Boy­er­town falls to Swoy­ersville, ham­mers Meadville to open up state tour­na­ment

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BOY­ER­TOWN » Things started out just about the way they had ended the night be­fore when Boy­er­town missed out on a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity in the top of the first in­ning of Sun­day af­ter­noon’s Penn­syl­va­nia State Amer­i­can Le­gion Base­ball Tour­na­ment losers’ bracket con­test at Bear Sta­dium.

But the Bears even­tu­ally knocked out 11 hits, in­clud­ing three bunt sin­gles and their first home run of the year, and got five shutout in­nings from starter Stephen Cisik in an 11-1 win over Meadville.

The re­sult sends host Boy­er­town (25-14) into to­day’s third round of the dou­ble-elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment and a 12:35 p.m. meet­ing with Spring-City, a 2-1 loser to Soud­er­ton.

“It was a tough loss (6-1 to Swoy­ersville on Satur­day night),” said Caleb Harri- son, who drilled a two-run shot over the fence in left to help the Bears break the game open in the sixth. “We had to come back strong to­day. The ex­e­cu­tion to­day in the be­gin­ning of the game was awe­some.”

“I think we played de­fen­sively re­ally well and we came up with some big hits,” added Boy­er­town man­ager Rick Moatz.

The Bears put men on first and third with one out in the first and wound up with noth­ing when the run­ner on third was out at the plate while try­ing to score on a fly ball to cen­ter field.

But Cisik, who al­lowed only two hits, set the Re­gion 8 cham­pi­ons down on a fly to right and two strike­outs in the bot­tom of the frame.

“That was big that we were able to get out of that and not get be­hind,” said Moatz. “He did a nice job. He bat­tled and made pitches when he had to.”

“In the be­gin­ning, I felt good,” said Cisik. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it with­out the de­fense be­hind me. I made them roll it.”

Boy­er­town broke a score­less tie in third when Broc Babb walked, Chris Davis sin­gled, Shayn Hor­rocks squared around to sac­ri­fice and beat out the bunt and Tate Yergey grounded one to short to bring in the first run. A dou­ble play grounder made it 2-0.

The Bears added a pair in the fourth on a walk, two er­rors and an RBI sin­gle by Nick Di Ci­acco. A dou­ble by Har­ri­son, a bunt hit by Billy Cole­man and a dou­ble steal pro­duced an­other run in the fifth.

Then Nolan Kline hit a big two-out, two-run sin­gle

in the sixth and Har­ri­son fol­lowed with his homer.

“It was awe­some ... the best feel­ing ever, “Har­ri­son said con­cern­ing the roundtrip­per. “We took the mo­men­tum. It was a big game.”

“Nolan had a big twoout hit to make it 7-0,” said Moatz. “It was 5-0, but we’ve given up five runs be­fore.

When he got that hit and drove those guys in, that was big. Broc got on base a few times. When he can get on base and the top of the lineup comes up be­hind

him, that’s a big thing.”

“Put it where you’re sup­posed to,” Moatz said con­cern­ing the bunt sin­gles. “And it’s de­mor­al­iz­ing (for the other team).”

Cisik, who walked two and fanned three, es­caped a bases-loaded jam in the sec­ond on a grounder to sec­ond base­man Babb and catcher Cole­man picked a run­ner off first with two on to end the fourth.

“It’s great to get a state win,” Cisik added. “It means a lot. I didn’t think I would ever do this a few years ago.”

*** Boy­er­town scored a run in the top of the sixth in­ning Satur­day night to break a

score­less tie against Swoy­ersville in its Penn­syl­va­nia State Le­gion Tour­na­ment open­ing-round game. But per­haps more im­por­tant than the run the Bears scored were the ones they didn’t score af­ter go­ing on to

load the bases with one out.

The es­cape from a pos­si­ble big in­ning seemed to re­vi­tal­ize Swoy­ersville, which scored six in its half of the frame and con­tin­ued on to a 6-1 win at Bear Sta­dium.

“Could have been more.

Should have been more,” Bear man­ager Rick Moatz said con­cern­ing the some­what dis­ap­point­ing top of the sixth. “We needed to do in the top of the in­ning what they did to us in the bot­tom of the in­ning.”

AUSTIN HERT­ZOG — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE

Boy­er­town’s Caleb Har­ri­son fin­ished with three hits in­clud­ing a two-run home run dur­ing Sun­day’s win over Meadville in the Pa. State le­gion base­ball play­offs.

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