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May 25, 2021 D10 Playoff Baseball: Early Offense Pushes Cathedral Prep Past Meadville; Harbor Creek Battles Past Corry Powered by North Washington Rodeo

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May 25, 2021 District 10 playoff baseball

CATHEDRAL PREP 9, MEADVILLE 2

ERIE – Cathedral Prep’s offense ripped off nine runs in the first inning but was quiet the rest of the way in a 9-2 win over Meadville in their District 10 Class 4A quarterfinal game.

Reece Colvin drew a leadoff walk, then stole second and third, before coming home on Cole Constable’s single. Luke Costello followed with a walk and Jack Malec hit a liner to right to bring in Constable. One out later, Jackson Mattocks drew a walk to load the bases. With two away, Andrew Malec’s single brought in Costello and Jack Malec to make it 4-0.

Joe Spano followed with a single and Mattocks scored on an errant throw. The play allowed both Andrew Malec and Spano to advance a base as well, and Andrew Malec came home on a wild pitch. Colvin, batting for the second time in the inning, singled in Spano for a 7-0 lead. Constable followed with a walk, and Costello reached on an error that allowed Colvin to come home. Jack Malec doubled to left to bring in Constable for the ninth run of the inning.

Meadville scored both of its runs with two outs in the seventh. Tyler Blood walked, then Brighton Anderson followed with a single. Rocco Tartaglione’s single brought in Blood. Owen Garvey singled in Anderson but was thrown out at second to end the game.

Constable, Jack Malec, Andrew Malec and Spano had two hits each. Jack and Andrew Malec each had two RBI, while Colvin and Constable scored twice each.

Maddox Stadler allowed just four hits and a walk over six shutout innings. He struck out seven.

Jacob Smith lasted just 2/3 of an inning in the loss. He allowed seven earned runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Isaac Johnson went 5 1/3 in relief. He gave up two unearned runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

The Ramblers will take on Slippery Rock/General McLane in the semifinals on Friday at a time and location TBD.

HARBOR CREEK 6, CORRY 1

ERIE, Pa. – Top-seeded Harbor Creek had just four hits, but took advantage of 12 free passes issued by Corry pitchers in a 6-1 win over No. 8 Beavers in the District 10 Class 4A quarterfinals on Tuesday at Mercyhurst University.

The Huskies (19-2) scored three runs in the first inning, two of which came on a single off the bat of Mike Pepicello.

Aidan Kelly went five innings to get the win. The senior righty allowed one run on four hits and struck out three. Cody Smith and Austin Vaughn each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

Nate Lesher took the loss, allowing three runs on four walks and four hits in 2 ⅔ innings.

Cody Smith, Alex Maldonado, and Austin Vaugh also drove in runs for the Huskies.

Lesher had the RBI for Corry (6-11), which lost to Harbor Creek for the third time this season.

With the win, the Huskies will meet No. 5 seed Warren, a 7-1 winner over Grove City, in the semifinals on Friday.

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