A split in last week’s Northern Allegheny League games sent the Port Allegany baseball team into the postseason as the No. 7 seed in the District 9 Class A bracket, slated to face second-seeded Otto-Eldred on Tuesday afternoon with the winner advancing to Thursday’s semifinals against either Clarion-Limestone or North Clarion. The Class A championship game is set for May 28 at Showers Field in Dubois, with both finalists moving through to the state tournament.
Coudersport clinched the top seed in Class AA, earning a free pass to the semis before taking on the winner of No. 4 Johnsonburg and No. 5 Brockway on May 23. Only the AA champion is guaranteed a spot at states; the runner-up plays the second-place team from District 6, with the winner of that game hosting the No. 2 team from District 4 in a subregional.
Coudersport 11, Port Allegany 1
With Eli Ayers (2-4) driving in three runs and Owen Chambers (3-4, double) and Hunter Redmond (2-3, double) each adding a pair of RBIs, the Falcons hung seven runs on the board in the second inning to cruise to an 11-1, five-inning win at CARP Field on May 13.
Blake Burgett earned the win as Coudy swept the season series, striking out six while scattering four hits and a pair of walks, while Josh Rees (1 BB) and Ethan Sprankle shared pitching duties for the Gators.
Port Allegany 9, Smethport 4
Port’s final home game of the season is usually Senior Day. But even without a single senior on this year’s roster, the Gators still found reason to celebrate, downing the Hubbers for the second time in as many weeks on May 16 to finish the regular season a game above .500 at 9-8.
Howie Stuckey (2-for-4) drove in three runs to push his team-best RBIs to 24 for the season, with Montgomery Tanner (2-2, 2 RBI), Trey Ayers (2-2, RBI), Rees (RBI) and Carter Moses (RBI) also contributing to the run total.
Rees (2 SO) got the start on the mound, with Moses (3 SO) coming on in the third inning to shut down the Hubs, allowing just one hit and no runs the rest of the way.