McDowell repeats as D-10 Class 6A champion; Cathedral Prep advances to finals
After playing twice at Erie High this season, McDowell entered Friday knowing he had to keep the pressure on all afternoon.
Despite only having a few seniors on the roster, the young Trojans played like veterans and forced the Royals into mistakes with aggressive base running and patience at the plate.
McDowell scored six runs in the first inning no-hitter and beat Erie 12-3 in the District 10 Class 6A Baseball Championship at Mercyhurst University. The Trojans have won four titles in a row, excluding the lost COVID season in 2020. This is the 13th D-10 baseball title in McDowell history and the first as a coach of the freshman coach Vinny Carone.
“I learned a lot this year. You don’t realize how little you know about the upcoming work until you skim through it, and I looked back like we were really figuring things out as we went” , Carone said. “But we bonded well as a group, and the camaraderie and leadership of this team got this thing off the ground. I’m grateful to the players for being who they are, trusting me and doing whatever I ask of them.”
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McDowell (15-5) advances to the PIAA sub-regional on Thursday against the District 6 champion at Mount Aloysius College at 4 p.m. The D-6 Championship was scheduled for Friday between State College and Altoona but was postponed to Saturday due to rain.
Erie closed the season with a 4-13 record.
Erie took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Chris Ramos led off with a single off Louisville rookie Dan Snyder and scored on a Kevin Fuentes hit. Then the rain came hard enough for a 10 minute delay.
Once the teams returned to the field, McDowell got to work at home plate. Spencer Deitz started with a walk before Curtis King walked. After Snyder walked four pitches to load the bases, Deitz scored on a wild pitch and Jake Banks was hit by a pitch to reload the bases.
Jake Hower lifted a sacrificial fly to make it 2-1 for the Trojans, followed by a foul from Ian Chylinski. Erie was nearly out of the inning, but Brady Kramer tied on walks and Izaak Ogrodowczyk reached on an error, allowing two runs to score. McDowell added another run on wild terrain to take a 6-1 lead.
The Trojans nailed five runs in the second on a double from Snyder, back-to-back singles from Banks and Hower and a two-run double from Kramer.
“We didn’t want to take them too lightly and wanted to get some points on the board early,” said senior Curtis King. “The coach always preaches to be aggressive at the start of the count, but wait for that mistake and jump on it. We were able to do that throughout the game.
Snyder finished with seven strikeouts in three innings before Ogrodowczyk pitched two relief innings and Deitz finished the game with two solid innings on the mound.
“The key was to focus and not take them too lightly. They have good pitchers, so we had to focus,” Snyder said. good to win a D-10 title. To be able to continue with these guys and show them what McDowell is, it’s great.
Preparation of Cathedral 11, Meadville 1
At Mercyhurst University, Cole Constable hit a three-run homer and Andrew Malec dominated on the mound as the Ramblers cruised to victory in District 10’s Class 4A baseball semifinal on Friday.
Prep (20-2) looks to defend his D-10 title on Monday against Slippery Rock at 4 p.m. at Mercyhurst University. