Chiefs Win, Tie in Hillbilly Hardball Classic

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — Hunter Dixon pitched a complete game while hot-hitting Allan Myers and Seth Bumbarger combined to drive in all of the runs as the Clearfield American Legion Post 6 baseball team defeated Garrett County (Md.) 5-3 at Jack Funk Field on the Alderson Broaddus University campus Friday evening.

The Chiefs tied Greenville (Ohio) 7-7 earlier in a game halted after seven innings because of the time-limit rule, and those two teams, at 1-0-1, are in the hunt for the Pizza Hut Hillbilly Hardball Classic’s Orange Division title led by South Charleston (W.Va.) Post 94 at 2-0.

Staked to a 3-0 lead after one inning, Dixon scattered nine hits for his second win in three decisions. He registered six strikeouts and gave up two walks.

The key to Clearfield’s quick start was a triple by Bumbarger that drove in Hayden Williams and Eli Glass, who had back-to-back singles. Myers followed with the first of two doubles.

Myers struck again in the fifth inning after Garrett County Post 214 had closed to within a run.

With Williams and Bumbarger aboard via a walk and a double, respectively, the Chiefs’ catcher came through with a two-run single to cap a perfect six-for-six day that raised his batting average to .824.

Matt Bailor walked and scored the final run on a wild pitch in the sixth frame.

Bumbarger and Williams each had two hits for Clearfield, while Peyton Carr drove in all of Garrett County’s runs with three hits, one a solo home run in the seventh inning.

Clearfield averted defeat in the afternoon game at Robin Harvey Memorial Field in Blue Grass Park in Elkins with a run in the bottom of the seventh.

Glass, who led off with a double, stole home when Myers, who drew a walk, headed for second in an attempt to force a balk and got caught in a rundown.

The Chiefs were in front 3-0 after one inning and 5-3 after three but trailed 6-5 in the fourth and 7-6 going to their last at-bats.

Myers socked three doubles, while Dixon had two doubles and three RBIs, Bumbarger had a pair of RBI singles and Williams singled twice and scored two runs.

Jake Sorbera started for the Chiefs and worked 5-2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs, six earned. He struck out five batters and walked five.

Williams finished up, striking out the side after surrendering a leadoff single in the top of the seventh.

The Chiefs, 4-1-1 overall, will play a doubleheader at Davis & Elkins College Saturday, facing Moorefield (W.Va.) Post 64 at 3 p.m. and South Charleston at 5:30 in what might be a showdown for the division championship.

GREENVILLE (OHIO) — 7

Zac Longfellow cf 3220, Tyler Beyke ss 3001, Trent Collins 3b 3111, Casey Jones lf 3010, Darrin Hays c 3100, Kody Shinabery rf 3111, Jarin Young 2b 4000, Alec Fletcher 1b 4111, Kyle Miller dh 4121.  TOTALS:  30  7  8  5.

CEARFIELD — 7

Nate Barr ss 4110, Hayden Williams 3b-p 4220, Eli Glass cf 2210, Seth Bumbarger lf 4122, Allan Myers c 3131, Hunter Dixon 1b 3023, Jake Sorbera p-2b 2000, Isaac Durandetta ph 1000, Harrison Peacock rf 2000, Matt Bailor rf 1000, Kyle Elensky 2b 2000, Blake Prestash 2b-3b 1000.  TOTALS:  29  7  11  6.

Score by Innings

Greenville  021 211 0 – 7    8  3

Clearfield   302 010 1 – 7  11  2

E – Beyke 2, Collins; H. Williams, Myers. PB – Hays; Myers 2. LOB – Greenville 7; Clearfield 5. 2B – Fletcher, Miller; Glass, Myers 3, Dixon 2. Sac – Glass. SF – Dixon; Shinabery. SB – Glass; Longfellow 2, Collins, Shinabery 2, Young.

Pitching

Greenville – Jim Lawson 6 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; Ken Moore 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.

Clearfield – Sorbera 5-2/3 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 5 K; Williams 1-1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.

HB – Sorbera 1 (Hays). WP – K. Williams 1.

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GARRETT COUNTY (MD.) — 3

Hayden McLaughlin c 4012, Peyton Carr ss 4133, Cory Ashby dh-cf 3000, Isaac Upole 1b 3000, Bradie Moore 3b 3010, Ian Eggleston ph-3b 1000, Sam Beeman lf 3000, Zach Hallenbeck 2b 2000, Isaac Bittinger ph 100, Carsyn King rf 3120, Jake Rush cf-p 3110.  TOTALS:  30  3  9  3.

CLEARFIELD — 5

Barr ss 4010, Williams 3b 2220, Glass cf 4110, Bumbarger 1b 3232, Myers c 3033, Dixon p 3000 , Peacock rf 2000, Prestash rf 1000, Bailor lf 2100, Elensky 2b 2000, Durandetta 2b 1000.  TOTALS: 27  6  10  5.

Score by Innings

Garrett County  001 010 1 – 3    9  0

Clearfield           300 021 x – 6  10  0

LOB – Garrett County 7; Clearfield 6. 2B – Carr; Bumbarger, Myers 2. 3B – Bumbarger. HR – Carr. CS – Glass (by McLaughlin).

Pitching

Garrett County – Mason Brenneman 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; Rush 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.

Clearfield – Dixon 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.

WP – Rush. PO – Dixon 2 (Ashby, Beeman).

W – Dixon (2-1). L – Brenneman.

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