Bushy Run, Latrobe earn wins at American Legion Region 7 tournament
The last time Bushy Run allowed a run was July 5.
Mifflin County didn’t waste any time stopping that streak Friday by scoring an unearned run in the top of the first inning, but it was the only run it scored off Bushy Run starter Tyler Horvat during the first day of the American Legion Region 7 tournament.
Bushy Run, which had five consecutive shutouts, scored three times in the bottom of the first inning, and Horvat added a bases-loaded triple in the third inning in an 8-1 victory at Derry.
Horvat allowed six hits, walked one and struck out six in his final game of the tournament. He and Luke Fabac leave for vacation Saturday. They hope to rejoin their teammates at the state tournament in DuBois.
But Bushy Run (21-7), the Westmoreland County champions, have work to do, starting against District 31 rival Hempfield East at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Derry. Hempfield East defeated Punxsutawney, 14-4, on Friday at Latrobe. Hempfield East is the returning region champion.
“We hit the ball pretty good,” Bushy Run coach Scott Peyman said. “We didn’t have a ton of hits, but we had good at-bats.”
Bushy Run collected only six hits, but it drew 12 walks and had a player hit by a pitch.
“I felt pretty good after we scored three runs in the first inning and really good after Tyler’s triple,” Peyman said. “Tyler doesn’t allow a lot of runs. Once he got a lead, he was in command. After the first inning, we played well defensively.”
After Ethan Eichhorn doubled home Brian Yetter in the first inning, Bushy Run responded with three on RBI hits by Fabac, Connor Bannias and Tyler Chrise
In the third inning with two outs, Bushy Run loaded the bases when Bannias reached on an error, Rob Kusinsky was hit by a pitch and Chrise reached on error. Horvat cleared the bases with a triple, but he was thrown out a home trying to stretch it into a home run.
“If Tyler wouldn’t be on vacation, I would have pulled him,” Peyman said. “He only threw 82 pitches.”
Bushy Run tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning on bases loaded walks to Bannias and Kusinsky.
Peyman said of the rematch with Hempfield East, which it defeated 4-0 in the District 31 championship, “I expect the game to be close. It’s a good battle.”
Latrobe 5, Claysburg 3
The Jethawks scored four runs in the first inning and held on to defeat Claysburg in the final game of the tournament.
Matt Henderson relieved winning pitcher Jake Bradish to earn the save.
Drew Clair had a two-run single in the first inning and an RBI single in the seventh inning.
Logan Gustafson and Clay Petrosky had two hits each for Latrobe. Caleb Gampe doubled and Hunter Emerick and Conner Oakes had two hits for Claysburg.
Latrobe will face Bedford at 5 p.m. Saturday, and Claysburg faces Beech Creek at 2.
Bedford 2, Beech Creek 1 (10 inn.)
Karson Reffner’s single scored Ryan Mowry in the top of the tenth inning, and Bedford edged Beech Creek in a thriller.
Reffner went 3 for 5.
Both teams scored a run in the first inning before the pitchers took over.
Austin Price singled home Jared Dowey for Bedford and Evan Prough had an RBI hit for Beech Creek.
Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .