Centre County League: Howard throttles Pleasant Gap in doubleheader sweep

Clay Smith drove in five runs in the opener, while Rusty Gates and Evan Gettig smacked home runs in the night cap in Howard’s 9-1 and 15-0 sweep of Pleasant Gap on Sunday.

In the first game, the Hawks (7-3) scored all of their runs in their first three at-bats. Smith had an RBI single in a three-run first, a two-run single in a four-run second and singled home both runs in the third. Tyler Womer added a two-run double in the second.

Evan Gettig and Smith led a 14-hit attack with three singles each. Travis Price and Womer, the winning pitcher, had two hits apiece. Tyler Lalli had a single and double for the Peppers.

The Hawks scored multiple runs in each at-bat in the second game, which was halted by the mercy rule after four innings.

Getting slammed a two-run homer in a three-run second inning, while Gates blasted a two-run shot in a four-run third. Kyle Womer had a two-run double in the first and Scott Zuback’s two-run single highlighted a six-run fourth. Dylan Womer picked up the win on the mound and was backed by a 17-hit attack. Gettig and Smith had three hits each. Gates and Mike Surovec had two each.