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Two big innings lead Keystone over Clearview in PAC matchup

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    Keystone's Drew Compton hits a three-run triple in the fourth inning against Clearview on April 20.

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    Keystone's Matthew Kellling is congratulated at home plate after hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning against Clearview on April 20.

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    Clearview's Andrai Wright hits a three-run home run in the third inning against Keystone on April 20.

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    Clearview's Justyn Lilly throws to first for the double play on Keystone's Drew Compton in the third inning April 20.

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    Kyler Yusko pitches for Keystone against Clearview on April 20.

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PENFIELD TWP. — Keystone put up a pair of big innings against Clearview in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game and made them hold up during an 18-10 marathon win over the Clippers at Penfield Recreation Park.

Even through the game was moved from Clearview High due to wet field conditions, the Clippers (6-6, 4-5) were still the home team and found themselves on the short end of a 5-0 deficit before getting a chance to bat.

The Wildcats (12-1, 8-1) scored on a throwing error, a single by Turner Campbell (3-for-5, 3 RBIs), a ground ball out from Justin Able and a two-run double to left from Matt Kelling.

Clearview bounced back to get four runs off Keystone freshman starter Kyler Yusko (2-0), with the highlight of the inning being a 3-run homer over the left-center-field fence by Andrai Wright that cut the lead to 5-4 after an Avery Cruz groundout drove in another run.

Thoughts of a Clippers comeback were quickly squashed when Keystone scored eight runs in the top of the fourth before registering an out.

Kelling matched Wright’s blast with his first varsity home run off reliever Jordan Tiller, giving him four RBIs in the game.

“Matt Kelling has been ripping the ball and it was great to see him get his first varsity home run,” Wildcats coach Bert Fitzgerald said. “We were worried about their top four or five guys in the lineup, but everyone was a little thrown off being a crossover game.”

Keystone’s Drew Compton came close to repeating his teammate’s feat when he drove a pitch to right-center with the bases loaded. The ball fell just short of being a grand slam, but three runs came home as the Wildcats’ lead ran to 13-4.

“Drew (Compton) has been our everything — he is our stats leader in most categories and is our No. 1 pitcher,” Fitzgerald said. “We seem to go as he goes — luckily he’s been having a nice year and we’re just going along with him.”

Three runs by the Wildcats in the fifth pushed the lead into mercy-rule territory, but the Clippers fought back to force the game to a full seven innings.

Brian McDermott, Asa Hasiage (2B) and Kian Ortiz all came through with run-scoring pinch hits and a fourth run came home on a single to left from Kuly Petrov, taking the mercy rule off the table.

The Clippers’ Evan Berrios had the top day at the plate with three hits and two runs scored in the loss.

“When the wind is blowing out at this place, you have to play until the last out because you just don’t know what is going to happen,” Clippers coach Dennis Pihlblad said. “I was proud that our kids didn’t give up.

“Our kids battled back and I’m proud of our effort. They haven’t won 12 games by accident. You have to be able to play very well to beat them and we didn’t do that today.”

Contact James Brady at 329-7135 or jbrady_ct@yahoo.com.

Keystone 18, Clearview 10

Keystone Clearview

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Bender 5 3 3 0 Moon 4 1 0 0

Mileski 2 2 1 0 Berrios 4 2 3 0

Compton 2 3 1 3 Wright 4 2 1 3

Campbell 5 1 3 3 Stout 3 1 1 0

Able 4 1 1 2 Lilly 4 1 2 0

Todd 3 3 1 0 Cruz 2 0 0 1

Kelling 4 2 2 4 McDermott 1 1 1 1

Emerick 5 1 0 1 Tiller 2 0 0 0

Mealwitz 3 1 0 0 Haslage 1 1 1 1

Staller 0 1 0 0 Warren 1 0 0 0

Ortiz 1 1 1 1

Petrov 4 0 1 1

Totals 33 18 12 13 Totals 31 10 11 8

Keystone 500 831 1 — 18 12 2

Clearview 004 042 0 — 10 11 5

2B — Campbell, Kelling; Lilly, Tiller. 3B — Compton. HR — Kelling; Wright. SB — Bender, Able. CS — Petrov. SAC — Mileski. LOB — Keystone 5, Clearview 9.

IP R ER H BB SO

Keystone

Kyler Yusko (W, 2-0) 4 1/3 6 6 4 6 4

M. Mealwitz 2/3 2 2 4 0 0

L. Rising 2/3 2 2 2 3 0

R. Brewer 1 1/3 0 0 1 1 0

Clearview

Demacio Martinez (L) 1 5 4 4 0 0

Tiller 2 8 6 5 1 1

Petrov 1 0 0 0 1 2

Haslage 1 4 2 2 2 0

Wright 1 0 0 0 2 2

Lilly 1 1 1 0 1 0

WP — Robinson; Martinez, Tiller 3, Wright, Lilly. HBP — Compton (by Martinez).Todd (by Martinez).

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