Claysburg down, but not out
CLEARFIELD – Claysburg’s Mike Mock provided some thunder with a solo home run during the championship game of the Region 7 tournament on Wednesday, while Mother Nature provided the lightning.
Mock’s towering blast in the sixth momentarily drew his team even with Murrysville, which added a run in the home half to take a 3-2 lead.
Claysburg went quietly in the seventh, and Murrysville had a runner on and one out when a bolt of lightning halted the contest.
Once the game was ready to resume, a thunderstorm tore through the Lawrence Township Recreation Park and suspended the game until noon today.
The contest will pick up in Somerset.
After Murrysville rallied from a 5-0 deficit to down Beech Creek in an early contest, 7-5, it didn’t wait around to take the early advantage against Claysburg starter Austin McMonagle.
John Bondi opened the first with a single – one of just two that McMonagle surrendered in six-plus innings of work – and later came around to score on an RBI groundout from Ben Ramey.
Claysburg’s Jay Stern scored the equalizer in the fourth, but like it eventually did after Mock’s blast, Murrysville responded quickly.
Matt Frey reached on an error and scored on one of McMonagle’s three wild pitches.
Murrysville extended the lead in the sixth with a two-out bloop single off the bat of Bryce Halleck.
Brett Myers has logged all seven innings for Murrysville. Myers has allowed just one earned run on five hits and a pair of walks. He has also fanned four hitters.
Each team has beaten the other in the tournament, and only the winner of the completed game will advance to the state tournament in Boyertown.
Claysburg (2): Lewis rf 400, Hoenstine 2b 100, McMonagle p-ss 301, Stern 1b 311, Mock ss-p 312, Hamm 3b 300, Runk cf 300, Cox c 300, Slagenweit lf 201. Totals: 25-2-5.
Murrysville (3): Bondi ss 311, Grieco rf 100, Frey 3b 310, Ramey 2b 210, Falce c 300, Myers p 300, Halleck 1b 301, Kestler cf 300, Thatcher lf 200. Totals: 23-3-2.
Score by Innings
Claysburg000 101 0 – 2 5 1
Murrysville100 101 0 – 3 2 1
One out with runner on first in bottom of seventh
E-Hoenstine; Bondi. LOB-Claysburg 5, Murrysville 6. DP-Murrysville. 2B-Mock. HR-Mock. RBI-Mock, Ramey, Halleck. SB-Bondi. CS-Hoenstine (by Falce). HBP-Hoenstine (by Myers); Grieco (by McMonagle). WP-McMonagle 3.
Claysburg: McMonagle: 6+ IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO; Mock-1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO. (McMonagle is responsible for runner on first.)
Murrysville: Myers-7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO.