ERIE – Nick Hamilton and Spencer Deitz combined to throw a no-hitter as McDowell advanced to the PIAA Class 6A baseball tournament with a 9-1 win over State College in the D6 – 10 Subregional at Mercyhurst University.
Hamilton got the win going five innings. He allowed one unearned run with four walks and five strikeouts. Deitz walked two and struck out one in his two innings.
Offensively, the Trojans scored nine runs without recording an extra-base hit. Deitz, Jake Banks, and Gary Hills had two hits each. Banks had three RBIs while Hills drove in a pair.
Banks brought in the first run of the game when he hit into a fielder’s choice in the first that brought home Jake Hower. Izaak Ogrodowczyk scored on a wild pitch in the second to double McDowell’s lead to 2-0.
With the bases loaded and no outs in the third, Banks ripped a single to right that brought home a pair and made it 4-0. Carter Swanson’s 2-run single in the fourth pushed the lead to 6-0.
An error and two walks loaded the bases for State College in the fifth. Evan Summerson brought home the Little Lions’ run with a sac fly to center.
A bases-loaded walk to Brady Kramer got the run right back for McDowell, then Hills followed with a 2-run single to left for the final margin.
McDowell will face the No. 2 team from the WPIAL, either Mt. Lebanon or North Allegheny (championship game is Wednesday, May 31 at 7 p.m.), in the first round of the PIAA tournament on Monday, June 5 at a time and location to be announced.
CLASS 6A 6-10 SUBREGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
MIFFLIN COUNTY 10, MCDOWELL 3
CRESSON, Pa. – Sophie McCurdy had a huge game at the plate, while Madison Wolfgang was dominant in the circle as Mifflin County topped McDowell, 10-3, in the Class 6A D6 – 10 Subregional at Mount Aloysius College.
McCurdy finished with three hits, two doubles and a home run, and drove in four to lead the Huskies’ offense. Arika Henry, Dakota Hershberger, and Mackenna Yoder each had two hits. Yoder drove in a pair.
Wolfgang scattered six hits over seven innings and allowed three earned runs with one walk and 15 strikeouts.
Gracie Miller led the Trojans with two hits and three RBIs. Hilary Sissem had two hits and scored two runs.