CM weekly recap: Baseball and softball advance to District Championships
By SCOTT BAKER
Wildcat softball won its district semifinal, baseball won on Senior Day and track athlete Amelia McCloy claimed a championship. Those were the highlights last week in the world of Central Mountain sports.
The Wildcat softball team was to play at State College on Monday in its regular-season finale. However, the weather had a different idea and the game was canceled. So on Thursday the local athletes hosted Hollidaysburg in a District VI/IX 5A match-up. The contest went according to plan for CM as they pounded out an 11-1 win in just five innings, thus punching their ticket to the District VI/IX Championship game against DuBois. That contest will be played on Wednesday at 2:30 P.M. on the campus of St. Francis in Loretto.
Now back to the semi-final. CM pounded out 14 hits in a very balanced offensive attack. While their bats were smoking, CM’s Madi Kneep kept the Golden Tiger bats off balance as she went the distance to pick up the win in the circle for CM. With the victory, CM moved its overall record on the season to 10-9.
Wildcat Baseball was scheduled for two regular season contests last week but just like with the softball team they had a Monday cancelation. On Wednesday, the CM boys concluded the regular season in style as they captured a convincing 12-0 Senior Day victory over visiting Milton. While I’m not superstitious, I find some irony in the ‘Cat’s scoring 12 runs in the win, given that they were recognizing their seniors (12th graders). En route to the victory, the Wildcats managed just six hits in posting the 12 runs but were aided by wild pitching and shoddy defense from the visiting Black Panthers.
Qualifying members of the track and field teams were in action on Thursday at the District VI Championships in Altoona. While the Wildcat athletes registered some solid performances, only Junior Amelia McCloy was able to earn a ticket to the PIAA State Championships. That ticket was earned as a result of a first place finish in her trademark event, the High Jump. Other notable finishes for the Wildcats were recorded by Carter Simcox, second in the Javelin, Morgan Zimmerman, fourth in the Javelin, Hunter Barger fourth in the 200M and Corbin Green fourth in the 1600M. Barger and Simcox had personal bests in their events.
Team of the Week: It’s either the softball or baseball team this week to choose from. While they both posted solid 10-run mercy rule wins, I’m going with the softball team as their victory earned them a trip to the district championship game. Yes, all wins are nice, but playoff wins are hard to come by so softball gets the nod this week.
Athlete of the week: This is an easy choice,…District VI AAA High Jump Champion, Amelia McCloy. Best of luck to Amelia as she competes in the PIAA Championships later this week.
Looking Ahead: Championship Week.
Softball gets the Wildcats first crack at a championship on Wednesday at 2:30 P.M. at St. Francis. CM will be looking to guard against a let-down versus a Dubois team that they soundly defeated by a 14-0 score in the Thunder on the Mountain consolation game back on April 27. Coach Fred Caldwell, being the veteran that h,e is will surely prep his team on the need to forget that first meeting and focus on the task at hand.
The baseball team will follow when they take on Hollidaysburg at 7:00 p.m at People’s Natural Gas Field in Altoona. The schedule provides Wildcat fans a great opportunity to take in both contests. Head baseball coach, Mike Kramer was asked about his team’s championship matchup against the Golden Tigers. Specifically when asked about any relevance that the Wildcats’ 15-8 loss to Hollidaysburg back on March 27 would play in this match-up. Kramer said, that game was “too early in the season to be a big factor.”
The coach stressed how both teams have grown since that first game of the season and can’t really be used as a gauge into how the championship matchup will go. Kramer said that this time around he expects a low-scoring contest because both teams will have their top pitchers available for action. Finally, he said that in order to repeat as district champs his team needs “to continue to do what we’ve been doing and execute. Play three facets of the game, pitching, hitting and defense.” The veteran of many battles feels confident that if his team does those things the results will be positive and the Wildcats can repeat as district champs on Wednesday evening.
The final championship opportunity for the week will be McCloy’s quest for a state High Jump title. That quest will begin on Friday at Shippensburg University. So with a lot on the line this week in terms of hardware, CM should be abuzz with excitement. Next week we will report on the outcomes.
Here’s to hoping for championship reports.