Clearfield Fall Ball

Fall Ball Teams Finish Up Successful Seasons

The 2016 Fall Season wrapped up on October 16th with a total of 41 CHS students having participated. There were two teams this year. The 7th and 8th grade team had 14 players and the older team (grades 9-12) had 15 players. An additional 12 players took part in the Fall Ball World Series, which is an annual intrasquad event with senior players actually coaching the teams.

The 7th and 8th graders were coached by Aaron Elensky (’93 grad), Brian Barr (’91 grad), and Joe Rumsky (’92 grad), along with Coach Lansberry. Practices were held on Mondays and Wednesdays with games being played mostly on weekends. Playing a schedule which included teams from St Marys, Brookville, Punxsy, and Curwensville, they compiled a record of 5 wins and 4 losses and a tie. The coaches focused on fundamentals using a variety of drills and teaching many of the same plays used by the varsity. All players received a good amount of playing time, and it was especially helpful for the 12 and 13 year olds who will be making the transition to the bigger field next year. The season culminated with a Baseball Olympics day in which players competed in a variety of contests involving basic baseball skills. Prizes (candy, hats, t shirts, etc) were awarded at the end. The complete roster is listed below.

The older team was coached by Chris Peacock (’91 grad), Aaron Williams (’93 grad), Brian Barr, and Ed Yeager (’75 grad), along with Coach Lansberry. Practices were held on Tuesdays and Thursdays with games being played both on weekends and week days. Although the original schedule was shortened somewhat by rain outs, 10 games were played, which resulted in a record of 7 wins and 3 losses. Again the focus was on fundamentals with an emphasis on having players learn a variety of positions. At the high school level, our Fall Ball program is intended for those players who are not involved in a Fall interscholastic sport. At the end of the regular season games, senior players select two teams from the roster and those two teams compete in a best of five “Fall Ball World Series”. (details below)

7th and 8th grade roster:

  • Matt Bailor
  • Nolan Barr
  • Will Brickley
  • Nick Collins
  • Hunter Dixon
  • Nick Domico
  • Kyle Elensky
  • Eric Fletcher
  • Ryan Gearhart
  • Caden Irwin
  • Ty Olson
  • Karson Rumsky
  • Ty Troxell
  • Corbin Turner

Grades 9-12 roster:

  • Nathan Barr
  • Caleb Freeland
  • Jon Gates
  • Hunter Hipps
  • Andrew Lopez
  • Thayne Morgan
  • Zane Morgan
  • Will Myers
  • Harrison Peacock
  • Wyatt Porter
  • Jakob Sorbera
  • Jarrit Wagner
  • Cade Walker
  • Hayden Williams
  • Reese Wilson

Fall Ball World Series Summary:

Team Captains this year were senior players Will Myers and Jarrit Wagner. Teams were selected from the regular roster, and captains could then pick up additional players from the student body to participate in the best-of-five series. Will’s team was the Harambombers and Jarrit’s team was the Warriors. Although hotly contested, the series was shortened to three games when the Harambombers managed to sweep. Here are some results from each game:

Game #1:

The Harambombers bolted to an early 7-1 lead but the Warriors managed to battle back and make it a respectable 9-5 game. Wyatt Porter led the winners offense with three hits, including a double and a triple, good for 2 rbi’s. Nate Barr added three hits, Will Myers had two and Zane Morgan drove in a pair. Wagner led his team with two hits and 2 rbi’s, while Jake Sorbera went 2 for 3. Caleb Freeland tripled and Hayden Williams added a double.

Game #2:

The first 4 innings of game #2 saw some excellent baseball being played, with the two teams locked in a 2=2 tie heading into the fifth. However, the bombers bats finally came alive, scoring 8 runs over the next two frames, while the Warriors could only muster one meaningless run in the 7th. The final was 10-3. Will Myers led his team with three hits, while the middle of the order (Myers, Porter and Reese Wilson) combined for 6 runs scored. The Warriors were held to five hits, two from the bat of Harrison Peacock, including a double.

Game #3:

With their backs against the wall and nothing to lose, the Warriors came out swinging, generating some much needed offense (6 runs) But it was too little, too late because the Bombers were even hotter, scoring 9 runs in the first two innings. The final result was a 16-6 five inning mercy rule win, making the Harambombers champions of the 2016 Fall Ball World Series. They received production all through their order, Nate Barr leading the way with three hits and three runs from his lead off spot. Eight of the nine players in the line up had at least one hit. Hunter Hipps had two hits and two rbi’s. Wyatt Porter drove in two and Reese Wilson scored three times. For the losers, Harrison Peacock drove in two runs with three hits. Caleb Freeland had a good game with two hits and two rbi’s., stealing three bases.

Baseball Olympics:

Every season ends with the players competing against one another in contests of baseball skill (throwing, running, fielding, double plays, hitting for accuracy, bunting, and a homerun derby) Prizes are awarded for each contest.

The coaching staff would like to sincerely thank those parents who volunteered to help in the concession stand this season. Your help is very much appreciated.