Local roundup: Neill pitches Montoursville major baseball past Hepburn Lycoming

PHOTO PROVIDED Loyalsock’s Carmen Barone signed his letter of intent to play football at Saint Francis Univeristy. Seated are, from left, grandmother Rosemary Flock, mother Renee Flock, Barone, father Frank Barone and grandfather John Flock. Standing are, from left, Loyalsock athletic director Ron Insinger, vice principal Ashley Sekel, sister Alena Barone, brother Nick Barone, sister Isabella Barone and football coach Justin Van Fleet.

Zac Neill threw a complete game on 84 pitches, allowing only eight hits and issuing no walks in Montoursville’s 11-3 win against Hepburn Lycoming in the major baseball tournament.

Brayden McCourt went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and broke the game open with a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning.

Nate Bear (2 for 3), Royce Bowe (2 for 3, 2 RBIs) and Logan Kirby (2 for 4) all had two hits.

Loyalsock defeated East Lycoming, 10-7, to advance to the quarterfinals,

Jeremiah Johnson went 3 for 4 to lead Loyalsock and Preston Gross and John Kiehl both added two hits each. Gross had a double and triple. East Lycoming was led by Jed Abernatha, who went 3 for 4.

Trent Wetzel and Keagan Smith both had two hits each.

Loyalsock scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 4-1 lead and never trailed East Lycoming the remainder of the game.

Loyalsock out-hit East Lycoming, 13-8, as well.

• In major softball, Clinton defeated East Lycoming, 14-3, in the losers’ bracket to advance to the district championship game against South Williamsport.

That game is Thursday at Clinton at 6 p.m. If Clinton wins, a rematch is set for Friday at South Williamsport.

MAJOR BASEBALL

Montoursville 11,

Hepburn Lycoming 3

Montoursville 201 530 — 11 11 2

Hepburn Lycoming 002 010 — 3 8 2

Zac Neill and Nathan Bear. Way, Bennett (4), Kuhn (5), Bryson (6) and Rodgers. W–Neill. L–Way.

Top Montoursville hitters: Nate Bear 2-3, RBI; Kane Moore, 2 runs, RBI; Brayden McCourt 2-4, 3 RBIs; Royce Bowe 2-3, 2 RBIs; Logan Kirby 2-4; Zac Neill 1-2; Gabe Moser 1-2; Michael Reeder 1-2. Top Hepburn Lycoming hitters: Parker Bennett, HR; Rodgers 2-3; Kellen Jackson 2-3, RBI; Todd Franzen 2-3.

Next game: Montoursville vs Williamsport at Newberry, Thursday.

Loyalsock 10,

East Lycoming 7

East Lycoming 110 113–7 8 0

Loyalsock 422 20x–10 13 0

Fisher, Trent Wetzel (3) and Keagan Smith. Miller, Jeremiah Johnson (4), John Kiehl (6) and Jeremiah Johnson, Derek Kulp. W–Miller. L–Fisher.

Top East Lycoming hitters: Jed Abernatha 3-4; Trent Wetzel 2-4; Keagan Smith 2-3. Top Loyalsock hitters: Jeremiah Johnson 3-4; Preston Gross 2-4, 2B, 3B; John Kiehl 2-4.

Next game: Loyalsock vs. Jersey Shore/GSV at Montoursville, Friday, 6 p.m.; East Lycoming vs. Newberry at Jersey Shore, Thursday, 6 p.m.

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