FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Rain fails to mar spirit and excitement of Joel Stephens Tournament on opening day Friday
MANSFIELD, Pa. -- The 11th annual Joel Stephens Invitational kicked off Friday with a host of four games played at Mansfield University's Shaute Field, Kelly Field and Smythe Park and Joel Stephens Field at Williamson High School.
A wave of rain showers over the area forced slight delays throughout the opening day of play, but when all was said and done only one game was suspended.
That game, between Williamsport and Montoursville, will be sandwiched into the middle of the day Saturday at Kelly Field. Saturday's games at Kelly Field have been bumped up an hour and will start at 8:00 a.m. Saturday's opening game at Shaute Field, between Bradford Country and the Brockville Bunnies, has also been bumped up to 8:00 a.m. There have been no other schedule changes.
In the nightcap at Shaute Field, darkness settled in and forced the conclusion of the Cherry Hill and Horseheads contest, ending the game in a 7-7 tie after regulation. That game will go into the books as an official tie, and if it factors into the divisional standings tournament tie-breaker rules will apply.
Big Flats emerged as the big winner on day one, winning both of its games to be the only team advancing to Saturday with a 2-0 record.
Division play will conlcude on Saturday, with the top two teams in each division advancing to Sunday's Championship rounds.
JOEL STEPHENS INVITATIONAL DAY ONE
Shaute Field Elmira Heights (0-1) vs. Jersey Shore (1-0)
Elmira Heights 2
Jersey Shore 3
MANSFIELD In the opening game of the 2009 Joel Stephens Invitational, Jersey Shore rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to steal a 3-2 win against Elmira Heights.
Heights plated two runs in the top of the fourth inning when Zach Machmer walked and scored on a double to centerfield from Mike Ficarro. Ficarro then scored on a single by Mike Graham.
Jersey Shore rallied in the bottom of the seventh when Cody Shreck walked to start the inning and advanced to third on a double by Jake Potter. Zach Shreck ripped a double that plated two runs and scored the winning run on a base hit by Kyle Miller.
Potter was 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, two stolen bases and one run scored.
Miller was credited with the win on the mound, throwing a complete game and allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out seven batters.
Mark Ciccotti took the loss for Elmira Heights, throwing the complete game, allowing three runs on eight hits and striking out three batters.
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Jersey Shore 000 000 3 3-8-0
Heights (0-1): Mark Ciccotti (L, 0-1) and Josh Wrench
2B Mike Ficarro, Dan Craft
RBI Ficarro, Mike Graham
Shore (1-0): Kyle Miller (W, 1-0) and Pat Leipold
2B Jake Potter, Zach Shreck
RBI Z. Shreck (2), Miller
Kelly Field Horseheads (1-0) vs. Mansfield (0-1)
MANSFIELD Horseheads scored in the top of the eighth inning and held Mansfield off the board to seal a 2-1 extra inning win in the opening game at Kelly Field.
Mansfield scored in the second inning and Horseheads tied the game at 1-1 in the third, giving way to a pitching dual.
Jake Coon emerged as the winning pitcher after throwing a complete game, allowing one run on five hits. Austin Simpson was credited with a no decision for Mansfield after being relieved in the seventh inning. Ryan Dinger was credited with the loss after allowing the winning run in the eighth inning.
Jake Meehan led the way for Horseheads, finishing the game 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and the game-winning RBI. Mike Jankowski also had an RBI.
Graeme Zaparzynski was 2-for-4 at the plate for Mansfield.
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Mansfield 010 000 00 1-5-1
Horseheads (1-0): Jake Coon (W, 1-0) and Jake Meehan
RBI Mike Jankowski, Meehan
Mansfield (0-1): Austin Simpson, Ryan Dinger (7) (L, 0-1) and Glen Reese
Stephens Field Northern Tioga (0-1) vs. Big Flats (1-0)
Big Flats 12
Northern Tioga 2
TIOGA, Pa. Big Flats scored four runs in the third inning and exploded for six runs in the fifth inning to run away with a 12-2 victory over Northern Tioga in the first game of the day at Stephens Field.
