HEPBURNIA – A strong relief pitching performance by rookie Wes McGarry was the key as Curwensville came back from a 5-0 first-inning deficit to defeat Clearfield 10-5 in Jefferson County Legion Baseball League action at Thorp Twins Memorial Field Monday evening.
The Chiefs took advantage of four errors by the Haymakers and three walks by starter Jesse Hoover and McGarry to jump into the early lead. Chris Barr\’s two-run single, one of only two hits by the visitors, capped the rally.
McGarry stepped into a no-out, bases-loaded situation and was responsible for two runs, both unearned. After Barr\’s liner to center field, the 15-year-old lefthander retired 10 of the next 11 batters and went on to blank the Chiefs over the last six innings. He struck out three and walked two in his mound debut for the Haymakers, who are 4-5.
Clearfield failed to score in the fifth and seventh innings after loading the sacks with three singles in each frame. The Chiefs stranded 10 runners in all as they fell to 4-4 in the JCLL and 6-4 for the season.
Curwensville got back into the game with four runs in the second inning, Justin McGarry driving in one run with the first of his three hits, McGarry getting an RBI on a groundout and Ben McGary chasing home two teammates with a double into the right center gap.
In the fourth, Haymakers drew even on two walks and Phil Solley\’s double to left that chased loser Corey Bookhamer. Ben McGary then scored the winning run on a wild pitch by reliever James Zimmerman, and Corey Bloom singled up the middle to drive in an insurance run.
The Haymakers added three runs in the sixth on two walks, Hoover\’s sacrifice fly, Adam Pennington\’s RBI-double inside third base and a throwing error on Justin McGary\’s infield hit.
Bloom had a pair of hits for Curwensville.
Jarrin Campman, David Welker and Josh Rippey had two singles apiece for Clearfield, which will host Brookville Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Bison Sports Complex.
Clearfield will be one of the host teams for the 26-team 19-and-Under Division of this weekend\’s Mid-Atlantic \”World Wood Bat Association\” Showcase XXV sponsored by Bellefonte Baseball.
All of the Chiefs\’ games will be at the Lawrence Township Rec Park. The Chiefs will play Wayne (Pa.) Senior Legion Post 668 at 10 a.m. and Ottawa (Ontario) Nepean Canadians at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Bustleton (Pa.) Legion Post 810 at 10 a.m. and Plainfield (Ill.) Legion Post 1080 at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Punxsutawney Legion will play the same teams both days in 12:30 and 3 o\’clock starts.
Four teams will advance to the semifinals at Bellefonte Sunday morning, with the winners to meet in the championship game at noon.
CLEARFIELD – 5
James Zimmerman ss-p 4100, David Ryan cf 3110, Jarrin Campman 2b-ss 3120, Michael Moyer 1b-2b 3001, Aaron Sayers lf 4111, David Welker 3b 4120, Corey Bookhamer p-1b 0000, Alex Billotte dh 2000, Josh Rippey dh 2020, Wil Bacharach c 4000, Chris Barr rf 4012. TOTALS: 33 5 8 4.
CURWENSVILLE – 10
Ben McGary cf 2212, Mark Dell\’Antonio 1b 3000, Derek Dixon 1b 1000, Phil Solley c 3211, Jesse Hoover p-ss 2111, Corey Bloom 3b 3021, Adam Pennington 3b 1111, Justin McGary ss-2b 4131, Nate McGary rf 2110, Nick Sipes rf 2000, Tyler Johns 2b-lf 2110, Joe Catalano lf 1000, Wes McGarry lf-p 2101. TOTALS; 28 10 11 8.
Score by Innings:
Clearfield 500 000 0 – 5 9 1
Curwensville 040 303 x – 10 11 5
Errors – Zimmerman; J. McGary 3, Johnson, McGarry. LOB – Clearfield 10; Curwensville 6. 2B – B. McGary, Solley, Hoover, Pennington. SF – Hoover. SB – Campman, Sayers; J. McGary.
Clearfield – Bookhamer 3-2/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; Zimmerman 2-1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.
Curwensville – Hoover 0 IP (faced 4 batters in 1st), 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K; McGarry 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
WP – Bookhamer 2, Zimmerman 3.
W – McGarry (1-0). L – Bookhamer (2-3).
Umpires – Dale Shaw (home), Sam Bevak (bases).