Photo by Jeff Shomo
STATE COLLEGE – In an early afternoon contest, the Philipsburg-Osceola baseball team met up with State College.
The Little Lions jumped out to an early lead of 8-1 before the Mounties made a late charge. However, their comeback fell a bit short, falling 10-6 in non-conference contest.
Cooper Albert notched the win for State College.
David Meersand took the loss for Philipsburg-Osceola.
State College finished the day with 11 hits while Philipsburg-Osceola had seven.
State College was led by Ethan Schimony who finished with a 3-for-4 afternoon. Along with the three hits Schimony also scored three times and collected an RBI.
Jack Messina, Adam Cooper Cooper Ryan all finished with two hits apiece for the Little Lions.
State College highlighted the day when Messina blasted a home run on the day.
The Mounties were led by Parker White and Jack DeSimone as both finished the day with two hits each.
State College got on the board first, plating three runs in the second.
State College opened the game scoring in the second, posting three runs.
Cooper started off the second roping a double. Carter Salvato came into to pinch run for Cooper.
Schimony followed with a single that allowed Salvato to score.
C Ryan kept the inning going in the right direction as he followed with a single of his own, moving Schimony to third.
Brady Bendik grounded into a fielders choice, but Schimony was able to score, making it 2-0.
Bendik rounded out the scoring for the Little Lions on a Charlie Bakken single.
Philipsburg cut the State College lead to two in the top of the third.
DeSimone singled to start out the inning. He later would move up to second on a wild pitch.
He then scored off the bat of Ben Gustkey.
With the contest at 3-1, State College went right back to work in the bottom of the inning, scoring two more.
Salvato came in once again to pinch run after a walk by Cooper.
Minutes later Salvato scored on an error, upping the lead to 5-1.
Schimony singled and would score as well to end the inning.
State College added yet three more run to up the score to take a 8-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
The Mounties battled back in the top of the sixth, plating four.
DiSimone highlighted the sixth with a triple that brought home teammates with the bases loaded, cutting it to a 8-5 contest. DiSimone later scored on a Little Lions miscue.
In the bottom of the inning, Messina roped a 2-run home run to add some insurance runs.
The Mounties battled hard in the top of the seventh and wasn’t able to tie to go ahead but still posted a run, ending the contest with the State College victory.