Playoff time

The first games of round 1 were played last Sunday and they really shook things up. All the lower-seeded teams beat the higher-seeded teams. [Read more: http://www.centredaily.com/sports/mlb/article161699948.html]

Now, while I doubt this is unprecedented, I think it shows how we get serious when it comes playoff time.

We sometimes hear a lot of smack about the “low quality of the league” and that we are all a bunch of hicks out playing sandlot baseball. (Actually, there are only two hicks in the league, and that is me and Clint…)

This league is filled with many talented players who live, eat, and breathe baseball. They have a passion for the sport that has kept them playing as long as they can, and, most importantly, in their own backyard. This league is all about the love of the game and now, more than ever, it shows.

Hope you get a moment to see some of the great games during this first round.

Tonight’s games

  • Spring Mills at Lemont
  • Spike Island at Clarence Coyotes
  • Howard at Pleasant Gap

All games start at 6 p.m. Hope to see you there!

 

Results May 23

Tuesday, May 23, 6PM, Lemont Ducks @ Philipsburg/Spike Island Pirates

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Lemont Ducks 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 7 12 0
Philipsburg/S.I. Pirates 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 8 1

 

WP – Zach Smeal  LP – Baker   S – Spencer Bivens

Lemont scored two runs in the 1st inning on an RBI single by Tyler Yazujian and an error by Philipsburg.  Philipsburg answered with a 2 run home run from Meyers to knot the score.  Lemont got a big bases clearing 3 RBI double from Dan Fry in the 2nd.  Philipsburg got 1 run back on a single by Parker Watson in the bottom of the 2nd.  Philipsburg got closer in the 5th inning on a run scored by Baker on a passed ball.  The Ducks added to the lead with and RBI single by Kyle Kocher in the 6th and Dan Fry scoring in the 7th for the final 7 – 4 score.

 

Top Hitters:  Lemont Ducks              – 1)  Dan Fry,               2 – 4, 3 RBI, R, 2B, 3B

2)  Josh Gardner    2 – 4, R

3)  Kyle Kocher       1 – 2, RBI, R, BB

4)  Paul Granados  1 – 2, R, BB

 

Philipsburg/S.I.            –  1)  Brandon Myers                2 – 3, 2 RBI, 2B, HR

2)  M. Marcinkco    2 – 3, R, 3B, BB

3)  Parker Watson 1 – 2, RBI, BB

 

Next Game:  Thurs, May 25, Howard Hawks @ Lemont Ducks,  Lemont Ducks Record 3 – 2

Tues, May 30, Spring Mills Braves @ Philipsburg/S.I. Pirates, Philipsburg/S.I.

Howard Hawks @ Pleasant Gap Peppers at Governors Park

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Howard 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 7 0
Pleasant Gap 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2

 

WP Dylan Womer  LP Steve Horlacher

Ryan Dyke sparked the hawks in the second inning with a leadoff double and would later score on an RBI groundout.  That would be all the offense Dylan Womer would need as he limited the Peppers to 4 hits with 6 k’s in a complete game effort.  Only once did Pleasant Gap have a runner reach second base with less than 2 outs as a leadoff double by Trent Fortney would only see him advance as far as third.  Howard would add insurance runs in the 4th and 5th innings paced by another leadoff double this time by Evan Gettig.

Top hitters

Howard  Evan Gettig – Double   Ryan Dyke- Double   Luke Gardner- 2 singles  Gage Gardner- 2 singles

Pleasant Gap  Trent Fortney – Double, single

Next Game

Howard 3-0 travels to Lemont Thursday May 25th

Pleasant Gap 1-3 will host Spring Mills May 25th

Clarence Mounties v. Spring Mills Braves

The Clarence Mounties​ scalp the Spring Mills Braves, 6-3. Lefty Brandon Barnyak goes the distance striking out eight in scattering six hits for his first Clarence Mounties win. Ryan Guenot paced offense with three hits, as the Mounties go to 3-0. next game is the Battle of Clarence on Thursday vs the Clarence Coyotes, game time 6 p.m.

Spring Mills at Lemont, May 21, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2PM, Spring Mills Braves @ Lemont Ducks, Pond at Spring Creek Park

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 H R E
Spring Mills Braves 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 9 0
Lemont Ducks 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 13 0

WP – Cody Luse  LP – Randy Blanda

The fans were the real winners to watch this error-free extra inning contest.  Spring Mills got the win on the field in the end.  The Lemont Ducks started hot with a 2 RBI double Kieran Kempton in the bottom of the first.  In the 2nd inning, the Ducks added to the lead with a sacrifice fly by Matt Hutchison scoring Colton Harpster (courtesy runner for Ben Finlan).  The Braves would start their comeback in the 4th, with a 2 RBI double by Kevin Sweeley.  The Braves tied the game in the top of the 7th with a double by Colton Treaster scoring Micah Schrenkle.  The score stay tied until the top of the 11th inning when Cody Luse won the game with his bat scoring the winning run in addition to pitching all 11 innings for the winners on the mound.

