Philadelphia High School Baseball
League/Playoff Results, 2016
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Carroll 6, Conwell-Egan 2: James Kelly allowed seven hits, walked none and struck out 12. Nick Zambella smacked two homers for four RBI. Nick Argentieri had a two-run double.
La Salle 14, McDevitt 0: Joe Peluso fanned five in a five-inning one-hitter. The Explorers led, 6-0, after one.
Roman 12, Ryan 2: Santino Nave whiffed 13 and Greg Grandelli had three RBI.
Judge 10, O'Hara 2: Chris Lutz went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI to support Chris Higgins.
Bonner-Prendie 17, Lansdale 4: Tim Dougherty went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI. Brian Dunphy (two doubles, two RBI) and Brian O'Neill (homer) also fared well. Anthony Martinelli posted the win.
Wood 6, Neumann-Goretti 5 (8 inn.): Frosh Sam Reynolds bagged the game-winning RBI on a walk and Kody Cracknell pitched four innings in relief to earn the win. Wood also scored three runs in the first inning thanks to walks. N-G's Aiden Baur had three RBI.
Neumann-Goretti 3, Ryan 0: Making just his second varsity start, soph lefthander Joe LaFiora pitched a no-hitter with six strikeouts and two walks. He threw 79 pitches. Nick D'Amore had two RBI and Brian Verratti went 2-for-4 with two steals and a run scored.
La Salle 12, Conwell-Egan 1: Support from Andrew Cossetti (homer) and Greg Sywulak (double, triple) helped to make Zach Moretski a winner.
Roman 8, Lansdale 1: Aiden Welch allowed three hits, fanned five. Marquis Wood and Kevin Glynn (double) halved four RBI. Lansdale's Nick Smalley homered.
Bonner-Prendie 7, Judge 6: The Friars won it with a four-run home seventh. Tim Dougherty's two-run triple tied it. Dom Della Barba's single ended it. Overall, Steve Furman had two doubles. Evan Raiburn bagged the win.
Wood 7, Carroll 2: Sean Hughes allowed two hits in six innings (no-hitter into that frame) and Dylan Slowinski finished. Mike Ferrara (two-run) and Joey Lancellotti (grand slam) hammered homers.
O'Hara 7, SJ Prep 1: Kevin Sessa (four innings) and Bill Neill received strong support from Luke Zimmer (three hits) and Brian Bromley, who halved six RBI.
Wood 2, Ryan 1: Ryan Logan allowed two hits in 5.2 innings and Kody Cracknell allowed none while notching a save. Sean Kelly, Mike Ferrara and Dylan Slowinski stroked doubles.
SJ Prep 5, Bonner-Prendie 1: Keith Flaherty (two RBI) and Johnny Coppola (one, double) provided support for J.T. Gosweiler (10 strikeouts in six innings).
Judge 2, Roman 0: Dan Hammer tripled and saved Chris Higgins' win. Kevin Schmitt and Chris Lutz posted the RBI.
La Salle 10, Carroll 2: Kyle Hempcher, Langston Livingston (with doubles) and Greg Sywulak (single) thumped hits worth two runs apiece. Zach Moretski went five innings for the win.
Lansdale 4, Neumann-Goretti 3: Nick Smalley struck out two in a four-out save for Nolan Dougherty. Ryan McSorley and Joe Basile halved four hits. The Crusaders committed no errors.
O'Hara 10, McDevitt 0: Luke Sprague (three) and Eric Stewart (two) bagged multiple RBI. Each had a double. Reliever Luke Zimmerman, who pitched the third inning, got the win.
Malvern 9, Haverford School 4: Shane Muntz' two hits were homers -- for three runs and four runs (seven RBI). The slam extended a 5-4 lead in the visiting seventh. HS' Bryan Hyland poled a two-run homer.
Episcopal 3, Penn Charter 2: Kyle Virbitsky recorded 11 strikeouts (seven looking) in a three-hitter and AJ Lotsis' RBI single made it 3-1 in the home sixth. For PC, James Gabor tripled and scored on a groundout.
SCH Academy 9, Germantown Academy 1: Sr. RH Gunnar Hayes fired a no-hitter with nine strikeouts and two walks. He faced 23 batters. GA's best chance for a hit was a liner up the middle. The ball glanced off Hayes' glove and hopped toward second baseman Chris Alleyne. He backhanded the ball and made a leaping, across-the-body throw to first. Ian Diaz doubled twice for one RBI.
