Philipsburg Pirates pound Clarence, 17-0
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
PHILIPSBURG - It took no more than a few minutes into Monday evening's Centre County League contest between Clarence and Philipsburg to see that the Pirates' lineup was not messing around.
Philipsburg scored 10 runs in the first inning, including two home runs from Matt McCamley in the frame. His team collected seven more runs in the second inning, while Josh Potter needed just 41 pitches as the Pirates blanked Clarence, 17-0, in four innings at the Don Womer Baseball Complex.
After the Mounties went down in order in the top of the first inning, McCamley struck for the first time. McCamley drove a 1-1 pitch high to left field that just carried over the fence - scoring Drew Bryan, who reached on an error.
The Pirates center fielder went deep again later in the inning, this time a line drive to right-center field for a 3-run shot to put Philipsburg up, 10-0.
"He had been struggling, but I know he put the work in to get his swing back," said Pirates first baseman Tyler Good. "I think it was evident there in the first inning when he got five RBIs."
Ryan Koch, Parker Watson and Matt Curtis all had RBI singles in the opening frame, which sent 14 Philipsburg batters to the plate.
"Josh starting the game off, and shutting them down one, two, three, and then us getting 10 runs really put us in cruise control," said Good. "You could see their heads drop a little bit."
The Pirates picked up from where they left off in the first inning as they scored seven more times in the second inning.
Brandon Myers led off with a double down the right field line, moved over to third base on a Lance Thompson groundout and scored on an error.
Bryan, A.J. Robinson and Good all drove in a run in the frame, while Myers picked up a second hit in the inning on a 2-run single.
Potter retired his first 10 batters of the game before giving up a seeing-eye single to Adam Day with one out in the top of the fourth. Mike Lutz also came through with a base hit, but Potter buckled down with a strikeout and a groundout to end the game.
Potter struck out five in his 2-hit shutout to improve his record to 2-2.
"The last two times out, he's thrown really well," said Good. "You can see the more that he throws, the better that he's going to get through the summer. We usually don't score when Josh is on the mound, so I know he was really happy with today's outing."
In addition to McCamley's two home runs, Curtis, Robinson, Good and Myers all had two hits in the game as Philipsburg was 13-for-23 as a team.
Philipsburg (7-3) hosts Lemont on Thursday.
McNamara ss 2000, Day cf 2010, Lutz c 2010, Fisher rf 2000, D. Schall 2b 2000, J. Schall 3b 1000, Urbanik 1b 1000, Ju. Koleno p-lf 1000, Je. Koleno lf-p 1000. Totals: 14-0-2-0.
Matt Curtis 2b 4222, Bryan ss 3211, McCamley cf 3225, Robinson dh 2221, Jo. Potter p 0000, Good 1b 3221, Myers rf 2222, Thompson lf 2101, Koch c 2211, Watson 3b 2211. Totals: 23-17-13-15.
Score by Innings
Errors-McNamara, Ju. Koleno. LOB-Clarence 2, Philipsburg 2. 2B-Good, Myers. HR-McCamley 2 (1 on, 1st inning), (2 on, 1st inning). SB-Koch. HBP-Thompson (by Ju. Koleno).
Clarence: Ju. Koleno-1 IP, 7 H, 10 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO; Je. Koleno-2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.
Philipsburg: Jo. Potter-4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.
WP-Jo. Potter (2-2). LP-Ju. Koleno.