The Mount Union 13-14 VFW Teener League all-stars swept the first round of the Area Five Tournament and came into the weekend as the No. 1 seed. They were on the road at Bald Eagle Saturday for a second-round game eliminating fourth seed Bellefonte 4-0. That win put the in the second game of the day against State College. Mount Union took advantage of a State College mistake in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 7-6, earning a shot at the Area Five Championship Sunday.
Mount Union came out and put a strong hitting performance together, including three home runs, to win the title 10-0 over State College.
In the second inning Zach Baird led the inning off with a towering shot to left field for a solo hole run that ignited the Mount Union offense. Jayvion Brumbaugh reached on an error, then Ryan Plank connected for a two-run home run to left field to put Mount Union up 3-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Braylan Knable led off with a shot to left center for a solo homer. Cawen Atherton hit into a fielder’s choice, then scored on an infield error to make it 5-0.
Mount Union shut the door with five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Holden Park doubled and Cam Donaldson drew a walk. Knable was hit by a pitch to load the bases and State College changed pitchers. Baird drew a walk to force in a run and Atherton drove in a tally with a single. Blaine Hunsinger hit a sacrifice fly to plate Knable. Brumbaugh drove in Baird with a single. State College intentionally walked Plank to reload the bases and Atherton scored on a passed ball to end the game.
Baird got the start and went four innings, holding State College to two hits before being relieved by Brumbaugh who struck out the side in the fifth to secure the win for Baird.
“We hit the ball hard today all day,” stated Mount Union manager Jeff Brown. “Baird pitched a very good four innings after two innings Saturday evening. Brumbaugh came in and really did exactly what we needed, striking out the side.
“Plank connected on the pitch that he sent out in left field. Baird and Knable made great contact with their home runs as well. We went through some ups and downs as a team and it all worked out. If we keep hitting, we will be a tough team in the State Tournament. I would like to thank the great coaching staff that we have for the great effort.”
Mount Union will face the Area Six runner-up at 4 p,m, Friday in the VFW State Tournament in Hollidaysburg.
Mount Union 4, Bellefonte 0
In the first game Saturday, Mount Union eliminated Bellefonte 4-0.
Mount Union scored two runs in the first inning. They had two outs when Donaldson reached on an error and Knable doubled. Baird singled in both runs.
In the third, Donaldson got on and scored on a fielder’s choice. They added a final run in the fourth when Hunsinger doubled and scored on a Ryan Scott single.
Knable worked all seven innings on the mound with an impressive 11 strikeouts on 105 pitches to log the win.
Mount Union 7, State College 6
Mount Union scored five ofits seven runs in the first inning off four walks and an error by the top of the order.
Bryce Danish scored in the fourth inning after getting on from a single.
State College put up a run in the second and one run in the thirdthen added four runs to knot the score at six in the fifth inning.
Mount Union won the game in the bottom of the seventh when Hunsinger singled and moved around to score on an infield error to set up Sunday’s championship game.
Mount Union used four pitchers Saturday evening against State College. Danish worked three innings, then Atherton came on for an inning before being relieved by Brumbaugh. Baird closed and collected the win.