CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Chiefs opened the 2009 Jefferson County League against a red hot Laurel Eye Clinic squad from Brookville in American Legion play with a 14-2 defeat.
The Chiefs were coming off a 2008 season where they finished with a 17-14 record under head coach Sid Lansberry.
Lansberry is once again at the helm and after the opening day loss mentioned, “After a five game high school week we just didn’t have a lot of pitching left.”
Brookville took an early 3-0 lead after four innings Sunday but it was the fifth when they put the game away with seven runs. The game was called after six innings due to the twelve run mercy rule.
The visitors from Jefferson County banged a total of thirteen hits off three different pitchers with starter Aaron Sayers taking the loss after going the first four innings. Trevor Flanagan and Corey Bookhamer each threw one inning in relief for the Chiefs.
Pitcher Chase Lyle went the distance for Laurel Eye Clinic to pick up the win as he scattered five Clearfield hits. The only damage the Chiefs could do to Lyle was a fifth inning, one-out two-run double by Sayers.
Brookville was paced by Ethan Harmon with three hits while Cayliff Worling, Nick Bishop, Dakota Singleton, and Mike Lindermuth each had two singles. Ryan Zimmerman had a double for Brookville.
Lansberry summed up the days play, “It’s only our first game and we are still involved in high school playoffs. Perhaps we weren’t as focused as we should have been going in.”
The Chiefs play two games this coming Saturday, both at home, 1:00 pm against Fox Township and then Bradford to follow.
BROOKVILLE – 14 Dustin Dombrowski ss 4100, Nick Bishop 2b 4121, Ryan Zimmerman rf 4213, Jared Heschke 3b 4000, Mike Lindermuth lf 4221, C. J. Bietz 1b 3010, Tyler Dombrowski ph 0100, Chase Lyle p 0000, Dakota Singleton dh 3221, Ethan Harmon c 4331, Cayliff Worling cf 3223. TOTALS – 33 14 13 10
CLEARFIELD – 2 Justin Hoffman rf/3b 3010, Aaron Sayers p/cf 3012, Tanner St. Clair dh 3000, Luke Peterson 2b 0000, Corey Bookhamer 1b/p 3010, Derek Danver ss 3010, Kyle Timchak cf/rf 2010, Matt Lonjin c 2000, Andrew Redden c 1000, Chad Zurat lf 3100, Trevor Flanagan 3b/p/1b 1100. TOTALS – 24 2 5 2
SCORE BY INNINGS R H E
LAUREL EYE CLINIC 011 174 14 13 1
CLEARFIELD 000 020 2 5 3
(Game called after six innings – 12 run rule)
ERRORS – D. Dombrowski, Danver, Flanagan, Hoffman. LOB – BROOKVILLE – 7 CLEARFIELD – 6. 2B- Zimmerman, Sayers. SB – Harmon 2, Worling.
BROOKVILLE Lyle 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1K
CLEARFIELD Sayers 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; Flanagan 1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; Bookhamer 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1K
WP – Lyle (1-0) LP – Sayers (0-1)