Clearfield tops Curwensville|
Saturday, July 13, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
The Clearfield 13- and 14-year-old Teener League all-stars began Area VI play on the right foot, as they smacked 12 hits, drew 13 walks and took advantage of eight Curwensville errors en route to a 20-2 win in six innings on Friday night at the Lawrence Township Rec Park.
Will Myers was 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBIs for Clearfield, which got two hits apiece from Justin Fedder and Michael Ternoway.
"I thought, in the beginning, that the kids were nervous about being in a district playoff game," said Clearfield head coach Ed Yeager. "We worked these kids pretty hard for the last 10 days or so, and I think they understand the importance of playing (well) in the districts.
"I think they were nervous to start the game, but they settled in. Everyone on the team got to contribute something to the big win. It's always a big win when you win the first game of any tournament, no matter what it is."
While Curwensville had troubles out of the gate by committing six of its eight errors in the first two innings, Clearfield played nearly perfect defense behind a trio of hurlers.
The only miscue came on an errant pickoff attempt late in the contest with the game already in hand.
Each Clearfield pitcher allowed one hit, as Fedder earned the win after tossing three innings of relief after starter Tommy Hazel left after one inning on the mound due to an injury.
Thayne Morgan closed things out for Clearfield over the final two innings, where he walked three and struck out three.
"They play a lot more baseball that we do," Curwensville assistant coach Jordan Lancaster said. "We get together in May and play until the end of June, sometimes early in July because of makeup games. We only came with 10 kids, and it doesn't help having that many."
Clearfield, the visiting team via the coin toss, posted five runs in the top of the first and didn't look back.
Jake Sorbera and Gavin Starr had the only RBIs in the frame, as Curwensville starter Austin Lansberry struggled with his control and issued four walks in addition to the four errors behind him.
"The walks hurt us real bad," said Lancaster. "It didn't help that (Austin) was one of our better pitchers. We thought he was the best to go with, but walks killed us and errors killed us. We didn't hit the ball real well either. We usually hit it better than that in practice. I guess we'll just have to come back tomorrow and give it another try."
Clearfield added two more runs each in the following three innings to carry an 11-2 lead into the fifth, but was turned away by Josh Terry, who retired three of the four batters he faced.
Terry couldn't escape damage in the sixth, however, as Clearfield sent 14 batters to the plate in scoring its final nine runs of the contest.
Myers had a 2-run double in the frame, while Jake Pennington plated another with a double of his own.
Fedder had both of his hits in the inning for Clearfield, which faced Punxsutawney today at 12:30 in Philipsburg.
"We settled in, relaxed a little bit and started to hit the ball," Yeager said of his team, which plated its first nine runs on just two hits. "I give the kids from Curwensville credit for hanging in there. I know their numbers are down a little bit this year. They hung in there and worked hard, but it just got away from them."
Curwensville's offense was most effective in the bottom of the first, where Lansberry plated Terry and R.J. Olson with a single to right field.
Jarrett Wharton and Austin Butlin, who doubled, accounted for the only other Curwensville hits.
Curwensville faced Philipsburg-Osceola - which dropped a 12-2 decision in the other contest on Friday - this morning at 10 and will close out its tournament against Punxsy at 3 p.m.
Clearfield will play P-O in the tournament finale at 5:30.
The team with the best record will advance to the state tournament in Lebanon.
"I just hope we can do better tomorrow," said Lancaster. "I can guarantee that the other teams there are going to be just as good, or better, (than Clearfield). Either way, we've got to come and play."
Fedder 2b-p-2b 4322, Myers ss 4443, Collins 1b 1012, Wagner rf 3111, Starr dh 2101, Wilson cf 1100, Hazel p 1100, T. Morgan 2b-p 3010, Sorbera c 4202, Luzier 3b 3100, Pennington 3b 2111, McGonigal lf 2100, McGinnis lf 0200, Z. Morgan rf 1100, Ternoway 1b 3121. Totals: 34-20-12-13.
Terry lf-p-1b 2100, Wharton ss 3010, Olson cf 2100, Timko 1b-p 2000, Lansberry p 2012, McClure c 3000, Butlin 3b 3010, Moore rf 1000, Winebold 2b-lf 1000, Farley 2b 2000. Totals: 21-2-3-2.
Score by Innings
Clearfield 522 209-20 12 1
Curwensville 200 000-2 3 8
Errors-T. Morgan; Wharton 3, McClure 2, Olson, Butlin, Terry. LOB-Clearfield 10, Curwensville 8. 2B-Myers, Pennington; Butlin. SB-Starr 2, Myers, Collins, T. Morgan, McGinnis; Olson. HBP-Myers (by Lansberry). WP-Hazel, Fedder; Lansberry 4, Terry 2. PB-McClure 3. Balk-Lansberry.
Clearfield: Hazel-1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO; Fedder-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO; T. Morgan-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO.
Curwensville: Lansberry-4 IP, 4 H, 11 R, 6 ER, 9 BB, 3 SO; Terry-1 2/3 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO; Timko-1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.