CATAWISSA RR - Mason Peters drove the first pitch of the game over the center field fence.

It was the kind of start Southern Columbia needed in its District 4 Class AA playoff opener against Mansfield Tuesday afternoon.

But that wasn't all of it.

Three batters laters - following a walk to Taylor Young and a single by Garrett Sosnoski - Tyler Behrent launched the Tigers' second home run, this one a three-run shot that was part of a five-run first in what ultimately turned into an 8-3 Southern Columbia victory.

"We opened with momentum right off the bat," said Southern coach Randy Young, whose team will now travel to Cocolamus Friday afternoon for a matchup with No. 3 seed East Juniata. "Their kid (Mansfield) threw a lot of pitches, but he was a good pitcher.

"Our kids just put the bat on the ball well."

Southern (16-5) added a single run in the second and two more in the third, more than enough for Matt Klock, who went the distance, allowing just five hits and all three Mansfield runs in the second inning.

"Matt Klock pitched a very effective game," Young said. "There wasn't anything hit hard. He was tough."

After Mansfield scored its runs on four hits in the second, Klock only allowed three baserunners over the final five frames.

Mansfield starter Taylor Hillson allowed all eight Southern runs, working the first three innings before giving way to Sam Rotella. Rotella went the final three, allowing only Garrett Sosnoski's leadoff single in the fourth.

Southern put nine hits in the book, with four of those, the home runs by Peters and Behrent, along with a double by Brent Marks and a triple by Kyle Zigarski, going for extra bases.

Sosnoski had three singles and Taylor Young had two.

Game Summary

MANSFIELD (AB-R-H-BI) - Hillson 2-0-1-1, Rotella 2-0-1-1, Zaparzynski 3-0-0-0, Colegrove 3-1-1-0, Wilson 3-0-0-0, Burd 3-0-0-1, Burleigh 1-1-0-0, Whitmyer 3-1-1-0, Andrews 2-0-1-0, Boyd 1-0-0-0. Totals 23-3-5-3.

SOUTHERN (AB-R-H-BI) - Peters 4-1-1-2, Young 2-0-2-0, C. Tillett 0-2-0-0, Sosnoski 3-1-3-0, Behrent 3-1-1-3, Marks 3-1-1-0, Michaels 3-0-0-0, Hunter 2-1-0-0, Zigarski 3-1-1-2, Klock 3-0-0-0. Totals 26-8-9-7.

Extra-base hits: 2B - Marks. 3B - Zigarski. HR - Peters, Behrent.

IP H R ER BB K

Mansfield

Hillson (L) 3 8 8 6 1 2

Rotella 3 1 0 0 0 1

Southern

Klock 7 5 3 3 3 5