Bobcat Nine Falls To Brockway (04/16/2019)
(By CSZ Sports Writer Kenn Staub) Coming off a thrashing of Cranberry the previous day, the Bobcats, unfortunately, found themselves on the other side in Brockway the next afternoon (April 11), falling to the Rovers 15-5 in six innings.
Brockway jumped out to an early lead, scoring one in the first inning.
After a scoreless second, Clarion got on the board in the top of the third. A one-out infield single by Skylar Rhoades plated Cam Lapinto, who had walked earlier in the inning but made his way to third when, in order, Cal German walked and Nate Datko poked one to right.
The game did not stay tied for long, as Brockway parlayed two hits, a pair of walks, a hit batter, and three Bobcat errors into 7 runs during its half of the frame
Down 8-1, Clarion added two in the top of the fourth. Drew Wrhen blasted a triple to center and scored on a Christian Simko single. Simko stole second in short order, crossing the plate to make the score 8-3 when German drove him home.
After Brockway picked up one in the fourth, making the score 9-3, Clarion added another two in the fifth. Rhoades led off the inning with a single to left and then stole second. Cole Slaugenhoup, the next batter, drove in Rhoades with a single of his own, winding up at second on the throw in. Cole Wrhen, running for Slaugenhoup moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a subsequent error at second. This would be the Bobcats’ last tally of the game
With their lead narrowed to 9-5, Brockway plated four in the home half of the fifth and added a pair in the sixth to win the game via the 10-run rule.
German and Rhoades had a pair of singles for the Bobcats, with each receiving credit for plating one. Drew Wrhen’s triple was Clarion’s only extra base hit of the day. Datko, Slaugenhoup, and Simko each singled, with the latter two driving in runs. Rhoades, Simko, and Skyler Pastor stole bases.
Pastor got the start and went two innnings. Breckin Rex relieved Pastor, pitching two-thirds of an inning. He was followed by Lake Staub, who toed the rubber for an inning and two-thirds. German pitched the final inning and a third. Each hurler struck out one.