Bobcats fall in final to old nemesis Bunnies
MANSFIELD - The BC Bobcats took second in a Mansfield baseball tournament Sunday, falling in the title game to their old nemesis the Bunnies 10-9.
The Bunnies beat the Bobcats twice last summer to win the Joel Stephens Tournament.
The Bunnies took a 2-0 lead after the first inning but the Bobcats knotted things up at 2-all after the second. Both teams scored three runs in the third with the Bunnies going up 6-5 after the fourth.
In the top of the fifth the Bobcats tied them up but the Bunnies added three more in the bottom half of the inning to take a 9-6 lead.
In the top of the sixth the Bobcats rallied, scoring three runs to once again tie things up. The Bunnies responded, scoring again the bottom half of the inning to take a 10-9 advantage into the top of the seventh.
The Bobcats ran out of rallies.
Towanda's Zach Place was 3-for-4 in the game with two doubles, 2-RBI and a run scored. Fellow Black Knights Brandon Dinelli and Zack Ripic both went 2-for-4. Dinelli added a run scored while Ripic also scored and drove in a run.
Wyalusing's Logan Hitchcock was 2-for-3 with an RBI with fellow Joey Champluvier hitting a double along with scoring twice and driving in two runs.
Canton's Caleb Route and Wellsboro's Matt Reese also had hits.
Wyalusing's Kye Novak, Towanda's Mason Roof and Northeast Bradford's James Zajac scored runs. Reese had 2-RBI while Route knocked in a run as well.
Hitchcock scored the loss, going six innings to allow 15 hits, seven earned runs and two walks. He struck out two.
In the semi-final the Bobcats won 17-7 over Elmira Heights.
Champluvier and Hitchcock both went 3-for-3 with Champluvier adding four runs scored and 3-RBI. Hitchcock, who had a double, scored twice while driving in two runs.
Ripic, Reese, Zach Place, Wellsboro's Ben Shaw and Athens' Adam McCauley also had hits with Ripic's a double.
Ripic and Shaw had 3-RBI each, Zach Place had two while McCauley, Dinelli and Zajac had one a piece.
Reese scored three times, Dinelli twice while Zajac, Ripic, Zach Place, Shaw, McCauley and Novak also crossed home.
Towanda's Austin Markel got the start and win, going two innings to allow five hits, four earned runs and two walks while striking out two.
Athens' Craig Moore went two innings, allowing just a walk while striking out two.
Towanda's Nick Place finished up, going the last two innings to allowing one hit and two unearned runs while striking out one.