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May 23 D10 Playoff Baseball Recaps

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ERIE, Pa. – Franklin scored seven runs in the fourth inning to power past North East, 12-2 in their quarterfinal matchup.

Luke Guth and Ethan Nightingale were dominant on the mound. Guth started the game and went three shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four. Nightingale fired four innings in relief, allowing two unearned runs on two hits, striking out six, and walking two.

In the fourth inning for Franklin, Kyle Alexander had an RBI single, Nightingale an RBI double, Noah Kockler an RBI single and Aidan McCracken an RBI single. The Knights also scored a run on a balk.

Carson Wible hit a two-run home run in the third for the Knights and Guth also went deep, part of a 3-for-4 effort that saw him score three runs and drive in a pair. Wible was also 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs and Caleb Doyle and Alexander had two hits each.

Aden Bulger took the loss, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) in 3 ⅔ innings.

Reid Courtwrigth belted a two-run home run for North East.


ERIE, Pa. – Mercyhurst Prep scored four runs in the fifth inning to earn a 7-4 quarterfinal win over Titusville.

Luke Wells delivered a big blow for the Lakers in the third inning, belting a three-run home run.

Noah Learn drove in a pair of runs in the fifth inning for the Lakers, while John Majczyk had a two-run triple for the Lakers.

Ryan Gates picked up the win, tossing 3 ⅓ scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out three.

Ashton Burleigh and Brock Covell each had an RBI for Titusville, while Hunter Thomas hit two doubles.

Garrett Knapp suffered the loss, allowing seven runs in 4 ⅔ innings.

(1) HICKORY 7, (8) GIRARD 2

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Hickory began its D10 title defense with a 7-2 win over Girard.

The Hornets scored all of their runs in the first four innings, including three in the third.

Joey Fazzone got the complete-game win, scattering eight hits and striking out seven.


Fazzone also doubled and scored a run, while Clay Wiesen was 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI, Tyson Djakovich 1-for-3 with an RBI double and DJ Donatelli 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

Anthony Ferretti took the loss, allowing six runs (four earned) in three innings.

(3) FAIRVIEW 8, (6) SHARON 6

ERIE, Pa. – With the game tied 4-4, Fairview scored four runs in the sixth inning to earn an 8-6 victory over Sharon.

Aiden Rubliotta ripped a two-run double in the sixth for Fairview, while Logan Fiolek and Preston King hit balls that resulted in errors, driving in two more runs.

Santino Piccirilli belted a two-run home run in the seventh to get Sharon back within two, but Fiolek was able to slam the door.

Fiolek got the win in relief, allowing two runs in three innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven.

Aari Fox, Rubliotta and Eddie Dolansky had two hits apiece for Fairview.

Piccirilli finished with three RBIs for Sharon, while Dante Currie had a pair of RBIs and Mikey Rodriques two hits.

Cole Voytik suffered the loss in relief, allowing four runs (two earned) in 1 ⅔ innings.



SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Ted Shillito fired a two-hit shutout as Lakeview blanked Cambridge Springs, 7-0.

Shillito struck out seven and didn’t allow a walk, throwing 61 of his 89 pitches for strikes in the complete-game victory.

The Sailors scored in every inning but the fourth. Jackson Gadsby set the tone atop the Lakeview order, going 2-for-4 with two runs, while Chase Hostetler was 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs, Mason Bevan 2-for-3 with an RBI, Guthrie with an RBI, and Harbaugh 2-for-3 with a run.

Nathan Held suffered the loss, allowing three runs in three innings.


NEW WILMIINGTON, Pa. – West Middlesex held off a late Mercer rally for an 8-7 victory.

The Big Reds scored four runs in the first inning, one in the second and two in the fifth to build a 7-3 advantage.

West Middlesex scored on an error in the sixth, which proved to be the extra insurance run they needed.

Richie Preston was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Big Reds, while Hunter Hoffman tripled and drove in a run, with Gio Rococi also driving in a run. They also took advantage of five Mercer errors.

Blaise Fox went 5 ⅓ innings to get the win, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits, striking out seven.

Troy Bachman suffered the loss, allowing seven runs (two earned) in five innings on five hits, striking out four and walking four.

Tristan Barr was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Mustangs, while Julian Lawrence was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs.

(1) SHARPSVILLE 10, (8) IROQUOIS 0, 5 innings

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Sharpsville began its D10 title defense with a convincing 10-0, five-inning win over Iroquois.

Jack Leipheimer was dominant on the mound, allowing just one hit and one walk, striking out 11, throwing 52 of his 68 pitches for strikes.

The Blue Devils scored five runs in the third inning. Carter Dejulia was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, while Stephen Tarnoci, Leipheimer, Braden Scarvel and Josh Divens had one RBI apiece.

Ben Burkhardt suffered the loss, allowing eight runs (six earned) in 3 ⅓ innings.

(2) WILMINGTON 10, (7) UNION CITY 0, 5 innings

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Tyler Milikun drove in three runs and Isaac Schleich and Rocky Serafino combined to allow just one hit in a 10-0, five-inning win over Union City.

The Greyhounds scored five runs in the second inning.

Schleich went four innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. Serafino struck out a pair in his inning of work.

Milkin finished 3-for-4, while Ben Miller was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs, and Heller and Serafino drove in a run each.

Wyatt Post allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in four innings.


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