BOALSBURG — Ronny Ogden pitched a complete-game four-hitter to lead the Clearfield American Legion Post 6 baseball team to a 4-1 Central Penn League victory over State College at the Shaner Sports Complex Tuesday evening.
In notching his second win in five decisions, the right-hander relied on a solid defense that committed only one error, facing just three batters in four of the seven innings.
He registered one strikeout, hit one batter and walked one in his longest outing of the season.
State College (8-6) got its lone run in the first inning on a double by Caleb Walls and two groundballs.
The Chiefs knotted the count in the third. Josh Sorbera singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch following a walk to Zach Timchak and a sacrifice bunt by Spencer Herrington.
Sorbera came through with the game-winning hit off Zach Smeal in the next inning. He drove in Cole Kephart, who had singled and advanced to third base on a wild pitch and a passed ball.
The Chiefs tacked on two insurance runs off Ben Finlan in the fifth.
With one out, Curtis Collins doubled, Thomas Summers singled and Ogden walked to fill the bases. Cole Kephart’s single and Kyler Kephart’s sacrifice fly concluded the scoring.
State College threatened in the bottom of the frame, but Ogden got the final out to strand three runners and then set the hosts down in order in the final two innings to wrap up his 91-pitch, seven-inning performance.
Clearfield, 2-11 in the CPL and 4-13-1 overall, is off until Sunday’s trip to Clarence for a make-up game.
CLEARFIELD — 4
Spencer Herrington 2b 3000, Curtis Collins cf 3110, Thomas Summers 1b 3110, Ronny Ogden p 3000, Cole Kephart ss 3121, Kyler Kephart lf 2001, Josh Kennedy 3b 2000, Brandon Orsich ph-3b 1000, Josh Sorbera c 3121, Zach Timchak rf 1000, Logan Lykens ph 1000. TOTALS: 25 4 6 3.
STATE COLLEGE — 1
Zach Smeal p 0000, Ben Finlan p 0000, Caleb Walls dh-lf 3110, Derek VanHorn cf 2010, Kenny Craig 1b 3001, Ryan Karstetter ss 3000, Tanner Witter rf 3010, Sam Plafcan c 2000, Jon Bergman c 1000, Sean O’Melia lf-2b 3000, Ben Ripka 3b 3010, Jon Herzing 2b-p 2000. TOTALS: 25 1 4 1.
Score by Innings
Clearfield 001 120 0 – 4 6 1
State College 100 000 0 – 1 4 0
E – Herrington. PB – Plafcan. LOB – Clearfield 6; State College 5. 2B – Collins; Walls, Ripka. Sac – Herrington. SF – K. Kephart. CS – VanHorn (by Sorbera).
Clearfield – Ogden 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
State College – Smeal 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; Finlan 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; Herzing 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.