Game Recap: Carlisle at Cedar Cliff

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

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In the Mid-Penn Commonwealth opener for both teams host Cedar Cliff and visiting Carlisle locked up in an early season battle not decided until the final pitch.

The first six and one half innings were full of momentum swings and lead changes with the lead being exchanged three times in the first four innings. Carlisle plated two runs in the 5th inning to knot the game at five setting up a dramatic seventh inning.

Colts' starter Grant Breneman (right) exited after five innings allowing nine hits, but just three earned runs while not walking a batter. Sophomore right-hander Denny Snyder, who started the game as the designated hitter, set down Carlisle in order in the 6th but ran into issues following a one out walk to Brady Lippert in the 7th.  A wild pitch allowed Lippert to advance to second and following a fly out to center field catcher Billy Davis delivered his third hit of the game to score him with the go ahead run.

Cedar Cliff wasted little time battling back from the 6-5 deficit as Jesse Deaner reached on an infield single to start the bottom of the 7th inning to turn the order over to the top. Julian Bury, a Columbia recruit, moved Deaner to second when he was hit by a pitch and freshman Bobby Whalen followed with a bunt single to load the bases. Breneman tied the game one pitch later on a sacrifice bunt of his own and reached safely when the ball was bobbled.

With the bases loaded and nobody out first baseman Tommy Savastio sent the Cedar Cliff fans home happy when he launched a grand slam to right center field for the 10-6 walk-off win.

Snyder was the beneficiary of the 7th inning run support earning the win with two innings of work. He allowed one run on one hit while walking two and struck out one.

Davis (3-4, 2 RBI), Lippert (2-2, RBI) and Eric Harris (2-3, RBI) led the Carlisle offense. Savastio led Cedar Cliff with a 2-for-3 night that included five RBI. Whalen (2-for-4, 3 runs) and Snyder (1-for-3, 2 RBI) also contributed to the offensive attack for the Colts.

The early season PBR scouting tour moves on tomorrow to West Chester to catch Octorara at Rustin in a 3:45 start.

For additional notes and measurable information on Savastio, Bury and Whalen see today's Pennsylvania Scout Blog.

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