CLEARFIELD — Thayne Morgan sprinted home on twin brother Zane’s bunt with no outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Clearfield American Legion baseball team a hard-earned 6-5 win over Curwensville at the Lawrence Township Recreation Park Friday evening.
The walk-off run was set up when Thayne Morgan drew a free pass, stole second and continued to third on a throwing error.
Then he beat the play at the plate on the bunt to the right side, completing the Chiefs’ comeback from an early 5-0 deficit in the Jefferson County League rematch of Thursday’s game which Clearfield won 15-2 in five innings.
The Bucks wasted no time showing there would not be a repeat, taking advantage of a misplay to post a run in the first inning on Hunter Hipps’ double and coming right back with four runs in the second.
The highlight was a three-run home run by Avery Francisco right after Caullin Reed had driven in a run with a single.
Hipps followed with a single, but Dixon registered one of his nine strikeouts that initiated a dominating stretch that extended through the eighth inning.
He retired 17 of the next 19 batters, including 14 in a row before Reed singled with one out in the eighth.
Dixon allowed eight hits and one walk.
Eli Glass relieved in the ninth and pitched two scoreless innings for the win, surrendering two hits and one walk and hitting one batter.
Clearfield (11-6, 4-3 JCL) got on the board against Hipps in the lower second, the RBIs recorded by Jake Sorbera with a sacrifice fly and Hayden Williams with a single.
Chase Graham gave the Bucks five good innings of relief, but the Chiefs were able to draw even on a run-scoring hit by Glass in the third and an RBI single by Sorbera after another run had scored on an error in the sixth.
Glass and Harrison Peacock had two hits apiece for the Chiefs, while Francisco collected three and Reed and Hipps each had a pair for the Bucks.
Clearfield will go to DuBois for a doubleheader Sunday, with the first pitch set for 1 p.m.
CURWENSVILLE — 5
Noah VonGunden 2b 5000, Caullin Reed ss 5221, Avery Francisco c 5133, Hunter Hipps p-rf 5021, Ralph Evans lf 4010, Jason Stiles eh-3b 2000, Chase Graham p 1000, Zach Brewer 1b 4000, Christian Bakaysa cf 3000, Jeremiah Farley 3b-p 3110, Broc Heitsenrether rf-eh 4110. TOTALS: 41 5 10 5.
CLEARFIELD — 6
Thayne Morgan cf 3100, Zane Morgan c 5111, Eli Glass ss-p 4021, Bryce Timko eh-1b 1200, Hunter Dixon p 0000, Allan Myers dh-lf 4110, Seth Bumbarger 1b-eh 4110, Jake Sorbera lf-3b 3012, Harrison Peacock 3b-ss 4020, Hayden Williams 2b 3011, Karson Rumsky 2b 1000, Cade Walker rf 3010, Matt Bailor rf 1010. TOTALS: 36 6 11 5.
Score by Innings
Curwensville 140 000 000 0 – 5 10 3
Clearfield 021 020 000 1 – 6 11 4
E – Reed, Francisco 2; Glass 3, Dixon. DP – Curwensville 1 (VonGunden and Brewer); Clearfield 1 (Dixon, Glass and Bumbarger). LOB – Curwensville 8; Clearfield 6 . 2B – Hipps, Evans. HR – Francisco. Sac – T. Morgan. SF – Sorbera. SB – T. Morgan, Z. Morgan.
Curwensville – Hipps 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; Chase Graham 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; Farley 2+ IP (faced 2 batters in 10th), 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
Clearfield – Dixon 8 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K; Glass 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
HB – Glass 1 (Farley). WP – Graham 1.
W – Glass (1-3). L – Farley.
Umpires – Scott Viehdorfer (plate) and Jay Siegel (bases).