Johnstown opens with victory

Courtesy photo From left: Blair County ballplayers Erik McAllister, Brody Mellott, Alexander McCartney, Drew Irons and Dante LaRocco are currently competing for Johnstown in the PONY League World Series in Washington, Pa.

From Mirror reports

WASHINGTON, Pa. — The PittBull/Rebels team, based out of Johnstown and boasting five Blair County players, won its first game in the Dick’s Sporting Goods PONY League World Series on Saturday night.

Johnstown earned a walk-off 13-12 victory over Hagerstown, Md., on a Grady Clark single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Clark is from Huntingdon County.

Johnstown will now face Chinese Taipei in a winners’ bracket game at 5:30 p.m. today. The game is scheduled to be shown live on AT&T SportsNet.

Johnstown led 7-1 after five innings, but Hagerstown came back with six runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game. Johnstown went up 12-7 in the bottom of the sixth, but Hagerstown came back again with five runs in the top of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

Huntingdon’s Brock Bryson homered and drove in two runs for Johnstown, Altoona’s Dante LaRocco went 2-for-5 and scored three runs, Charlie Manzi had two hits and two RBIs, and Ethan Shank drove in two.

Tyrone’s Drew Irons pitched three scoreless innings for Johnstown, and Altoona’s Erik McAllister pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win.

HAGERSTOWN, MD. (12): Sattazahn cf-rf 431, Norris 1b 311, Riser 3b 212, Starkey rf 401, Higgins 1b-p 200, Swartz p-2b-1b 312, Coulter 3b-cf 200, Rowe cf 312, Trumpower lf 100, Wade lf 311, Davidson c 310, Hull ss 411, Norton 2b 200, Benedict 2b-p-2b 020. Totals — 36-12-11.

JOHNSTOWN (13): LaRocco cf 532, Manzi ss-p-ss 422, Bryson p-1b 311, McAllister 3b-2b-ss-p 410, Goodman 1b-3b-rf-3b 421, Irons 2b-p-2b 010, Gartner p 100, Lohr p 222, Shank c 201, Radkowski c 000, McCartney lf 110, O’Donnell lf 100, Clark rf 301, Schawl rf-cf-rf 200. Totals — 32-13-10.


Hagerstown 100 006 50–12 11 4

Johnstown 223 005 01–13 10 4

LOB–Hagerstown 12, Johnstown 8. 2B–Lohr, LaRocco, Manzi. HR–Bryson. RBI–Riser 3, Sattazahn, Norris, Starkey, Rowe, Wade, Davidson, Manzi 2, Bryson 2, Shank 2, Clark. SF–Manzi. HBP–Benedict, Sattazahn, Trumpower, Bryson, McAllister, Radkowski 2, O’Donnell. SB–Rowe, Sattazahn, McCartney, Lohr 2, McAllister, Goodman 2, LaRocco. CS–McCartney, Lohr. WP–McAllister. LP–Higgins. SO–Bryson 3, Irons 3, Manzi 2, McAllister 1, Swartz 3, Benedict 1, Higgins 3. BB–Bryson 1, Gartner 2, Lohr 1, Manzi 4, McAllister 1, Swartz 5, Benedict 1, Higgins 1. Wild pitch–Benedict, Swartz 2, Bryson, Gartner. Balk–Higgins, Manzi.


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