Philipsburg Pirates get past Clarence, 4-3, in CCL action|
Thursday, July 10, 2014
By Rich Murawski Assistant Sports Editor
PHILIPSBURG - The Potter Baseball Tour, now in its fifth year, features a youth team that travels through the Mid-Atlantic celebrating the game of baseball by holding exhibitions against teams and doing community service projects in the towns they visit.
The town of Philipsburg had its own exhibition of skills by a pair of Potters Wednesday evening at the Don Womer Baseball Complex as brothers Josh and Jeremy led the Pirates to a 4-3 win over Clarence in Centre County League baseball action.
The win is the 11th straight for the Pirates, who now sport a record of 14-3.
Josh pitched Philipsburg to victory, allowing just three runs on four hits. He walked four batters and struck out seven. Jeremy had two of the Pirates' six hits, collected three RBIs, including the game-winner, and recorded six assists at third base to back his brother.
"Jeremy came up big with those two hits and three RBIs, and Josh pitched a great game," Philipsburg first baseman Tyler Good said. "We need to have them around more often."
While Potter's 112-pitch masterpiece led his team to a victory, Clarence was getting its own stellar mound performance from Cody Klinger.
Klinger kept the potent Pirate lineup quiet for much of the night, giving up just four runs on six hits in his six innings of work. He walked three batters and struck out six, and held the Pirates without a hit in the second, third and fourth frames.
"It was definitely a pitchers' duel," Good said. "Hat's off to Josh. He threw a great game. And (Klinger) threw a great game at us, too.
"He kept us off-balance with those four pitches he had. But you can't say enough about what Josh did tonight, holding that lineup in check."
Clarence dented the scoreboard first, getting a two-run home run on what was likely Potter's only mistake of the night.
With Justin Koleno, who had led the game off with a single, on third and two out, Potter got behind Matt Fisher 3-0 and fed him a fastball that was launched over the left field fence.
But after that hit, Potter completely shut down Clarence over the next four innings. He did not allow a hit after Fisher's first-inning homer until the sixth when Ben Verbitsky led off with a single.
Philipsburg got a run back in the bottom of the first when Jeremy Potter doubled over the head of the Clarence right fielder, chasing home Matt Curtis, who singled and stole second to start the inning.
Neither team mounted much of a threat again until the bottom of the fifth as both pitchers - and their defenses - were lights out.
Jeremy Potter robbed Clarence of at least two hits with jaw-dropping stops of hard liners at third. And he started a 5-4-3 double play to get the Pirates out of the fourth inning after Josh Potter had issued a walk to Derek Jabco.
"Jeremy is the best third baseman in this league, and I think anybody in here would agree," Good said. "It's always nice when he's here. He locks down that corner."
Philipsburg finally got to Klinger in the fifth.
Josh Potter helped his own cause with a single to right before Klinger struck out Parker Watson.
Matt Curtis drew a one-out walk and Drew Bryan followed with a flair to right field to load the bases.
A Matt McCamley sacrifice fly to deep center field scored Aaron Lidgett, who was courtesy running for Potter, and moved Curtis and Bryan up a base.
Jeremy Potter drilled the first pitch he saw from Klinger back up the middle to plate Curtis and Bryan to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead - their first of the game.
"We definitely needed a few guys to step up and put some at-bats together," Good said. "Jeremy had numerous good at-bats, and Matt is always setting the table at the top for us."
Clarence got a run back in the top of the sixth when a bases-loaded wild pitch scored Verbitsky, who singled to lead off the frame.
Potter issued back-to-back one-out walks to Fisher and Jake Taylor on close 3-2 pitches before the wild pitch. But he got out of the inning by striking out the next two batters looking. Potter added two more strikeouts in the seventh, including getting Verbitsky swinging to end it with the tying run on second.
Philipsburg is back in action Sunday at 2 p.m. at Howard.
Ju. Koleno rf 3110, Verbitsky lf 3110, Kochik c 2000, Fisher 3b 2112, Taylor 1b 2000, Jabco lf 2000, Day ss 2000, Lutz dh 3010, Klinger p 0000, Je. Koleno 2b 3000. Totals: 22-3-4-2.
Matt Curtis 2b 1210, Bryan ss 3110, McCamley cf 2001, Je. Potter 3b 2023, Good 1b 3000, Thompson lf 3010, Belinda dh 3000, Smith c 0000, Jo. Potter p 3110, Watson rf 3000. Totals: 23-4-6-4.
Score by Innings
Clarence À 200Á001Á0-3Á4Á0
Philipsburg À 100Á030Áx-4Á6Á1
Error-Je. Potter. LOB-Clarence 5, Philipsburg 5. DP-Philipsburg. 2B-Je. Potter. HR-Fisher (1 on, 1st). SAC-Verbitsky, Day, Ju. Koleno. SF-McCamley. SB-Matt Curtis. WP-Klinger; Jo. Potter.
Clarence: Klinger-6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO.
Philipsburg: Jo. Potter-7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO.
WP-Jo. Potter. LP-Klinger.