In its lone game last week, the Port Allegany baseball team earned its second shutout in a row, recording a 10-0, five-inning whitewash over visiting Portville on Thursday afternoon at Moose Park.
Gator junior Howie Stuckey needed just 12 pitches to set down the Panthers in order in the top of the first inning, then manufactured the game’s first run without recording a hit in the bottom half of the inning. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, Stuckey stole second and third on back-to-back pitches, then raced home when the catcher’s throw skipped past the third baseman and down the left field line. Carter Moses followed with a single, swiped second, then came around to score on Montgomery Tanner’s single to stake Port to a 2-0 lead.
The Panthers threatened in the top of the second inning, with an infield single, a walk, and a double steal putting runners on second and third before a line-out/throw-out double play by shortstop Ethan Sprankle ended the scoring opportunity. Sparked by five consecutive two-out singles, the Gators sent 10 men to the plate and hung a five-spot in the bottom of the inning for a 7-0 margin, then added three more in the third to push the game into run-rule territory.
Stuckey cruised the rest of the way, striking out the side again in the fourth inning en route to finishing his dominating performance on the mound with 11 K’s against two walks. Tanner (2-for-2), Drew Benson and Trey Ayers (3-for-3) each drove in a pair of runs, with Benson, Stuckey and Sprankle all scoring twice and Moses going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Gators (2-3) have scheduled Northern Allegheny League games against Coudy on Monday and at Smethport on Thursday, sandwiched around a non-league trip north of the border to take on Allegany-Limestone on Tuesday.
Next week: O-E, April 23; at CV, April 24; Johnsonburg, April 25; OV, April 27 (11 a.m.).
Playing just its second game of the season, the Port Allegany softball team dropped a 12-1, six-inning Northern Allegany League game at Cameron County on April 9. Gator junior Cailey Barnett doubled twice and drove in Port’s lone run, while Laila Smith recorded an 11-strikeout three-hitter along with four RBI and Taylor Lamont homered for the homestanding Red Raiders.
Weather permitting, the Gators (0-2) will be in action three times this week, hosting Kane on Monday before hitting the road for games at Allegany-Limestone on Tuesday and Smethport on Thursday.
Next week: O-E, April 23; at CV, April 24; Cameron County, April 25; OV, April 27 (11 a.m.).