Claysburg pounds Bedford in championship
CLAYSBURG – The championship game of the Cambria Legion was played at Claysburg- Kimmel High School’s baseball field Wednesday evening between Claysburg and Bedford.
And Claysburg looked pretty impressive in its 15-5 win.
The game was set for nine innings, but lasted seven because of the mercy rule that came into effect after seven.
“It’s been a couple of years coming,” Claysburg coach Dave Aungst said. “We made a run three years ago, but the last couple of years, we got knocked out at the end. We worked very hard at this. I’m very proud of the boys.”
Claysburg jumped all over the Bedford squad from the word go. Aungst’s gang scored five runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Ethan Lewis led off with a single, while Bedford’s starter on the mound, Eric Grace, followed that by issuing back-to-back walks – to Nick Hoenstine and Austin McMonagle.
The following batter, Jay Stern, knocked in the first run of the game (Lewis). Mike Mock then drove in a pair with a double. Kasy Hamm would follow with a two-run single.
Zach Cox followed with another single, but the next batter, designated hitter Cam Strayer, made the first out of the inning. The No. 9 hitter – Zach Slagenweit – then immediately responded with a single before Lewis, the ninth batter of the inning, hit into a double play.
That long inning, that resulted in a 5-0 lead, set the tone for the game.
“I have a lot of respect for their pitcher,” Augnst said. “For us to come out swinging like we did tonight, gave us a lot of confidence.”
Bedford did answer with three runs of its own in the top of the third, with Grace leading off the inning by singling, and Austin Montgomery doubled to put two guys in scoring position for Isaac Kline. Kline hit another double, plating the pair.
“They (Claysburg) did a nice job of finding holes,” Bedford coach Jordan Mills said. “I liked the way we battled back to get back into it by scoring three runs.”
With Claysburg leading, 9-5, entering the bottom half of the seventh, it plated six, with McMonagle knocking in Lewis, who had reached on a hit by pitch. Hamm had a sacrifice fly and Cox had an RBI single.
Hamm led the way for Claysburg, with three hits, while teammates Hoenstine. McMonaugle, Stern, Mock and Cox all had two hits.
BEDFORD (5): Waugerman cf 200, Shaffer ss 200, Downs lf 210, Grace p/1b 412, Montgomery 1b 412, Kline 2b 322, Miller c 300, Jay pr 000, Hickey rf 400, McInroy 3b 300. Totals: 27 5 6.
CLAYSBURG(15): Lewis lf 521, Hoenstine 2b 342, McMonagle rf/3b 432, Stern 1b 412, Mock ss 432, Hamm c 403, Cox 3b/p 502, Strayer dh 411, Novakaviski p 000, Swope p 000, Slagenweit cf 411. Totals: 37 15 16.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Bedford030 001 1XX 5
Claysburg520 011 6XX-15
E Grace 2, Kline, Mock. 2bs Montgomery 2, Kline, Mock, McMonaugle. RBIs Stern 2, McMonaugle 2, Mock 2, Hamm 3, Kline 2. WP Novakaviski. LP — Grace.