Tioga scored in the first inning and again in the top of the third inning to take a 2-0 lead, but Big Flats scored four runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-2 lead and would never look back.
Mark Terwilliger earned the win on the mound for Big Flats, throwing a complete game and allowing two runs, while striking out seven batters.
Kyle Kocher took the loss for Northern Tioga after allowing four runs in three innings of work.
John Seidman finished the game 2-for-3 with four RBIs and one double to lead Big Flats. Paul Bradley was 3-for-4 with one double and Zach Homerda added a double and three RBI.
Talas Mahon led Tioga with a double and an RBI. Matt Shadle also added an RBI.
Northern Tioga 101 000 x 2-7-3
Big Flats 004 161 x 12-10-0
Tioga (0-1): Kyle Kocher (L, 0-1), George Schwergart (3), Dustin Gross (5) and Trevor Adriance
2B Talas Mahon
RBI Mahon, matt Shadle
Big Flats (1-0): Mark Terwilliger (W, 1-0) and Matt Brewer
2B Paul Bradley, Zach Homerda, John Seidman
RBI Seidman (4), Homerda (3), Bradley (2), Brewer (2)
Shaute Field Montoursville vs. Williamsport
(SUSPENDED UNTIL SATURDAY KELLY FIELD AT NOON)
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Williamsport 0xx xxx x 0-1-0
Kelly Field Corning Gray (1-0) vs. Jersey Shore (1-1)
Corning Gray 3
Jersey Shore 2
MANSFIELD, Pa. Corning Gray plated one run in the top of the seventh inning and held on for a 3-2 win over Jersey Shore in the second game of the day at Kelly Field.
Both teams scored in the first inning and Corning took the lead with another run in the fourth inning. Jersey Shore tied the contest in the bottom of the sixth inning before Corning capitalized on a passed ball and scored the winning run in the top of the seventh.
Travis Rosenwinkel started the game on the mound for Corning, throwing two innings and allowing one run. He was relieved by eventual winner Aaric Ross in the third inning. Ross allowed one run in four innings of work before giving way to Matt Blencowe, who earned the save with a shutout seventh inning. The threesome combined to allow just two runs on three hits.
Zach Shreck threw a complete game in the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits.
Tyler Mizerak was 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Bath. Bryan Dann had the lone RBI in the game.
Corning Gray 100 100 1 3-8-0
Jersey Shore 100 001 0 2-3-1
Corning Gray (1-0): Travis Rosenwinkel, Aaric Ross (3) (W, 1-0), Matt Blencowe (7) (S) and Bryan Dann
2B Kevin Childs
Jersey Shore (1-1): Zach Shreck (L, 0-1) and Josh Wrench
Stephens Field Greece (0-1) vs. Bath (1-0)
TIOGA, Pa. Bath scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings and then scored three runs in the eighth inning to defeat defending champion Greece 7-4 in the second game of the day at Stephens Field.
Greece jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings but Bath was able to score two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game and then plated three runs in the eighth to seal the win.
Chris Leonard earned the win on the mound, throwing eight innings and allowing four runs on three hits. Alex Valbergs took the loss, throwing the complete game and allowing seven runs on five hits.
Brett Havens led the way for Bath, finishing the game with a double and a single at the plate. Brett Sutryk, Montana Yastremski, Billy Crowe and Matt Whedbee all had RBIs.
Nick Paternico and Nick Bunce each had RBIs for Greece.
Bath 000 002 23 7-5-0
Greece (0-1): Alex Valbergs (L, 0-1)
RBI Nick Paternico, Nick Bunce
Bath (1-0): Chris Leonard (W, 1-0) and Billy Crowe
2B Brett Havens, Crowe
RBI Brett Sutryk, Montana Yastremski, Crowe, Matt Whedbee
Shaute Field Big Flats (2-0) vs. Bath (1-1)
Big Flats 7
MANSFIELD, Pa. Big Flats scored five runs in the first two innings and held on down the stretch to defeat Bath by a score of 7-4 in the third game of the day at Shaute Field.
