CLARENCE Justin Taylor blasted a pair of two-run home runs to help the Clarence Mounties advance in the Cente County Baseball League playoffs with a 9-5 win over the Howard Hawks on Sunday afternoon.
Clarence, which won the series 3-1, will meet top-seeded Philipsburg on Thursday evening to start their best-of-five semifinal series.
Taylor hit his first shot in the bottom of the first for an early lead, then ripped the second with the Mounties clinging to a 5-4 advantage. Clarence took the lead an inning earlier on a Dave Urbanick two-run single, and an error brought home two more runs in the sixth to pad the lead.
Brian Kochik was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, and John Schall and Brad Young also doubled for the Mounties, who got a complete-game effort from Ryan MacNamara with six strikeouts and six walks.
Five of those walks came on consecutive batters with two outs in the second inning, leading to three Hawk runs. Dylan Womers three hits and doubles for Chris Husted and Clay Smith paced the offense.
Lemont 6, Blanchard 5
BLANCHARD Kyle Wright and Ben Sallade hit home runs and added singles and Erik Kempton hit two singles to help lead Lemont to a 6-5 win over Blanchard on Sunday.
Lemont secured the opening-round playoff series 3-1 and will play Lewis-town in the semifinals Thursday.
Tyler Barth led Blanchard with two singles and a double while Ryan Watkins and Brett Hegganstaller contributed two singles each.
Both teams notched nine hits in the game but Blanchard committed three errors and surrendered two runs in the top of the seventh.
Huntingdon 9, BEA 7
WINGATE Two seventh-inning runs helped Huntingdon eliminate Bald Eagle Area from the VFW Area 5 Teener League All-Stars 13-14 year-old tournament on Sunday with a 9-7 win.
Chris Alleman picked up the win and was helped along by doubles from Jeb Fowler and Kody Heaton. BEA was led by Trey
Butterworth, who homered in the fifth. Caleb Bell doubled while Ryan Guenot, Noah Chambers and Kurt Johnson all turned in two-hit performances.
Huntingdon will move on to the state tournament while BEAs season ended with the loss.
Bellefonte 9, Mount Union 6
BELLEFONTE Andrew Stover picked up a win, helping lead Bellefonte to a 9-6 win over Mount Union in the VFW Area 5 15-16 tournament on Sunday.
Adam Kuhn did damage with a double and a single for Bellefonte, while Noah Perryman who delivered the knock-out blow, blasting a walk-off three-run home run over the right field wall to secure the win.
Mount Union was led by D.J. Bookwalter , who doubled twice in the loss.
Bellefonte will host Penns Valley today.
BEA 15, Huntingdon 5
WINGATE Bolstered by 14 hits, Bald Eagle Areas offense came alive to stay unbeaten with a 15-5 throttling of Huntingdon in five innings on Sunday in the VFW Area 5 15-16 tournament.
The speedy Greene brothers, Bryce and Bryan, turned in five extra-base hits with Bryce Green notching two triples and Bryan Greene adding three doubles.
Matt Norris led Huntingdon with two singles.
Bubba Bennett picked up the win for BEA, which only surrendered five hits throughout the game.
BEA will play at Huntingdon again today.