Roof strikes out 14 as Towanda blanks Sayre
WYSOX - In a pitcher's dual Towanda's Mason Roof came out on top.
The Black Knight senior struck out 12 while allowing three hits, five walks and no runs in six innings of work to push Towanda past Sayre 2-0 in NTL East baseball action Friday.
"It was good to win," Towanda coach Bill Sexton said. "We haven't been playing too well recently, I thought the kids really showed up tonight."
Zach Ripic came on for the save, pitching a perfect seventh with two strikeouts.
"Obviously the key tonight was from the mound," Sexton remarked. "The pitching stepped up tonight. We also made a couple decent defensive plays."
Roof's counterpart Jared Donovan went five innings, striking out one while allowing four walks, three hits and two earned runs in the loss.
The Black Knight scored in the bottom of the fifth as Brandon Dinelli led off with a walk. Zach Ripic then hit a line shot deep into the left field corner which scored Dinelli.
Roof moved Ripic over to third on a fielder's choice, followed by Austin Markel bringing him in on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 Knights.
That's all they would need as Sayre only threatened in two innings.
In the third they had bases loaded with two outs but Roof struck out Donovan to end the threat. Then in the fifth they had runners on first and second with one but Roof worked his way out of the jam again, striking out the next two Redskin batters.
Nick Skerpon went 2-for-3 for Sayre while Kyle Lake had the other hit.
For the Knights Ripic, Markel and Grady Robinson had the three hits.
Towanda is still in the NTL East title race. If Wyalusing loses to Athens today then the Rams and Knights will be tied atop the league. If The Rams win they will take the league outright.
Towanda is at Danville today with a 4:30 p.m. start.
Wyalusing 15, NEB 2
The Rams tied at least a share of the NTL East title with their win Friday.
Logan Hitchcock went 2-for-2 with two doubles, four runs scored and an RBI to lead Wyalusing while Dylan Otis went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Joe Champluvier went 2-for-4 with three runs and a stolen base while Kye Novak, Domenic Ciccolini, Cody Pickett and Chad Johnson also had hits.
Ciccolini had two runs and 2-RBI, Pickett added 2-RBI while Novak also knocked in a run.
Shane Salsman scored three runs with an RBI while Kyle Tinna and Johnson also scored.
Champluvier went the distance to get the win, striking out eight while allowing two walks.
Brett Goodwin went 2-for-2 to lead the Panthers while James Zajac and Jake Hottle both went 2-for-3. Austin Saxer also had a hit.
Hottle knocked in a run while Ben Abell and Zajac scored the two Panther's runs.
Jesse Stroud started for Northeast and took the loss, striking out three while allowing five hits and three earned runs.
Bill Franklin pitched the final two innings, allowing four walks, five hits and five earned runs.
NEB is at St. John Neumann today while Wyalusing will face Athens at Sayre for the NTL East title.
Tioga 9, Notre Dame 0
Jake Howland went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Tigers in IAC baseball action Friday.
Cody Bennett, Zach Williams and Dakota Skinner both went 2-for-4 with Williams adding a double, triple and 5-RBI. Bennett had a triple, run scored and an RBI while Skinner scored and knocked in a run.
Ryan Vergason, Anthony Lawrence and Zack Baker also had hits.
Eric Zweirlein scored twice for the Tigers while Travis Moyer, Vergason and Lawrence also crossed home. Lawrence knocked in a run as well.
Zwierlein started and earned the win, going three innings to strike out four while allowing seven hits.
Peter Simmons went the next three, striking out two while allowing three walks and a hit. Jesse Manuel pitched the final inning, striking out two while allowing a walk and hit.
Hunter Thomas was 1-for-3 with a double for Notre Dame while Wyatt Martin also had a hit.
Reilly Leonard scored the loss, striking out six while allowing 12 hits, six walks and nine earned runs.
Tioga (10-6) will be at the Wooden Bat Tournament at SVE today.