Montour bats come to life in home win
It appeared Cam Ott delivered a two-run home run over the left-field fence to put Montoursville up a pair of runs over Danville on Wednesday, but Danville left fielder Mark Mullery stretched and flipped over the fence to make a remarkable catch and keep the game scoreless.
Many teams would have been discouraged by the loss of two runs, but Montoursville responded with four runs in the inning and defeated Danville at Giles Field, 11-4.
“In the past couple games here, we’ve been going down early,” said Montoursville coach Travis Wurster, “so to get up early is definitely a different momentum change for us. It definitely puts more pressure on them offensively and they can’t do things like small ball and things they like to do, that’s a big help for us.”
Following Mullery’s great catch, Andrew Null singled to bring home Curtis Miller. The next hitter, Derrick Evans swung at the first pitch and hit a double which scored Derrick Evans to make it 2-0. Quinton Kuntz singled and a Devin Singer ground out scored Evans. Dylan Fontenot helped his own cause with an RBI single to make it 4-0.
Fontenot pitched well to pick up his first win of the year. He threw 6 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and two runs. He struck out three.
“He’s a guy that throws a lot of strikes, which is nice, he’s not gonna go out and walk two or three an inning a whole lot,” Wurster said. “For him to be able to pitch with the lead, trust his defense, that’s a big confidence booster, especially only being a sophomore.”
Montoursville’s defense was strong behind Fontenot as it turned two 6-4-3 double plays to get him out of jams and preserve the lead.
The offense didn’t stop in the first as Montoursville scored two runs in the third on another Fontenot RBI single and a Brycen Mussina RBI single to make it 6-1. It added two more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Singer and Russo.
Montoursville (5-6) added three more runs in the sixth as it scored all of its runs on five walks and a sacrifice fly by Quinten Persun.
“We needed that, cause last game we faced Mark Artley from Milton, he’s one of the best pitchers in the league, we scrapped five hits across,” said Wurster. “But today to be able to come out, you know show our offense can actually do that. It’s a good confidence booster, especially for the guys that are struggling a little bit.”
Danville 010 001 2 – 4 7 2
Montoursville 402 023 x – 11 11 2
Tyler Fisher, Travis Webb (6th) and Joey Strausser. Dylan Fontenot, Quinten Persun (7th) and Cam Ott. W- Fontenot (1-1). L- Fisher.
Top Danville hitters: Shayne Riley 2-3 2B, RBI, run; Tom Brouse 1-2 2BB, 2 RBIs, run. Top Montoursville hitters: Quinton Kutz 2-2 4 runs; Devin Singer 2-2 2 RBI, run; Dylan Fontenot 1-1 2 RBI; Brycen Mussina 1-3 RBI; Nick Russo 1-3 RBI.
Record: Montoursville (5-6). Next: Montoursville at Midd-West, today