West Shamokin remained undefeated and surged into first place in the Heritage Conference with a 9-2 victory over Northern Cambria in a conference game Thursday afternoon.
Entering the day, West Shamokin and Ligonier Valley were both undefeated at the top of the conference standings, with Ligonier Valley holding a half-game lead over the Wolves.
West Shamokin’s victory, coupled with Ligonier Valley’s shocking loss to Saltsburg on Thursday, propelled the Wolves into first place and left the Rams looking up in the standings.
Tyler Lightcap went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead West Shamokin’s offense, which scored early and often and never looked back.
The only other West Shamokin player with multiple hits was Blake Fairman, who went 2-for-3. Tristan Doverspike, Ezeck Olinger and Justin Smulik had two RBIs apiece for the Wolves.
Doverspike hit a two-run home run in the Wolves’ four-run first inning to open the scoring. West Shamokin added another run in the second to take a 5-0 lead, and by the time the Wolves tacked on three more runs in the sixth for an 8-0 lead, the game was all but out of reach for the Colts.
Zach Stover earned the victory with a strong six-inning outing. Needing just 66 pitches to get through six innings, he allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out four without walking a batter.
Northern Cambria’s Logan Onkst was a bright spot in the loss, going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. He hit a two-run double in the sixth to help the Colts avoid a shutout.
Mark Marino suffered the loss, giving up five runs on six hits in five innings. Northern Cambria has lost five of seven games since starting the season 5-1.
West Shamokin (11-0, 9-0 conference) welcomes Ligonier Valley for a pivotal conference game Monday that will likely go a long way in determining who wins the conference title. Northern Cambria (7-6) welcomes West Branch today for a non-conference game.
SALTSBURG 8, LIGONIER VALLEY 6: Despite mustering just five hits, Saltsburg pulled off the upset of the year in the Heritage Conference to hand the Rams their first loss after they reeled off 11 straight wins to start the season.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the second inning, Ligonier Valley endured a disastrous third inning, during which Saltsburg plated five unearned runs to take the lead for good.
Saltsburg sent 11 batters to the plate in the third despite the fact the Trojans managed to produce only one hit and hit the ball out of the infield just twice.
Ligonier Valley’s miscues in the inning included four walks, two errors on ground balls that led to the Trojans’ first three runs, a hit batsman and a wild pitch that led to another run.
Angelo Bartolini capped the rally with a sacrifice fly to give Saltsburg a 5-3 lead, and the Trojans never relinquished that lead despite their offensive struggles.
The teams exchanged runs the rest of the way, as Saltsburg answered every Ligonier Valley run with one of its own.
Brady Yard hit an RBI single in the fourth, Nathan Slapinski drove in a run on a groundout in the sixth, and the Trojans’ final run came with two outs in the seventh on another Ligonier Valley error.
Dylan Cindric and Josh Gibbons each scored a pair of runs for the Trojans.
For Ligonier Valley, Mason Seftas was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Sam Sheeder went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, and Andrew Kuzemchak was also 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Slapinski earned the win pitching in relief of starter Josh Gibbons, who gave up seven walks in 2 1-3 innings.
Ethan Boring suffered the loss for the Rams.
Ligonier Valley defeated Saltsburg, 15-2, in the teams’ first meeting on April 3.
Saltsburg (7-5, 5-5 conference) has won five of six games since starting the season 2-4.
The Trojans welcome Homer-Center on Tuesday.
Ligonier Valley (11-1, 9-1) visits North Star today for a non-conference game.
MARION CENTER 5, PENNS MANOR 4: Vincent Fry hit a run-scoring walkoff single with one out in the seventh inning to send Marion Center past the Comets in a Heritage Conference game in which the Stingers squandered an early four-run lead.
Marion Center scored three runs in the first inning, highlighted by Clayton Coble’s two-run home run, and the Stingers led 4-0 after the second. But their numerous mistakes kept Penns Manor in the game, and the Comets rallied to tied it at 4 after plating a pair of runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings.
The game featured 10 errors between the teams, including six by the Stingers.
Fry finished 3-for-4, and Coble went 2-for-4 to lead the way for Marion Center.
