STRATTANVILLE — Moving the game up a day to avoid some rain, the Clarion-Limestone Lions baseball team blanked visiting A-C Valley in a 12-0 rout that went five innings last Thursday afternoon at the C-L Sports Complex.
The Lions take a 5-1 record into Wednesday’s game at Clarion. Thursday, they host Oil City before the Easter holiday weekend.
Last year, the Lions weren’t six games into the season until a loss at Clarion put them at 4-2 ... on May 2.
Against the Falcons last week, Curvin Goheen and Cole Grenci combined on a three-hitter as Goheen went the first four innings and gave up all three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.
At the plate, Goheen ripped a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning. He also singled in the Lions’ 12th run in the bottom of the fourth.
Colby Himes and Drew Beichner each went 3-for-3 with Himes doubling and scoring three runs. Camden Hankey singled twice.
In last week’s other game:
WEDNESDAY, April 10
C-L 12, North Clarion 4
At the C-L Sports Complex, the Lions took advantage of 13 walks with six of them coming around to score in a win over the visiting Wolves.
North Clarion actually outhit the Lions 8-6, but the walks coupled with five errors were the ultimate undoing for the Wolves, who got within 7-4 after three innings before the Lions pulled away with three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
“We’ve been teaching our guys since the end of last season for our guys to be patient at the plate and to hit strikes,” said C-L head coach Todd Smith. “It’s been working out pretty well for us. I’m just proud that the guys are buying into that concept.”
The Lions scored twice in the bottom of the first. Bryson Huwar singled, stole second and scored on Curvin Goheen’s single. After stealing second, Goheen moved to third on an errant pickoff throw to second and scored on Ben Smith’s sacrifice fly.
North Clarion answered with three runs in the top of the second off Huwar. Bryce Byers singled in two runs with the bases loaded to highlight the inning.
But the Lions sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the second and scored five runs. Colby Himes, Goheen and Hayden Callen each drove in runs with two walks and a single. The other two runs on an error.
The Wolves got within 7-4 with a run in the fourth. Callen, who relieved starter Huwar in the third, got out of his own jam after giving up a single and double to Jacob Bauer and Sam Minich and allowed just one run.
The Lions added three runs in the bottom of the fourth with David Wiles and Huwar driving in runs while a third run scored on an errant throw on the Wiles single.
Up 10-4, the Lions added their final two runs in the sixth inning with Ian Larson’s sacrifice fly and Drew Beichner’s run-scoring groundout.
Meanwhile, Callen shut out the Wolves over the final four innings two hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. Huwar started on the mound pitching two innings allowing three earned runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out two.
“Bryson did a good job in his two innings on the mound today,” said Smith. “Hayden then came on and did a real great job over the final five innings. We’ve been doing some nice things so far this season.”
Huwar led the Lions with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate while Goheen added two hits with two RBIs and three runs scored. Wiles added a single. Eight of the starting nine drove in at least one run for the Lions.
Wolbert, Walters, and Byers each collected two hits to lead North Clarion. Bauer and Minich each added one hit. Wolbert and Minich collected the extra base hits with a double each. Bauer suffered the loss on the mound.
“North Clarion has been a thorn in our sides over the past several seasons,” said Smith. “So, it was good to be able to pick up a win against them today.”