Philipsburg got only three hits against Blanchard in the Centre County Baseball League semifinals, but the Spike Island Pirates made two of them count.
Jon Shaffer cracked a three-run home run and Tyler Good added a two-run single as Philipsburg stung the Bees 6-3 in Game 2 of the Centre County League baseball semifinals on Tuesday night.
The top-seeded Pirates grabbed a 2-0 lead and can close out Blanchard at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Philipsburg High School.
Blanchard had taken the early lead thanks to the hitting of Larry Bechdel, who had two double and two singles in a 4 for 4 night. Bechdel doubled and scored on Mike Vonada’s RBI gtroundout in the first and scored again on an error in the third.
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Shaffer, who also homered in Game 1, smacked his blast in the fourth to give Philipsburg a 3-2 lead. The Bees tied it in the fifth and could have scored more. With the bases loaded, Vonada drilled a single to right to drive in Bechdel, but Aaron Lidgett prevented further damage by gunning down Ryan Hill at the plate.
Good’s single and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Myers drove in three in the top of the sixth to ice the game.
Chad Speigle tossed a six-hitter for the Pirates, with two strikeouts and three walks. James Gallagher was the hard-luck loser for Blanchard.
Peppers even series with Mounties
PLEASANT GAP — The Peppers used home field advantage and a big sixth inning to beat Clarence 5-4 on Tuesday.
The win evened the series 1-1. Game 3 will be played at Howie Chambers Field on Aug. 7.
Clarence struck first with three runs in the top of the second but the Peppers chipped away at the Mounties’ lead, eventually plating the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth. Then, Devin Alterio drove his third double of the game down the left field line to score three runs and give the Peppers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Tyler Lalli delivered a home run for Pleasant Gap in the third while Tyler James hit two singles and Cory Cunningham turned in a double for the Peppers.
Kalen Gearhart led Clarence with a home run and a single. Dan Rosen picked up the win for Pleasant Gap.