The biggest game of the Altoona Greater City Baseball League this past week turned out be a matchup between Ketrow Insurance and Sheetz Thursday evening at Mansion Park.
It was an inter-division contest between a pair of teams with post-season aspirations. Ketrow entered the game at 7-11 and trailed Johnston Realty (9-8) by just 21/2 games for supremacy among All-American Amateur Baseball Association teams in the league and a berth in the AAABA Altoona Regional Tournament.
Sheetz came in at 6-13 but still in contention for the fourth playoff spot.
Needless to say, it was a big game.
Sheetz's Mason Watson and Ketrow's Tyler Sweeney engaged in one of the best pitchers' duel of the season, but Sweeney was able to edge Watson and Sheetz, 2-0.
Watson struck out 10, gave up the two runs, allowed just five hits and walked just one.
"My guys came back shaking their heads after seeing that left-handed curveball he throws," Ketrow coach Keith Walters said. "He [Watson] was just on. He was really impressive."
Sweeney improved his personal record to 5-1 by throwing the complete-game shutout. He scattered six hits, struck out three and walked four.
"He [Sweeney] has been unbelievable," Walters said. "The guy just doesn't give up any runs."
Sheetz fell to 6-14, but manager Dave Zeak was still happy his team is still in the race for the postseason.
"I'm proud of my team," Zeak said. "We're showing we can play with the better teams in the league. We've been 10-run ruled a few times, but we've been in almost every game."
Ketrow improved to 8-10 with just six games remaining in the season.
n Jim Harshbarger, Sheetz's first baseman, hit .500 (4-for-8) in three games this past week, scored two runs, hit a triple and knocked in three.
n Duke Neatrour collected five hits in 13 at-bats, including two homers and a pair of triples, drove in 10 runs and scored six runs in three Holsinger games.
n ProActive's Jimmy Clancy and Jerrell Jackson both enjoyed strong weeks. Clancy went 5-for 7 (.714), hit two doubles, scored five runs and drove in three, while Jackson hit .429 (3-for-7), with two homers, scored four runs and had seven RBIs.
n Bryan Plummer picked up the win by allowing seven hits and one run, striking out a trio of Bella Care batters and walking two, in an 8-1 win for Sheetz Monday evening at Juniata.
n Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/ American Legion's tandem of Matt Aungst and Brent Matish combined to throw a two-hit shutout, combining for seven strikeouts and only a single walk in an 11-0 rout of East Coast Gun Sales Monday in Lilly.
n ProActive's Ryan Clouse improved his personal record to 5-0 by throwing a three-hitter, allowing one run, striking out five and walking four in a 14-1 win over Ketrow Insurance Tuesday.
n Shane Suter pitched a five-hit complete game, allowed just one run, struck out eight and walked one in Holsinger's 9-1 win over Sheetz Wednesday.
n ProActive won all three games and upped its record 17-1.
n Bella Care was winless in two games this week and fell to a league-worst 2-17.
n East Coast Gun Sales lost twice and dropped to 6-13.
Games of the week
n Holsinger vs. Ketrow Insurance at Juniata Monday.
n Lilly vs. Holsinger at Juniata Wednesday.