Port Allegany Reporter Argus
May 7, 2009
In the first meeting between the Port Allegany and Kane baseball teams this season, the Gators needed Josh Guerrero’s seventh-inning ground-rule double to pull out a 7-5 win. But with Mark Larson on the mound for last Wednesday’s rematch in Kane, no such late-game heroics were necessary. The Gators ace hurled a gem against the Wolves, striking out 13 while allowing just two hits and four walks in the complete-game shutout. Larson also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, and freshman Charlie Buchanan added two RBI in the win.
On Friday, the team traveled to Smethport to make up the rained-out game from Apr. 21, but the weather wasn’t much more cooperative this time. Following a long delay, the game was suspended in the fifth inning with the Hubbers leading 4-3, and will be completed as the first half of a doubleheader at Moose Park on May 13.
The Gators swung back into action in Emporium on Tuesday afternoon, and an offense that has put up at least seven runs in each win had no problem doing the same against Cameron County, scoring in every inning to come home with a 14-4, six-inning victory. Sophomore Seth Lowery led the attack with three of the team’s seven hits against the Red Raiders.
“Seth was just spraying the ball all over. He had two singles and a double, stole a couple of bases, got a sacrifice bunt down. He did a very nice job tonight. I was very happy to have him break out and lead the way for us offensively,” coach Nate Zitnik said.
The Gators were already up 6-0 going into the fourth inning when Larson connected on his team-leading third home run of the season, a two-run shot.
“It was a great at-bat. Mark let a borderline 3-1 pitch go; we’ve been talking about being selective, and being confident to let that borderline pitch go. He got a great pitch on 3-2, and he put a good swing on it,” Zitnik said.
The Gators, now 9-2, return to action Thursday afternoon when Oswayo Valley visits Moose Park.
“They’ve been playing fairly well,” Zitnik said of the Green Wave. “They beat a tough Coudy team, and last time, we were up 13-2 and gave up a terrible seventh inning (in a game eventually won 13-11 by the Gators) … We’re looking to make a statement this time, and go into the playoffs playing well.”
At Kane, 4/29:
Mark Larson (13 SO, 4 BB) and Josh Guerrero
Logan Depto (6 SO, 1 BB), Dave Swanson (5) (4 SO, 1 BB) and Rob Kumher
At Emporium, 5/5:
Camrin Stuckey (5 SO, 3 BB), Brock Bricker (4) (5 SO, 1 BB) and Guerrero
Kyle McManigle (1 SO, 9 BB) and Vince Summers
HR: Larson (3)