STRUTHERS, Ohio - Martin Oil is making history at the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series.
Martin Oil became the first team from this area in recent memory to win two games in the tournament, when the Bellwood entry logged a 7-3 victory over the Topeka, Kan. Stars Friday at Bob Cene Field.
After going 0-4 in last year's tournament, Martin Oil became the area's first team since Park Furniture in the mid-1990s to win a game at the national event by topping the Jackson (Miss.) 96ers in Thursday's opening round.
Martin lost, 16-8 to the Brownlee (Ohio) Lookouts later Thursday, and improved to 2-1 Friday with the win over Topeka.
Martin Oil is alive among the tournament's final eight teams, and is playing with house money today. Martin has an 11:30 a.m. game today against the winner of Friday's late-night game between Creekside Youngstown (Ohio) and the Michigan Bulls.
If Martin wins, it will move on to play another game late this afternoon. Win both games today, and Martin will advance to Sunday's title game.
"It's awesome for these kids to come out and win two against teams of this caliber,'' Martin Oil manager Ron Mock said. "They're really excited about reaching the Final Eight. Win or lose [Saturday], they have nothing to be ashamed of.''
Left fielder Jordan Rabits knocked in five runs in Martin's victory with a three-run triple in the fourth inning and a two-run double in the second inning. Rabits went 2-for-4. Tristan Lingafelt was the winning pitcher, limiting Topeka to six hits while striking out seven batters and walking one.
TOPEKA (3): Thomas cf 400, Meehen 2b 301, Colombo ss 411, Byttner 1b 302, Kougin 3b 301, Gifford c 210, Catron p 300, Lopez p 000, Roney rf 200, Ostrander lf 311. Totals - 27-3-6.
MARTIN OIL (7): DeGennaro cf 413, Rabits lf 412, Gray ss 201, Beech rf 201, Creppage c 300, Hunter 3b 100, Baker 1b 200, Lingafelt p 210, Snyder 2b 322, Moist 3b-c 220. Totals - 25-7-9.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Topeka110 010 0-3 6 1
Martin Oil030 400 X-7 9 1
E-Colombo, Moist. 2B-Colombo, Rabits. 3B-Rabits, Gray. RBI-Rabits 5, DeGennaro, Gray, Meehen, Byttner, Roney. WP-Lingafelt. LP-Catron. SO-Catron 1, Lopez 3, Lingafelt 7. BB-Catron 4, Lopez 1, Lingafelt 1.
Sheetz wins series
Carter Replogle and Andrew Claar drove in three runs apiece as Sheetz won the third game in its best-of-three Altoona Teener Major first-round playoff series with Juniata Civics, 9-7 at Seitz Field.
Sheetz advanced to the second round of the playoffs against Cumming Motors.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Juniata Civics420 001 0-7 9 3
Sheetz300 303 X-9 8 4
2B-Lepore (JC); Potopa, George (S). Multiple hits - Noye 2 (JC); Vollkommer 2, Claar 2, McIntosh 2 (S). RBI-Livermore, Lepore, Noye, Trexler (JC); Volkommer, Claar 3, Replogle 3 (S). WP-Vollkommer. LP-Dongell. SO-Mock 2, Volkommer 4 (S); Lepore 4, Dongell 2 (JC). BB-Mock 1, Volkommer 1 (S); Lepore 7, Dongell 1 (JC).
Area 4 VFW 16-Under
MARTINSBURG - Cove Area Businesses punched its ticket into today's 1 p.m. championship game in the Area 4 VFW 16-and-under tournament with a 12-2 victory over visiting Tyrone in five innings.
Cove Area Businesses, which improved to 3-1 in the tournament, faces Cumming Motors (4-0) for the tournament championship today at 1 p.m. at Drost Field in Bellwood.
Regardless of today's outcome, both Cove Area Businesses and Cumming Motors will advance to the state tournament in Bellefonte next weekend.
2B-Kensinger (CAB). Multiple hits - Bowser 2, Hershberger 2 (CAB). RBI-Gahagan, Bowser, Kensinger, Langer 2, Knepp, Hershberger 3, Foor 2 (CAB); Soellner, Maceno (T). WP-Knepp. LP-Reader. SO-Johnson 2, Knepp 3 (CAB); Reader 6 (T). BB-Johnson 2 (CAB); Reader 9 (T).
Mountain Man a hit
UNIVERSITY PARK - It was a "happy happy happy" evening at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Friday night as 5,256 fans, the largest crowd at the ballpark since 2011, saw the State College Spikes use a big third inning to surge past the Auburn Doubledays and take a 4-1 win.
A large portion of the crowd also came out to see Mountain Man from A&E's hit TV show Duck Dynasty, and both he and the Spikes (19-18) proved to be a hit with the fans. While Mountain Man signed autographs for approximately two hours after the end of the game, Carson Kelly and the State College bats quickly put their own stamp on the night with a four-run third inning.