PSU Mont Alto's Spencer Meyers struck out 10 batters and only walked one silencing the PSU Hazleton bats enroute to a 5-1 win at the Ripken Experience Spring Training Complex in Myrtle Beach, SC. The game was held off-campus at local Socatee High School baseball field in nearby Socatee, SC. The defending 2017 PSUACC baseball champions, Mont Alto bunched runs together in the middle innings while holding Hazleton to a single run in seven innings. Hazleton's Colin Stauffer pitched well into the third inning but was tagged with the loss. Stauffer pitched 3.2 innings, gave up 5 runs - 2 earned, gave up 4 hits, 4 BB's and struck out 4 with 1 wild pitch. He was relieved by Tim Kindler who threw 2.1 innings giving up no runs, no hits, no walks, no walks and no K's but hitting one batter.
Mont Alto got all the runs they needed in the 3rd inning when Lowell Singer walked, Landon Richards sacrified him to second, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on an error. Later in the frame, Colby Black (who had reached on the error) scored on a sac fly to center to make the score 2-0 Mont Alto. Then in the 4th, with two outs in the book, Stauffer lost the strike zone and gave up gave up a single, two walks, and another single pushing across a run. An error allowed two runs to score and ended Stauffer's day on the mound and Kindler took took over ending the inning on a grounder to third.
Hazleton's only run came in the 7th inning. Catcher Wilson Guarnera led off with a double off the fence in deep center field. Then, with one out, first baseman James Brielmeier singled to left field scoring Guarnara. After the second out, Jordy Tejeda walked putting a second runner on base for Hazleton and brining Kindler to the plate. He prompltly responded crushing a ball to deep left center field, but it was tracked down and snared at the base of the fence for the final out and ending the Hazleton threat.
Hazleton dropped to 0-2 on the season with it's next game tomorrow night against New River Community College out of Virginia. The game is slated for an 8 PM start at the Ripkin Complex.