CLAYSBURG - Claysburg exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Monday, getting a leg up on Westmont in the quarterfinal, best-of-three games Cambria Legion playoff series between the two teams.
Jordan Swope drove in three runs with a pair of homers, including a two-run blast in the big fifth inning, and Zach Morrow also chipped in a bases-loaded triple in the rally, as Claysburg won the series opener, 10-6, on its home field.
Game 2 will be played at 5:30 p.m. today at Westmont.
Claysburg, which won 15 of 16 games during the regular season, wrapped out 11 hits in Monday's victory, which came after a five-day layoff.
"We had been off five days, and we were a little rusty, but it seemed like we were able to pick things up in the fifth inning,'' Claysburg coach Dave Aungst said. "Zach Morrow had a big three-run triple and Jordan Swope just crushed the ball tonight.''
Swope, who hit a solo homer in the second inning, was 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored for Claysburg, which also got a 3-for-3 outing from Trent Forshey.
WESTMONT (6): Pozun lf 312, Kleinmeyer cf 401, Garaventa rf 221, Matt Dorchak 3b 401, Mike Dorchak c 400, Hamer 2b 411, Gindlesberger dh 413, Grace p 000, McDaniel 1b 300, Eckenrod ss 310. Totals - 31-6-9.
CLAYSBURG (10): Slagenweit cf 410, C. Swope 1b-2b 311, Saylor ss 311, Morrow c 411, P. Swope c 000, J. Swope 3b-lf 333, Forshey 2b-rf 313, Lamont rf 311, Treon 3b 000, Ickes lf 300, Glass 1b 000, Claar dh 211, Baird p 000. Totals -28-10-11.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Westmont000 021 3- 6 9 4
Claysburg010 180 X-10 11 4
E-Garaventa, Grace, Matt Dorchak 2, Lamont, Saylor, Treon, Cody Swope. 2B-Pozun, J. Swope, Forshey. 3B-Gindlesberger, Morrow. HR - J. Swope 2. RBI-Gindlesberger 2, Eckenrod, J. Swope 3, Saylor, Morrow 3, Forshey, Claar. WP-Baird. LP-Grace. SO-Grace 3, Baird 8. BB-Grace 1, Gindlesberger 1, Baird 2.
SOMERSET - Tony Milanesi had an RBI and a double and Ian Olsavsky added an RBI, but Patton lost in six innings in the first game of a best-of-3 series in the Cambria Legion playoffs.
Somerset led, 8-0, after four innings but single runs by Patton in the fourth and fifth innings cut that lead to six before Somerset ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning by scoring four runs.
PATTON (2): Sammarco rf 301, Brawley p-ss 000, T. Milanesi dh 101, Ivory lf-cf 300, O'Donnell cf-1b 311, Ecklund ss-p 300, Olsavsky c 301, Gedman 3b 300, Katishen 3b 000, Mallin 1b 200, Thomas rf 100, D. Milanesi 2b 110. Totals - 22-2-3.
SOMERSET (12): Marker 2b 400, Helsey cf 210, Smith c 321, C. Hemminger rf 310, Blough ph 111, Sleek p 000, B. Christiner p 000, D. Hemminger dh 411, Pritts ss 422, Ream 3b 322, C. Christiner ph 100, Flyte lf 311, Darr 1b 312. Totals -32-12-11.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Patton000 011 X- 2 3 6
Somerset131 304 X-12 11 1
E-Mallin, Olsavsky, Ecklund 2, D. Milanesi, Thomas, Marker. 2B-T. Milanesi, Olsavsky, Pritts. 3B-D. Hemminger. HR - Flyte, Smith. RBI-T. Milanesi, Olsavsky, Smith 3, D. Hemminger 2, Pritts 2, Flyte 2. WP-Sleek. LP-Brawley. SO-Sleek 5, Brawley 1, Ecklund 1. BB-Sleek 3, Brawley 1.
Records: Patton (6-11); Somerset (14-3).