Big Flats picked up its second win of the day, scoring two runs in the first inning and three in the second to jump out to a 5-2 lead. Bath scored one run in each of the fifth and sixth innings but Big Flats matched those numbers to put the game away.
Paul Bradley picked up the win on the mound after throwing six innings and allowing four runs. Mark Terwilliger threw the seventh inning and picked up the save.
Nick Hillman took the loss for Bath after allowing five runs in three innings. Drew Seagar took over in the fourth inning and closed the game, allowing two runs.
Zach Homerda led the way for Big Flats at the plate, finishing the game 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Matt Brewer connected on a three-run homerun to finish with three RBIs. John Seidman added two RBIs.
Billy Crowe belted a triple and scored one run for Bath and Montana Yastremski added a double and one RBI.
Bath 200 011 0 4-7-0
Big Flats 230 011 x 7-7-3
Bath (1-1): Nick Hillman (L, 0-1), Drew Seagar (4) and Billy Crowe
2B Montana Yastremski 3B Crowe
RBI Yastremski, Sutryk
Big Flats (2-0): Paul Bradley (W, 1-0), Mark Terwilliger (7) (S) and Matt Brewer
HR Matt Brewer (1)
RBI Brewer (3), Seidman (2)
Kelly Field Mansfield (0-2) vs. Brockville Junior Bunnies (1-0)
Brockville Junior 1
MANSFIELD, Pa. The Brockville Junior Bunnies scored one run in the top of the sixth inning to hand Mansfield a 1-0 loss in the third game of the day at Kelly Field.
In a display of outstanding pitching, Brockville Juniors Jordan Havenkes threw a one-hitter through five innings to earn the win. He was relieved by Tom Allen, who earned the save, in the sixth inning.
His opposition, Graeme Zaparzynski, also threw an outstanding game in the loss, allowing just one run on three hits and striking out 12 batters in the contest.
Brockville Juniors lone run came in the top of the sixth inning when Spencer Green hit a sacrifice fly that scored Jordan Hunneyman. Hunneyman was 1-for-1 with a run scored and Green had the games lone RBI.
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Mansfield 000 000 0 0-1-2
Brockville Junior (1-0): Jordan Havenkes (W, 1-0), Tom Allen (6) (S) and Rylan Schwarze
RBI Spencer Green
Mansfield (0-2): Graeme Zaparzynski (L, 0-1) and Glen Reese
Stephens Field Bradford (1-0) vs. Montoursville (0-1)
TIOGA, Pa. Bradford County scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to an 8-2 win over Montoursville in the third game of the day at Stephens Field.
Kory Foster earned the win on the mound after throwing the complete game, allowing two runs on five hits. Colton Karshner earned the loss for Montoursville, allowing eight runs on 11 hits in the complete game effort.
Foster helped his own cause at the plate, leading Bradford with two RBIs and a triple. Reese Holmes added two RBIs and Zack Place added one. Dakota Roof added a triple, while Corey Lee and Corey Peterson each had doubles.
Curtis Jacobsen and Brock Larson each had RBIs for Montoursville, while D.J. Yeagle added a double.
Bradford 400 010 3 8-11-0
Montoursville 101 000 0 2-5-1
Bradford (1-0): Kory Foster (W, 1-0) and Caleb Sheldon
2B Corey Lee, Corey Peterson 3B Foster, Dakota Roof
RBI Foster (2), Reese Holmes (2), Zack Place
Montoursville (0-1): Colston Karshner (L, 0-1) and Tyler Albert
2B D.J. Yeagle,
RBI - Curtis Jacobsen, Brock Larson
Shaute Field Cherry Hill vs. Horseheads
Cherry Hill 7
MANSFIELD, Pa. Horseheads jumped out to a 7-1 lead after three Cherry Hill errors in the first two innings before the New Jersey squad changed pitchers and rallied back to tie the game at 7-7. Darkness forced the game to be called at the end of the seventh inning, leaving the game as an official tie.
