CURWENSVILLE – In the completion of a suspended game from last Friday, the Curwensville Area High School baseballl team was blanked by Clarion 10-0 in five innings Wednesday night. The game resumed in the second inning with no score after rain chased the two teams off the field last week.
The tone for the rest of the game seemed to be set in that second inning as the Bobcats found a way to push two unearned runs across to grab an early lead. A walk and an error in the frame aided the visitors in their scoring.
“It is a bit odd picking up a game that has already started, but we can’t use that as an excuse,” pointed out Golden Tide head coach Denny Johns, “Today, we were just beaten by a better team That’s where we need to get to this season.”
With one out in the bottom of the second, the Tide worked the bases full via an error off the bat of Jake B. Stiles and walks to Kyle Johns and A.J. Bloom. However, the hosts were unable to get on the board, and Clarion held on to the momentum.
The Bobcat bats came alive in the third inning. Slapping out six singles in the inning around two free passes, Clarion posted six more runs to take an 8-0 advantage.
“They hit the ball in the clutch, ran the bases well and that made it look like they were getting the breaks,” coach Johns noted. “We got down and lost our energy. We have to feel good about what we’re doing out here. Energy translates into success, and if we don’t find a way to keep pushing on, it’s going to be tough.”
Clarion added two more runs in the fifth inning on a pair of hits with two free passes sandwiched in between to take a 10-run lead that ended the game in the fifth with the mercy rule.
Curwensville did have its chances to work back into the game leaving the bases loaded again in the third inning and stranding nine runners in the game. However, with just three hits in the contest and several hard hit balls right at defenders, the squad was unable to take back the momentum. Clarion finished with 12 total hits to post their runs.
“We just have to commit ourselves to be a better team tomorrow than we showed today,” Johns said. “I know that we have the ability to succeed; we just need to make it happen.”
The chance to take big steps for the Tide comes quickly as they are scheduled to travel to Harmony today before hosting the defending state champion Johnsonburg Rams on Friday.
CLARION — 10
Tanner Corbett cf 4132, Brandan Miller ss/p/ss 3132, Max Lane c/p 1100, Iello cr 0000, Mel Brady ph 0000, Matt Verne p/rf/ss/1b 4123, John Katis 3b 4000, Thomas Plummer lf 2111, Ethon Straffin lf 1000, Adrian Webber 1b 2220, Nellis ph/rf 1000, Derek Lauer dh/2b/p 2210, Caleb Wilson rf 0000, Taylor Smith 2b 2000, Iello c 0000, TOTALS – 26 AB 10 R 12 H 8 RBI.
CURWENSVILLE — 0
Tanner Elensky ss 2010, Travis Lansberry 1b/p 3010, Brett Gardner p/2b 3000, Jake B. Stiles 3b 2010, Alex Olson lf 2000, Dalton LaBorde ph 1000, Kyle Johns cf 1000, A.J. Bloom dh 0000, Jake Terry 2b 0000, Ricky Magnuson p/3b 0000, Tyler Mays c 2000, Noah Strickland rf 2000, TOTALS – 18 AB 0 R 3 H 0 RBI.
SCORES BY INNINGS – R H E
Clarion 026 02x x – 10 12 2
Curwensville 000 00x x – 0 3 3
ERRORS – Verne, Smith; Johns, Elensky, Lansberry. LOB –Clarion 10; Curwensville 9. 2B – Corbett. SB – Corbett 2, Webber. BK – Verne.
Clarion – Verne 2 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 4 BB 5 K 0 HB
Miller 1 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 1 K 0 HB
Lauer 2 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 1 K 0 HB
Curwensville – Gardner 1 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 K 0 HB
Magnuson 3 IP 8 H 8 R 4 ER 5 BB 3 K 0 HB
Lansberry 1 IP 2 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 2 K 0 HB
WP – Verne. LP – Magnuson (0-1).
Golden Tide Scoreboard:
|3/24||JOHNSONBURG||ppd.||0 – 0|
|3/26||@ DuBois Central Catholic||ppd.||0 – 0|
|3/28||CLARION||susp. – 1st||0 – 0|
|3/31||BROOKVILLE||1 – 7||0 – 1|
|4/02||Clarion||10-0||0 – 2|
|4/09||ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC|
|4/11||@ West Branch|
|4/22||@ North Clarion|
|5/07||@ Elk County Catholic|
|5/08||@ DuBois Central|