For five innings Tuesday afternoon, Huntingdon’s young baseball team hung right with Central in a Mountain League game at Martinsburg. A six-run sixth inning broke the game open and the Scarlet Dragons remained unbeaten with an 11-3 victory.
Huntingdon has started its season with an 0-3 record, while Central improved to 4-0 for the spring.
“The score isn’t indicative of how this game went,” said Bearcat coach Butch Woodward. “Josh Bryson pitched a fantastic game and the youngsters had another good offensive day. The kids are learning their roles and coming together as a team. I very happy with where we are at this point in the season.”
Griffin Snowberger singled home a run to give Central a 1-0 lead after the first, but the Bearcats answered in the top of the second. Bryson and Ashton Steele drew walks. A two-out single by Gavin Woodward loaded the bases and a walk to Jackson Foster tied the game.
An error and a two-out triple gave the Dragons two runs and a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second. In the top of the third, Brady Handy doubled and eventually scored on a single by Steele to close the gap to 3-2.
An error produced a run in the bottom of the third for Central, but the Bearcats answered again in the fourth. With two outs, Ryan Marshall walked and Handy singled. A base hit by Tyson Cook drove in the run.
Central added a single run in the fifth to make it 6-3, then took advantage of some breaks in the sixth to score six times and press the advantage to 11-3.
Bryson suffered the loss for Huntingdon. Over five innings, he struck out two, walked three and gave up five hits. Handy worked one inning in relief, walking two and allowing two hits.
For the Dragons, three pitchers combined to strike out three, walk eight and allow six hits. Dalton Metzger got the win in relief of starter Leyton Kling.
Handy paced the Bearcat offense with a pair of hits, including a double, while Hunter Klotz had three hits for Central.
Huntingdon will next play at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the annual Curve Classic and Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona. They will face Altoona in the quarterfinal test.