Ormsby's big hit leads Philipsburg over Clarence in CPL playoffs|
Saturday, July 13, 2013
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
PHILIPSBURG - The Philipsburg American Legion team put together a big inning en route to a 6-1 victory over Clarence in the first round of the Central Penn League playoffs on Friday.
The Phils scored four runs in the fourth, and got 6 1/3 innings of solid pitching from Parker Watson to take the victory.
Philipsburg's David Ormsby hit a bases-clearing double in the fourth, while Watson knocked in two runs.
"Parker threw a really nice game," said Phils manager Jim Rice. "He got a little tired there at the end. But we had that big inning where we scored four runs with two outs, and that pretty much sealed it for us."
Clarence went ahead in the first inning, when Tyler Schall hit a one-out single. Schall moved to third after back-to-back singles by Ben Verbitskey and Nate Cleaver.
Schall then scored on a wild pitch that rolled to the backstop.
Watson got out of the inning with two straight strikeouts. The Phils hurler fanned nine batters in the game.
Philipsburg got the run back in the bottom of the second as Watson reached on a walk, moved to second on a single by Chad Speigle and reached third on an error in the infield.
That loaded the bases for the next batter, Matt Hample, who drew a walk to plate Watson and tie the game at 1-1.
Philipsburg took the lead for good in the bottom of the third, as Aaron Lidgett doubled into center. He was followed by a double from Watson, which scored Lidgett and put the score a 2-1.
Clarence put runners on in the fourth inning, but Watson got out of the jam with two strikeouts and a flyout.
The Phils put up their biggest inning of the game in the bottom of the fourth, with all of the runs coming with two outs.
With the bases loaded, Ormsby, who was hit by a pitch in the calf in the first inning, limped up to the batter's box. He took the first pitch he saw down the left-field line, allowing all three runners to score.
Ormsby pulled up limping at second. A single by Lidgett looked to score Ormsby, but with the injury he barely made it to third.
Watson doubled into center in the next at-bat, leaving Ormsby to jog home and put the score at 6-1.
"That's why we have Dave in the three-hole," said Rice. "He's a good hitter. He got hit in the leg and he was a little sore, but he was able to come through with a big hit.
"Fortunately, we had some other big hits. Parker and Lidge had back-to-back doubles."
Watson had a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth, and left two runners stranded in scoring position in the top of the sixth.
The pitcher, who plays college ball at Lock Haven, was sent back out to start the seventh with his pitch count at 98.
He struggled, allowing a single and a walk before getting Cleaver to hit into a fielder's choice for an out.
After walking Jordan Kobularcik, Watson was relieved by Kyle Johns. Johns got a flyout and a groundout to end the game and set the final at 6-1.
"Kyle came in and did a good job," Rice said. "I think the guys played well today. The defense wasn't too bad either. A win is a win, so we are happy with it."
Philipsburg improved to 13-9 overall. The Phils travel to DuBois today at 4 p.m.
Koleno ss 3000, Schall c 3120, Verbitskey cf 3010, Cleaver p 4000, Kobularcik 1b 3000, Statham rf 3000, Schreffler lf 3000, Light 3b 1000, Onder 2b 3000. Totals: 26-1-3-0.
W. Belinda 2b 3100, J. Belinda ss 3110, Ormsby rf 3113, Ohler rf 0000, Lidgett cf 4120, Watson p-lf 3122, Speigle 3b 3010, Harlow 1b 2000, Singer c 3100, Hample lf 2001, Johns p 0000. Totals: 26-6-7-6.
Score by Innings
Clarence 100 000 0-1 3 3
Philipsburg 011 400 x-6 7 2
Errors-Statham, Light 2; J. Belinda 2. LOB-Clarence 10, Philipsburg 9. DP-Clarence 1. 2B-Watson 2, Lidgett, Ormsby, J. Belinda. SAC-Light. HBP-Schreffler (by Watson); Ormsby (by Cleaver). CS-J. Belinda (by Schall). WP-Watson 1. PB-Singer 1.
Clarence: Cleaver-6 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 3 SO.
Philipsburg: Watson-6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 9 SO; Johns-2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
WP-Watson. LP-Cleaver. S-Johns.