ERIE, Pa. – McDowell put a feather in its cap going into the postseason, knocking off rival Cathedral Prep 4-2 and preventing the Ramblers from an undefeated regular season in the process.
Jake Banks broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh with an RBI single and Spencer Dietz scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.
Dietz then shut the door in the bottom of the seventh, getting a 2-inning save, striking out four, and walking one without allowing a hit.
Dietz backed a strong start by Nick Hamilton, who kept Prep’s potent offense mostly at by, going five innings and striking out 10 while allowing two runs on two hits, striking out 10 and walking four.
Prep got on the board first on Jason Fultz Jr.’s RBI single in the first, but McDowell responded with two runs in the third on Banks’ RBI single, while Dietz scored on a wild pitch.
Banks finished with two RBIs and Dietz and Jake Hower scored two runs each.
Prep tied the game in the fifth on Nick Jackson’s RBI groundout. Fultz and Joey Spano Jr. had the only two hits of the game for the Ramblers.
Andrew Malec took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits in two innings, striking out two. Luke Costello started and went five innings, allowing two runs on two hits and five walks while striking out seven.
MERCYHURST PREP 5, ERIE 0
ERIE, Pa. – Jake Manendo fired a 2-hit shutout as Mercyhurst Prep beat Erie, 5-0.
Manendo struck out six, walked two, and needed just 82 pitches to go the distance.
Mercyhurst scored three runs in the fourth inning on its way to the win. Manendo was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, while Kolten Kruszewski and Logan Wells had one RBI each.
Chris Ramos took the loss for Erie, allowing four runs on two hits in four innings, walking three.
SHARPSVILLE 6, HICKORY 5
SHARPSVILLE, Pa. – Braden Scarvel’s walk-off single capped a 5-run seventh-inning comeback for Sharpsville in a 6-5 win over Hickory.
Luke Distler got the rally started with an RBI single, followed by a Stephen Tarnoci RBI single, an error bringing in another run, and Eric Lindstedt’s sacrifice fly tied the game.
Distler finished with two RBIs.
Scravel got the win, giving up one run on three hits in two innings, striking out one and walking one.
DJ Donatelli, Johnny Leedham, Tyson Djakovich, and Dennis Fedele all had RBIs for Hickory, while Zac Lanshcak had two hits.
Austin McKinney took the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) in 1 ⅔ innings, allowing four hits and walking three.
LAKEVIEW 15, KEYSTONE 0, 3 INNINGS
STONEBORO, Pa. – Chase Hostetler hit a home run and drove in four runs to help Lakeview to a 15-0, three-inning win over visiting Keystone.
Hostetler was 1-for-1 with two runs scored.
Leyton Zacherl and Garet Guthrie added doubles for the Sailors with Zacherl going 1-for-1 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs and Guthrie going 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Evan Reiser and Owen Dye each added a pair of RBIs with Dye going 1-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored and Reiser going 1-for-2.
Reiser and Maddox Bell combined on a three-inning perfect game with Reiser going two innings striking out one and Bell going one inning striking out the side.
Noah Weckerly took the loss going 1 ⅓ innings allowing eight runs, three earned, on two hits, three walks, and three hit batters. He struck out one.
GIRARD 12, NORTHWESTERN 2, 5 innings
ERIE Pa. – Tyler Gilmore drove in four runs and Girard took advantage of seven Northwestern errors in a 12-2, 5-inning win.
Girard scored four times in the first and five in the fourth.
Gunner Bax was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs for the Yellow Jackets, while Mason Kalicky was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and JJ Lehman had a hit and scored three runs.
Aiden Balogh got the win, going 4 ⅔ innings and allowing two unearned runs on three hits, striking out seven.
Joe Schaukowitsch and Garrett Eddy had an RBI each for Northwestern.
Alex Mullen-Haas took the loss, allowing 12 runs (five earned) in 4 ⅓ innings on eight hits, striking out two and walking four.
FORT LEBOEUF 11, WEST MIDDLESEX 0, 5 innings
WATERFORD, Pa. – Kendall Stull homered twice and had four RBIs, while Ryan Shields and Ibree Rodgers also went deep as Fort LeBoeuf put the finishing touches on a 19-0 regular season with an 11-1, 5-inning win over West Middlesex.
Shields finished with three hits, while Loralei Hiltabidel was 2-for-3 with a run and Sadie Bowers also drove in two runs.
Stull got the win, allowing one unearned run on two hits, striking out six.
Kaylee Long took the loss, allowing 11 runs on 12 hits, striking out two and walking one. She also had the Big Reds’ lone RBI.
MEADVILLE 12, HICKORY 2, 6 innings
MEADVILLE, Pa. – Kendall Mealy, Katie Say, Taylor Reichel, and Elliott Schleicher drove in two runs each as Meadville earned a 12-2, 6-inning win over Hickory.
Mealy had three hits and scored three runs, as did Say.
Rylee Kregel got the win, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits, striking out eight, and walking three.
Brooke Black was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Hickory.
Hallie Miller took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) in three innings on six hits, striking out one.
IROQUOIS 15, EISENHOWER 3, 5 innings
ERIE, Pa. – Baelyn Randolph was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs as Iroquois beat Eisenhower, 15-3 in five innings.
Iroquois scored eight runs in the third inning, as Fiona Yelkovich was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs, Phoenix Thomas scored twice and had three hits, Mila Gehrlein-Carpenter was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs and Neela Lamp was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs.
Thomas got the win, allowing three runs on two hits while striking out 10 and walking two.
Samantha Childs was 1-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs for Eisenhower.
Emilie Jones took the loss, allowing eight runs in four innings on eight hits, striking out two and walking one.
OIL CITY 12, CLARION 0, 5 INNINGS
PAINT TWP. Pa. – Libbie Arnink hit a home run while going 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Oil City’s 12-0, five-inning win over Clarion at the Clarion County Park.
Abby Foley and Maddie Wenner added triples for the Oilers while Sophia Garmong had a double.
Foley was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs, Wenner was 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, and Garmong was 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Also for Oil City, Hannah Krug went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs, and Mara Martinec was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Emileigh Mahle, Bri Forrest, Alicyn Burford, and JJ Wilson had hit for Clarion.
Shalyn Whittemore got the win going five innings allowing four hits while striking out five.
Haylee Cratsley took the loss going five innings giving up 12 runs, nine earned, on 15 hits and two walks.
MAPLEWOOD 9, TITUSVILLE 3
GUYS MILLS, Pa. – Maplewood scored in every inning but the fifth in a 9-3 win over Titusville, as Rhinn Post struck out 15.
The Lady Tigers scored twice in the first, once in the second, twice in the third, three times in the fourth and once in the sixth en route to the win.
Jocelyn Lane scored and Shelia Despenes scored two runs each for the Tigers.
OSWAYO VALLEY 10, YOUNGSVILLE 0, 6 INNINGS
SHINGLEHOUSE, PA. – Shayden Mesler tossed a three-hit shutout to lead Oswayo Valley to a 10-0, six0inning win over visiting Youngsville.
Mesler struck out five and walked two.
Eva West hit a home run for the Green Wave and was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs.
Layken Enty also drove in a pair of runs for Oswayo Valley and was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Catelyn Dailey was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Jadyn Fleischman was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Hailey Gray, Alyssa Gentz, and Victora Romanosky had singles for Youngsville.
Kamden Sweringen took the loss going 5 ⅓ innings allowing 10 runs, six earned, on 12 hits while striking out seven.