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Wolves offense continues to shine in high-scoring wins

by on May 10, 2018 10:25 AM

There's just one more week of high school baseball left in the regular season. Here's a look at recent Centre County PIAA play.  

St. Joseph Catholic Academy's Wolves continued their show of offensive prowess by defeating Bellwood-Antis on the road May 4, 15-8. The team returned home the next day to face Philipsburg-Osceola, taking the victory in eight innings by a score of 11-10.

St. Joe’s struck early and often against the Blue Devils, putting up the first two runs in the first inning. By the end of a five-run third inning, the score was 7-4. Three runs in the fourth inning, followed by two runs each in the fifth and sixth, with only one run in response, turned the score into 14-5. St. Joe’s added one final run in the seventh before Bellwood-Antis attempted a comeback, scoring three before the Wolves’ defense ended any hopes of a miracle.

Camden Burris was the offensive leader for St. Joe’s, driving in four runs and crossing the plate three times. Burris went 3-for-5 on the day, with two of his hits going for doubles. Dylan Broderick drove two across and scored twice on a 3-for-4 night, adding a double and a walk. Cole Bernier hit three RBIs and scored once, hitting 3-for-5, a home run away from the cycle. Jack Mangene hit a double in his 4-for-5 day and found his way across the plate all four times he was on the base paths.

Bryce Herman earned the win in 1 2/3 innings of work, allowing one unearned run on no hits and a walk while striking out two.

Against Philipsburg-Osceola, the Wolves struck first again, adding three runs to the board in the bottom of the second, only for the Mountaineers to respond in kind the next frame. P-O had a huge fourth inning, adding seven and taking the 10-3 lead before St. Joe’s scored seven runs of its own in its final frame to send the game to extra innings. The Wolves finally walked off with one run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Mangene led the Wolves’ offense against P-O, hitting a triple in his 3-for-3 effort, driving in three runs and scoring once, adding two walks. Cade Nungesser drove in two and scored once during his 1-for-3 day, with two walks. Four St. Joe’s players each scored twice, including Burris, Bernier, Zane Thornburg and Matt Steyers.

Bernier earned the win with five innings of relief pitching, allowing three unearned runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out seven batters.

St. Joe’s ends its regular season with a double-header on the road at Williamsburg on Thursday, May 10. The games are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
 

BALD EAGLE AREA

The Bald Eagles took their May 4 game handily, defeating West Branch 10-0. The next day, things didn’t go quite as well, as Bellwood-Antis took the 6-4 victory in eight innings.

Against the Warriors, BEA scored two runs in the bottom of the second to put the first runs on the board. Another six in the second inning virtually sealed the W, while an extra run in both the third and fourth innings added to the margin of victory in the shutout.

Grant King went 3-for-3, just a home run short of the cycle, with two RBIs and a run in the route. Dylan Bisel added four RBIs of his own with a home run on his 2-for-3 day. Trent Donley scored two runs without a hit in one at-bat during three plate appearances.

Noah Williamson pitched the complete game shutout, allowing two hits and striking out a whopping 13 batters.

This upcoming week marks the end of BEA’s season as they head to Jersey Shore on Thursday, May 10, followed by a visit from local rivals Bellefonte in Wingate the next day to close out the regular season.

BELLEFONTE

The Red Raiders took wins from Tyrone and Central Mountain before being shut out in Williamsport by Loyalsock Township on May 7. The scores were 6-4, 2-0 and 7-0, respectively.

On May 3, Tyrone visited Bellefonte and fought hard, taking a 4-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning before the Red Raiders responded with five runs of their own in the next frame. Defenses took over from there, and Bellefonte earned the win.

Bobby Marsh led the Red Raiders offensively, hitting a grand slam for his only hit in three at-bats. Corby Koleno drove in a run and scored himself during his 1-for-2 night, reaching base on balls once.

Ashton Wetzler earned the win in five and a third innings of work, allowing four earned runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six.

At Central Mountain the next day, pitchers ruled the game. Bellefonte didn’t score the first run of the game until the top of the fourth inning, and capped off the game with the only other run in the sixth inning.

CJ Lauck drove in both of the Red Raiders’ runs, hitting 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly on the night. Marsh and CJ Funk scored the runs. They hit 1-for-3 and 1-for-2 with a walk, respectively.

Marsh pitched all seven innings of shutout baseball in the win, only allowing three hits and sitting down three.

Bellefonte ends its season at Bald Eagle Area on Friday, May 11, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

PENNS VALLEY

The Rams fell to Huntingdon on May 3 and Philipsburg-Osceola on May 4. PV allowed eight runs in both games, losing by scores of 8-5 and 8-2.

One game is left on the Rams’ regular season schedule. Tyrone arrives in Spring Mills on Thursday, May 10, for the season finale.

PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA

The Mounties played two fellow Centre County teams this weekend in Penns Valley and St. Joe’s, earning a win and a loss in the process.

On May 4, P-O defeated PV by a score of 8-2 before falling to St. Joe’s in a high-scoring 11-10 game in eight innings.

Penns Valley struck in the first frame, putting one run on the board. The score would stay 1-0 in the Rams’ favor until the bottom of the fifth inning when P-O exploded for eight runs. One final run in the top of the seventh wasn’t enough to spark a comeback for Penns Valley.

Landon McDonald led the Mounties offensively, driving in two runs and scoring himself during his 2-for-3 night, adding a walk. Micah Martin also hit two RBIs and scored twice, hitting a double for his only hit in two at-bats, adding a walk. Ryan and Brandon Kephart had nearly identical nights, both hitting 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Ryan Kephart broke the symmetry with a walk.

Gage Coudriet pitched six innings for the win, allowing one earned run on seven hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Clearfield visits Philipsburg-Osceola on Thursday, May 10, to finish the Mounties’ regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE

The Little Lions had offensive problems that didn’t mesh will with the defensive problems they had at the same time.

On May 3, State High traveled to Mechanicsburg to take on Cumberland Valley, where the Little Lions returned home after an 8-1 loss. Things didn’t go any better a day later when Williamsport arrived in State College and scored double-digits, taking the win 13-1.

State College has two more games on its regular season schedule, starting with a visit from Cedar Cliff on Thursday, May 10. State High rounds out the season in Mill Hall for a game at Central Mountain on Monday, May 14. The first pitch against Cedar Cliff is scheduled for 4:15 p.m., while the game at Central Mountain starts at 4:30 p.m.  

 

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