Panthers Claw Back Against Bisons in Late Innings

LEWISTOWN – The Clearfield Bisons paid the price for defensive lapses again Thursday, unable to convert a 7-4 lead into their first win of the scholastic baseball season as Lewistown rallied to pull out a 9-8 squeaker at Rec Park and remain atop the Central Penn League.
 
Solo homers by Michael Moyer and Tanner St. Clair, the first of their varsity careers, helped the Bisons score at least one run in each of the first five innings, after which they still held an 8-7 edge.
 
However, the Panthers knotted the count in the sixth against reliever Parker Herrington on singles by Sean Heckert and Elliot Searer and a groundout by Andrew Moist.
 
In the seventh, Lewistown turned Clearfield\’s fifth error into the deciding run when pinch-runner Casey Zimmerman moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and Alex Haines came through with the one-out, game-winning hit to right center. 
 
The defending District 6 Class AAA champion Panthers, 4-3 overall, are tied with State College for the CPL lead at 3-0.
 
Seven of their runs were unearned, including all four in the first inning.
 
Jarrin Campman singled, stole second and scored on a Lewistown miscue in the top of the frame, but a Bison misplay, a walk and Nick Beamenderfer\’s single got the hosts even.
 
The Bisons failed to execute a pickoff on Searer at second that would have left Moist standing at the plate. Even after that, they had a play on Moist\’s foul fly that would gotten starter Corey Bookhamer out of the inning. On the next pitch, the Panther third baseman clubbed a three-run homer.
 
\”They shouldn\’t have scored in that inning,\” coach Sid Lansberry noted after the Bisons fell to 0-5 with their third CPL loss. \”We\’re just giving away too many outs.\”
 
In three games this week, Clearfield pitchers surrendered 30 runs, but 19 were unearned.
 
To their credit, the Bisons overcame the 4-1 deficit on Moyer\’s circuit blow to left in the second inning and a four-run salvo in the third. Campman and St. Clair walked, Herrington doubled for one run and Welker doubled for a pair of ribbies. Welker then scored on Derek Danver\’s groundout to give the Bisons a 6-4 lead. 
 
Aaron Sayers\’s RBI-single provided Bookhamer with a three-run cushion in the fourth, but Lewistown drew even when Scott Brown doubled, Haines tripled, Heckert walked and Searer\’s grounder to the left side resulted in two Bison errors. Searer was waved around third, too, but the relay from St. Clair to Herrington to catcher Matt Lonjin cut down the go-ahead run.
 
That play loomed large when St. Clair belted his homer deep over the left center fence in the fifth to put the Bisons in front for the third time, but they couldn\’t hold on to break into the win column.
 
\”It\’s nice to come back and be in the game, and we\’re starting to generate some offense, which is encouraging, but we\’re still shooting ourselves in the foot,\” Lansberry said. \”It\’s the little things. We botched three sacrifice bunts. We screwed up a pickoff play. And we had a chance to get (Moist) out on a foul pop the pitch before he hit the home run.
 
\”We\’re definitely going to be better defensively. I think we can have a pretty solid infield.\”
 
Lansberry shook up the lineup, moving Campman from third into the lead-off spot and St. Clair from fourth to third, dropping Herrington from second into the clean-up role and elevating Welker to No. 5.
 
Campman and Welker each had two hits as that quartet accounted for six of Clearfield\’s eight hits off Ray Klinger and Anthony Shank, who relieved after St. Clair\’s blast in the fifth and shut out the Bisons over the last three frames for the victory.
 
The Bisons are scheduled to play their first home games Saturday in a non-league double-header against Wesmont Hilltop at noon and Brookville at 3 p.m.  
 
Lewistown won the junior varsity game 10-0.
 
CLEARFIELD — 8
 
Jarrin Campman 2b 4220, Aaron Sayers dh 4011, Matt Lonjin 0000, Tanner St. Clair lf 3211, Parker Herrington ss-p 3111, David Welker rf 3122, Derek Danver 3b-ss 4001, Michael Moyer 1b 3111, Corey Bookhamer p 2000, Justin Hoffman 3b 1000, David Ryan cf 2100, Chris Barr ph 1000.  TOTALS: 30 8 8 7.
 
LEWISTOWN — 9
 
Brody Blessing cf 4110, Sean Heckert lf 3210, Elliot Searer ss 3120, Nick Beamenderfer 2b 4121, Andrew Moist 3b 3124, Zac Hesketh cf 3000, Scott Brown c 4110, Ray Klinger p 2100, Anthony Shank p 1000, Casey Zimmerman pr 0100, Alex Haines rf 3122.  TOTALS: 30 9 11 7.
 
Score by Innings:

 
Clearfield          114 110 0 —  8  8 5
Lewistown        400 301 1 —  9 11 3
 
Errors – St. Clair 2, Herrington, Bookhamer, Hoffman; Searer 2, Hesketh. PB – Lonjin 1. LOB – Clearfield 6; Lewistown 6. 2B – Herrington, Welker; Brown. 3B – Haines. HR – Moyer, St. Clair; Moist. Sac – Beamenderfer. SB – Campman 2; Blessing, Heckert, Searer.
 
Pitching
 
Clearfield – Bookhamer 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K; Herrington 2-1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K.
Lewistown – Klinger 4 IP (pitched to 1 batter in 5th), 6 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; Shank 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.
HB – Herrington 1 (Haines). WP – Herrington 1; Klinger.
W – Shank (2-0) . L – Herrington (0-1).
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