It is better to finish spring training on a high note rather than to start on one and lose momentum.
Clarion’s baseball team had an encouraging end to theirs.
The Eagles won two of their last three games while down south, including an extra innings thriller against Montgomery College-Germantown.
March 7 pitted the Golden Eagles against Kutztown University.
Clarion opened up the game with John Finke scoring on an error.
Kutztown would then score seven unanswered runs, four in the bottom of the first and three more in its half of the second.
Clarion rebounded quickly as Finke homered which brought in Mitch Holmberg who reached first on an error.
Along with the two-run shot by Finke, Mike Lockhart doubled in the inning.
Later on, Lockhart moved to third on a passed ball, and finally scored on a balk.
After a three-run third inning, the Golden Eagles picked up where they left off when Austin Mike singled to start the frame.
Mike moved to second on an error, and then to third, courtesy of a sacrifice bunt.
Mike scored on a sacrifice fly by John Ponsoll, which made the score 7-5 in favor of Kutztown.
In the top of the seventh, two singles led to Holmberg being on third and Ponsoll reaching first.
Finke brought Holmberg in, advanced Ponsoll to second and reached base on a fielder’s choice, making the score 7-6.
Kutztown added on another run in the seventh with a home run to make it 8-6.
After Mike advanced to second on an error and Holmberg was hit by a pitch, Ponsoll singled, allowing Mike to score and Holmberg to move to second.
Finke capped off the scoring for the Eagles with a three run bomb to make it 10-8, Clarion.
However, Kutztown scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to give them an 11-10 victory over Clarion.
Clarion had its revenge on March 9 when they beat Kutztown 8-2.
Tyler Delval picked up the win, and collected two RBI’s and scored twice.
Brian Laurito added another RBI and scored.
Tyler Falk, Matt Kamenicky, Mason McGuire, Holmberg and Finke all scored once.
Clarion closed out its spring training with a 9-6 win over Montgomery College that lasted 10 innings.
Mason McGuire had a massive game for the Eagles.
He compiled four RBI’s, three runs and three hits, two of which were two run home runs.
Falk added the go-ahead solo home run.
Delval added an RBI, a run, and a single in the tenth to set the final score.
With spring training complete, senior Kyle Armagost says, “Team looks great. We are coming together. We are excited about how the spring trip went. Also, we can’t wait to get back to league play and show the conference that we are a totally different team than last. We are hungry and ready to win.”
Armagost continued, “This team is acting like a family, and we all are becoming friends, which will help the season moving forward. The one thing that sticks out is the overall attitude of the team is so positive, and we hold each other accountable.”
“The Golden Eagles will need, “great pitching and defense, low errors and also steady hitting in every game,” stated Armagost.
The team plays California University of Pennsylvania on March 18, and then they travel to Cal U the following day.
Armagost will be starting on the mound when the Eagles go to Cal.