Graham Pitches Three-Hit Complete Game in Punxsutawney Win Over Curwensville

CURWENSVILLE — After having to wait a day due to the weather not cooperating on Monday afternoon, the Curwensville Golden Tide baseball squad was back on the diamond Tuesday to make up the game originally scheduled for the day before.

Coming into town, a very tough and very difficult Punxsutawney Chucks squad that was dealing win after win on the season.

That momentum would continue as starting pitcher Peyton Graham hurled a complete game, never letting up no matter who stepped into the batter’s box.  In the end, Graham did his job on the mound, while his teammates did their job at the plate, as they would pick up the definitive 9-1 victory over Curwensville.

Graham would achieve the complete game victory by only giving up three hits and dealing an impressive 13 strikeouts.

On the opposing side, A.J. Bloom would get tagged with the loss as he pitched the first four innings, but gave up five runs, three of them earned, and five hits.  Jake C. Stiles would come in at the top of the fifth inning, but in his three innings of work would fair no better, giving up four hits and four runs.

The Chucks would get things rolling in the first two innings as Ryan Sloniger and Dakotah Byers would score the first two runs on a fielding error.  An inning later, Ryan Jones would come home on an RBI-double to center field by John Matthews to make the score 3-0.  Matthews would then come home on an RBI-single to the same location by Sloniger later in the inning.

The lone run by the Tide would come in the bottom of the third when Bloom singled into right-center to plate Garrett Shaw, but after that it was all Punxy.

Dakota Thomas would score on a tag up in the fourth, and one inning later the Chucks would score three runs, first on an RBI-single by Braxton Giavedoni that would plate Ethan Ambler and Matthews.  Another fielding error by Curwensville would bring Giavedoni home to make the score 8-1.  The final run of the ball game came in the seventh when Giavedoni scored on a sacrifice fly.

Curwensville (1-7) hopes to break the skid of loses on Wednesday as they travel to Johnsonburg.  The two previously met on April 11 in Curwensville, a game where the Tide fell 11-0 in six innings.

SCORE BY INNINGS

Punxsutawney  220 130 1 – 9 9 0
Curwensville  001 000 0 – 1 3 3

Punxsutawney-9

Giavedoni 5222, Thomas 3110, Sloniger 1111, Dipetro 3010, Byers 3102, Taylor 2000, Blose 1000, Graham 3010, Ambler 3110, Pennington 1000, Jones 4110, J. Matthews 3211, B. Matthews 0000.  TOTALS 32 9 9 6.

Curwensville-1

Strickland 2000, Terry 3010, Bloom 3011, J.B. Stiles 2000, Lancaster 3010, Timko 2000, Newkirk 2000, Lancaster 1000, J.C. Stiles 2000, Hryn 1000, Shaw 1100, Carter 1000.  TOTALS 23 1 3 1.

SB:  Giavedoni, Sloniger, Taylor-2, Jones, Dipetro
LOB:  11/5
ER:  J.B. Stiles, Bloom, Timko

Pitching

Punxsutawney:  Graham-7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 SO.
Curwensville:  Bloom-4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO; J.C. Stiles-3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.

WP-Graham. LP-Bloom.

Golden Tide Scoreboard:

Date Opponent Score Record
3/27 @ Brookville ppd. 0 – 0
3/31 @ St. Marys ppd. 0 – 0
4/01 ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC ppd. 0 – 0
4/06 HARMONY 9 – 8, 8 inn. 1 – 0
4/08 GLENDALE ppd. 1 – 0
4/10 KANE ppd. 1 – 0
4/11 JOHNSONBURG 0 – 11 1 – 1
4/13 WEST BRANCH 4 – 9 1 – 2
4/14 @ DuBois Central Catholic 6 – 7 1 – 3
4/15 @ Brookville 7 – 11 1 – 4
4/16 BROCKWAY 5 – 6 1 – 5
4/18 KANE 4 – 5 1 – 6
4/20 PUNXSUTAWNEY ppd. 1 – 6
4/21 PUNXSUTAWNEY 1 – 9 1 – 7
4/22 @ Johnsonburg
4/24 CLEARFIELD
4/27 ST. MARYS
4/28 @ Elk County Catholic
4/29 GLENDALE
5/01 @ Mo Valley
5/05 @ Kane
5/07 DUBOIS CENTRAL CATH.
5/11 @ Clearfield
5/12 @ Brockway
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