Wood 5, SJ Prep 2: Sean Hughes allowed one hit in five innings, Kody Cracknell notched the save and Sean Kelly added two RBI to a double.
Judge 11, McDevitt 1: John Buehner (four innings) and Chris Fassnacht handled mound duties. Bill Kelly edged Kevin Schmitt in the RBI contest, 3-2.
Ryan 7, Carroll 3: Ryan broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the visiting sixth. Brian Yost launched a homer and had two RBI. Matt Romano reached base four times thanks to a single and three walks.
La Salle 5, Neumann-Goretti 0: Joe Peluso got the win. Kyle Hemcher had two RBI and Andrew Cossetti tripled twice.
O'Hara 3, Bonner-Prendie 1: Bill Neill allowed three hits (all singles), whiffed eight and helped himself with a two-run single.
Conwell-Egan 6, Lansdale 4: Shane Souchuck went six scoreless innings to earn the win. Ryan Crowell notched the save after the first reliever experienced problems. Jarrett Patman and Will Zimmerman had matching 2-for-3 performances.
Malvern 3, Germantown Academy 2: The Friars' runs came courtesy of Jake Mullan (two-run single) and Shane Muntz (one-run double). Reliever Jimmy Kingsbury collected the win and Billy Corcoran whiffed five in a two-inning save.
SCH Academy 4, Penn Charter 1: Aidan "Curly" Frye scattered five singles (two infield variety) over 6.2 innings and Bryce Cunningham logged a one-batter save. Danny Shubert and Ian Diaz stroked RBI singles and second baseman Chris "Bubba" Alleyne made two great defensive plays.
Haverford School 13, Episcopal 0: Michael Warnick went the five-inning distance, allowing four hits (all singles). Justin Meyer (three) and David Hogarth (two) led in RBI, Hogarth and Mac McConnon scored three runs apiece and Isaiah Winikur/Logan Keller halved four hits.
SJ Prep 7, McDevitt 0: Soph Evan Matthews went six innings to earn the win in his first varsity start. Johnny Coppola and Steve Bernhardt halved four RBI. Jeff Manto and Luke Donaphon ripped run-scoring triples.
Bonner-Prendie 4, Wood 4: Suspended after 10 innings a shade after 7:30. B-P rallied from a 4-0 deficit after three innings. B-P's Evan Raiburn pitched shutout ball over the last five innings. The game will be continued tomorrow at 4, at B-P.
Lansdale 2, Carroll 0: Nolan Dougherty went the distance and Joe Gaumer scored both runs.
La Salle 8, Ryan 0: Joe Peluso got the win. Kyle Hemcher and Michael Landry doubled and Ryan committed four errors.
Roman 12, O'Hara 1: Marquise Wood stroked three hits to support Santino Nave.
Judge 16, Conwell-Egan 0: The Crusaders posted 12 runs in the second of this game's three innings. Dan Hammer upped his record to 4-0. Tom Penko went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
Bonner-Prendie 5, Wood 4 (11 inn.): In the resumption of a game halted by darkness after 10 innings one day earlier, the Friars scored in the home 11th on a walk to Nick McDonald, two-base error and wild pitch. McDonald (one inning) earned the win and went 2-for-3 with two walks and one RBI.
Penn Charter 8, Haverford School 1: Brothers Sammy (freshman, three-run) and Mike Siani (soph, two-run) poled homers onto Lancaster Avenue in a blow-it-open, five-run visiting seventh. S. Siani had four RBI total. Kenny Bergmann hit a solo homer. Brendan Cellucci fanned eight and allowed three hits in 5.2 innings and M. Siani fanned all four batters he faced.
Malvern 3, SCH Academy 2: Shane Muntz cracked a 2-run, go-ahead homer in the fifth inning. Jimmy Kingsbury won in relief and Billy Corcoran notched the save.
Episcopal 6, Germantown Academy 5: Alex Burman won it with a walkoff single, scoring Kyle Virbitsky. Isaiah Payton bagged the win and went 3-for-4.
Neumann-Goretti 11, O'Hara 0: Jeff Ciocco earned the five-inning win (he yielded one hit) and received huge support from Nick D'Amore (three-run double, six RBI).
La Salle 10, Lansdale 1: Zach Morestki struck out 10 in a five-inning stint. Mike Landry delivered a two-run single and Andrew Cossetti powered a run-scoring triple.
Roman 2, Bonner-Prendie 1 (9 inn.): Aidan Welch hurled the first seven (six hits) and Greg Grandelli won in relief thanks to Phil DiWilliams' sacrifice fly. B-P soph Matt Scanlon allowed two hits and fanned six in eight frames.
SJ Prep 12, Conwell-Egan 3: Johnny Coppola (double), Keith Flaherty and Joey DiProsperos (singles) stroked hits worth two RBI apiece. Coppola and Flaherty halved six RBI. Colin Scanlon whiffed 10 in five frames.
Wood 15, McDevitt 7: Joey Lancellotti went 3-for-4 with a triple, homer and three RBI. Ryan Logan (3-5, three RBI), Antonio Rossillo (3-for-5, RBI) and Dylan Slowinski (4-for-4, double, one RBI) lent assistance.
Carroll-Judge: Moved to 4/21, 6 p.m.
Judge 3, Carroll 0: In a night game (6:15 start), Dan Hammer allowed one hit (a check-swing single in the second) and no walks while striking out nine in his first six innings. He issued two walks to start the seventh, then Chris Higgins earned the save. Tim Ulrich clubbed a three-run double in the sixth. Carroll's James Kelly went six innings, fanning seven and allowing four hits.
Germantown Academy 9, Haverford School 6: ZJ Zabinski pitched five innings for the win. Vince Capone stroked two hits and scored three runs while Ben Werkheiser bagged two RBI. The win was the first in league play for coach Tim Ginter.
Malvern 12, Penn Charter 7: The Friars rallied from a 5-1 deficit thanks mostly to Cam Williams and Jake Mullan (three RBI apiece). Chance DiFebbo went 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored. Billy Corcoran threw shutout ball over the final three frames.
Episcopal 5, SCH Academy 3: Kyle Virbitsky homered and picked up the win in relief. Dylan Everly went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. AJ Lotsis doubled and tripled.
Bonner-Prendie 11, McDevitt 1: The Friars rapped 16 hits in the five-inning game. Danny Shepherd singled and homered while posting three RBI.
Wood 9, La Salle 2: Ryan Logan went 5 1/3 innings for the win. Sean Kelly stroked a two-run single in the second. Matt Cummiskey and Corey Dower had RBI in the first and fifth innings.
Roman 13, SJ Prep 4: Santino Nave went four-plus innings and Aidan Welch earned a three-inning save. Kevin Flaherty and Marquise Wood halved four hits and combined for seven RBI. Greg Grandelli added three hits.
Ryan 3, Lansdale 2: Jason Keen saved Joe Whitcomb's win and Pete Comas doubled. The Raiders scored three times in the fourth.
O'Hara 15, Conwell-Egan 0: Bill Neill went the four-inning distance, allowing one hit, while Luke Zimmerman's three-hit performance included two doubles and led to five RBI.
Judge 2, Neumann-Goretti 1: In a night game (6:30 start), Dan Hammer spun a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts. Tom Penko's RBI single provided a 2-0 lead in the fifth. N-G scored one in the seventh on a triple by Nick D'Amore and Jarred Healey's sacrifice fly. Lou Testa doubled, then a strikeout ended it.
Penn Charter at Germantown Academy: Suspended after 2 1/2 innings with score at 1-1. To be resumed April 27 at 4:15.
SCH Academy at Haverford School: Suspended in home seventh with score at 2-2. To be resumed April 27 at 4.
Malvern at Episcopal: Postponed to April 27 at 4.
Germantown Academy 4, Penn Charter 2: ZJ Zabinski pitched four innings of one-run ball and struck out five. RBI doubles by Vince Capone and Max Schwartz highlighted a three-run fifth. Ben Werkheiser added a sac fly.
Haverford School 3, SCH Academy 2: This resumption began with HS at bat in the home seventh, and with runners on first and second and nobody out. It lasted just two batters and 10 minutes as Isaiah Winikur's walkoff double scored James "Mac" McConnon from second. Cameron Miller pitched his seven innings on 4/26, allowing three hits and two runs (earned).
Episcopal 6, Malvern 5: Kyle Virbitsky got the win. The Churchmen held on after building a 6-2 lead in the first four innings.
Bonner-Prendie 3, Conwell-Egan 2: Evan Raiburn pitched a two-hitter with seven punchouts. Steve Furman, Matt Staiber and Tim Dougherty (two RBI) thirded six hits.
Neumann-Goretti 8, SJ Prep 4: Jeff Ciocco allowed no earned runs (four total) in six innings. Aiden Baur's single drove in the first of N-G's four runs in the sixth. That outburst broke a 4-4 tie. Nicky D'Amore doubled twice.
Roman 8, McDevitt 0: The Lancers were held to two hits by Greg Grandelli, who added hits and two RBI of his own. Phil DiWilliams thumped a triple.
Wood 12, Lansdale 4: Joey Lancellotti's three-RBI performance was highlighted by a homer. Sean Kelly and Dylan Slowinski added two RBI apiece. Sean Hughes collected the win. LC's Nick Smalley had a double, two RBI.
Judge 5, Ryan 3: Nick Newbert saved Chris Higgins' win. Chris Lutz and Billy Kelly (two RBI apiece) provided the main support.
Carroll 4, O'Hara 2: James Kelly fired a three-hitter with no earned runs, one walk and nine whiffs. Kevin Downs (double) and Chris Altopiedi had two hits apiece.
Penn Charter 8, Episcopal 1: Santino Primerano (4.2 innings) and Frank Driscoll allowed no walks. Steve Lorenz and Matt Gorman drilled RBI doubles, Colin Mattice contributed two RBI singles and Sammy Siani reached base four times (two hits/walks).
Malvern 13, Haverford School 3: Cam Williams (also three hits) and Matt Daller collected three RBI apiece. The Friars posted 13 hits. Brady Devereux was the winning pitcher.
SJ Prep 5, La Salle 2: Colin Scanlon (6 innings, 13) and Pat Woltemate (one, two) combined for 15 strikeouts. Gianni Arici scored the game's first run and slapped a double to chase home the last two.
Wood 5, Conwell-Egan 0: Ryan Logan spun a three-hit shutout with eight whiffs. Sean Kelly and Sam Reynolds got runs home with sacrifice flies.
O'Hara 3, Lansdale 2: Billy Neill struck out six, Eric Stewart and Pete Klein stroked two hits apiece and Jim Beaky's steal of home made the difference.
McDevitt 2, Carroll 1: Luke Meizinger went the distance, allowing three hits and one walk, and won the game with a walkoff single to score Anthony Rivera, who had a strong day in center field (seven catches; three prevented extra-base hits). The Lancers' win broke their 41-game, on-the-field losing streak in CL regular season play -- 10 in '13, 12 in '14 and '15, seven this season. Their last win: 4-3 over Conwell-Egan, in eight innings, on April 2, 2013. (In the 2014 season, McDevitt picked up two forfeit victories over West Catholic, which terminated its season on April 23 due to low numbers.)
Neumann-Goretti/Roman: Postponed to 5/5.
Ryan/Bonner-Prendie: Postponed to ???
Haverford School 3, Episcopal 0: Cameron Miller twirled a two-hitter with six strikeouts. Bryan Hyland Isaiah Winikur scored on a second-inning error. The Fords added one more in the fifth on doubles by James "Mac" McConnon and Justin Meyer. Kyle Virbitsky allowed four hits, walked one and fanned seven.
Roman 2, Neumann-Goretti 0: Aidan Welch struck out seven and Kevin Flaherty posted the game-winning RBI.
O'Hara 7, Ryan 2: Luke Zimmerman pitched 6.1 innings, giving up five hits. Kevin Sessa finished up. Pete Klein went 4-for-4 with two RBI while Mike Davis went 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Neumann-Goretti 8, McDevitt 1: Primary support for Joe LaFiora was provided by Nick D'Amore (2-for-4, double, three RBI).
O'Hara 7, La Salle 2: Billy Neill pitched a five-hitter with seven strikeouts. Mike Davis went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and three RBI. Eric Stewart added two RBI. La Salle's Andrew Cossetti went yard.
SJ Prep 5, Ryan 0: Colin Scanlon took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and finished with a one-hitter (no walks, nine whiffs) while Evan Matthews, Johnny Coppola and Gianni Arici stroked RBI singles.
Carroll 3, Bonner-Prendie 2: Rich Melito's homer helped to make Chris Altopiedi the winner. B-P's Tom Dougherty also homered.
Judge 5, Lansdale 3: Nick Newbert got the win and Tom Penko went 4-for-4.
Roman 12, Conwell-Egan 2: Greg Grandelli earned the five-inning win with help from Phil DiWilliams' two doubles. Shane Souchuck homered for C-E.
Haverford School 7, Germantown Academy 0: Senior righthander Cameron Miller, using 85 pitches, pitched a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and one walk. David Hogarth and James "Mac" McConnon halved six RBI. Justin Meyer and Hogarth halved six hits.
Penn Charter 1, Malvern 0: Brendan Cellucci went 5.1 innings for the win and Mike Siani retired all five batters he faced. PC scored in the first on singles by the first three batters -- James Gabor and brothers Sammy and Mike Siani.
SCH Academy 16, Episcopal 2: Primary support for Gunnar Hayes came from Chris "Bubba" Alleyne (2-for-3, double, four RBI) and Dan Shubert (3-for-4, two RBI).
Wood 6, Roman 0: Ryan Logan went six innings, allowing three hits and punching out five. He also went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Matt Schwartz (two) and Bobby Heck totaled three RBI.
Neumann-Goretti 4, Bonner-Prendie 0: Brian Verratti went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Jeff Ciocco went the distance, allowing five hits and one walk while recording seven whiffs.
Judge 7, Wood 1: Dan Hammer notched a four-hitter while walking just one. Matt O'Connor contributed two RBI with a single and sacrifice fly and Christian Lutz went 3-for-4. Wood's Sean Kelly doubled and tripled.
Neumann-Goretti 5, Conwell-Egan 1: Ethan Pritchett allowed five hits, fanned seven. Colin Eiser had two hits.
Carroll 2, Roman 1: James Kelly whiffed five in a two-hitter. Frosh Sean Lawley and Chris Altopiedi had the RBI.
Lansdale 8, SJ Prep 7: The Crusaders won it with three runs in the home seventh. James Scarcelli drove in the winning run and went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Andrew Smith crushed a long homer while going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Joe Basile (two RBI) and Ryan Ungurean (two runs scored) also contributed. Reliever Mike Ottomano worked three innings for the win. Lansdale also trailed by 6-2.
La Salle 5, Bonner-Prendie 1: Zach Moretski pitched a three-hitter (two of the infield variety) and walked none. Andrew Cossetti went 2-for-2 and launched his sixth homer of the season. His twin, Anthony, went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Michael Chiaradonna cracked a two-run triple.
Ryan 11, McDevitt 0: Freshman Nick Dean went four innings in the five-inning game. Pat Kajder went 3-for-4, stole two bases and scored three runs.
Penn Charter 5, Germantown Academy 2: Dom Toso and Adam Holland halved four hits and Kenny Bergmann mashed a two-run double. Santino Primerano (4.1 innings) got the win with relief help from Frank Driscoll and Matt Gorman. For GA, Max Schwartz and Jake Dianno stroked RBI singles.
Malvern 9, Episcopal 4: Shane "Moose" Muntz and Nick Li posted identical stats (2-for-3, two RBI).
SCH Academy 1, Haverford School 0: Aidan "Curly" Frye pitched a four-hitter with nine strikeouts and escaped a first-and-second, nobody-out situation in the seventh to nail down the win. HS' Mike Warnock allowed just two hits. SCH scored on Ian Diaz' RBI single to left-center in the home sixth.
Bonner-Prendie 1, Ryan 0: Eli Chase allowed one hit in six innings and Matt Scanlon (one hit/three whiffs) earned a save. Tommy Millison scored an unearned run in the first.
Judge 7, SJ Prep 4: Chris Higgins earned the win. Tom Penko went 2-for-4 with three RBI for the Crusaders, who overcame a two-run deficit in the last two innings.
Wood 4, O'Hara 0: Ryan Logan, Sean Hughes and Kody Cracknell combined for a two-hitter. Logan and Matt Schwartz had RBI.
Ryan 10, Conwell-Egan 1: Soph Jason Keen posted a four-hitter with eight strikeouts. Pete Comas (3-for-4) and Matt Romano (2-for-3) halved four RBI.
Neumann-Goretti 3, Carroll 1: Ethan Pritchett and Jeff Ciocco did the pitching.
Lansdale 10, McDevitt 0: Joe Basile had two RBI while Matt Casee and Nick Smalley had two hits apiece in support of Nolan Dougherty.
La Salle 9, Roman 5: The Explorers won the last two innings, 7-3.
SCH Academy 7, Germantown Academy 2: Matt Hoffman got the win in a 3-hour marathon. The hitting heroes were Gunnar Hayes (2-for-3, both doubles), Chris "Bubba" Alleyne (2-for-3, one double) and Nick Rowland (2-for-4, one double).
Preplayoff for 10th Place
Lansdale 3, Carroll 2: Nick Smalley pitched a complete game while adding a double and triple and his catcher, Connor Thomson, gunned down two would-be basestealers. James Scarcelli contributed two hits, two stolen bases.
Conwell-Egan 5, McDevitt 0: Tom Reilly (four innings) and Shane Souchuck combined for the shutout. Noah Andress pounded a triple.
Penn Charter 6, Haverford School 1: Brendan Cellucci (3 innings), Frank Driscoll (2 2/3), Kyle Konowal (1/3) and Matt Gorman (1) combined for a no-hitter. They walked five and PC committed three errors. Mike Siani's three-run triple highlighted a five-run second.
Malvern 9, Germantown Academy 2: Sean Flynn (six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings) got the win as the Friars, who scored four runs apiece in the third and sixth, clinched a tie for the title at 7-2. Matt Daller laced a triple en route to four RBI. GA's Larry Brittingham homered.
SCH Academy 8, Penn Charter 7: With the bases loaded, nobody out and the infield up in the home seventh, reliever Aidan "Curly" Frye sent a groundball single up the middle to give himself the win. The Blue Devils (6-3) trailed by 6-1 after 3 1/2 innings. Ian Diaz went 3-for-4 with four RBI and his two-run, fence-clearing homer to dead left created a 7-7 tie in the sixth. PC's Kenny Bergmann went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI.
SCH Academy 6, Malvern 5: The visiting Blue Devils overcame deficits of 3-0 (first inning) and 5-3 (fourth inning) to earn a co-championship at 7-3 with Malvern. Aidan "Curly" Frye, off a two-inning performance the previous day, regrouped nicely after early struggles and went the distance. Dan Shubert's two-run single made it 5-5 in the fifth. The BDs went ahead in the sixth on back-to-back, two-out doubles by Nick Rowland and Chris "Bubba" Alleyne. For Malvern, Matt Daller and Vince Sposato stroked two-run doubles.
Episcopal 3, Germantown Academy 0: Kyle Virbitsky hurled a three-hitter while Will Phillips, Jack O'Reilly and Will Park thirded six hits.
CATHOLIC LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
(Doubleheader at Judge)
Bonner-Prendie 4, Ryan 1: Soph righthander Matt Scanlon fashioned a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and no earned runs. Steve Furman and Dom Della Barba went 2-for-3 with hits for RBI while Tim Dougherty added a sacrifice fly
SJ Prep 6, Lansdale 3: John Coppola went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI for the Hawks, who scored the game's final four runs. The mound duties were divided by Colin Scanlon (4 2/3 innings; he's not related to B-P's Matt Scanlon) and Pat Woltemate. Lansdale's Andrew Smith stroked a two-run single.
CATHOLIC LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
(At Higher Seeds)
O'Hara 3, La Salle 1: This game was suspended in the bottom of the sixth due to inclement weather, and both teams expected that it would be completed May 24. PIAA rules called for the result to stand. O'Hara's sixth-inning run was erased because that inning was not finished. Jim White, the No. 9 hitter, went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI. Luke Sprague and Isaiah Hammond bagged two hits apiece. Billy Neill pitched five innings, allowing seven hits and walking/fanning one apiece.
Neumann-Goretti 2, Roman 1 (at Phila. University): This game was suspended in the top of the sixth due to inclement weather, and both teams expected that it would be completed May 24. PIAA rules called for the result to stand. Jeff Ciocco went five strong innings and posted what turned out to be the decisive RBI with two away in the fourth. Joe LaFiora also had a two-out RBI in the second.
SJ Prep at Wood: Suspended in the top of the second (inclement weather). The score is 0-0. Will be completed tomorrow at Wood (4 p.m.)
Bonner-Prendie 5, Judge 3 (8 inn.): Winning reliever Evan Raiburn (3 1/3 shutout innings, also 2-for-3 at plate) opened the visiting eighth with a single, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and scored his third run. A single by Ryan George (2-for-4) drove in the insurance run for the Friars while Steve Furman added two RBI. Judge had finished atop the standings at 11-1 during the regular season. This was the first top-dog, first-game stumble since Conwell-Egan in 2008. Anthony Martinelli allowed 3 hits and 3 runs in 4 2/3 innings before his stint was stopped by a rain delay. The game was able to be completed thanks to Judge's turf field.
CATHOLIC LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
(At Higher Seed)
SJ Prep 6, Wood 4: The Hawks completed a quarterfinals sweep by the underdogs in this 7-2 matchup. Inclement weather forced a shutdown, with the score at 0-0, in the top of the second on May 23. John Coppola's RBI double provided a 2-1 lead. Keith Flaherty's two-run single made it 4-3. Ronnie Cavalier's two-run single -- a liner over the glove of the leaping second baseman -- made it 6-3 in the seventh. Pat Woltemate, who relieved Evan Matthews after three innings, earned the win. Wood's Matt Schwartz had two RBI (sac fly, single).
CATHOLIC LEAGUE SEMIFINALS
At La Salle High
SJ Prep 14, O'Hara 9: John Coppola and Jeff Manto were batting twins in this marathon, going 3-for-3 with two walks and three RBI. Coppola's two-run single highlighted a five-run fifth as the Hawks seized a 12-7 lead. George Stewart got the win. O'Hara's Pete Klein turned two hits into three RBI.
At Neumann University
Neumann-Goretti 9, Bonner-Prendie 3: After getting roughed up in a crazy first inning that yielded a 3-2 deficit, few (none?) would have expected Ethan Pritchett to pitch a complete game. But he did and a gigantic fifth inning provided more than enough support. Aidan Baur's two-run single made it 4-3, Joe LaFiora's double made it 5-3 and Pritchett stroked a two-run single for 7-3; the Saints lashed four consecutive two-out hits. Nicky D'Amore went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Brian Verratti, Jared Healey and Colin Eiser thirded six of N-G's 13 hits. Pritchett uncorked 123 pitches, walking five and whiffing three in a seven-hitter. Ryan George had a run-scoring single in B-P's first.
CATHOLIC LEAGUE FINAL
At Immaculata University
Neumann-Goretti 3, SJ Prep 2: This one featured all kinds of weird circumstances. The combatants owned the lowest winning percentage in regular season play (.542 -- N-G was 7-5, the Prep was 6-6) in CL title game history and only the final run was officially earned. Plus, when the Saints scored twice in the home seventh to win it, they had no hits. N-G scored one in the first on Nicky D'Amore's sacrifice fly. In the seventh, with an out mixed in, the sequence unfolded like this: walk, error, walk to load the bases, HBP (RBI for Joe LaFiora) and wild pitch to win it. N-G's Jeff Ciocco, a transfer from Paul VI, in South Jersey, pitched a five-hitter with seven strikeouts. The Prep's Colin Scanlon allowed just one hit, a single by LaFiora, and fanned five. The Prep scored its runs in the second on singles by Keith Flaherty and Jeff Manto, a transfer from Conwell-Egan. The title was N-G's fifth in eight years. just short of Carroll's league record of five in seven ('96, '97, '99, '01 and '02). The Patriots also won six in eight (another in '04).
Olney 5, Judge 4: In its 85th school year of Public League membership, the Trojans finally won their second CT in one of the three major sports. The other, also in baseball, had been claimed in 1951. Olney remained without a Pub title in football/basketball. Shawn Vega's RBI single capped a five-run visiting third, and that run wound up making the difference. Joseph Gomez (4 1/3 innings) and Kenny Cruz handled mound duties. The team's staff ace, Cesar Loya, had pitched two days earlier in the Pub final. With the tying run at third in the seventh, Cruz notched his fifth whiff to end it. Judge, which was able to use its ace, Dan Hammer, received a 4-for-4, two-RBI performance from Christian Lutz. The Pub had last won a baseball CT in 1975 (Southern by 7-1 over O'Hara). It lost all four from 1976-79 and 19 others over three classifications from 2009-15. CTs were not contested from 1980-2008. In those 23 losses, the Pub was outscored, 239-37, and more than one third of its runs were scored in 1976 when Central fell to Judge, 14-13.
