SANDLOT BASEBALL: Ruddock saves the day for Marion Center
Luke Ruddock played hero twice for Marion Center in a 3-2 victory over Punxsutawney in nine innings in an Indiana County Senior Legion baseball game Friday in Marion Center.
Ruddock plated Seth Goodlin with a game-winning single in the ninth after tying the game with a two-run double in the seventh.
With Marion Center down 2-0, Goodlin started the comeback in the bottom of the seventh by reaching on an error. Eric Adamson singled, then Ruddock smashed a double to center to score both and force extra innings.
In the ninth, Goodlin walked, stole second base and moved to third on a balk. Ruddock singled up the middle to end the game.
“It was a very well-played game,” Marion Center coach Joe Bunyak said. “Very few errors. Somebody had to lose; what do you do?”
Marion Center starter C.J. Stiles was sharp, striking out six and walking two in 8 1-3 innings. Matt Popovich got two outs in relief and earned the win.
Brandon Blose took the loss for Punxsutawney, striking out three and walking three.
Ruddock and Stiles went 2-for-4 to lead Marion Center’s offense.
Ruben Taylor went 3-for-4 with two doubles for Punxsutawney. Michael Klingensmith added three hits, including a double. Dane Baker had two hits, and Jamie Bush added a double.
Marion Center (11-7) visits Kovacik Insurance on Monday. Punxsutawney (9-3) plays host to Kovacik Insurance in a doubleheader today.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP 10, CLYMER LEGION 0: Young Township kept its playoff hopes alive, winning its regular-season finale in five innings at Bertolino Field.
Young Township (12-8) awaits its fate, which will depend on what Clymer Legion (11-7) does in games at Walbeck Insurance and Kovacik Insurance on Sunday. The top four teams in the league make the playoffs.
Tanner Yard struck out 11, out of the 15 outs he recorded, and walked none in a two-hit shutout, tossing all five innings for the win.
He added a two-run double and finished 2-for-3 at the plate.
Jake Townsent and Doug Shaffor both went 2-for-3, and Shaffor stole two bases.
Clayton Stupic struck out one and walked five in 1 2-3 innings to take the loss.
S.W. JACK 6, INDIANA LIONS 2: S.W. Jack broke out for four runs in the sixth inning, breaking a tie with Indiana Lions.
Cole Shaffer plated the go-ahead run with an RBI single, then Bobby Bell smacked a three-run home run to deep left-center field.
Bell finished 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.
Ryan Palmer struck out eight and walked two in seven innings to earn the win.
Indiana Lions’ Izaak Gray struck out eight and walked two, taking the loss.
Indiana Lions finished its season at 11-9 and will miss the playoffs.
S.W. Jack also scored wins on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Black Sox defeated Fezell Enterprises, 15-0, on Wednesday. Bell smacked three hits, and Zach Schultz pitched a shutout.
S.W. Jack beat Young Township, 8-4, in a Fourth of July game. Chase Kromer clubbed two doubles, and Jason Harrington went 2-for-2. Shaffer was the winning pitcher.
S.W. Jack (15-4) will complete a suspended game with I-Medical at home today.