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Major, Wildcats shutout Montoursville

Central Mountain's Peyton Johnson after one of two base hits Friday. TIM WEIGHT/For the Express

MILL HALL – It was not the greatest start imaginable, but things are starting to look pretty solid for the Central Mountain baseball team. The Wildcats picked up their fourth consecutive win Friday night after they shutout Montoursville, 8-0 to move their record to 5-3.

Aidan Major posted a dominating performance on the mound to go with a couple of solid at bats as he proved to be the difference maker in the game. Outside of Major, the Wildcats got offensive production of out Peyton Johnson and Cy Probst as they both recorded multiple hits in the win. Johnson–who entered Friday’s game as the team leader in hits with 13 on the season–went two-for-three at the plate with a pair of RBIs. Probst, who had a solid night behind the plate for the Wildcats, recorded two hits including a double that scored two.

Collectively, the Wildcats stole a total of nine bases in the win over the Warriors. CM’s eight runs scored came off a 10-hit performance from its lineup. The offensive firepower on display on the bases and in the batter’s box was something Central Mountain coach Mike Kramer said the team tries to put together every game.

“It’s the same as any other day, we just want to play on the attack. That’s the mentality we try to get these guys to live with. We want to make sure we get in places where we have opportunities to score,” Kramer said.

The Wildcats jumped on the scoreboard early, tallying a trio of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Highlighted by Probst’s two-run double, the Wildcats held a 3-0 lead after one.

Central Mountain pitcher Aidan Major in action Friday. Major recorded 15 K's in the win. TIM WEIGHT/For the Express

The trio of runs occurred after Major was able to strikeout Montoursville’s first three batters in the top of the first inning. Major–who ended the game with 15 total strikeouts–tossed six innings of shutout baseball on the hill for Central Mountain. Cru Stover finished the deal for the Wildcats as he pitched the seventh.

Kramer mentioned after Central Mountain’s win that he thought Major’s command was on target, especially against a solid hitting team such as Montoursville.

Prior to Friday’s game, the Warriors were averaging just over nine runs per game.

“Aidan did an outstanding job against an excellent hitting baseball team. They’ve put a lot of runs up so far this year, he had his command today and had his pitches working. Very pleased and happy with how he performed and how he’s matured as a baseball player.”

The Wildcats picked up another run in the second, followed by four more in the third to bring their total to eight where it remained for the rest of the contest.

Blade Myers had a key double for CM in the third to really open the game up as he scored Landyn Carson and Chase Brush to make it a 6-0 game. Later in the inning, Major rocketed a single which scored Myers and Tanner Swinehart.

Major said his job on the mound felt much easier knowing his team had a commanding lead.

“I felt really good, and everything was working today. There wasn’t much going through my mind as the game went on–especially pitching with the lead–I was out there throwing strikes and enjoying myself,” Major said.

After a 1-3 start to the season, it has been four straight wins over Lewisburg, Danville, Jersey Shore and Montoursville for the CM baseball squad. Major said it’s something he is glad he’s a part of.

“it’s always easier to pitch when you’re on a win streak. The team is doing well, and I am glad I’m a part of it,” Major said.”

Montoursville 000 000 0–0 5 2

Central Mountain 314 000 0–8 10 0

Pitchers: Aidan Major (W) 6 innings, 15 K’s, 2 walks,0 runs; Cael Frame (L) 1 2/3 innings, 3 K’s, 3 walks 4 runs; CJ Singnor 1 2/3 innings, 1 K, 1 walk, 4 runs; Cameron Francis 3 innings, 2 K’s, 2 walks, 0 runs; Cru Stover 1 inning, 1 K, 0 walks, 0 runs.

Montoursville top hitters: Nick Reeder 1-3, 1B; Nolan Kutney 2-3; Maddix Dalena 2-2.

Central Mountain top hitters: Aidan Major 2-4, 2 RBIs; Peyton Johnson 2-3, 3 RBIs; Cy Probst 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Blade Myers 1-2, 2B, 2 RBIs.

Records: Montoursville 5-3, Central Mountain 5-3.

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