Local roundup: Neill pitches Montoursville major baseball past Hepburn Lycoming
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.
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.
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.