C-L’s Season Ends with 2-0 Loss to Otto-Eldred in D9 1A Baseball Semifinals
WILCOX, Pa. (D9Sports) – Chase Sebastian and Chris Connelly had back-to-back RBI hits with two outs in the first inning, and Cole Sebastian made those two runs stand up to give second-seeded Otto-Eldred a 2-0 win over third-seeded Clarion-Limestone in the District 9 Class 1A semifinals at the Wilcox Legion Field.
(Photo: Bryson Huwar of C-L pitched a solid game in the loss Friday. Photo by Christie Datko)
Jake Merry got things going for the Terrors in the bottom of the first when he singled to center with two outs. Chase Sebastian followed with a run-scoring triple to center and scored on Connelly’s single to left.
Cole Sebastian didn’t need any more support, as he tossed a four-hit shutout. Needing 99 pitches, the sophomore walked one and struck out eight. He retired 11 in a row until a two-out error in the seventh followed by a single by Camden Hankey gave C-L life with runners on first and second, but Sebastian struck out Brady Fowkes to secure the victory.
Bryson Huwar was the hard-luck loser giving up the two first-inning runs, both earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out six.
“As with most of our games this year we played tough baseball,” C-L manager Todd Smith wrote in a Facebook post. “But today we just couldn’t get that big timely hit. I am sad, not because we lost, but because our season is over. This was a special team and a special group of young men, that cared for each and achieved more than many thought possible. God truly blessed our season and shined a light on our team. When I congratulated Otto’s coach and wished him good luck next week, he told me that we were the ‘classiest” team that they played this year. I am so very proud of our team.”
The victory was the first in three tries this school year for Otto-Eldred over C-L. The Terrors had lost to the Lions in the District 9 football and basketball playoffs.
Otto-Eldred will take on Elk County Catholic in the title game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Showers Field in DuBois.
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