Southern Huntingdon and Juniata Valley got the game that was rained out earlier in the schedule underway in Orbisonia Thursday afternoon. The Rockets held the Hornets to just one run in the first inning. They put up three runs over the first three inning with the pitchers battling it out over the last four innings. The Rockets claimed a 3-1 inter-divisional win.
The Rockets finished their regular season with a 15-4 record. The Hornets stand at 10-9 overall.
Southern’s Austin Dell (2-0) pitched all seven innings to get the win. He struck out four, walked just one and gave up seven hits.
Valley’s Quinn Zinobile also went the distance. He fanned two, walked two and yielded just five hits.
“It was a big win for us against some very good competition,” said Rocket head coach Rob Smith.
“We saw some very good pitching today. We needed this game with the postseason coming up. We made a few mistakes and worked through them. This is what we are going to see, so it was good.”
The Hornets put up their only run in the top of the first. Jacob Hensor singled on a hard ground ball into center field. Zinobile followed with a single to center field to get two runners on base. The runners advanced on the throw. Hensor was on third and scored on a passed ball.
The Rockets put up two runs in the bottom of the second inning. J.T. Knepper drew a walk. With two out, Brock Doyle singled into left field. Dell then hit a hard ground ball, allowing Knepper scored on the error. Zach Hunsinger singled into left to plate Doyle.
In the bottom of the third, the Rockets put their last run on the board. Mason Smith singled on a ground ball into center field. Josh Querry sacrificed, getting Smith getting to third. He scored when Knepper laid down a bunt.
Hensor and Gabe Brower ended the day with two hits each for the Hornets .
Doyle was the only Rocket with two hits.
“Overall, it was a well-played game,” commented Hornet head coach Don Price. “We hit, but not with authority. We left runners on base and had the bases loaded early and did not make anything happen. A couple key errors really hurt us today.”
The Hornets will host Northern Bedford in an ICC inter-divisional game Tuesday.