Centre County Baseball League playoffs: Lewistown prevails in marathon over Howard

In a game that took 11 innings — and two days — to complete, the Lewistown Predators managed to stay alive in the Centre County Baseball League playoffs Friday night with a 13-12 victory over the Howard Hawks.

Jay Hartmann, who was 5-for-5 with a pair of walks, started the winning rally with a leadoff double and later scored on winning pitcher Ryan Keefer’s sacrifice fly to deep right field.

The Hawks had won the first two games of the best-of-five first-round playoff series and were on the doorstep of completing a sweep into the semifinals before the Predators rallied. Game 4 of the series will be played Sunday afternoon at Howard.

Howard held a 12-6 lead entering the bottom of the seventh Thursday night when Lewistown put four runs across. Then, one out away from elimination, Morgan Bargar belted a two-run home run to force extra innings. The game was halted after the eighth because of darkness.

Howard twice had the go-ahead run on third base when play resumed Friday — in the ninth and 10th innings — but could not cash in.

Kyle Womer belted a homer for the Hawks, and Chad Battista ripped a homer for the Predators as the teams combined for 36 hits, 18 of them for extra bases.