MARION CENTER — The Jefferson County League regular season ended on a sour note for the Clearfield American Legion Post 6 baseball team as three leads went by the boards in a 7-5 loss to Marion Center Thursday morning.
The setback locked the Chiefs into second place behind Punxsutawney, which claimed the title with a 10-2 record.
The Chiefs finished 8-3 with their third game against Marion Center being cancelled.
They will open the JCL’s championship playoffs with a winner’s bracket semifinal home game at the Lawrence Township Recreation Park Tuesday, the first pitch set for 6 p.m.
Tyler Howells limited the Chiefs to three hits in pitching Marion Center to jut its second win in its first JCL season. He struck out two, walked three and hit two.
Clearfield (10-4-1) went ahead in its first three-at bats, but the hosts answered every time.
The teams matched singletons in the first two innings, the Chiefs going up on a sacrifice fly by Eli Glass that drove in Hayden Williams in the first and jumping in front 2-1 on Matt Bailor’s triple and Hunter Dixon’s grounder in the second.
They broke the second tie with their last three runs in the third after Howells had walked Kyle Elensky, hit Glass and walked Seth Bumbarger. Morgen Billotte, Blake Prestash and Bailor earned RBIs with ground balls.
Marion Center responded with four runs off Williams to grab the lead for good, 6-5, with Malachi Pugh’s two-run single capping the rally.
Clayton Coble, Marcus Badzik and Brandon Gaston had two hits apiece for the winners.
Williams was the losing hurler, allowing five hits and five earned runs in his three-inning stint. Elensky gave up two hits and one run in a three-inning relief outing.
CLEARFIELD — 5
Hayden Williams p-ss 3110, Kyle Elensky ss-p 1100, Eli Glass c-cf 2111, Seth Bumbarger 1b 3100, Morgen Billotte cf-rf 3000, Blake Prestash 3b 4001, Matt Bailor rf-c 3111, Hunter Dixon lf 3001, Isaac Durandetta 2b 2000. TOTALS: 24 5 3 2.
MARION CENTER — 7
Matt Gaston cf 1000, Joe Semetkosky cf 0000, Jacob Himes cf 3000, Vincent Fry lf 3200, Tyler Lightcap 2b 2100, Dylan Goss 1b 3001, Clayton Coble rf 3121, Marcus Badzik ss 2320, Brandon Gaston c 3022, Malachi Pugh 3b 3012, Tyler Howells p 3000. TOTALS: 36 7 7 6.
Score by Innings
Clearfield. 113 000 0 – 5 3 2
Marion Center 114 010 x – 7 7 5
E — Billotte, Prestash; Semetkosky, Lightcap, Goss, Pugh, Howells. DP — Marion Center 1 (Lightcap and Badzik). LOB — Clearfield 6; Marion Center 4. 2B — Badzik. 3B — Bailor. Sac — Elensky 2. SF – Glass. SB — Williams.
Clearfield — Williams 3 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; Elensky 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.
Marion Center — Howells 7 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.
HB — Williams 1 (Lightcap); Howells 2 (Glass, Billotte).
W — Howells. L — Williams (0-2).