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Ratkovich, Kennedy Catholic Topple Cochranton; Maplewood Rallies Past Youngsville in D10 1A BB Quarterfinals

Maplewood third baseman Brandon Snell (left). Photo by Steve Younger.

D10 Class 1A Quarterfinals Recaps

(6) KENNEDY CATHOLIC 11, (3) COCHRANTON 0, 6 innings

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Dominick Ratkovich fired six no-hit innings as defending D10 champion Kennedy Catholic beat Cochranton, 11-0 in the quarterfinals.

Ratkovich didn’t allow a walk, and his only blemishes came via three hit batters. He struck out seven, needing just 62 pitches, 49 of which went for strikes.

The Golden Eagles broke the game open with a seven-run third inning. Cord Pocza got the frame started with an RBI single, which was followed by an RBI single from Riley Mastkowski, a two-run single from Ratkovich, and finally a two-run double from Thomas Malvar.

         

Malvar set the tone atop the lineup, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, while Remington Hart was 1-for-1 with two walks and an RBI, Mastkowski 2-for-3 with two runs, and Davey Cochenour 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run.

Wyatt Barzak suffered the loss for Cochranton, allowing four runs in 5 ⅓ innings on five hits, striking out five, and walking five.

With the win Kennedy advances to play No. 2 seed Rocky Grove on Friday.

(4) MAPLEWOOD 9, (5) YOUNGSVILLE 7

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – In a game that featured multiple rallies, it was Maplewood that delivered the final blow in a 9-7 quarterfinal win over Youngsville.

         

Trailing 7-6, the Tigers got a clutch two-out hit from Jesse McFadden, as his three-run, bases-clearing double made it 9-7.

After giving up a one-out single to Talon Mesel, Maplewood’s Ethan Peterson induced a groundout and a flyout to end the game.

Maplewood actually led 6-2, only to watch as Youngsville tied the game with four runs in the fifth, three of them coming on bases-loaded walks to Wyatt Dalrymple, Mesel, and James Johnson. The Eagles took a 7-6 lead in the top half of the sixth inning when Keegan Mesel came home on a wild pitch with two outs.

Peterson got the win, going the final 2 ⅔ innings, allowing one run on one hit, striking out one, and walking two.

McFadden finished the day with five RBIs, while AJ Proper scored three runs for Maplewood.

     

Matt DeSimone had two of Youngsville’s seven hits and also scored a pair of runs.

Johnson suffered the loss, allowing four runs in 3 ⅓ innings on two hits, striking out four, and walking eight.

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