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Philipsburg upended by Punxsutawney, 12-2
Saturday, July 13, 2013
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
PUNXSUTAWNEY - Down 6-2 after five and a half innings in its opening game of the Area VI VFW Tournament, the Philipsburg-Osceola 13- and 14-year-old Teener League team gave up six earned runs in the bottom of the sixth to fall to Punxsutawney, 12-2, at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field.
P-O pitchers walked 10 Punxsy batters in the game, and the defense committed four errors.
"The little bleeders and walking the leadoff batters will hurt you," said P-O head coach Clayton Shaw. "We couldn't find the strike zone, and they got people on base. The little hits hurt us."
Punxsutawney opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, P-O starting pitcher Nick Conklin hit Canaan Knox. Knox moved to second base on an errant pickoff attempt and to third on a wild pitch before Joey DiPietro singled in Knox.
Conklin walked the next three batters to score DiPietro to give Punxsutawney a 2-0 lead.
Cam Domblisky relieved Conklin after 1 1/3 innings of work. With the bases loaded, Domblisky escaped further damage in the frame with a strikeout and a popout.
Punxsutawney also scored twice in the third inning.
With two outs and a runner on first, DiPietro hit his second single of the night to put runners at the corners.
Trent Stouffer followed with a base hit to left field to score Lucas Ambler, who reached on a walk. After his single, Stouffer stole second base. The throw went into center field, allowing DiPietro to score.
P-O got on the board in the top of the fourth inning off Punxsy starting pitcher Lucas Burkett.
Conklin tripled past the Punxsy right fielder to open the stanza. The triple was the only hit that went for extra bases by either team in the contest. Brandon Kephart singled up the middle to score Conklin for the team's first run.
Josh Bryan walked to lead off the fifth inning for P-O and trotted over to second base on a wild pitch. Matt Bordas popped a single just over the first baseman's head into right field to put runners at the corners. After a popout, Conklin grounded a ball back to the pitcher to allow Bryan to score to cut Punxsutawney's lead to 4-2.
P-O collected just seven hits in the game.
"The bats have to come alive," said Shaw. "The kids have seen better pitching through the league. They struggled for some reason."
Burkett pitched five innings and gave up two earned runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out one.
Punxsy scored two more times in the bottom of the fifth inning. DiPietro hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Ambler, while Stouffer singled in Knox to give Punxsy a 6-2 lead.
Domblisky finished his night on the mound after the fifth inning, and Bryan came on in relief for the sixth. Domblisky gave up two earned runs on three hits in his 3 2/3 innings of work.
"He did a fine job," said Shaw of Domblisky. "I took him out because Bryan was throwing strikes in the cage, and I put Domblisky at shortstop. That's my best defense. I was hoping we could get through it with our best defense out there and it just backfired on us."
Bryan gave up three hits and four walks in the frame after getting the first two outs quickly in the sixth. Bryan gave up six earned runs in the inning.
Josh Earnest was brought in in relief of Bryan for one batter. With the bases loaded and Punxsutawney up 10-2, Caleb Smith singled to right field to score two runs to end the game.
Both teams were back in action today against Clearfield and Curwensville.
Philipsburg-Osceola played Curwensville this morning at 10 and will face Clearfield at 5:30. Punxsutawney played Clearfield at 12:30 and Curwensville at 3.
The tournament's best record will advance to the state tournament in Lebanon.

Bryan 3b-ss-p-2b 2100, Bordas c-3b 3020, Domblisky ss-p 3000, Conklin p-c 3111, Kephart lf 3021, Coudriet 1b 2000, Ammerman cf 3010, Earnest 2b-p 3010, Durlin rf 1000, Guelich rf 2000. Totals: 25-2-7-2.
Smith ss-rf 4012, Burkett p-ss 4000, Maines cf 4110, Ambler 3b 1300, Knox 2b-p 2300, DiPietro c 3334, Stouffer 1b 2122, Greenblatt lf 1000, Gearhart lf 2111, Hutton rf-2b 2002. Totals: 25-12-8-11.
Score by Innings
P-O                  000 110-2 7 4
Punxsutawney   022 026-12 8 Á1
Two outs when winning run scored.
Errors-Coudriet, Conklin, Kephart, Bryan; Smith. LOB-Philipsburg-Osceola 7, Punxsutawney 8. 3B-Conklin. SF-DiPietro. SB-Smith, Maines, Gearhart, Stouffer. HBP-Knox (by Conklin).
Philipsburg-Osceola: Conklin-1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO; Domblisky-3 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO; Bryan-2/3 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO; Earnest-0+ IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
Punxsutawney: Burkett-5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO; Knox-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
WP-Burkett. LP-Conklin.

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