Top Hitters:  Spring Mills Braves  –  1)  Hunter Homan, 2 – 3, 2BB, 2R

2)  Colton Treaster, 2 – 4, BB, 2B, RBI

3)  Kevin Sweeley, 1 – 5, 2B, 2RBI

Lemont Ducks          –   1)  Doug Suhey, 4 – 5, BB, R

2)  Kieran Kempton, 2 – 5, 2B, 2RBI

3)  Josh Gardner,  2 – 5

Next Game:  Tues, May 23, Lemont Ducks @ Philipsburg/Spike Island Pirates

Tues, May 23, Clarence Mounties @ Spring Mills Braves

Pleasant Gap at Clarence Mounties 5/16

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Pleasant Gap Peppers 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 2 4 2
Clarence Mounties 0 3 1 0 0 2 X 6 8 1

Winning Pitcher Justin Taylor – 6IP, 0BB 7K
Losing Pitcher Dan Roan
Save Brandon Barnyack

Clarence Mounties stayed perfect on the season, beating Pleasant Gap 6-2, at Clarence. Pleasant Gap broke a 0-0 game in the top of the 2nd. Matt Foldman led off with a single, and moved to 2nd on a sac bunt by Tony Rider. Foldman scored on an RBI single by Zach Stimley. Clarence responded with 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Brian Kochik had a double, and was drove in by an RBI single by Ryan Guenot. Bryan Green added a 2 RBI single, to make the score 3-1 Clarence. The lead held though the game, and Clarence held onto win 6-2. Starter Justin Taylor went 6 innings for the W, scattering 4 hits and striking out 7. Brandon Barnyack pitched the 7th for the save.

Top Hitters Pleasant Gap Trent Fortney 2 singles, Matt Fortney double
Top Hitters Clarence Brian Kochik 2 doubles, Chuck Probst double, Bryan Green 2 singles

Records: Clarence Mounties 2-0, next game at Spring Mills May 23
Pleasant Gap 0-1, next game Thursday at Lemont.

Philipsburg at Lemont

Tuesday, May  16, 6PM, Philipsburg Spike Island Pirates @ Lemont Ducks, Pond @ Spring Creek Park

                                                                                        1  2  3  4  5  6  7  R  H  E

PhilipsburgSpike Island/ Pirates                              0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  7  0

Lemont Ducks                                                              4  0  1  0  0  0  X  5  5  1

WP – Zach Smeal (6K’s) LP – Parker Watson  S – Dan Fry

The Lemont Ducks earned a home win on Tuesday by taking a lead in the first inning and not looking back.  The four runs in the first inning were highlighted by a 2 RBI single by Ken Craig complimenting RBI singles by Matt Hutchison and Nick Harner.  Ken Craig added an RBI double in the 3rd inning.  Philipsburg avoided the shutout with an RBI single by Foden in the 7th.  Zach Smeal controlled the game from the mound for the Ducks with 6 strikeouts through 5 shutout innings and Dan Fry closed the door getting a double play  in the 7th for the save.

 Top Hitters

Lemont Ducks  

  • Ken Craig 2 – 3, 2B, 3 RBI’s
  • Doug Suhey – 2 – 3, 2 R’s
  • Matt Hutchison 1 – 2, R, RBI

Philipsburg Pirates

  • Curtis 2 – 3, R
  • Shaw 2 – 3, BB
  • Foden, 2 – 4, RBI

Next Games

Pleasant Gap Peppers @ Lemont Ducks, Thursday, May 18th

Howard Hawks @ Spike Island/Philipsburg Pirates, Sunday, May 21st

 

Opening Day 2017

With all the threat of rain, we made it through opening day for the Centre County Baseball League.

Coming away with the wins were league champs, Clarence Mounties, and the Howard Hawks.

Lemont at Mounties

The Clarence Mounties scored 3 runs off of Lemont starter Clint Hicks in the 1st inning, which would be all they would need to cruise to a 4-0 win at Clarence in the opener. In the 1st, John Schall hit a 2 out RBI double, and Ryan Guenot added a 2 RBI single to make the score 3-0. In the bottom of the 5th, Brian Kochik added a solo homer to LF that hit the top of the wall and skipped into the creek to make the score 4-0. Mountie pitcher Ryan MacNamara picked up the complete game win, striking out 9. Clarence is back in action at home on Tuesday vs. Pleasant Gap, while Lemont hosts PO. Clarence is 1-0 on the season, while Lemont falls to 0-1. Mountie Bryce Greene goes 2-4 at the plate, setting the CCBL record for hitting streak at 23 games, dating back to 2016.

Coyotes at Howard

Evan Getting started off fast with a single off Coyotes pitcher Andrew Stover. Dan Cole promptly brought him in to get the Hawks the lead in the first inning. The Hawks put together another offensive assualt in the sixth, starting with a walk by Kyle Womer, who was eventually brought in on a double by Dyke. Hawks pitcher, Brian Pelka, who pitched a complete game, deftly handled the Coyotes with 7Ks. Not bad at all…

Next Games
Tuesday May 16
Philipsburg at Lemont 6pm
Pleasant Gap at Clarence Mounties, 6pm
Spring Mills at Howard 6pm

Records
Mounties 1-0
Howard 1-0
Lemont 0-1
Coyotes 0-1

Updating the Calendar

We are getting ready for the upcoming season. We are slowly working on populating the calendar. For you curious folks, our calendar has been updated through May! Click the Schedule tab in the menu up above to see what how the 2017 season is shaping up. Keep checking back and we should be up and running soon!