April 7, 2021 District 10 Baseball/Softball Recaps
WEST MIDDLESEX 9, CONNEAUT (Ohio) 8, 8 innings
WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. – Tanner Shick’s 2-out single in the eighth inning lifted West Middlesex to a 9-8, 8-inning victory over Conneaut (Ohio).
It was part of a three-RBI performance for Shick, as the Big Reds scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.
Julian Trott drew a bases-loaded walk to get the Big Reds within two in the seventh and Eric Nehlen’s 2-run single tied the game at 8.
Conneaut jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the top of the second.
Anthony Burckhartte drove in a pair in the first inning and Alex Kennedy, Zack Rice, and Jake Wiley all drove in runs in the second inning.
West Middlesex scored four runs in the third thanks to RBIs from Derrick Zappa, Shick, Hunter Hoffman, and Trott.
Richie Preston got the win on the mound, striking out the side in the top half of the eighth.
Burckhartte suffered the loss.
WARREN 6, CORRY 5
WARREN, Pa. – Warren sophomore Archie Teconchuk shut down a late Corry rally as Warren earned a hard-fought 6-5 win over the Beavers.
Teconchuk came in with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh inning and Warren leading 6-3.
Teconchuk worked around a 1-out bloop single by Max Rimdzius, inducing three ground ball outs to give the Dragons the win.
Warren jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles from James Swanson and Alex Borger and an RBI groundout off the bat of JT Blum.
Swanson had a big game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored, and three stolen bases on his way to Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game honors.
He talked about the win afterward:
Corry twice got to within 1 run in the fourth and fifth innings on RBI singles from Nate James and Lucas Dyne.
Micah Passmore went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Owen Blum came up with a big pinch-hit RBI single for the Dragons.
Ben Berdine got the win on the mound for Warren, going four innings and allowing two runs while striking out seven. Ethan Wilson went two innings and allowed three runs for Warren.
Logan Joncas and Nathan Lesher had two hits apiece for Corry, while Dyne drove in a pair.
Lesher started the game and went four innings for Corry, allowing four runs (one earned) and striking out five. Dyne came on in relief and allowed two runs in his two innings of work, striking out one.
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS 12, UNION CITY 1, 5 innings
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS, Pa. – Walker Cunningham doubled, tripled, and drove in four runs to help Cambridge Springs to a 12-1, 5-inning victory over Union City.
The Blue Devils led 5-0 after the second inning and scored seven more runs in the third.
Jaden Grubbs went three innings on the mound for the Blue Devils, striking out six and allowing two hits. Bryce Kania gave up an unearned run, striking out a pair.
Brady Jardina went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs for Cambridge Springs.
Kyle Meyers had a pair of hits for Union City.
COCHRANTON 9, SAEGERTOWN 1
COCHRANTON, Pa. – Josh Merchbaker tossed a complete game 2-hitter, striking out 10 as Cochranton earned a 9-1 win over Saegertown.
Merchbaker didn’t walk a batter, throwing 67 of his 94 pitches for strikes.
His only blemish was a home run to Landon Caldwell in the first inning.
The Cardinals struck for four runs in the third, two in the fourth, and three more in the fifth.
Merchbaker also had a triple at the plate, driving in a pair of runs, with Jaiben Walker also collecting a pair of RBIs.
Ethan Shoup reached base four times for Cochranton, collecting two hits, including a double and a pair of walks, scoring three times.
Wyatt Barzak had a hit, two runs scored, and an RBI. Caiden Dunmire also drove in a run for the Cardinals.
EISENHOWER 6, ROCKY GROVE 3
RUSSELL, Pa. – Owen Trumbull tossed a complete-game five-hitter, Zane Alexander drove in a pair of go-ahead runs and Jared Beers had three hits as Eisenhower improved to 3-0 with a 6-3 win over Rocky Grove.
The Knights actually trailed, 3-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, but scored five runs in the frame to take the lead.
Teagan Gray got the scoring in the inning started with an RBI double, followed by a run-scoring single from Kael Hunt to tie the game 3-3. Alexander followed with a 2-run single.
Trumbull capped the frame with an RBI single.
Trumbull then shut the door in the seventh with a strikeout, groundout and fly out.
The Eisenhower senior struck out five, walked two and threw 62 of his 98 pitches for strikes.
Caden Toscano, Aaron Burkhardt and Eli Wilson had RBIs for Rocky Grove.
Reece Henderson was in control through the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. The Oriole junior allowed seven hits and five earned runs, striking out eight.
HARBOR CREEK 10, ERIE 0
ERIE, Pa. – Cam Williamson had three hits, while Casey Smith drove in a pair of runs as Harbor Creek stayed unbeaten with a 10-0 blanking of Erie.
Casey Smith, along with his brother Cody and Austin Vaughn combined on the pitching duties, allowing just three hits while striking out 14.
FAIRVIEW 2, TITUSVILLE 0
TITUSVILLE, Pa. – Sean Houston tossed a game for Fairview, a complete game 2-hit shutout as Fairview edged Titusville, 2-0.
