By Frank Maira, special to Franklin County Free Press
WYE MILLS, Md. – The Penn State Mont Alto baseball team traveled to Chesapeake College on Tuesday afternoon and battled the Shipjacks in a high scoring affair.
Chesapeake managed the 22-20 non-conference win as they used a 12-run fifth inning to just barely edge the Lions.
Inside the Box Score
- Each team recorded 16 hits and Chance McClure(Chambersburg, Pa. / Chambersburg Area) led the way with a 5-for-6 afternoon. The sophomore infielder recorded three RBIs as well as a triple in the fourth inning.
- The 12-run bottom of the fifth inning turned out to be the turning point of the game for Chesapeake.
- The nine inning contest had 12 combined errors as five different pitchers saw action for Mont Alto.
- Brady Topper (Littlestown, Md. / Littlestown) had two hits and a pair of RBIs.
How it Happened
- PSUMA got off to a solid start with five runs in the top of the first. The Nittany Lions quickly loaded the bases up and scored three consecutive runs beginning with a RBI sacrifice fly from Hunter Martin (Hagerstown, Md. / North Hagerstown) and concluding with an AJ Millar (Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin) single to left field. Up 3-0, McClure cleared the bases with a double as the team hit around the lineup within the inning. The Shipjacks responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame.
- Mont Alto continued to connect at the plate in the second inning with Jeremiah Younker (Hagerstown, Md. / Williamsport) plating a pair of runs with a double. Chayse Fisher (Mercersburg, Pa. / James Buchanan) slapped an a RBI single and Hunter Martin (Hagerstown, Md. / North Hagerstown) put his team up 10-3 with a solo home run. PSUMA scored another run within the inning on a McClure triple to center field.
- A 12-run bottom of the fifth inning saw the Shipjacks gain a 19-12 lead, but Mont Alto did respond again with five more runs in the sixth inning. Jeremiah Younker (Hagerstown, Md. / Williamsport) tripled within the inning and scored on a passed ball.
- Chesapeake went up 22-17 scoring runs off of freshman Spencer Seaman (Chambersburg, Pa. / Chambersburg Area) who tossed 2.2 innings in relief.
- The Nittany Lions nearly mounted the comeback in the top of the seventh as a Brady Topper (Littlestown, Md. / Littlestown) single plated a pair of runs and a Younker fielder’s choice cut the deficit to 22-20. Neither team scored again.
Penn State Mont Alto (9-10, 2-1 PSUAC) return to action on Thursday, March 28 with a home game against Gettysburg College. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.
FRANK MAIRA is Assistant Director of Athletics/SID at Penn State Mont Alto