Clarion baseball drops pair to UPJ

This past Tuesday against Pitt-Johnstown, the Clarion baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at Point Stadium in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Tyler Delval watches a pitch while on third base. Archive Photo / The Clarion Call
Tyler Delval watches a pitch while on third base.
Archive Photo / The Clarion Call

Clarion fell in game one to the Mountain Cats by a score of 14-7.

The Golden Eagles took the early lead in this game, when first baseman Tyler Faulk singled to left center field in the top of the first inning to put Clarion up by a score of 1-0.

The Mountain Cats responded in its half of the first inning when first baseman Luke Williams hit a three-run home run.

Pitt-Johnstown did not surrender the lead for the rest of the game.

Both Faulk and third baseman Josh Ponsoll led the Golden Eagles in game one with two runs batted in.

Pitcher Tyler Delval took the loss, bringing his record to 2-3 on the season. 

In game two of the doubleheader, the Golden Eagles lost a close game by a score of 10-9.

Pitt-Johnstown jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first when designated hitter Sean Sleigh hit a two run shot over the center field fence to put his team up 2-0.

Clarion responded with four runs of its own in the top of the second inning.

Delval, Ponsoll, Mason McGuire and Mitch Holmberg all drove in a run during the inning to put Clarion up 4-2.

In the top of the third inning, Mike Lockhart added to the Golden Eagle lead by hitting a home run to left field to make the score 5-2.

The Mountain Cats would retake the lead in the fourth inning when Jake Stern doubled to the left-center gap to plate one of his teammates, making the score 6-5.

Clarion battled to take back the lead in the top of the fifth inning, and Matt Kamenicky hit a single down the line to score Lockhart.

Pitt-Johnstown would end up taking the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Golden Eagles have  struggled so far this season in regards to the win/loss column.

Clarion has compiled a 4-21 overall record, with a 1-13 record in PSAC West division play.

Its nonconference wins came against opponents West Virginia State University, Kutztown University, Montgomery College-Germantown and Mount Aloysius College. 

The lone win in conference play came against Indiana University of Pennsylvania on March 25.

Falk has led the Golden Eagles in batting average, hits and runs batted in this season by Faulk.

Falk has batted for a .373 batting average while driving in a team high 19 RBIs on 31 hits.

Delval has not only been the pitching ace of the team so far this season, but he has also been the clubs slugger.

On the mound this season, Delval has accumulated a 2-3 record in six appearances with a 4.14 earned run average while striking out 32 batters.

In the batter’s box, Delval has led the Golden Eagles in home runs.

Delval has hit a team high four home runs with a .528 slugging percentage.

Lockhart sees areas where the Golden Eagles can improve moving forward.

“We need to improve on staying competitive, but learning how to close out games,” Lockhart said. “We need to keep the pressure on teams the entire game.”

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