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St. Joe’s scores 32 runs during double-header against Harmony Area

by on May 03, 2018 10:39 AM

It feels like it only just started, but we’re approaching the end of the high school baseball season. Let’s take a look at recent events in local PIAA baseball.

ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC ACADEMY

The Wolves’ offense popped off April 26, scoring 32 runs across their double-header with Harmony Area. St. Joe’s won both games, with scores of 17-3 and 15-5.

Game 1 was in question for St. Joe’s heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, with the Owls leading 3-2. A 15-run fourth inning quelled any fears the Wolves had of being swept.

Ben Macafee had a double and a single in three plate appearances to lead the Wolves offensively, driving in three runs and scoring two of his own. Cade Nungesser hit an RBI-triple, walked and scored twice. Zane Thornburg went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, scoring twice and driving in two. Camden Burris went 2-for-2 with a triple, totaling two RBIs and two runs. Bryce Herman went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk, leading the team with four RBIs and adding a run.

Thornburg earned the win in 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief, walking one and striking out four. Dylan Broderick started the game, pitching the first 2 2/3 and giving up three runs, two earned on two hits, four walks while sitting down six.

Game 2 was more consistent, with the game tied at five at the end of the second inning. St. Joe’s put up five, three and two runs in the final three innings to sweep the Owls.

Thornburg went 2-for-2 with a double, totaling three RBIs and a run. Broderick also had three RBIs, hitting a triple in his 2-for-3 game and scoring once. Macafee walked three times and earned a double in four plate appearances, scoring twice and driving in two.

Matt Steyers earned the win in four innings of shutout relief, only allowing one hit and striking out 11. Oliver Smith started the game and was taken out after one inning-plus of work due to allowing five runs, three earned on no hits and six walks. All three outs he earned came by strikeout.

The Wolves pick back up Friday, May 4, with a trip to Bellwood-Antis. St. Joe’s hosts P-O on Saturday, May 5, and heads to West Branch on Monday, May 7.
 

BALD EAGLE AREA

The Eagles split the first two games of the week, dominating Central on April 27, 12-2, before falling to Huntingdon, 4-3, on April 30.

Bald Eagle Area’s offense put up five runs in the second inning against Central, followed by another four in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to cap the slug fest. Central scored one run in the fourth, with the Dragons' only other run coming in the sixth. Over the two games between these teams this season, BEA has outscored the Dragons 29-4.

Trent Donley exploded offensively against Central, going 3-for-3 with a home run. He drove in five total runs and scored twice. Jaden Jones added two hits, including a double, in three at-bats and reached home plate twice.

Nick Maynard pitched the full game, striking out three and allowing only two earned runs on six hits and a walk.

BEA has a four-game home stand starting Friday, May 4, with West Branch, followed by Bellwood-Antis the next day. Tyrone arrives in Wingate on Tuesday, May 8, with Juniata on the schedule the day after. All games are scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch, except for Bellwood-Antis, which will start at 3:30 p.m.

BELLEFONTE

Clearfield arrived in Bellefonte on April 27, leaving with the “L” after a well-fought 9-8 victory by the Red Raiders. State High had more success the next day, taking the 16-6 win home with them. Bellefonte ended the month of April well, defeating P-O, 9-2.

You could call it a comeback. Clearfield was up 8-5 as the Red Raiders stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh and scored four to walk off on a defensive error.

CJ Funk let Bellefonte offensively, hitting 2-for-4 and a homerun, driving in three and scoring twice. Bobby Marsh and Daniel Catchmark also hit homers, scoring three runs and two runs, respectively.

Adam Armstrong and Seth Shuey split pitching time during the game, with Shuey earning the win. Armstrong finished with four runs, two earned, on one hit, four walks and six strikeouts. Shuey allowed four earned runs on two hits and three walks while sitting down three.

The Red Raiders got off to a hot start against Philipsburg-Osceola, scoring four in the first inning that would end up being enough to hold onto the lead.

Colton Burd hit a grand slam in the first inning for his only hit of the day in three at-bats, and scored two total runs himself. Funk hit a solo homer and scored two runs.

Armstrong earned the win in six and two-thirds innings of work, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out seven.

The Red Raiders face two home and two away games, starting with a visit from Tyrone on May Thursday, May 3. On Friday, May 4,

Bellefonte travels to Mill Hall for a game with Central Mountain. Bellefonte has a game at Loyalsock Township on Monday, May 7, before heading back home for a visit from Central. All games are set to start at 4:30 p.m.

PENNS VALLEY

The Rams had a rough week, starting with a shutout loss to Central at home April 26. Opposing offenses kept improving throughout the week as P-O put 10 up on PV’s six the next day. On April 30, Penns Valley traveled to Central, where the Rams were defeated again, 12-2.

PV  hopes to find a little more luck as they head into the last week of the season. The schedule over the next seven days starts with Huntingdon coming to Spring Mills on Thursday, May 3, before the Rams head to P-O the next day. On Monday, May 7, PV heads to Mifflintown to take on Juniata, and then to Clearfield on Tuesday, May 8, to end the regular season.

PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA

The Mounties had a win against Centre County rivals Penns Valley, 10-6. The three-game win streak — all against local teams — ended the month of April, as Bellefonte took a 9-2 victory.

Three runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings, with one more added in the fifth, capped P-O’s win over PV.

Ryan Kephart hit a triple on his 1-for-4 day, scoring two. He came across the plate once later in the game. Gage Coudriet led the team with four RBIs on his 1-for-3 day.

Coudriet started the game and earned the win in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits and three walks, adding four strikeouts. Ryan Whitehead pitched the rest of the game in relief, allowing five hits and three earned runs while sitting down two.

The Mounties have a busy upcoming schedule, with visits from Central, Penns Valley and St. Joe’s on Thursday, May 3, Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, respectively. Huntingdon arrives in Philipsburg for a double-header Tuesday, May 8, and West Branch arrives Wednesday, May 9.

STATE COLLEGE

Lewisberry was not friendly to the Little Lions on April 26 as Red Land took the win, 13-2. State High turned around and unloaded on Bellefonte in Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on April 28, winning 16-6.

The Little Lions got a head start on the Red Raiders, scoring three in the first frame, followed by four in the third inning to take a 7-1 lead. Bellefonte started to battle back as the teams traded two runs each in the fourth and the Red Raiders scored three in the fifth to make it 9-4. State High silenced any possible comeback with seven runs in the top of the sixth.

Tyler Simpson led State High offensively, hitting two triples and a double in four at-bats. Simpson tallied six RBIs and two runs on the day. Tyson Cooper also tripled and added a single in three at-bats, scoring three runs himself and driving in one. Jack Hurley went 2-for-4, driving in two and crossing home plate twice.

David Shoemaker pitched the full game, allowing six earned runs on 13 hits and a walk while striking out four.

State College has three games on its schedule, starting with a trip to Mechanicsburg for a game with Cumberland Valley on Thursday, May 3.  The next day, State High hosts Williamsport. Carlisle arrives in State College on Tuesday, May 8.

 

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