ALTOONA — The Clearfield Bison baseball team ended their regular season Friday afternoon at 9-9 after losing to Altoona for the third time. In addition to the normal “home and home” series against Altoona, Clearfield faced off with the Mountain Lions in the finals of the Curve Classic, a game they lost 8-1.
Altoona was able to make short work of the Bisons by invoking the 10-run Mercy Rule with no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, 11-1.
Clearfield had actually taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a single by second baseman Jarrett Fulmer and an RBI double by shortstop Derek Danver.
Altoona then answered with a five run outburst in the bottom of the first to take control of the game. The big blow was a two-out, two-run double by third baseman Nate Clancy.
Bison starting pitcher Curtis Frye settled down and held Altoona scoreless over the next two innings, but couldn’t survive the home team’s five-run salvo in the bottom of the fourth inning and had to give way to freshman reliever Kurtis Krise.
Danver was the only Bison to collect two hits on the day as the Bisons were held to only five for the game.
The Bisons will now turn their attention to the post season as the District 9 AAA playoffs begin on Wednesday May 26. The number two seed Bisons will host the number three seed Punxsutawney Chucks at 4:30. The two teams split during the season, each winning on their home turf.
The winner will face the top seed St.Marys Flying Dutch at a place and time yet to be determined.
CLEARFIELD — 1
Jarrett Fulmer 2b 3110, Justin Hoffman rf 3000, Andrew Redden 1b 3000, Derek Danver ss 2021, Chad Zurat cf 2000, Luke Peterson 3b 0000, Garrett Samsel dh 2010, Drew Brown pr 0000, Matt Lonjin c 2000, Curtis Frye p 2010, Shane Harper lf 1000, Steve Miller ph 1000, TOTALS 21 AB, 1 R, 5 H, 1 RBI
ALTOONA — 11
Matt Donald rf 1000, Christian Helsel dh 2100, Cody Henderson ss 2221, Jordan Sneed 1b 2212, RJ Walters c 2221, Josh Adams 2b 1013, Matt Frederick p 3111, Matt Clancy 3b 2112, Trevor Bush lf 2111, Scott Lytle cf 3110, TOTALS 20 AB, 11 R, 10 H, 11 RBI
Score by Innings
Clearfield 100 00 1 5 1
Altoona 500 51 11 10 1
Errors – Redden; Clancy. LOB – Clearfield 5, Altoona 7. 2B – Danver; Adams, Clancy, Bush, Lytle. SB – Frederick, Clancy. CS – Henderson ( by Lonjin)
Clearfield – Frye 3.1 IP, 5 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 7 BB, 2 K
Krise .2+ IP (faced three batters in 5th), 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Altoona – Frederick 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
WP – Frederick. LP – Frye (0-1)