CURWENSVILLE —The Curwensville baseball team held DuBois Central Catholic in check for four innings on Tuesday, breaking out a 2-0 lead. But the Cardinals rallied to score eight runs in the final three innings to take the 8-2 victory.
Curwensville starter Christian Bakaysa had a great first start of the season, keeping Central off the scoreboard through four innings.
“Christian did exactly what we needed him to do,” said Tide head coach Tom Harzinski. “He ate some innings up. He kept them off balance.
“He worked out jams by throwing strikes. He let them hit the ball and we made the plays behind him. Our defense really stuck up for him there.”
But the Cardinals put runners on first and second to start the fifth, so Bakaysa made way for Noah VonGunden.
Central Catholic managed to tie things up at 2-2, thanks to an RBI single by Garrett Prosper and an error in the outfield that allowed Justin Miknis to scamper home.
The Cardinals weren’t done there, as reliever Dom Torretti shut down the Tide, allowing no runs over the final four and 2/3 innings he threw.
Torretti came on in relief for starter Anthony Kness, who allowed the first run on an RBI single by Avery Francisco in the third inning.
Curwensville went up 2-0 after Cross Bloom was hit by a pitch. His pinch runner Adam Straw, moved to second on a sacrifice by Jeremy Irwin before eventually coming home on a balk by Torretti.
Central tied things in the fifth before exploding for six more runs in the final two innings.
The Cardinals’ rallied in the sixth inning with RBI singles from Damon Foster and Brandon Walker.
A line drive by Noah Bloom hit Tide third baseman Jeremiah Farley right under the face, sending the ball off towards the fence.
Fox waived home both Foster and Walker before Bloom was thrown out trying to get to second by Bakaysa, who moved to left field.
Curwensville never threatened after the injury, as the Cardinals scored two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh to set the final.
“We played well,” said Harzinski. “We had a couple of mental breakdowns, a couple on the bases and a couple on defense. We are still finding our feet.
“It’s early. We are going to come to practice tomorrow and fix the things we need to fix. Then we will get ready to play Brockway on Thursday.”
Toretti finished the game with three strikeouts. He allowed one earned run and three hits, while walking two.
Walker finished with three hits for DCC, while Bloom and Prosper had two a piece. Bloom also had the lone extra base hit, a double.
“We were down 2-0 going into the fifth before the hits started falling,” said DCC coach Adam Fox. “Once they did, we really started to hit the ball in the last couple of innings. And, we got some big hits from guys like Brandon Walker, Noah Bloom and Garrett Prosper.
“Anthony Kness started on mound for us, and he just struggled to get ahead of guys today. Dom Torretti came in for him in the third inning and picked him (Kness) up. Dom went the rest of the way and pitched well. He was the step-up guy for us today.
“Coach Harzinski has a nice a group and a lot of players who are fundamentally sound. They are gong to be tough this year and gave us all we could handle for the first five innings. It was a good win and I couldn’t be happier to get that first win under out belt.
VonGunden took the loss, throwing two innings. He allowed six earned runs on seven hits and three walks.
DuBois Central Catholic (1-0) hosts Greensburg Central Catholic Thursday at City Park’s Stern Field. The two are very familiar with one another, with GCC having beaten the Cardinals 4-3 in the opening round of the state playoffs last year.
“We’re excited to play them (GCC), and hopefully we can get one back against them,” said Fox.
Curwensville dropped to 0-3 on the season. The Tide return to action on Thursday, hosting the Rovers.