The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Sports

July 3, 2013

Claysburg dumps visiting Patton in six

CLAYSBURG — The evening did not start off well for Claysburg on Tuesday, but in the end, everything seemed to be going just fine as the hosts battled against North Division leader Patton, coming away with a

10-0 shutout in six innings in Cambria American Legion action.

“We came here there was a lot of rain and we had to do a lot to get this field ready and I was kind of worried,” Claysburg manager Dave Aungst said. “I had to change my lineup because I had three guys that weren’t here that I didn’t know weren’t coming until right before game time.”

Left-hander Trey Claar scattered just four Patton hits, striking out six and walking one.

“Trey threw a great game first of all,” Aungst said. “Every time he is on the mound, he gives us a chance to win the game. The bats came alive. We hit the ball well and made a lot of plays out there. That really opened things up for us.”

Claysburg (15-2) only had six hits, but those included a triple by Claar as well as doubles by Tyler Ickes and Jay Stern. Stern also scored twice and drove in two runs while Mike Runk scored twice. Throw in four Patton errors along with aggressive baserunning by Claysburg, including six stolen bases with two caught stealing, and the rout was on.

“I’ve never been accused of being conservative,” Aungst said. “We’re going to run. I tell guys when they come here that they are going to get more guys thrown out than you’ve ever seen in your life but if it ain’t nailed down, we’re going to steal it. It’s been that way for years and I like to be aggressive. We’ll get guys thrown out, but we’re going to make things happen. Sometimes it will bite us but that’s the way we like to play.”

Each team had runners on base in the first and baserunning mistakes kept the game scoreless.

In the third, Claysburg sent 10 runners to the plate on two hits, four walks a hit batsman and an error to put six runs on the board.

The hosts added a run in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Conversely, Patton (15-3) had just two runners on base in the final three innings and no one advanced past first.

“In the long run, it might be something that we needed,” Patton manager Ray Eckenrode said. “We have not played a lot of competitive baseball in 17 games. I was really concerned how we were going to react to competitive baseball.

“We didn’t lose that game in the third, we lost it in the first

2 1⁄2. Five or six mental mistakes and you cannot do that against Claysburg. They did what they always do, which is to make you pay for it.

“Every at bat we can get against Trey Claar is going to help us. He might be the best pitcher in the league and he’s at least one of the two or three best. It’s good for us to get in a playoff state of mind to hit against him.”

Aungst said his team works to find a way to win.

“It wasn’t until the third inning where we were able to put some things together,” Aungst said. “One break or something goes the other way, it could be a different game. We have to take each game as it comes. Enjoy it tonight and put us behind us.”

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • SRU vs UPJ baseball0418 1 UPJ takes one, drops second

    John Fees’ spring baseball season accurately mirrors that of his Pitt-Johnstown team.
    Fees started slow, losing his first four decisions, but has rebounded nicely in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pirates 0418 Brewers ward off late Pirates rally bid

    Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.
    Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drama lacking sans Tiger

    If professional golf saw its future at Augusta National last weekend, the sight had to be worse than choking on a 5-foot putt.
    The course was there in all its splendor.

    April 18, 2014

  • Penguins 0418 Penguins are wary of spunky Blue Jackets

    Sidney Crosby is used to the attention. It comes with the territory when you’re the best hockey player in the world.
    Still, the Pittsburgh Penguins star knows the spotlight becomes more acute in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pirates 0417 Pirates power past Brewers

    Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.
    Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Penguins 0417 Jackets preparing for Game 2

    The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t feel they’re doomed after blowing a two-goal lead in a Game 1 loss of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
    “It’s not about missed chances, or feeling sorry about it,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said at Thursday’s optional workout, 13 hours after falling 4-3 in Pittsburgh.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Sports Briefs

    April 17, 2014

  • racin 0416 Jennerstown Speedway gearing for May open

    Jennerstown Speedway released a very ambitious schedule on its website and continues to prepare for its 2014 reopening.
    The track is set to hold a practice day for drivers as well as an open house and media day on April 26.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘Hawks already building toward next season

    Jason Spence used up his cell phone’s battery on a trip from Johnstown to his parents’ home in Nova Scotia, Canada.
    Once the Johnstown Tomahawks coach got to his destination, Spence had to get creative to secure cell service across the border.

    April 16, 2014

  • Pirates 0416 Dominant Cueto drops Pirates in matinee

    That playoff loss in Pittsburgh last year? Johnny Cueto never thought about it much. So getting a chance to shut out the Pirates in a rematch wasn’t any more special.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo