Marion Center’s Matt Shank fired a no-hitter, and the Stingers amassed 14 hits to roll past host Purchase Line, 11-0, in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Shank struck out eight, walked one and allowed just two base runners. Shank also stroked a pair of singles, scored twice and drove in two runs.
“He just had great control the whole game,” Marion Center coach Paul DeHaven said. “He had some outstanding defensive plays behind him, too. Justin Tonkin, Hunter Stiteler and Eric Hicks each made terrific stops in the field to help preserve the no-hitter.”
Jake Bothell led Marion Center by going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Stiteler singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in a run, Garrett Glasser singled, doubled, scored a run and drove in two runs, and Justin Shank singled twice, scored a run and drove in a run. Brodey Thompson singled twice and scored a run, and C.J. Stiles singled, scored a run and drove in two runs.
Marion Center (8-6) travels to United on Monday. Purchase Line concluded its season.
HOLLIDAYSBURG 12, INDIANA 2: Indiana fell to host Hollidaysburg in a WPIAL non-section game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
No further details were reported to the Gazette.
Indiana concluded its regular season with a 14-4 record. The Indians drew the No. 8 seed in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs and will clash with Thomas Jefferson at 4:30 p.m. on Monday at Gateway High School.
HOMER-CENTER 9, UNITED 3: Homer-Center used solid defense and a pair of big rallies in the third and fourth innings to topple United in a Heritage Conference game at First Commonwealth Field.
Matt Jones singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in two runs to lead Homer-Center. Bryan Buzi doubled and drove in two runs, and Ean Lee singled and scored twice.
Isiah Carr struck out seven, walked two and allowed two earned runs in a complete-game win. Carr also singled twice and scored a run.
Weylon McGeary and Chad McConnell each singled twice and scored a run.
Both teams play Monday. Homer-Center (11-6, 11-4) travels to Penns Manor and United plays host to Marion Center.