CLAYSBURG — Kyle Glass is only going to be in a Claysburg Post 522 uniform for one game this weekend.
Glass made the one count by leading the Bulldogs to a 5-0 victory over Somerset in Game One of the Cambria County American Legion league semifinals.
Glass scattered five hits while striking out 10 in the win and a 1-0 lead in the series for Claysburg. Game Two is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Somerset.
“Kyle was on,” said Post 522 coach Dave Aungst. “That’s the Kyle we’re used to. We played good defense behind him and he gives you a chance to win every time out. He threw well.”
On the other side, Claysburg had enjoyed success this season against Somerset starter Avery Heiple, but Friday was a different story.
The tall and lanky left-hander held the Bulldogs to just one hit over five-plus innings.
With the game scoreless after two innings, Somerset worked Glass into a jam in the top of the third. Kaulten Kreger led off with a hard ground ball that resulted in a Bulldog error. After a single by Dan Yoder, Glass struck out Spencer Yutzy.
Reese Kennell hit a line drive down the left field line to load the bases with one out. But Glass fanned Cole Maranowski and then retired Heiple on a fly out to right field.
Claysburg scored the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the fourth. Caleb Gampe drew a walk off Heiple and stole second base. He moved to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Corey Chamberlain ripped a line drive to the left field gap and the ball went under the bleachers for an RBI ground rule double.
Heiple hit Noah Muthler with a pitch and walked Jacob Eberlin to load the bases, but he had a strikeout and an infield pop-up to limit the damage.
The Bulldogs added three runs without a hit in the fifth, using four walks, a hit batsman and an error to do so.
Lleyton Kling began the inning by taking a base on balls and he stole second. After reaching third base on an out, Kling scored when a grounder by Gampe was misplayed.
Heiple hit Hunter Klotz with a pitch and later with the bases loaded, Eberlin and Parker Dibert both drew walks from Somerset reliever Maranowski that forced Gampe and Klotz home for a 4-0 lead.
Gampe hit a two-out single in the sixth which was followed by an RBI triple for Klotz and the game’s final run.
“We expected that kind of game from Heiple all year,” said Aungst. “The first two games against him, he really didn’t have his control. But today, he was getting his first pitch for a strike and mixed pitches well after that. We tried to be patient later in the game.”
Glass came up one batter short of a complete game due to the pitch count rule. Jordan Berkstresser took the mound and faced one batter to close things out.
Claysburg improved to 21-1 in league play this season while Somerset is 14-9.
“Avery’s our horse, and in this caliber of game, he’s got the ball,” said Somerset coach Bart Close. “He was on tonight but our problem was their hits were behind a walk or two and they got the runs. You have to tip your cap to Glass. He bared down when he had to.”
In the other semifinal series, Bedford defeated St. Michael 13-0 in six innings. The semifinal winners will play one game for the CCAL title on either Sunday or Monday and both will advance to the Region 7 Tournament that is being hosted by Latrobe this year.
CCAL Semifinal Playoffs Game One No. 1 CLAYSBURG 5, No. 4 SOMERSET 0
SOMERSET AB R H RBI
Spencer Yutzy 2b-3b 4 0 0 0
Reese Kennell ss 3 0 1 0
Cole Maranowski 3b-p 3 0 0 0
Avery Heiple p-1b 3 0 0 0
Nash Frazier rf 2 0 2 0
Brody Close c 3 0 0 0
Dakota Kennell cf 3 0 0 0
Kaulten Kreger 1b-lf 2 0 0 0
Dan Yoder lf-2b 3 0 1 0
Spencer Marteeny ph 1 0 1 0
Gentry Reese p 0 0 0 0
Totals 27 0 5 0
CLAYSBURG AB R H RBI
Lleyton Kling rf 3 1 0 0
Kyle Glass p-3b 4 0 0 0
Caleb Gampe ss 3 3 1 0
Hunter Klotz c 3 1 1 1
Corey Chamberlain 1b 4 0 1 1
Noah Muthler 2b 0 0 0 0
Jacob Eberlin lf 1 0 0 1
Jordan Berkstresser 3b-p 0 0 0 0
Parker Dibert dh 2 0 0 1
Tanner Hunt cf 2 0 0 0
Totals 22 5 3 4
Somerset 000 000 0 — 0
Claysburg 000 131 x — 5
E — Somerset 3, Claysburg 1. LOB — Somerset 7, Claysburg 8. 2B — Chamberlain. 3B — Klotz. SB — Gampe 2, Kling. CS — Muthler.
Somerset IP H R ER BB K
Heiple, L 4.2 1 4 3 6 5
Maranowski 0.1 0 0 0 1 0
Reese 1 2 1 1 0 0
Claysburg IP H R ER BB K
Glass, W 6.2 4 0 0 0 10
Berkstresser 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
HBP — Frazier (by Glass), Muthler (by Heiple), Klotz (by Heiple). WP — Somerset 2, Claysburg 1.