SENIOR LEGION BASEBALL: Young Township splits pair
Punxsutawney scored a run in the top of the first inning, and that was enough for pitcher Cory Geer, who threw a two-hitter in a 1-0 win over Young Township in Game 1 of an Indiana County Senior Legion doubleheader on Saturday.
“Both pitchers did a really nice job out there today,” Young Township coach Barry Thomas said. “It was a pitching duel and was a good defensive game. It was exciting up to the very end.”
Geer had seven strikeouts and no walks, and losing pitcher Ian Satler struck out 10 and walked six.
Young Township had a runner on third in the bottom of the seventh who was thrown out at home for the final play of the game.
“It was a fly ball, and we tried to tag our guy,” Thomas said. “We had a chance to at least tie it up, but they threw a strike to home plate to end it.”
Geer had two hits and singled in Clayton Dale for Punxsutawney’s first-inning run.
Mitchel Yard and Tanner Yard had the only hits for Young Township.
In the second game, Mitchel Yard hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Young Township to a 4-3 victory.
Brandon Neal added two hits and two RBIs.
Punxsutawney jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but Young Township answered with two in the second and two in the seventh.
Punxsutawney (3-4) plays host to Kovacik Insurance on Wednesday, and Young Township (6-4) travels to Indiana Legion on Thursday.
MARION CENTER 6, HOMER CITY LEGION 5: Marion Center manufactured the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning and held off Homer City Legion.
Luke Ruddock started the sixth with his second double of the game, advanced to third on Tyler Dolan’s groundout and scored on Austin Adamson’s groundout to third.
Homer City Legion took a 3-0 lead in its first at-bat, and Marion Center took a 5-3 lead during a three-run third. Andrew Fox stroked an RBI double, Kyle Templeton delivered an RBI single, and Ruddock drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly.
Homer City Legion tied the game at 5 in the top of the fourth. Dolan then came on in relief of Ruddock and pitched two scoreless innings to get the win. Matt Shank pitched the seventh and notched the save.
Shank and Ruddock each had two hits for Marion Center. Matt Cook drove in two runs for Homer City Legion.
Marion Center (2-4) plays at Kovacik Insurance on Monday. Homer City Legion (0-8) plays host to Marion Center on Tuesday.