ELDRED — Jake Merry struck out 16 batters and his offense provided plenty of run support in Otto-Eldred’s 10-1 win over Smethport on Saturday.
Merry pitched a complete game and allowed just one earned run on two hits and one walk. The one walk and earned run Merry surrendered came in the first inning, which was played on Wednesday before the game was rained out.
In addition to his stellar afternoon on the mound, Merry also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a game-high four RBI.
"Jake threw an absolute gem today,” O-E coach Lance Baker said. “Sixteen strikeouts and one walk is a phenomenal performance, plus he had a great day at the plate, too."
Max Splain and Austin Cousins each tallied two RBI, while Jacob Coffman had one. The Terrors (4-2) built a 4-1 lead after three innings and then cruised to victory after a five-run fourth.
The Hubbers (1-4), who handed Coudersport its first loss of the season on Friday, scored their lone run in the first inning on Wednesday on an RBI groundout by Alex Ognen that scored Noah Lent.
Ognen, Lent and Kameron Rounsville combined to strike out five and allow six hits, eight walks and 10 runs (seven earned).
"Smethport is a well-coached team with some good athletes and they were coming off a big win,” Baker said. “So it was good for us to continue our own momentum in the league.”
R H E
Smethport 100 000 0 1 2 4
Otto-Eldred 202 501 X 10 6 2
Smethport: Alex Ognen (1 BB), Noah Lent (1) (2 SO, 7 BB), Kameron Rounsville (4) (3 SO) and Travis Cooney and Alex Cole
O-E: Jake Merry (16 SO, 1 BB) and Ryan Love
Port Allegany 10, Cowanesque Valley 0, 5 innings
WESTFIELD — An eight-run first inning catapulted Port Allegany to a five-inning win over Cowanesque Valley.
Payton Spencer led the Gators (5-5) with two RBI and two hits. Isaiah Caden and Drew Benson each had two hits as well, while Caden scored a game-high three runs. Benson, Sawyer Prince, Ian Dynda and Drew Evens all batted in a run, too.
On the mound, Evens pitched a near complete, five-inning game. He struck out five and allowed four hits and no walks in 4.2 innings.
R H E
Port Allegany 811 00 10 10 2
Cowanesque Valley 000 00 0 7 4
PA: Drew Evens (5 SO), Carter Moses (5) (1 BB) and Trey Ayers
Otto-Eldred 12, Coudersport 2, 5 innings
ELDRED — Otto-Eldred scored multiple runs in four different innings en route to a 10-run, five-inning victory over Coudersport.
Reilly Raught went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run for the Lady Terrors (8-0) and led the team with three RBI. Six other O-E players each recorded an RBI, too.
Abby Wolfe and Bri Heller contained Coudersport’s offense with strong performances on the mound. Heller struck out nine and allowed no hits, walks or runs in 3.1 innings, while Wolfe struck out two and allowed two earned runs on one hit and three walks.
Makenzie Gentzyel started the game off with a solo homer for the Lady Falcons (4-4) and the team’s other run came on an RBI groundout by Ryelle Black, scoring Ava Wahlers in the second inning.
Savannah Myers struck out five for Coudy and allowed eight earned runs on eight hits and three walks in four innings.
R H E
Coudersport 110 00 2 1 3
Otto-Eldred 323 31 12 8 0
Cowanesque Valley 15, Port Allegany 0, 4 innings
WESTFIELD — Cowanesque Valley racked up 15 runs on 16 hits en route to a dominant four-inning win over Port Allegany.
CV tallied six runs in the first, three in the second, five in the third and one in the fourth in its blowout win, while allowing no hits to shut down the Lady Gators’ offense.
R H E
Port Allegany 000 0 0 0 3
Cowanesque Valley 635 1 15 16 0