Houston struck out six and didn’t walk a batter over his seven innings.
The Tigers struck for single runs in the third and fifth innings on a sacrifice fly from Sam DiStefano and an RBI single from Preston King.
Garrett Knapp had a strong outing on the mound for the Rockets, going six innings and giving up just a pair of unearned runs, striking out six without issuing a walk.
MCDOWELL 7, GENERAL MCLANE 1
EDINBORO, Pa. – Four McDowell pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters, and Dan Snyder drove in a pair of runs as the Trojans beat General McLane, 7-1.
Snyder, Gavin Snyder, Curtis King and Brady Schwab shared the mound duties for McDowell.
Jackson Hower doubled and drove in a run, while Dan Snyder also doubled.
Chris Juchno scored three runs in the win.
McDowell scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the fourth.
For General McLane, Jaxson Scutchings was 2-for-3 at the plate.
GIRARD 14, NORTHWESTERN 1, 4 innings
GIRARD, Pa. – Girard scored eight runs in the second inning en route to a 14-1, 4-inning win over Northwestern.
Todd Essman helped lead a big day at the plate for the Yellow Jackets, going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, and two runs scored.
Austin Barrett, Ethan Getz, Gunner Bax, JJ Lehman, and Aiden Balogh all drove in runs as well for Girard.
Essman, Barrett, and Austin Shady combined on the pitching duties, allowing just four hits while striking out four.
Gabe Thomas had a pair of hits for Northwestern.
SLIPPERY ROCK 4, GROVE CITY 1
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Shane Thompson tossed 6 ⅓ brilliant innings for Slippery Rock in its 4-1 win over rival Grove City.
Thompson gave up just one unearned run, allowing two walks and striking out seven in the victory.
Colin McCune picked up the final two outs for the save.
Slippery Rock scored single runs in the first and second innings and put up a 2-spot in the fourth.
Thompson drove in a run for the Rockets, as did Walker Vogan, while Brett Galick had two hits and scored a pair of runs.
Mason Jones took the loss for Grove City, allowing four runs (three earned) in four innings of work, striking out six, and walking five.
John Hake had a pair of scoreless innings for the Eagles. Isaac Criss went 2-for-4 for GC.
SHARON 12, HICKORY 9
SHARON, Pa. – Sharon scored six runs in the first inning on its way to a 12-9 win over Hickory.
The top five hitters in Sharon’s lineup all recorded multiple hits and RBIs, led by Peyton Koss and Mikey Rodriques, who drove in three each.
Rodriques, Sully Brown, Jason Stanek, and Dante Currie all had multiple hits for the Tigers.
Brown, Stanek, and Currie drove in two runs each.
That overshadowed big days from Hickory’s Clay Wiesen and Luca Bertolasio, who both homered, both finishing with two RBIs apiece. Bertolasio also tripled.
Brown earned the win on the mound, going 5 ⅔ innings, allowing nine runs (two earned) while striking out three. Rodriques tossed 1 ⅓ innings, striking out three.
MAPLEWOOD 6, IROQUOIS 2
LAWRENCE PARK, Pa. – Maplewood scored four runs in the fifth inning en route to a 6-2 victory over Iroquois.
Stuart Hochstetler had a big game both on the mound and at the plate. He tossed a complete game, allowing the two runs on just four hits, walking two and striking out seven.
At the plate, he was a perfect 4-for-4, scoring a pair of runs.
Ethan Peterson, Noah Burke, and Jacob Woge also drove in runs for the Tigers.
Andrew Chapman and Jason Chapman drove in runs for the Braves.
Ben Burkhardt took the loss, allowing six runs in 4 ⅔ innings, striking out seven.
WILMINGTON 3, KENNEDY CATHOLIC 2
HERMITAGE, Pa. – Jaret Boyer tossed a complete game 4-hitter, allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out 10 in Wilmington’s 3-2 win over Kennedy Catholic.
Boyer also went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Isaac Schleich, Sam Mistretta, and Rocky Serafino all drove in runs for Wilmington.
Cody May had a strong day on the mound in defeat for Kennedy Catholic, allowing three hits and two runs, striking out five.
SHARPSVILLE 14, LAKEVIEW 4, 5 innings
SHARPSVILLE, Pa. – Kaleb Gorichky belted two home runs, driving in three in a 14-4, 5-inning win for Sharpsville over Lakeview.
Cameron Williams went 1-for-4 and drove in four runs for the Blue Devils.
Mason Bevan drove in a pair of runs for the Sailors, with Isaac DeVault driving in another.
NORTH EAST 16, IROQUOIS 0, 3 innings
NORTH EAST, Pa. – Alexis Rizzo drove in four runs as North East cruised to a 16-0, 3-inning win over Iroquois.
Amelia Svetz and Elizabeth Svetz drove in two runs apiece for the Grapepickers.
Delaney Prather struck out five in three no-hit innings