CURWENSVILLE — Clearfield-Curwensville jumped out to a 7-2 lead on Friday evening at Beyer Field, but Four Leaf Clover rallied back to win 8-7 in the bottom of the seventh.
It was a dramatic ending to a game that was supposed to be played on Tuesday, but kept getting postponed due to the weather.
Four Leaf Clover had just four hits in the game, but took advantage of errors and wild pitches to put together three runs in the final inning to win it.
“I always tell them if you get down, you just keep on pushing,” said Four Leaf Clover manager Tim Wesesky. “If you don’t give up on me, I will never give up on you. And they pulled it out. They are a tough group of girls. My hats go off to Clearfield-Curwensville. They played an excellent game. Every time we play them it’s tough.”
Clearfield-Curwensville, which lost the toss and was designated as the visiting team came out of the dugout fired up, scoring two runs in the top of the first.
“It worked to our advantage,” said Clearfield-Curwensville manager Shannon Siple. “I’m excited about that. It eased our pitcher a little bit.”
Four Leaf got both runs back in the bottom of the inning, before Clearfield-Curwensville put together its best offensive frame of the night.
The visitors scored five runs in the top of the second, led by a three-run double from Natalie Wischuck, which chased Four Leaf starter Carsyn Wesesky from the circle. Makena Moore came on in relief and ended the threat with two straight strikeouts.
Moore finished off the game allowing just two hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings of work. She also struck out seven batters.
“Makena did an excellent job,” said Wesesky. :She came in and shut them down. She is a lefty and she throws very well.”
Clearfield-Curwensville starter Addison Siple was also having a good day in the circle, allowing just two hits through four innings.
But Siple and the visitors got into a jam in the fifth that allowed Four Leaf back into the game.
Siple hit the first two batters she faced in the frame before Greysyn Gable reached on an error that scored a run. An RBI single from Moore plated the second run before Gable scored on another error to cut the score to 7-5.
Lauren Davidson, who was involved in a collision on the basepaths at shortstop, came on in relief of Siple. She got back-to-back strikeouts and a forceout at second to end the inning.
Clearfield-Curwensville put two runners on in the top of the sixth, but Moore worked her way out of it to give her team a chance to tie it or win it in the bottom of the seventh.
Haley Woodling reached on a two-base error before moving to third on a wild pitch. She later scored on a single by Carsyn Wesesky. Moore drew a one-out walk, while Wesesky moved up to third on a wild pitch. Brooke Bainey plated Wesesky on a hard liner that hit Davidson in the forearm. Davidson recovered and got the out at first, leaving the game tied with two outs.
That brought up Kayleigh Woodring, who hit a sharp ball to short that was bobbled, allowing Moore to score for the winner.
“They are 11 and 12 year olds,” said Coach Siple. “I am proud of them. They worked hard. We are disappointed tonight, but we were up against a fierce opponent. I think we are going to see them again.
“She (Addison) did a good job. I’m proud of her. Then LD came in and she was injured a few times and she stuck it out. She came out and she wasn’t going to give up.”
Davidson had two hits for Clearfield-Curwensville, while Addison Butler scored twice. Butler, Teagan Harzinski and Lexie Houser each had an RBI.
Woodling, Camryn Wesesky and Gable scored two runs a piece for Four Leaf Clover. Wesesky, Gable, Moore and Bainey had the RBIs.
Four Leaf Clover moves on to play Mifflin County, a 17-2 winner over State College, tonight at 6 in Morrisdale.
“You always get the first game jitters and it’s always nice to get the first win out of the way,” Coach Wesesky said. “Things start to fall into place. I think we are going to do fine.”
Clearfield drops into the loser’s bracket and hosts Nittany Valley/BEA tonight at 6 at the Clearfield High School.
P. Houser 3b-ss 4110, Butler cf-c 4211, Harzinski 1b 4111, Davidson ss-p 4120, L. Hauser rf 1101, Owens ph 1000, Wischuck lf-cf-3b 4013, Siple p 2000, Orlosky ph-cf 2000, Green c 2000, Singleton lf 1000, Siegel 2b 2100, Hayward 2b 1010. Totals: 32-7-7-6.
Four Leaf Clover—8
Graham ss 3100, Woodling c 3210, Ca. Wesesky p-1b 3211, Gable c 4211, Moore 1b-p 1111, Bainey 3b 4001, Woodring rf 2000, Hoover ph 1000, Guglielmi lf 1000, MacTavish ph 0000, McGovern ph 1000, Ch. Wesesky 2b 2000, VanBuskirk ph 1000. Totals: 24-8-4-4.
Score by Innings
Clfd/Cur 250 000—7 7 4
FLC 200 033—8 4 7
Errors—Green, Siple, Wischuck, P. Houser. Moore 2, Graham 2, Ch. Wesesky 2, Guglielmi. LOB—Clearfield-Curwensville 7, Four Leaf Clover 8. 2B—Harzinski, Davidson, Wischuck, Hayward. SB—P. Hauser, Butler, Davidson. Graham. HBP—Woodling and Ca. Wesesky (by Siple).
Clearfield-Curwensville: Siple 4+ IP, 3 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 7 SO. Davidson—2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.
Four Leaf Clover: Ca. Weesky—1 1/3 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO. Moore—4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO.