of PL Playoff Baseball Games, Through 1980
(Title Games Not Included)
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FOURTH PLACE PREPLAYOFF
Northeast 3, Central 1 (10 inn.)
This one wasn't decided until PL baseball chairman Jerry Kean went to Connie Mack Stadium to consult with the umpires (Bill Jackowski, Shag Crawford, Vic Delmore, Al Barlick) who had worked the Phillies-Cubs game. They disallowed a protest by Central coach Wally Bennett, who felt Carter Roskow, who stole second, should have been allowed to score an eighth inning run (it would have ended the game) when an overthrow rolled onto a runway leading to the locker rooms. The umps made Roskow stop at third and the major league umps concurred.
FOURTH PLACE PREPLAYOFF
Northeast 13, West 0
John Gerney allowed one hit, a bad-hop single, and fanned 12. Bob Emmot had three singles.
Bartram 6, Northeast 5 (9 inn.)
George Spencer allowed one run in 6 2/3 relief innings and drove home Willie Mobley with the decisive run in the visiting ninth.
Southern 2, Lincoln 0
FOURTH PLACE PREPLAYOFFS
Olney 2, Lincoln 1
Rick Zweig stroked a single to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth and the win went to reliever Jene Fettus.
Frankford 8, Olney 0
Winning pitcher Al Cariss and Bill Degenhardt had two-run singles.
Bartram 10, Frankford 9 (9 inn.)
The game was won on an RBI single by Vern Stamm. He and Al Goldis (homer) both went 4-for-5. Willie Mobley opened the game with a homer.
Southern 4, Northeast 3
Nick Mistichelli drew a walk to bring in the winning run in the sixth and make Frank Schiavo a winner.
Germantown 7, Northeast 6 (8 inn.)
The Bears completed a comeback from a 6-0 deficit when Joe Beal scored in the home eighth when Northeast committed an error while trying to complete a doubleplay. Rich Myers won in relief of Larry Sheckman, who needed stitches on his finger after being plunked while trying to bunt.
Bartram 11, Frankford 5
Triples by Ray Holley and Tony Salamone highlighted a five-run fifth that broke a 4-4 tie.
Lincoln 13, Franklin 3
Joe Hindelang fanned six in three innings and then was saved for the final. Leon Williams had two singles and a triple for three RBI while Bob Brand had three hits, two RBI. Franklin was guilty of 10 errors.
Central 11, Southern 5
Joe Petrucelli had four singles for four RBI, with two coming in a six-run second. Jay Aizen won in relief with two-hit pitching over 5 1/3 innings.
Bartram 11, Roxborough 0
Chris Kefalos pitched a no-hitter with nine strikeouts and carried a perfect game into the seventh, when Bob Feret reached on an infield error to become Roxborough's only runner. Tom Dean's homer highlighted a five-run fourth.
Frankford 3, Dobbins 0
Tom Sibley allowed four hits, fanned nine. Carl Contino (double), George Dennis and Jimmy Walker had the hits in a three-run sixth.
Frankford 4, Bartram 3 (11 inn.)
Greg McLaughlin stroked a run-scoring single in the visiting 11th to plate winning pitcher Jim Mucerino. After Mucerino allowed the first two runners to reach base in the bottom half, he yielded to Bob Clemens, who wriggled out of the jam. Bob Peffle went 2-for-6 with two RBI. Bartram had won 33 consecutive games (26 in the league) over two seasons.
Franklin 6, Germantown 2
Fred Ruben pitched a five-hitter with 14 strikeouts and slammed a two-run homer in a four-run fifth. Jerome Weathers went 3-for-4 and scored twice. Dwight McBride and Fred Winston homered for G-town in the first inning.
Southern 4, Dobbins 0
Joe Scarpa pitched a one-hitter (John Cochrane's fourth inning single) with 10 strikeouts and pinch-hitter Al Moccia had a two-run single to expand a 2-0 lead. Dobbins pitcher Eddie Guzman fanned eight of the first nine batters, finishing with 10 in a four-hitter.
Lincoln 7, Central 2
Dave Scheinfeld homered and Dave Leporati had three RBI on a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly while Bill Langdon pitched a four-hitter.
DIVISION B PREPLAYOFF
Central 6, Roxborough 4
A 4-4 tie was broken when Lou DeRogatis and Bob Seltzer scored as the ball got away from Roxborough's catcher. Roxborough's Walter "Buddy" Harris pitched a six-hitter and struck out 14, raising his season's total to 84 in 39 innings. Steve Lewis got the win.
Southern 4, Central 3
The Rams scored four in the home sixth to roar back from a 3-0 deficit. An error plated the first run and then singles by John Angelo (two) and pinch-hitter Eddie Burke brought in the last three. Mike Berry won in relief with 2 1/3 hitless innings. Bob Cox homered for Central.
Northeast 11, Edison 0
Steve Edelman (four innings, one hits, seven K's) and Denny Weiner combined on a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Harvey Sklar and Bob Neckritz had three hits apiece.
DIVISION B PREPLAYOFF
Roxborough 2, Central 0
Tom Hartman hurled the shutout while sixth inning RBI went to Ray Tharan and Mark Pistilli.
Roxborough 8, Edison 5
The Indians overcame a 5-0 deficit thanks to Ray Tharan's two-run homer, Joe Stanley's solo shot and a single by pitcher Tom Hartman that provided a 6-5 lead.
Southern 8, Northeast 4
The Rams tallied six unearned runs, but got two in legitimate fashion on Eddie Burke's two-run homer over the centerfield wall. Gary Edelman had two RBI for the losers.
Southern 12, Franklin 1
Willie Jones collected four RBI on four singles and pitched a three-hitter with nine strikeouts. Ron Funaro and Eddie Burke added two RBI apiece.
Lincoln 5, Central 2
Bill Menk allowed five hits, whiffed 11 and had a double and an RBI single. Mike Malen had a two-run single.
Olney 1, Edison 0
Bob Careless fanned 11 and pitched a three-hitter, all singles by Calvin Jones. Al Davis hit a solo homer to lead off the home seventh. Edison's Keith Quick allowed four hits.
Roxborough 4, West 1
Jules Molnar allowed three hits and Joe McMahon had a two-run single in a three-run sixth.
Mastbaum 8, Central 4
The Panthers exploded for eight runs in the visiting seventh. Steve Bucholski had a double early in the inning and later added a two-run triple. Mike Finn pitched a five-hitter with eight strikeouts. Central's Steve Wiacek had a two-run triple.
Lincoln 5, Southern 4
John Bieslich won it by delivering a two-run single with two out in the home seventh. Winning reliever Carl Hauser had two RBI and scored twice. Gerald Scott and Roy Brown homered for Southern.
Roxborough 1, Frankford 0 (14 inn.)
Jerry West's double in the home 14th scored Steve Miller to make reliever Dereck Hicks a winner. Hicks and Bob Waldeck combined for 16 strikeouts in a 10-hitter.
Southern 3, Franklin 2
Bob Rudi spun a three-hitter and became a winner in the home seventh when Bob Green's double scored Rich Gallo.
Frankford 15, Franklin 0
Mark Brenfleck allowed three hits, fanned seven and had a double and homer en route to three RBI. Steve Ebbecke smashed a grand slam and finished with six RBI. Jim Wetzel went 3-for-3 with three RBI.
Southern 2, Central 1
Mastbaum 5, Gratz 4
Randy Bowes scored Wayne Wilson with a suicide squeeze to break a 1-1 tie in the home sixth. Dave Cameron got the win despite allowing two homers.
Frankford 4, Southern 0
Jim Wetzel got the win and scored the Pioneers' only earned run when he tripled and came around on a triple by Al "Skip" Angelo.
Southern 9, Central 3
Mike Martino and Steve DePrince had two hits apiece and reliever George Riley, aside from homering, fanned seven of the 10 batters he faced.
Northeast 10, Edison 2
Marty Nemerofsky allowed three hits in six innings on one day of rest. John McBurnie (two RBI) and George Charakopos both had a triple among three hits. David Paul doubled twice for Edison.
Central 3, Dobbins 0
Soph Bill Zitomer allowed one hit, Bill King's sixth inning infield single, and struck out eight. All three runs scored on miscues. Dobbins's Daryl Davis pitched a three-hitter with nine K's.
Southern 5, Washington 4
Jack Manfredi pitched a four-hitter with 10 whiffs and Al Puggi had an RBI single in the visiting seventh to break a 4-4 tie.
Franklin 2, Bartram 1
The Poor Richards scored two in the visiting seventh on triples by Jose Estrada and Bernard Bryant and Kenny Faulkner's bloop single over a drawn-in infield. Joe Piacentino had homered for Bartram in the sixth.
Central 9, Northeast 6
John Sykes had a triple and two-run homer for four RBI and struck out two in the seventh to save Bill Zitomer's win.
Washington 5, Roxborough 3
Art Minuto pitched a four-hitter with nine strikeouts and Fran Hosack had a two-run double in a four-run first.
Southern won. No details.
Central 5, Franklin 1
Stan Hendrickson had a two-run single and Mike Soper went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Steve Schwartz and Charlie Dougherty split the pitching.
Southern 6, Washington 5
In the home seventh, Tom Spatola had a two-run single to create a 5-5 tie and Scott Nash brought in the game-winner with a sacrifice fly. Washington had scored three in the top half, thanks largely to Fran Hosack's two-run single.
Northeast 6, Mastbaum 2
John Stefany went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI to make Steve Wyremski a winner.
Central 8, Overbrook 3
Joe Starosta and Bill Zitomer combined for a four-hitter and Steve Manning had two RBI in a four-run second.
Washington 5, University City 1
Tom Devlin pitched a five-hitter.
Southern 6, Roxborough 0
Bruce Barbieri allowed one hit and Bobby Kinch had a two-run homer.
Washington 16, Southern 4
Art Minuto pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the leadoff spot. Gary Nabit had a grand slam. Tom Checcia added three RBI. Joe Scafidi homered for Southern.
Northeast 3, Central 1 (11 inn.)
Gary Gold earned an outfield assist with a strong throw to the plate in the 10th to prolong the game, and then lined an RBI single to win it. Steve Wyremski went the distance and had a sacrifice fly. Central's Bill Zitomer fanned 11 in 10 innings.
Washington 5, Overbrook 4 (8 inn.)
The Eagles received a major scare thanks to the quality pitching of Lewis "Tony" Warner, but scored twice in the seventh and once in the eighth to survive. Roger Price went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Northeast 6, Bartram 2
Tom Brown permitted two hits and fanned six and Gary Gold went 4-for-4 with a double, triple and one RBI.
Central 4, Mastbaum 2
The Lancers posted a three-spot in the first inning as Joe Starosta spanked an RBI single and later scored on a balk. Central's Tom Scheliga and Mastbaum's Bill Onslager traded five-hitters.
Germantown 8, Edison 3
Ricky Ford pitched a four-hitter and seven Edison errors led to seven unearned runs. Maurice Shaw (2-for-5, two RBI) and Andy "Coconut" Jones (3-for-4, two RBI) led the offense in the top two spots in the order. Edison's Ray Lopez homered.
Washington 13, Central 0
Marc Ross fired a two-hitter (no-hitter through four innings) and received most of his support in the first inning (five runs) and sixth inning (seven). Ron Skrocki went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Roger Price, Scott Cohen, and Marshall Orenstein also had two RBI.
Northeast 3, Germantown 0
The Vikings received the only run they needed in the home first as Ken McAndress smacked an RBI double. Scott Levikoff pitched a four-hitter.
Mastbaum 12, Southern 1
Bill Onslager pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Ernell Harley went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI.
Washington 1, Central 0
Bill Gobeler scattered seven hits and received the only run he needed in the third on a bad-hop single, two bunts that turned into hits and Dave Gasman's sacrifice fly. Central's Allen Taylor allowed three hits in six innings.
Germantown 3, Northeast 2 (8 inn.)
With the bases loaded and none out in the home eighth, Chris Long popped up a safety squeeze. But the ball fell safely despite a diving attempt by first baseman Karl Siegle. Ricky Ford (five-hitter) outdueled Scott Vogel (seven-hitter, 12 strikeouts). G-town's Fred Justice had a two-run homer. Northeast's Bill Potye had a two-run single.
Bartram 4, Edison 2
Keith Gentry struck out 10 in a two-hitter and Dan Gallagher went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Edison's Ramon Rodriguez, who pitched three no-hitters during the season, pitched four innings of shutout relief on two days' rest. He allowed three hits and struck out six.
At Lighthouse Field
Mastbaum 2, Washington 0
David Scott twirled a two-hitter and allowed no one past second base. He struck out just three, but walked none. The Panthers scored two in the fifth on a safety squeeze by Bill Baranofsky that became a single, and a throwing error. Washington's Rick Helsen fanned nine in 5.1 innings.
Bartram 3, Germantown 2
Jake Ellis allowed one hit and fanned 10, but he also walked six and was yanked in favor of Keith Gentry, who'd pitched a complete game in a quarterfinal the day before, with two out in the seventh. Gentry walked in a run, then got a groundout to end it. Bartram's Richard Fletcher scored a highly controversial run in the home sixth, making it 3-1. On a sacrifice fly, he appeared to leave third a second too early.
Washington 12, Edison 10
The Eagles rallied from a 7-0 deficit behind John Curran (two hits, three RBI) and Jeff Capriotti (three-run triple). Rich Rosen got the win with 5 1/3 innings of two-earned-runs relief. Carlos Rios (three RBI) and Wigberto Rodriguez (two) led Edison.
Northeast 8, Mastbaum 1
The wacky highlight came in the first inning when John Bucher collected TWO RBI on a sacrifice bunt. Dan Howell provided the hitting highlight with a two-run double. Scott Vogel allowed one hit in five innings.
Central 12, Southern 10 (10 inn.)
John Marzano reached base in all six of his plate appearances, going 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and four runs scored. The game lasted 3 hours, 50 minutes, and there was a 28-minute rain delay. There were 18 hits, 25 walks and 15 errors. Both teams scored three runs in the ninth. Joe Ragusa (groundout) and Dave Coller (double) had the RBI in Central's 10th. The pitching line for Southern's Chris Riley: 10 innings, 7 hits, 12 runs, 2 earned, 8 walks, 15 strikeouts, 4 HBP, 2 WP. Teammate Ted Krauss went 4-for-6 with two RBI.
Roxborough 7, Bartram 0
Due to an upheld protest, this game was played in two stages two days apart at two different sites. Roxborough first "won" by 5-2. But the game was continued from the spot where the score was 4-0 in the visiting fourth. The protest was over a pickoff play -- after time was called, Roxborough pitcher Carl Soupik did not step back onto the rubber before picking off Bartram's Mike Morton. Anyway, Soupik wound up allowing two hits in 5 2/3 innings and Dave Knittel had a two-run homer. The game began at Roxborough's field. It was finished at Roxborough and Henry, Roman Catholic's field.
Washington 1, Central 0 (8 inn.)
Rich Rosen pitched a five-hitter with seven strikeouts to outduel Dave Lutz (four-hitter). The one run scored in strange fashion. Dave McKay's bat made contact with catcher John Marzano's glove while he was hitting a groundball to shortstop. A throwing error resulted, Doug Jones came around to score and Washington, of course, declined the catcher's interference call.
Northeast 8, Roxborough 6
Scott Vogel flirted with danger, allowing four runs in the visiting seventh before getting three straight outs. He finished with 11 strikeouts after recording nine through four innings. Vogel and Bill Vorse halved four RBI.