Mounties rebound from loss
Just one day removed from getting shut out by Mount Carmel, South Williamsport coach Smokey Stover said that the loss did the Mounties a lot of good. It was the type of pitching and competition the Mounties needed to see to improve.
So in just a 24-hour span, South Williamsport learned and came out swinging right from the first inning and never let up against Muncy.
South scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to a convincing 10-0 win in five innings over Muncy on Tuesday afternoon.
“Yesterday did us a lot of good. I don’t want to talk about yesterday’s game, but the kid who threw from Mount Carmel was pretty good. We have to learn to get to that level,” Stover said. “We were at a level we thought we were hitting everybody pretty good, then you see someone like that. We went out (Tuesday), tried to be aggressive right off the reel and they walked a couple and things kind of snowballed from there.”
After a swinging strikeout started the bottom of the first inning, the Mounties (4-3) had their next six batters reach by either a single or walk. Pat West came through with a huge two-RBI single into left field and both Dominic Harding and Hunter Finn added RBI singles to make it a quick 5-0 lead.
While the Mounties offense was seemingly doing things at will — Ben Johnson went 3 for 3 and Aaron Orgitano, Aaron Guerrisky, West and Finn all had two hits each — Muncy (3-3) couldn’t get anything going against Hunter Corbin, who only allowed one hit through his 4 2/3 innings on the mound.
“It’s tough to come back, especially with a team like that that’s got a guy throwing like he threw. We knew we were going to have to scratch out runs when we could in order to stay in this game,” Muncy coach Joe Dunn said. “I just say young team, no excuses for anything, but I will say that these guys are really responding well. They’re really working hard and I look forward to playing these guys down the road a little bit.”
In that final inning for Muncy, the Indians did load the bases thanks to three walks, but a ground out to second ended the threat.
The only hit Muncy got was from Peyton Hulyo in the bottom of the second inning when he hit a shallow single into center field, but then got picked off on his way to second base after moving Swayze Alpaugh to third. The Indians only got runners in scoring position a handful of times, and only had a runner reach third base twice: once in the second inning and in the fifth.
“Our whole offense is built around opening the door for any possibility. Bunting at any time, base hits at any time. Really when you’re not doing any of those things well, it’s tough to get anything going. That kind of was the gist of it,” Dunn said. “I tip my cap to their pitcher. He threw well and I mean he kept us off balance. We knew it was tough when I came over after the first inning there and he rung one of our batters up on a curveball for a strike. Anytime at this level you got a guy who can throw a bender for a strike like that, it’s going to be a tough day.”
After the Mounties’ five-run first inning, South added a run in the second off an RBI double by Johnson to left field to bring in Orgitano, who reached on a single. South Williamsport scored three more in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to a string of four consecutive hits, including an RBI single by Orgitano and an RBI single by Luke Winner.
By game’s end, the Mounties out-hit Muncy, 14-1, and had all but two of their batters reach base by either a hit or walk. The Mounties also went 7 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
“They’ve been swinging the bat pretty good against most pitchers and first guy they threw pretty well,” Stover said of Muncy’s Takoda Moyer, who started the game on the mound. “I was surprised we hit him pretty good the first inning. He wasn’t bad.”
Corbin and Tyler Askey combined for the one-hit shutout on Tuesday, as Corbin only yielded the one hit in the top of the second inning. He also struck out six and only issued four walks through his 4 2/3 innings thrown. Askey only saw two batters in the fifth inning before recording the final out on a fielder’s choice grounder.
“He’s been like thinking on the mound at times and trying to get it right and trying to be perfect. Kind of working him just clearing his brain and pitching, letting things fall as they will,” Stover said of Corbin. “His mechanics are good, everything’s good, except his mind gets in the way once and awhile. Actually today I was pretty pleased with way he relaxed. No thoughts, just pitched.”
In the bottom of the fifth inning, South Williamsport took advantage of three consecutive walks to load the bases. It was then Johnson who drilled a single into center field to bring in Tyler Askey and put the 10-run rule into effect and end the game with no outs.
Muncy 000 00 — 0 1 0
South 510 31– 10 14 0
(No outs when winning run scored)
Takoda Moyer, Jeff Fry (2), Grady Oden (3), Kyle Lenhart (5) and Tanner Gold. Hunter Corbin, Tyler Askey (5) and Pat West. W: Corbin. L: Moyer.
Top Muncy hitters: Peyton Hulyo 1-1. Top South Williamsport hitters: Aaron Guerrisky 2-3, 2 runs, BB; Aaron Orgitano 2-2, 2 BB, 2 SB, 2 runs; Ben Johnson 3-3, 2B, 2 runs, RBI, SB; Pat West 2-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Peter Sinibaldi 1-3; Dominic Harding 1-2, RBI; Luke Winner 1-1, RBI; Hunter Finn 2-3, RBI.
Records: Muncy (3-3), South Williamsport (4-3).