CLAYSBURG - The Patton Redmen needed just one out to capture a shutout victory against Claysburg in their Cambria County American Legion Baseball playoff game Saturday.
It took Claysburg just two innings to take it all away.
Powered by a five-run seventh inning, capped off by Tyler Ickes' walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, Claysburg snatched a 6-5 win over Patton at Claysburg-Kimmel High School.
"When I first hit it, I thought it was right at him," Ickes said. "I saw him stop and he turned and started running back and I thought we did it finally."
Ickes went 2-for-5 with the RBI.
Patton wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, scoring three runs in the opening frame, topped off by an Adam Polites two-run single with the bases loaded to go ahead 3-0.
Claysburg had the bases loaded in the bottom of the first but failed to convert twice. The opening inning ended with centerfielder Josh Bonatesta gunning down Ethan Lewis at home.
The Redmen added RBI singles by Nathan Bearer and John Hornick for a 5-0 cushion through six innings.
Patton coach Ray Eckenrode credited the early success to starter Brandon Fox who went 6 2/3 innings, giving up four runs while striking out six batters.
"He is such a competitor," Eckenrode said. "We were thinking we were going to get four innings out of him, but I thought in the back of my mind, I wouldn't be surprised if he played seven."
In the bottom of the seventh, Claysburg's fortune changed.
The winners managed to score five runs in the span of an inning with two outs. The inning was powered by a two-run double by Tyler Husick to tie the game at 5.
"They never gave up, they kept battling away," Claysburg coach Dave Aungst said. "We were a little frustrated early, some things didn't go our way and we compounded them at times."
With a record of 3-0, Claysburg will face Ebensburg today.
Aungst feels that his pitching staff was the difference in the game.
"Ethan [Lewis] struggled a little early and still kept fighting out there. Mike [Mock] kept us in the game and then Kasy [Hamm] came in and shut the door down."
Patton will look to hold off elimination this afternoon against Bedford.
"We won a game in 10 innings [Friday] and that's joy and elation, and you lose one in nine and it should hurt, and it does," Eckenrode said.
PATTON (5): Serafin rf 311, Milanesi 2b 220, Bearer 3b 401, Ivory c 300, Davis cr 010, Polites 412, Bonatesta cf 400, Prasko lf 300, Hornick 301, Olish pr 000, Fox p 000, Brawley p 000, Waldron 1b 300. Totals 29-5-5.
CLAYSBURG (6): Cunningham ss 422, Lewis p-ph 300, Husick rf 111, J. Stern 1b 411, Ickes rf-2b 502, Claar lf 400, Mock 3b-p-c 400, Cox 2b 100, Hamm ph-c-p 301, Slagenweit cr-pr 000, Strayer dh 301, L. Stern 2b 000, Brumbaugh c 000, Runk cf 412. Totals 33-6-10.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Patton300 110 000 5 5 4
Claysburg000 000 501 6 10 0
E Milanesi, Bearer, Waldron, Ivory. 2B Lewis. RBI Bearer, Polites 2, Bonatesta, Hornick; Cunningham, Husick 2, Ickes.
Patton IP R ER H BB SO
Fox6.2 4 4 8 3 6
Brawley (L) 2 2 2 2 2 1
Claysburg IP R ER H BB SO
Lewis 6 5 5 5 2 5
Mock1 0 0 0 0 0
Hamm (W) 2 0 0 0 0 0