Tyler Howells, who pitched the final two innings in relief of starter Ty Ryen, earned the win despite giving up two unearned runs.
Penns Manor’s Kyle Detwiler went 2-for-4 with an RBI to account for half of his team’s hits.
Brandon Dunmire, who relieved starter Jimmy Lightner in the fifth inning, took the loss.
Marion Center (7-6, 6-5 conference) visits Blairsville today.
Penns Manor (4-10) welcomes Blacklick Valley for a non-conference game Monday.
MARION CENTER 2, PENNS MANOR 1: Jasmine Hill fired a gem, giving up just one hit and no walks while striking out 11 batters in six innings, to send Marion Center past the Comets in a Heritage Conference game Thursday.
Erika Niel had two hits for the Stingers, and Mia Urbani hit a double.
Marion Center scored a run in each of the second and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead, which stood until the final inning.
That’s when Anna Peterman hit a one-out solo home run in the seventh off Marion Center reliever Grace Rougeaux to make things uncomfortable for the Stingers.
But Rougeaux retired the next two batters to preserve the win and Hill’s masterpiece.
Marion Center (15-1, 10-1 conference) visits West Shamokin on Tuesday.
Penns Manor (9-6, 8-6) welcomes Blacklick Valley on Monday.
FOREST HILLS 3, WEST SHAMOKIN 2: After taking a 2-0 lead in the third inning, West Shamokin’s offense went quiet the rest of the way, allowing Forest Hills to rally for an extra-inning victory in a non-conference game in Sidman.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and runners on first and second, Courtney Golden delivered the game-winning RBI single for the Rangers.
Golden also earned the victory, allowing eight hits and two unearned runs in nine innings.
West Shamokin’s Kaely Klonowski took the loss, allowing 10 hits and three earned runs in 8 2-3 innings. She struck out four and walked none.
West Shamokin scored a run apiece in the second and third innings — both on Forest Hills errors — to take the early 2-0 lead. After that, the Wolves only had one runner reach third base as Golden got stronger with each inning.
Haleigh Newell and Lexie Young each went 2-for-4 to pace the Wolves.
• In a game played Wednesday, West Shamokin lost a non-conference home game to Redbank Valley, 4-3, despite allowing only three hits to the Bulldogs.
Redbank Valley struck first, scoring three times in the top of the first, but West Shamokin quickly countered in its first at-bat to tie the game at 3 on Riley Prugh’s RBI single and a two-run fielders’ choice by Klonowski.
Redbank Valley plated the winning run with two outs in the fifth after West Shamokin committed errors on back-to-back plays.
Sierra Patterson went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Wolves’ offense, and Klonowski drove in a pair of runs despite going 0-for-3 on the day.
West Shamokin (6-5) welcomes Marion Center on Tuesday.
GREESNBURG-SALEM 10, INDIANA 7: Madison Barker hit a grand slam home run, Alexis Bonatch went 3-for-4, and Indiana racked up 13 hits, but it wasn’t enough for the Indians to get past the Golden Lions in a WPIAL Class 4A Section 1 game Thursday.
Greensburg-Salem scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings to take a 7-1 lead. Indiana rallied to tie the game at 7 with a six-run fourth inning, highlighted by Barker’s grand slam, but the Indians’ momentum was short-lived.
Greensburg-Salem responded with three runs in the fifth to take the lead for good, and the Lions held on for the win despite being outhit 13-10.
Haleigh Zimmerman took the loss for the Indians.
• A day earlier, it was the opposite story. The Indians, despite being outhit 11-8, survived a late rally by Highlands to beat the Golden Rams, 6-5, in another section game.
Holding a 6-2 lead entering the seventh and final inning, Indiana gave up three runs to make things uncomfortably close, but the Indians prevented further damage and escaped with the victory.
The only Indians’ player with multiple hits, Bonatch went 2-for-3 while Audrey Josephson was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Sara Zimmerman, Cleo McMahan and Ashlyn Winslow added an RBI apiece for the Indians.
Haleigh Zimmerman fired a complete game to earn the victory. She struck out five and walked one in seven innings.
Indiana (10-6, 5-5 section) visits Ligonier Valley today.