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Dragons Win 2 on Diamond

 


The Central Dragon baseball team played three home Mountain League games on consecutive nights last week, winning the first two before dropping the third.

The Dragons defeated Penns Valley and Huntingdon but came up short against Bald Eagle Area.

CHS 3, Penns Valley 1

The season opener on March 26 turned out to be a pitchers’ dual with the Dragons coming away with a 3-1 victory. Central scored all three of its runs in its first two at-bats and senior lefty Dylan Focht made the runs stand out as he allowed just five hits and three walks while striking out six. Freshman Paxton Kling registered the final out with a strikeout to earn the save.

Kling paced the offense with a single and a double while driving home a run. Hunter Klotz walked all three times he came to the plate, while freshman Devon Boyles had a single and an RBI.

CHS 15, Hunt. 5 (5)

On March 27, Huntingdon visited the Dragons and lost 15-5 in five innings. Central scored in every inning on its way to the lopsided victory.

Hunter Klotz had three hits while driving home three runs, while Casey Walters had a double, two singles and four RBIs.

Also adding to the hit parade for the Dragons were Paxton Kling, Devon Boyles, Dylan Focht and Noah Muthler, all with two hits. Kling and Boyles each crossed the plate four times, while Muthler homered and drove home four runs and Focht doubled and plated three.

Jason Ferry registered the win on the mound as he and fellow junior Jacob Eberlin combined for seven strikeouts while allowing five hits and four free passes.

BEA 4, CHS 0

On March 28, it was Bald Eagle Area’s turn to challenge the Dragons and BEA left with a 4-0 road win. Bald Eagle scored all four of its runs in the fifth inning and used solid defense and exceptional pitching to stifle the Dragon bats.

Central had just three hits in the game as Paxton Kling, Hunter Klotz and Jordan Bowman singled. The Dragons committed three errors and Bald Eagle Area had six hits in the contest.

Devon Boyles took the tough loss as he struck out three and issued five walks. Jacob Ebersole threw in relief, striking out one and walking three.

“I really liked our effort and how hard we played this week,” CHS coach A.J. Hoenstine said. “We saw some excellent pitching out of the gate and need to learn to do the job at the plate to get runners in.”

“We struck out way too often and must do a better job of putting the ball in play,” Hoenstine said.

 

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