Christian Rahman entered the game for Cherry Hill in the second inning, trailing 7-1, and did not allow another run, giving his squad the chance to rally back to tie the game.
Cherry Hill scored three runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and then tied the game with two more runs in the fifth inning. The teams battled darkness through the end of the game.
If the tie effects the tournament standings, tournament tie-breaker rules will be enforced to determine final placement.
Jake Meehan finished the game with two hits, including a double, and one run scored for Horseheads.
Jeff Bohus hit a homerun for Cherry Hill and also had a base hit and two runs scored.
Calvin Woolheiser started the game on the mound for Horseheads, throwing 2 2/3 innings before leaving the game with a 7-1 lead. Tdd Meehan threw 1 1/3 innings and Mike Jankowski closed out the game.
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Horseheads 250 000 0 7-7-1
Cherry Hill (0-0-1): Joe Miller (ND), Christian Rahman (2) (ND) and C.J. Szymczack
2B Matt Speckmann, Kevin Bordner
HR Jeff Bohus
Horseheads (1-0-1): Calvin Woolheiser (ND), Todd Meehan (3) (ND), Mike Jankowski (5) (ND) and Jake Meehan
2B Jake Meehan
RBIs not available
Kelly Field Williamsport (0-1) vs. Brockville (1-0)
MANSFIELD, Pa. Williamsport trailed Brockville 4-3 with the bases loaded in the seventh inning but the Brockville Bunnies were able to turn a double play to end the inning and seal the 4-3 win in the final game of the day at Kelly Field.
Brockville scored one run in each of the first two innings and plated two in the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead. Williamsport got on the board in the fifth inning with one run and scored two in the seventh inning before its rally was stymied to end the game.
Josh Soffer earned the win on the mound for Brockville after allowing just one run in six innings of work. Greg Davrault earned the save in the seventh inning. Nick Keener took the loss for Williamsport and was relieved in the fourth inning.
Jerry Coleman had a double and the lone RBI in the game for Brockville. Cody Mumbourquette finished with three singles.
Williamsport 000 010 2 3-5-4
Brockville 110 200 x 4-6-2
Williamsport (0-1): Nick Keener (L, 0-1), Joel Worthington (4), Gabe Nogaliz (6) and Brian Stopper
Brockville (1-0): Josh Soffer (W, 1-0), Greg Davrault (7)
(S) and Matt DeLuca.
Stephens Field Bellefonte (0-1) vs. Elmira Heights (1-1)
Elmira Heights 14
TIOGA, Pa. Elmira Heights trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the fourth inning before exploding for 13 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to run away with a 14-4 win over Bellefonte in the final game of the day at Stephens Field.
Sam Lewis earned the win on the mound for Elmira after throwing the complete game (five innings), allowing four runs on five hits. Cole McClarren took the loss for Bellefonte after allowing eight runs in four innings of work.
Matt Woodword and Lewis led Elmira at the plate with three RBIs each. Mike Graham added two RBIs, along with Brian Earvey. Dan Craft and Pat Liepold each added one RBI.
Frank Parkes hit a homerun for Bellefonte and was joined by Matt Watson with two RBIs and Scott Brown with one.
Bellefonte 010 30x x 4-5-1
Elmira Heights 100 76x x 14-12-0
Bellefonte (0-1): Cole McClarren (L, 0-1), Zach
Moerschbacher (5) and Scott Brown
Elmira Heights (1-1): Sam Lewis (W, 1-0) and Pat Liepold
JS Invitational Standings after Day One
Corning Gray (1-0)
Elmira Heights (1-1)
Jersey Shore (1-1)
Bellefonte Bandits (0-1)
Bradford County (1-0)
Brockville Junior (1-0)
Cherry Hill (0-0-1)
Big Flats (2-0)
Northern Tioga (0-1)