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BG erases 12-0 deficit with incredible comeback

04/08/21 Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Bishop Guilfoyle catcher Devon Weyant reacts after tagging out Northern Cambria's Matt Sedlock, who would've scored the go-ahead run at the top of the 7th inning.

They faced a 12-0 deficit after just 2¢ innings and racked up five errors as a team during their Curve Classic quarterfinal baseball matchup Thursday afternoon.

That wasn’t enough to stop the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Marauders from completing an incredible comeback.

After scoring eight runs in the fifth inning, the Marauders capped things off on a walk-off wild pitch that scored Dylan McNelly for a 17-16 victory over Northern Cambria at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

“You just tell the kids just keep their heads up,” Marauder coach Tommy Williams said. “Chip away at it, chip away at it. We knew they were playing their third consecutive day in a row, so they had to be down on pitching.”

The Marauders’ pitching appeared to be the one in trouble early on in the third when the Colts scored six runs to take a 12-0 advantage, but that’s when things started to change.

BG scored three runs in back-to-back innings — McNelly scored on Owen Dombrosky’s single to cut the deficit to 13-6. McNelly finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

“He started out slow during the season, and we shifted some things around in the lineup,” Willaims said. “He’s come through now. Everybody has that certain spot in the lineup they excel at.”

In the fifth inning, the Marauders went to the plate 13 times and scored on seven out of 10 plate appearances. The inning was capped off by a Dombrosky double, which brought in Mitchell Swineford, to put the Marauders in front 14-13.

“That’s what our players need to realize,” Northern Cambria coach Brian Bougher said. “Once you have a lead, you can’t let up, and I think they learned that valuable lesson today.”

The Colts didn’t go away quietly in the seventh as Matt Sedlock launched a line drive to center field, which drove in a pair of runs to tie the game at 16 before the Marauders ultimately put the game away in the bottom of the frame.

“This is my third season, and I’ve never been part of anything like that,” Williams said.

Williams credited the offense for putting the game away as the team struggled defensively.

“We scored 10 runs each of our first two games and to put up eight in one inning is not what we do, really,” he said. “We usually play good defense and pitch well. We didn’t play very good defense to start the game off at all.”

Bishop Guilfoyle now awaits the winner of this morning’s game between Hollidaysburg and Portage on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the semifinals. The loser of Hollidaysburg-Portage will get the Colts in a consolation game today at 3:30 p.m.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA (16): Sedlock cf 634, Bougher ss 532, Hoover 1b-c 311, Miller p-1b 312, Wiewora c-p 412, Kudlawiec p-3b 101, Yahner p-2b 100, Krawcion 3b-p 421, Dumm rf 311, Taylor lf 410, Baker 2b-rf 230. Totals — 36-17-14.

BISHOP GUILFOYLE (17): Rother ss 524, Boston 1b 533, Lewis 3b-lf 524, Beauchamp lf-p 511, DeGennaro p 000, Swineford p-3b 410, McNelly 2b 523, Dombrosky cf 513, Wyandt c 422, Harbaugh rf 321. Totals — 41-17-21.

SCORE BY INNINGS

Northern Cambria 246 101 2 – 16 14 5

Bishop Guilfoyle 003 382 1 – 17 21 5

E–Miller 2, Dumm, Sedlock, Krawcion (NC); McNelly 3, Rother, Wyandt (BG). 2B–Dumm, Sedlock, Bougher (NC); Lewis 3, Dombrosky 2, McNelly. RBI–Sedlock 2, Bougher 4, Hoover 2, Miller 1, Wiewora 3, Dumm 2 (NC); Rother 2, Boston 2, Lewis 2, Beauchamp 2, McNelly 2, Dombrosky 2, Wyandt 1 (BG).

PITCHING

Northern Cambria: Miller 3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO; Kudlawiec 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO; Krawcion 0.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO; Yahner 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, Wiewiora (L) 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.

Bishop Guilfoyle: Swineford 2 IP, 5 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO; Beauchamp 4.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 6 BB, 5 SO; DeGennaro (W) 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.

Records: Northern Cambria (2-2); Bishop Guilfoyle (3-0).

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