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Clarence, Blanchard tied at 2-2 in CCBL finals

by on August 01, 2019 9:08 AM

BLANCHARD — It may not be as striking or eye-catching as being down 0-2 and facing elimination, but the Blanchard Bees are very happy with their Game 2 win over Clarence and an evenup series in the County Baseball League Finals.

Blanchard had to come back from a two-game deficit against Pleasant Gap in the semifinals — which the Bees did in dramatic fashion — but they in no way wanted the same thing to happen against Clarence at home in Game 2.

The win for Blanchard was critical, especially after Clarence’s walk-off, 8-7 classic in Game 1 on July 25.

Miller’s home run, which was followed one out later by a Talon Falls RBI double, stood as Blanchard’s only runs in a 3-1 game entering the sixth inning.

But the Bees took advantage of some Clarence wildness and a broken-bat, RBI single by Heverly to tack on another three runs and break out to a 6-1 lead.

Credit to Clarence for hanging in and posting three of its own in the top of the seventh, but reliever Trevor Hanna was able to pitch out of the Mountie rally with a fly ball and ground out that sewed up the win for the Bees.

Blanchard managed just six hits in the game, but the Bees took full advantage of eight free passes and a Clarence error to post enough runs to hang on.

“Miller’s home run was huge,” Clarence coach Rob Gavlock said, “and although we were trying to claw back with the three runs in the seventh, Blanchard just had too much pitching for us today.

“They (the Bees) did a great job, and they still had three or four good pitchers waiting to come in.

“The series is even now — both teams have won at home — and the next game in Clarence is going to depend on which team hits. Both teams are even and the winner will be the team that can put the ball in play and score runs.”

Game 3, which was originally scheduled for July 30 in Clarence was rained out and it was rescheduled for July 31 (too late for this issue).

Game 4 will be held as scheduled on Thursday, Aug. 1 in Blanchard, and Game 5 (if needed) will be back in Clarence on Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.


Pat Rothdeutsch covers Penn State football for The Centre County Gazette. Email him at [email protected]
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