At La Salle High
Wood 16, Franklin Towne 0 (4 inn.): The Vikings broke open a tight game with a major outburst in the visiting fourth. Twenty batters went to the plate and 14 runs were scored. In that frame, Wood stroked seven hits, FT committed four errors and Matt Cummiskey made two outs while batting three times (also a single). Sam Reynolds, Dylan Slowinski, Bobby Heck and Joey Lancellotti had two RBI apiece in the inning. None had both in the same at-bat. Sean Hughes fired a one-hitter and FT had no other baserunners.
At La Salle High
Neumann-Goretti 6, MaST Charter 0: As in 2015, MaST, inside the city limits but not a Public League member, was forced by the PIAA to participate in the D-12 playoffs. Ethan Pritchett fanned seven in six innings while RJ McGettigan (triple), Nicky D'Amore and Colin Eiser (double) contributed two hits apiece. McGettigan and D'Amore had one RBI apiece.
STATE PLAYOFFS, FIRST ROUND
At Neumann University
Council Rock North 2, Judge 1: Staff ace Dan Hammer gave himself a 1-0 lead with a run-scoring single in the visiting fourth, but was victimized for two unearned runs (fourth, sixth). Judge left two runners on base in the seventh.
At La Salle High
Susquehanna Twp. 6, Wood 5: Powered by Sean Kelly's two-run double, Wood exploded for four runs in the first inning. Over time, ST scored six runs despite bagging just two hits. It also milked 10 walks.
Neumann-Goretti 5, Lancaster Catholic 1: A three-run double by RJ McGettigan provided major support for Jeff Ciocco, who scattered seven hits and recorded six strikeouts. Jared Healey and Lou Testa added RBI singles -- the Saints scored all five runs in a bat-around third -- and Brian Verratti made a fifth-inning catch in center to prevent what might have been a three-run homer.
STATE PLAYOFFS, QUARTERFINAL
Neumann-Goretti 1, North Penn-Mansfield 0 (9 inn.): Ethan Pritchett (seven innings, 10 Ks) and Jared Healey (two, two) divided the pitching. In the home ninth, Joe LaFiora led off with a single and yielded to pinch-runner Steve Pizza. He advanced to second as RJ McGettigan's bunt was misplayed and to third on Pritchett's bunt single. Brian Verratti then created a wild celebration by scorching a liner over the third baseman's head for a game-ending single.
STATE PLAYOFFS, SEMIFINAL
At Allentown Parkland
Neumann-Goretti 3, North Schuylkill 0: Jeff Ciocco fired a two-hitter with seven strikeouts and provided a major highlight in the visiting sixth, escaping a bases-loaded situation. The Saints repeated the good vibrations in the bottom half, adding one run apiece on a double by Aidan Baur and a single by Lou Testa. Brian Verratti's double had provided a 1-0 lead in the third.
STATE PLAYOFFS, FINAL
At Penn State
Neumann-Goretti 3, Bishop McCort 0: While enabling the Saints to seize their third state championship of the school year (also boys/girls basketball), Ethan "E" Pritchett fired a three-hitter with eight strikeouts, five walks and a 123 pitch count. Brian Verratti reached base in all four of his plate appearances, drawing two walks, getting plunked once and creating a 3-0 lead with a two-run, fifth-inning triple to right-center. He also stole three bases and scored a first-inning run on a steal/E-2 combo. RJ McGettigan had two of N-G's five hits. N-G became the fifth school in Pennsylvania history to win two boys state titles in the three major sports in the same academic year. This dual feat was the first to involve baseball. Heavy rain caused a 108-minute delay just before McCort, of Johnstown, batted in the home fourth. When play resumed, Pritchett walked three before humping up for a two-out, looking third strike. In four rounds of state playoffs, N-G allowed just one run total and none over the last 24 innings (1, 9, 7, 7). Pritchett yielded no runs over his final 26 innings of the season -- six in a CL semi vs. Bonner-Prendie, six in the City Title vs. MaST Charter (Joe Messina finished), seven in a state quarterfinal vs. North Penn-Mansfield (that game went nine innings, Jared Healey finished) and seven in this one.