Just when it seemed that first-place Indiana had its ninth consecutive win sewed up, fourth-place Mount Pleasant stormed back to spoil the occasion.
Host Mount Pleasant matched Indiana’s 10 hits and erased a three-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn an 8-7 comeback win in a WPIAL Section 2-AAA baseball game Monday.
The Vikings snapped the Indians’ eight-game winning streak, which began on April 6 with a win over Bishop Guilfoyle at the Curve Classic. Indiana (11-3, 7-2 section) travels to Laurel Highlands today.
The Vikings trailed 7-4 entering the seventh before plating four runs on two singles, two doubles, an error and a walk.
“They rallied. I’m going to give them credit,” first-year Indiana coach Rob Stossel said. “They were up from the first pitch until the last. They played very well and executed. They just wanted it a little more than us tonight.”
Indiana ace Sean Thompson suffered his first loss of the season. Thompson, who has struck out 51 and walked nine in 37 innings this year, fanned four and walked three.
Danny Clark belted a three-run homer to power Indiana. Matt Griffith had two hits and drove in two runs, Ryan Creps had two hits and an RBI, and Grant Schrecengost singled, tripled and drove in a run.
MARION CENTER 6, PENNS MANOR 2: Marion Center capitalized on shaky fielding and wild pitching in the eighth inning and mounted a rally to upend host Penns Manor in a Heritage Conference game.
Penns Manor scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, 2-2, and force extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Marion Center managed no hits, but used six walks and two errors to score four runs and take a 6-2 lead.
“Luke Kowalski did a good job for us in relief. He just struggled to find the zone in the last inning,” first-year Penns Manor coach Skyler Eckenrode said. “You just can’t walk six batters in one inning and expect to win a baseball game.”
C.J. Stiles struck out 14, walked three and allowed eight hits in a complete-game win.
Matt Shank singled and drove in a run for Marion Center. Hunter Stiteler singled twice and drove in a run.
Kasey Jewart had three hits and drove in a run for Penns Manor. Penns Manor starting pitcher Christian Eckenrode allowed four hits in six innings.
Both teams play today. Penns Manor (4-6) plays host to Ligonier Valley, and Marion Center (6-3) travels to Northern Cambria.
PURCHASE LINE 9-7, HARMONY 5-11: Purchase Line managed just four hits, but three of them were home runs, and the Dragons scored four of the game’s last five runs to earn their first win of the year in Game 1 of a non-conference doubleheader against host Harmony.
In Game 2, Harmony racked up 11 hits and used big surges in the fourth and sixth innings to notch a win.
Michael Cramer belted a three-run homer and scored three times to lead Purchase Line. Zack Bartlebaugh and Eric Faught each belted two-run homers. Faught finished with three RBIs, and Darren Bingaman and Luke Barnett each had two runs scored.
Barnett struck out six and walked none in three innings to get the win.
Cramer paced the Red Dragons in Game 2 by singling, homering and driving in two runs. Bartlebaugh had two hits and drove in a run, and Faught singled twice.
Purchase Line (1-9) travels to United tonight.
DERRY 6, UNIONTOWN 3: Derry broke open a tied game with a big burst in the top of the seventh inning, supporting a gem from pitcher Connor Wege to topple host Uniontown in a WPIAL Section 2-AAA game at Bailey Park.
With the game knotted 3-3, the Trojans scored three runs on two singles, two walks and a wild pitch in the seventh to take a 6-3 lead.
Wege threw a two-hitter, striking out nine and walking one.
Lucas Maloy led Derry with three singles and three RBIs. Zack Zimmerman added two singles and two runs scored.
Derry (7-5, 6-3) travels to Yough today.
FREEPORT 15, APOLLO-RIDGE 7: Host Freeport racked up 12 hits and raced to a 6-0 second-inning lead en route to an easy win over Apollo-Ridge in a WPIAL Section 3-AA game.
Sam Held homered to guide Apollo-Ridge. Mitchell Johnston cracked a double, and Ryan Ferguson had three RBIs.
Apollo-Ridge (7-9, 3-5) plays host to West Shamokin today.