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Lewis leads BG to victory

If you missed the first inning of Monday afternoon’s District 6 Class 2A quarterfinal between Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic and Claysburg-Kimmel, you missed a lot.

That’s because Marauder pitcher Austin Lewis, on just 90 pitches, tossed a complete-game gem to send the No. 3 seed to the semifinals as they defeated the Bulldogs, 2-0, at Vets Field.

It only took one wild pitch, which allowed Danny Carrieri to score, and then Gaige Reighard scored on an RBI single by Lewis to put the game away.

“When his breaking ball is thrown, he’s throwing hard, gets a lot of ground ball outs, he keeps us in games,” Marauder coach Tom Williams said of Lewis.

Lewis gave up just one hit and that was on a single by Bulldog designated hitter Kobe Harr. He hit a lead-off single on the game’s first pitch and then that was it.

“We had one off inning where just two plays killed us,” Claysburg-Kimmel coach Justin Harris said. “The big thing was the lack of hitting. That’s been the story of this year. The games we lost … didn’t get the timely hits. Both pitchers threw great.”

Lewis struck out six and walked two. He was 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI.

“I have trust in my defense that they’re going to make every play that goes out there, so I’m confident I’m going to throw strikes and they’re going to make plays,” he said.

That efficiency didn’t kick in until the third inning.

“He was at, I think, 36 or 38 (pitches) in the first two innings, probably a little bit more than we wanted, but then he had a couple of 7- to 12-pitch innings that got him back on track. He pitched awesome tonight,” Williams said.

Strong opening frames have gone a long way in helping the Marauders — who will host Bellwood-Antis Thursday in the next round — this season.

“We’re a first-inning team,” Lewis said. “We like to get out on the board quick. We played them at the Curve Classic, they brought their ace again today. We’re confident, we’re a good hitting team.”

Claysburg did come close to tying the game in the sixth with runners on first and second, but Carrieri came up with a catch for an out to end the best threat for the Bulldogs.

“We played (Claysburg) maybe the fourth or fifth game of the year, and they’re a different team now,” Williams said. “Not too many points off from the four or five seed.”

Harris — whose Bulldogs end the year at 14-7 — looked back at 2019 with fond memories. His team entered the postseason having won eight straight games.

“We were on a hot streak,” he said. “They play the game the right way. I’m proud of those guys. We lose five seniors, but we’ve got a big nucleus back next year.”

CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL (0): Mock lf 000, Harr dh 201, Oakes 2b 200, Corey p-ss 100, Francona 1b 300, Dibert rf 300, Glass ss-p 200, Helsel cf 300, McCarty 3b 300, Burkett c 200. Totals: 21-0-1.

BISHOP GUILFOYLE (2): Carrieri ss 210, Reighard cf 210, Dombrosky 3b 300, Potopa c 200, Swineford 1b 101, Lewis p 302, Homan rf 200, Neumeyer lf 300, Boston 2b 301. Totals: 21-2-4.

SCORE BY INNINGS

Claysburg-Kimmel 000 000 0 –0 1 1

Bishop Guilfoyle 200 000 X –2 4 0

E– Burkett. 2B — Carrieri. RBI — Lewis.

PITCHING

CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL

Corey (L) 5 IP 2 R 1 ER 4 H 5 K 4 BB

Glass 1 IP 0 R 0 ER 0 H 1 K 0 BB

BISHOP GUILFOYLE

Lewis (W) 7 IP 0 R 0 ER 1 H 6 K 2 BB

Records: Claysburg-Kimmel (14-7); Bishop Guilfoyle (12-5).

Umpires: HP — Larry Stitt, 1B — Jim Cushion, 3B — John Garritano.

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