Howard Hawks eliminate Philipsburg, head to County League finals

The Howard Hawks are headed back to the Centre County Baseball League championship series.

The Hawks knocked off the defending champion Philipsburg Spike Island Pirates on Tuesday evening in Game 5 of their semifinal series 7-2.

Howard heads to the best-of-five finals against the Clarence Mounties starting Thursday in Clarence.

Brian Pekla earned the complete-game win, striking our seven while scattering six hits and two walks.

The Hawks rolled to the win thanks to a 15-hit offensive attack, with two hits each for Brandon Gettig, Scott Zuback, Dylan Womer, Dan Cole and George Conklin.

The Hawks jumped ahead for good with a three-run first inning. Gettig, Zuback and Tyler Womer all singled to lead the bases before a Dan Cole single brought in two runs and a Dylan Womer sacrifuce fly brought in another.

A Dylan Womer RBI single padded the lead in the third inning, and three more runs crossed in the fifth thanks to a Cole RBI double, a Clay Smith sacrifice fly and a Ryan Dyke RBI single.

Parker Watson, who took the loss, plated a run for Philipsburg with an RBI single in the first, and Aaron Mason tripled and scored on a Travis Arnold double in the seventh. Jesse Martin also tripled for the Pirates.