Philipsburg forfeits County League playoff game against Howard

Philipsburg’s Spike Island Pirates did not have enough players to take on Howard on Tuesday night, resulting in a forfeit of their Centre County Baseball League playoff game.

Pirates manager Brandon Quay said five players were on vacation and others couldn’t make it due to work.

“That makes it difficult to throw the starting nine out there,” Quay said.

Howard now leads the best-of-five semifinals series 2-0.

The Hawks beat Philipsburg 2-1 in the first game of the series Sunday. Wayne Haas drove in the game-winning run for Howard on a single in the seventh inning.

Philipsburg swept Howard to win the league championship last season.

Quay said the Pirates have 15 or 16 players on their postseason roster this season.

He said there wasn’t much the team could do about Tuesday’s forfeit.

But he expects to have nine or 10 players for Game 3 at Philipsburg at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“We should be good,” Quay said.