Punxsutawney Baseball Downs ECC, 11-4

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – John Matthews went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to help Punxsutawney to an 11-4 win over visiting Elk County Catholic Friday.

ECC had taken a 4-1 lead with a four-run second, but the Chucks answered with four in the bottom of the second to take the lead back for good.

Braxton Giavedoni had the big hit in the inning, a three-run home run to center that put the Chucks ahead 5-4. Giavedoni, who also walked twice, scored three runs to go with his three RBIs.

Lance Pennington (2-for-4, 1 RBI), Peyton Graham (2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 run) and Lucas Ambler (2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 run) each added multiple-hit games for Punxsy. Pennington and Graham each had doubles.

Pennington got the win in relief of John Matthews throwing four innings of shutout ball. He allowed one hit while striking out six.

Matthews, in his first start of the year, gave up four runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out four in three innings of work.

Brad Dippold was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for ECC.

Jordan Nasoni took the loss for the Crusaders.

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