brother.
The Bobcats had no trouble in the opener, thanks to the arm of Ratkus. The senior tossed a complete-game two-hitter and was back by 11 hits from his teammates.
The Thompson brothers had huge days at the plate. Bobby finished a combined 5-for-7 with four RBIs, while Scott went 4-for-7 with eight RBIs, including a double and a home run. Ratkus went 5-for-8, Distefano was 2-for-6, with a homer, and Colton McMillan went 3-for-6 and drove in three runs.
UNITED 15, PENNS MANOR 11: United and Penns Manor combined for 33 hits as the Lions outlasted the Cometsin a Heritage Conference game.
All but one player for United (3-12) recorded a hit. Weylon McGeary and Chad McConnell had three, and Bailey Skavang, Kolt Jarvis, Beau Sheriff, Ryan Smith and Jake Walsh added two each. McConnell drove in five runs.
Skavang earned the win.
Adam Tomayko went 3-for-4 with a triple for Penns Manor (5-10), and Clayton Stupic tripled twice. Lucas Kowalski, Kasey Jewart, Luke Ruddock, Christian Eckenrode and Steve Dumm each had two hits.
HOMER-CENTER 26, PURCHASE LINE 1: Homer-Center blew out host Purchase Line in four innings in a Heritage Conference game.
Kolby Skultety slugged a grand slam in the third inning as the Wildcats (10-6) extended their lead to 9-1. They scored 15 in the fourth.
Skultety finished 2-for-3 with five RBIs. Isiah Carr went 2-for-2 with two doubles and four RBIs. Jacob Vilcek and Logan Cusimano added two hits each.
Anthony Caruso struck out 10 — out of 12 outs recorded — and did not issue a walk.
Luke Barnett hit a solo homer for Purchase Line (1-13).
LIGONIER VALLEY 12, MARION CENTER 3: Ligonier Valley broke out for two five-run innings in a Heritage Conference game at Marion Center.
Matt Ryan went 4-for-5 with a double to lead Ligonier (11-4). Luke Ferlin and Jake Nemeth added two hits each,
Matt Shank went 3-for-4 for Marion Center (7-6).
Nick Payne struck out six and walked two in six innings to pick up the win.
LATROBE 8, DERRY 2: Derry concluded its regular season by falling to .500 in a loss to Latrobe in a WPIAL non-section game.
Zack Zimmerman finished 2-for-2 for Derry.
Derry (8-8) has qualified for the WPIAL playoffs as the second seed out of Section 2-AAA.