BOALSBURG – Ronny Ogden and Wyatt Westen had three hits and two runs batted in apiece and Kyler Kephart pitched six inning to pick up his first victory as the Clearfield American Legion Post 6 baseball team downed host Penns Valley 8-4 at the Shaner Complex Friday evening.
Manager Sid Lansberry’s Chiefs improved their Central Penn League record to 4-3 with their fifth win overall in eight outings.
Ogden’s RBI single put Clearfield in front to stay, 4-3, in the fifth inning, and Westen’s ensuing two-run double proved to be the game-winning hit.
The Chiefs gave Kephart a five-run cushion with two runs in the sixth.
Pinch-hitter Derek Hryn led off with a single. After Kephart sacrificed, Cole Kephart drove in pinch-runner Matt Josephson with a two-bagger. Andrew Redden walked and Thomas Summers singled to fill the sacks for Ogden, who knocked in Clearfield’s final run with a sacrifice fly.
The Chiefs jumped on top 2-0 in the second frame as Josh Kennedy singled to plate Ogden, who doubled, and later scored on the back end of a double steal.
Clearfield tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth when Zach Timchak, pinch-running for Ogden, scored on a passed ball.
Cole Kephart, who has a five-game hitting streak, and Kenndy added two safeties apiece for the Chiefs.
Kyler Kephart gave up 10 hits but no earned runs en route to even his record. He struck out six and walked.
Ogden relieved with one runner aboard in the seventh and retired all
Next week, the Chiefs will welcome Altoona to the Bison Sports Complex Monday and travel to Philipsburg Thursday for CPL West Division games. The latter originally was scheduled as a home game Wednesday.
They’ll return to the Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School diamond Friday and Saturday for 2012 Pennsylvania Open Wood Bat Championship Tournament doubleheaders.
Clearfield is paired against Albion Legion at 10 a.m. and Nor-Gwyn at 3 p.m. on the first day and Corning, N.Y., Gray at 10 a.m. and Key Stone at 12:30 p.m. on the second day.
CLEARFIELD — 8
Kyler Kephart p-2b 4-0-0-0, Cole Kephart ss 4-2-2-1, Andrew Redden c 3-0-0-0, Thomas Summers 1b 4-0-1-0, Josh Sorbera pr 0-1-0-0, Ronny Ogden rf-p 3-2-3-2, Zach Timchak pr 0-1-0-0, Josh Kennedy 3b 4-1-2-1, Wyatt Westen 2b-lf 4-0-3-2, Curtis Collins cf 4-0-0-0, Matt Josephson lf 2-1-0-0, Derek Hryn ph 1-0-1-0, Devin Jones rf 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 33-8-12-6.
PENNS VALLEY — 4
Nigel Grandy cf 4-1-1-0, Ryan McElwee 2b 1-0-0-0, Kevin Sweeley 2b 2-0-0-0, Wyatt Sharp 3b-p-cf 4-0-1-1, Sam Snyder ss 3-0-1-0, Cam Tobias p-1b 4-0-0-0, Colton Treasler c 4-1-2-0, Chris Belko lf-p 4-2-2-0, Dakota Butler 1b-3b 4-0-2-2, Nathan Gekoski rf 2-0-0-0, Logan Marcum rf 2-0-1-0. TOTALS: 34-4-10-3.
Score by Innings
Clearfield 020 132 0 – 8 12 6
Penns Valley 012 001 0 – 4 10 2
Errors – C. Kephart 2, Summers, Kennedy, Westen 2; Tobias, Gekoski. PB – Treasler 1. LOB – Clearfield 9; Penns Valley 9. 2B – C. Kephar 2, Ogden, Westen; Butler, Treasler. Sac – K. Kephart. SF – Ogden. SB – Collins, Kennedy.
Clearfield – K. Kephart 6+ IP (faced 1 batter in 7th), 10 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; Ogden 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
Penns Valley – Tobias 4-2/3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; Sharp 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K, 0 BB; Belko 1-2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
W – K. Kephart (1-1). L – Tobias.