2008-05-17 / Sports

Coudersport hosts baseball playoffs Monday

Several Falcon hitters have stepped up since the team lost solid slugger Bret Metzger (above) to an injury. Coudersport fans hope a late-season hitting surge by senior Adam Foust (left) will continue in the playoffs. Several Falcon hitters have stepped up since the team lost solid slugger Bret Metzger (above) to an injury. Coudersport fans hope a late-season hitting surge by senior Adam Foust (left) will continue in the playoffs. Coudersport carries a sparkling 13-1 record into the PIAA District 9 high school baseball playoffs, where there is no margin for error.

Coach Doug McClintic's Falcons will entertain either Union of Keystone at CARP Field at 4:30 Thursday afternoon.

Winner moves to the D9 semifinals the following Tuesday, where Curwensville, Ridgway or Elk County Catholic will be the foe.

Lurking in the district championship game on May 29 could be Cameron County or Johnsonburg.

At this point of the season, one loss spells elimination.

Coudersport warmed up for the playoffs with an 11- 1 win at Shinglehouse Wedneday afternoon, behind the solid pitching of sophomores Andrew Mickle and Jordan Barnett. They scattered just five hits and walked three.

Derek Burdick had a pair of doubles, while Zach Buckler doubled and singled to lead an 11-hit Falcon attack.

Senior Adam Foust continued his torrid hitting with a home run, double and single to lead Coudersport to a 10-2 win over visiting Northern Potter

on Saturday. Winning pitcher Brian Wetzel recorded nine strikeouts in four innings of work.

Junior Adam Dow took his turn on the mound and came away with the win as visiting Coudersport edged Bradford, 4-2, on Friday. Dow also contributed a key two-run single. Brett Whitman added two hits for the Falcons.

Coudersport was coming off its first loss of the season, 16-6, against Johnsonburg last Thursday. Fireballing pitcher Seth Streich was a tough challenge for the Falcon hitters.

A rematch is possible if both the Rams and Falcons survive that long in the playoffs.

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