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Youngsters lead Philipsburg Pirates to 2-0 win over Pleasant Gap
Friday, June 26, 2015
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
PHILIPSBURG – The Centre County League is notorious for boasting some of the area’s top collegiate talent and some former minor and major leaguers.
While a lot of the rosters are centered around adult players, Philipsburg’s 2-0 win over Pleasant Gap on Thursday was fueled by a pair of high school standouts.
Logan Williamson was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Isaac Knepp logged three effective innings of relief to earn the save in the Pirates’ latest victory.
Williamson plated the winning run with an RBI single in the third and then crossed the plate with an insurance run on a bases-loaded walk by Cody Doran in the sixth.
“He’s a special player and he’s so young, too,” said Philipsburg shortstop Drew Bryan. “He reminds me a lot of Mike Marcinko when he was in high school. He had a tough game defensively against Clarence a couple of weeks ago, but I told him to keep his head up. This is the first time I’ve seen him play since then, and he did everything – he fielded the ball, made plays, had clutch hits.
“It’s funny because he’s so young. He’s making some of the older guys look really old with how well he’s playing. He’s a special player.”
No. 10 hitter Robbie Smith got the third started against Peppers southpaw Dan Roan with a one-out single and scored two hitters later when Williamson followed suit.
The run stood as the only tally until the sixth when Williamson led off with a single and stole second. After striking out Bryan, Roan intentionally walked Matt McCamley with hopes of inducing a double play ball.
Unfortunately for Roan, the intentional walk was a prelude of the next two hitters’ fate and Williamson scored when Doran drew ball 4.
Aside from the two innings Philipsburg scored, Roan was able to keep the Pirates bats in check. Roan allowed three of his four walks in the sixth and ended the contest with eight strikeouts.
“His curveball is like a Frisbee,” Bryan said of Roan. “It just floats and it gets guys out in front, and his fastball has run-away. That’s the second time we’ve faced him this year, and he had our number the first game – I think it was 2-0, too.
“We got some clutch hits and got some walks. We haven’t played since last Saturday … but I think, come playoff time, the bats will come around.”
The run support was more than enough for starter Cody Lee and Knepp, who each allowed the same amount of hits as innings worked.
Lee helped himself by turning a double play with Williamson in the first to wiggle out of a second-and-third situation, while Knepp worked the strike zone and didn’t allow a runner past second base.
Both Philipsburg pitchers walked one and struck out two.
“Cody did great,” said Bryan. “It was the first time I’ve seen him throw since high school. He came out and threw strikes and got guys out. He was one of our top two (pitchers) my last two years of high school, so I knew what he had and what he’s capable of.
“I didn’t really know much about (Isaac), so I talked to Derek Shaw and he said (Knepp) was available. (Isaac) threw really well in high school this year and he’s a lefty, so I thought it was a no-brainer for us. I thought he and Cody both looked great – even better than I expected.”
The Pirates (10-2) host Howard on Sunday.
James ss 3010, Cunningham lf 3000, Lalli 2b 3010, Roan p 3010, Alterio eh 3020, Fye rf 2000, Moerschbacher ph 1000, Burger 3b 3000, Burke 1b 2010, Weaver cf 3010, Tate c 1000. Totals: 27-0-7-0.
Curtis 2b 2000, Williamson 3b 3121, Bryan ss 3000, McCamley cf 2000, Watson lf 1010, Doran rf 2011, Hayward dh 3000, Lee p 0000, Knepp p 0000, Shaw eh-c 2000, Beals 1b 2000, Smith c 1110, Arnold eh 1000. Totals: 22-2-5-2.
Score by Innings
Pleasant Gap 000 000 0-0 7 0
Philipsburg 001 001 x-2 5 0
LOB-Pleasant Gap 8, Philipsburg 8. DP-Philipsburg. 2B-Lalli, Weaver. SB-Williamson, Watson, Shaw. HBP-Watson, Shaw (by Roan). IBB-McCamley (by Roan).
Pleasant Gap: Roan-6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO.
Philipsburg: Lee-4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO; Knepp-3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.
WP-Lee. LP-Roan. Sv-Knepp.