PHILIPSBURG — HOUSERVILLE — Lemont erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Ducks took Game 1 of the Centre County Baseball League semifinals with an 8-6 victory over Clarence on Thursday.
Lemont trailed 6-2 heading into the sixth. Erik Kempton and Ryan Boonie had RBI singles as the Ducks closed to 6-5. Matt Smith then delivered a go-ahead two-run single with one out. Shane Regel capped the rally with a run-scoring single.
Clarence had built its lead thanks in part to a pair of two-run innings. Mike Lutz smackeda two-run double in the second. Justin Taylor and Brian Kochik hit back-to-back doubles in the fifth. Kochik later scored on a sacrifice fly.
Johnny Martinez led the Ducks’ 10-hit attack with two singles and a double. Kempton and Boonie added two singles each. Clint Hicks tossed two innings in relief of Seth Whitehill to pick up the win.
Taylor had a triple and double for the Mounties. John Schall and Brad Young had two singles each.
Game 2 is 2 p.m. Sunday at Clarence.
Philipsburg 15, Howard 4
Ryan Mostyn went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and scored three times as Philipsburg pounded out 15 hits to defeat Howard 15-4 in Game 1 of their semifinal series on Thursday.
Mostyn powered the Pirates with two home runs, as John Shaffer, Brandon Myers, Tyler Good, Aaron Lidgett and A.J. Robinson all had multi-hit games. Parker Watson picked up the win for Philipsburg on the mound and also delivered an RBI triple.
Scott Zuback, Travis Price and Kyle Womer all doubled for the Hawks, as Tyler Womer tripled while also suffering the loss.
The Pirates and Hawks meet for Game 2 on Sunday in Howard.