Patton Legion using all of Cambria County
Patton Legion pitcher Ryan Bearer was pretty thrilled when his team scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally past first-place Tyrone Legion, 7-5, in a George B. Kelley Federation game at Stout Memorial Field on Tuesday.
After all, the last time he pitched against them, it played out much differently.
“A couple years ago I pitched against these kids,” Bearer said. “I gave up about 15 runs, so to win against them felt pretty good.”
Bearer is just one of several multi-sport athletes from schools across Cambria County playing for Patton this summer. He’s preparing for his third year as the Cambria Heights starting quarterback, and his catcher Tuesday was Mike Hoover, who is prepping for his second season under center at Northern Cambria.
“I got to meet a lot of new kids from NC, and I like most of them,” Bearer said as he laughed. “They are all pretty good and great on defense. I think (Hoover) and I are pretty even as quarterbacks. We’ll see in our 7-on-7s. We have one coming up against them, so we’ll see who is better.”
Hoover enjoyed hearing the same question — which quarterback is better?
“I’m not going to comment on that one,” said Hoover with a smile. “I’ll leave that up to the media. I’m very excited for football. We had our first civilized practice yesterday, and it went pretty well. I’m ready to get going.”
Another decorated athlete, Kaleb Hilyer, played first base for Patton and scored the first run of the game Tuesday. Hilyer won the District 6 Class 2A javelin title in 2019 for Bishop Carroll and earned a seventh-place medal at the PIAA championships.
“We get talent from everywhere,” Hilyer said. “We put together a good team, and it’s nice to beat Tyrone, which is a school team and that’s hard to beat. It’s a fun way to spend your summer with a lot of talented guys.”
Patton Legion was down to its last out down 5-3 on Tuesday before Josh Miller laced a double to deep right that scored Matt Sedlock and Zack Letso to tie the game. J.T. Elias followed with a go-ahead RBI single and later scored when Hilyer reached on an error.
Andrew Pearson had a two-run double for Tyrone Legion.
Patton improved to 6-4, and Tyrone slipped to 9-2.
“At the very beginning, they were in their own little groups, but as they started to practice and play games together, they bonded,” Patton Legion coach Brian Bougher said. “Now, it’s like they are from the same school. They all mesh together, they’re all friends and they all hang out together after baseball games. They have made a good bond despite being from different schools.”
Hoover thinks the team is hitting its stride at the right time.
“At the beginning, it was a little weird, but we’re all getting to know each other,” Hoover said. “We’ve blended well. We’re all athletes that like playing ball.”
But as high school football workouts pick up intensity across the state, not all of the players’ minds were on baseball after the game.
“If we don’t play football, I’ll be so upset,” Bearer said. “I love football, it’s probably my favorite sport.”
PATTON LEGION (7): Sedlock cf 412, Letso lf 311, Hoover c 200, Stockley cr-c 100, Bearer p 000, Miller dh 411, Elias 2b 421, Hilyer 1b 410, Yeckley 3b 200, Krawcion 3b 301, Bougher ss 312, Painter rf 302. Totals –33-7-10.
TYRONE LEGION (5): Hoover 2b 410, Hunter cf 200, Lucas 3b-ss 110, Pearson lf 311, Grazier 1b 311, Stoner eh-3b 311, N. Light p 200, M. Buck c 202, Yingling rf-cf 300, R. Light ss 200, S. Buck rf 100. Totals –27-5-5
SCORE BY INNINGS
Patton Legion 010 100 5–7 10 4
Tyrone Legion 023 000 0–5 5 6
E–Bougher, Bearer, Yeckley, Hoover, M. Buck 2, Hunter, Lucas, Grazier, Stoner. 2B–Miller, Pearson, M. Buck. RBI–Miller 2, Bougher 2, Elias, Pearson 2, M. Buck. WP–Bearer. LP–N. Light. SO–Bearer 2, N. Light 3. BB–Bearer 2.
Records: Patton Legion (6-4); Tyrone Legion (9-2).