Clarion baseball defeats Seton Hill

This past weekend, the Clarion Golden Eagle baseball team took on the Griffins of Seton Hill in a home-and-home series.

Sean White delivers a pitch against Seton Hill. Jon Hyatt / The Clarion Call
Sean White delivers a pitch against Seton Hill.
Jon Hyatt / The Clarion Call

The weekend consisted of doubleheaders on both Friday and Saturday with Clarion playing for the first time at home in almost a month on Friday.

The Griffins won both games of the first doubleheader by scores of 14-3 and 9-1.

However, the Golden Eagles had some notable hitters in its lineup.

John Finke went 4–6 at the plate over the course of the two games with a run scored.

In the first game, Tyler Delval went 2–3 consisting of a double, a walk and three runs batted in.

Also, in the second game of the doubleheader on Friday, Mitchell Holmberg went 3–4.

The lone run for the Golden Eagles in the 9-1 loss was driven in by Mason McGuire in the second game.

Clarion was held scoreless in the first game until the bottom of the fifth inning.

Finke would get on base with a leadoff single, and following that Holberg would advance him to third with a single to put runners on first and third.

With two outs in the fifth, Delval would step up to the plate and drive both runners home with a line drive down the left field line.

With the double, Delval would shorten Seton Hill’s lead to 13-2

Delval would also hit in Clarion’s last run, scoring Seth Mley on a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

In the second game, Clarion managed to produce some offense.

In the top of the second inning, Austin Mike hit a leadoff single to put a runner on first for Clarion.

He would then be advanced to third by Finke, and hit home with a sacrifice fly to center field by McGuire.

The Golden Eagles had more success in the doubleheader on Saturday, splitting the two games with the Griffins.

Clarion traveled to Seton Hill and took down one of the top teams in the PSAC West with a 5-4 win in the first game of the doubleheader.

The second game of the doubleheader would result 9-4 in favor of Seton Hill.

However, the comeback victory of the first game would prove to be a notable moment for Clarion this weekend.

The Golden Eagles’ offense would come to life in the final two innings, in which Clarion tallied five total runs.

Three of those runs came in the top of the seventh inning, where momentum would be in favor of the Golden Eagles.

Homberg went a combined 4–8, and Finke had an RBI and two runs scored after going 4–6 at the plate.

Josh Ponsoll would have a three-RBI day, with two runs coming from a two-run home run in the sixth inning of the first game.

Mike Lockhart would also single, and then steal second, in the top of the sixth inning.

Lockhart would also hit in Delval in the second game with a groundout.

Kane McCall, who earned his first pitching win of the season, held the Griffins to four runs.

McCall would pitch until the seventh inning when Jay Moog would come in and earn the save for the Golden Eagles.

With the two games split on Saturday, the Golden Eagles improved to 5-24 on the year.

They also improved to a record of 2-16 within the PSAC conference.

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