Bobcat Baseball Summary (05/14/17)
(Bobcat Baseball summary – CSN sportswriter Kenn Staub)
Clarion Prevails Over North Clarion 8-5 (Wednesday, May 10th)
The Clarion Bobcats played host to the North Clarion Wolves on Wednesday, coming away with an 8-5 victory against the visitors from Tionesta. Clarion struck first, staking themselves to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After a scoreless second, North Clarion put up 2 in the top of the third to halve the home team’s advantage, 4-2. Clarion tallied 2 in the bottom of the fourth, extending their lead, before North Clarion mounted a comeback attempt.
The Wolves scored 3 runs in the top of fifth, cutting into the Bobcat’s lead and making it a 1 run game at 6-5. Clarion responded to the challenge, however, plating 2 in the bottom of the frame to go ahead 8-5. Neither team scored after the fifth inning outburst and the game finished with Clarion claiming a 3 run victory.
Junior Spencer Miller was 3-4, with two doubles and a single. Junior Sterling Conner contributed a single and RBI. In addition to the Bobcats’ 4 hits, Clarion was the beneficiary of 6 walks and had runners reach base on 5 North Clarion errors. Freshman Josh Craig led the Bobcats with 3 RBI, freshman Nate Datko was credited with 2, and senior Ryan Anthony and junior Cam Craig added 1 apiece.
Cam Craig got the start for the Bobcats, pitching two scoreless innings. Conner followed Craig on the hill, striking out 1 in three innings of work on his way to claiming the win. Anthony pitched the final two innings, tallying 4 punch outs.
Clarion Wins Third At Home In A Week, Downs A-C Valley 8-4 (Thursday, May 11th)
Things were looking up for the A-C Valley Falcons when they drew first blood against the homestanding Clarion Bobcats on Thursday, jumping out to a 1-0 lead after their first at bat of the game. The Bobcats then got their turn in the bottom half of the inning, however, scoring 5 to take the lead for good.
Clarion held A-C Valley scoreless for the next 3 innings, while scoring 3 in the bottom of the second, to establish an 8-1 lead heading into the fifth. The Falcons rallied to score 2 in the top of the fifth and added another run in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough as the Bobcats, despite being held scoreless from the third inning on, prevailed 8-4.
Senior Reed Anthony had the only multi-hit game for Clarion, rapping a single and double. Also recording hits for the Bobcats were freshman Skylar Pastor with a double, and seniors Ryan Anthony and Dominic Fleming, juniors Cam Craig and Spencer Miller, and freshman Mitch Geiger and Skylar Rhoades all adding singles. Reed Anthony was good for 2 RBI and Cam Craig, freshman Nate Datko, and Rhoades each plated 1.
Rhoades, Geiger, Pastor, and Miller combined to 4 hit the Falcons. Rhoades started for the Bobcats and held the Falcons hitless while striking out 7 in his 3 innings of work. Pastor took the hill next, fanning 1 in 2 innings. Geiger recorded a single strikeout in the sixth and Miller pitched the seventh, striking out 3. Rhoades was credited with the win, Miller got the save.
Bobcats Down Berries Second Time In A Week, Shut Out Cranberry 5-0 (Friday, May 12th)
The Clarion Bobcat baseball team finished the week the way they started it, by downing the North Clarion Berries. Senior Reed Anthony and junior Sterling Conner combined to pitch a shutout, while the Bobcat offense produced 5 runs on 7 hits.
Clarion opened the game by scoring a run in the first, following which they scored 1 in each the third and fourth innings to go up 3-0. They then plated another 2 in the sixth to set the eventual final at 5-0.
Conner and freshman Nate Datko both had two hits for Clarion; Connor a double and single, Datko 2 singles. Anthony,junior Spencer Miller, and freshman Skylar Rhoades all singled.
Anthony started on the bump for the Bobcats, pitching 6 innings and striking out 5 on his way to claiming the win. Conner came on in relief to pitch the seventh.
(information from MaxPreps)
(Thanks to Kenn Staub for this summary and to Christie Datko for the photos. GREAT WORKS, CATS!!!!)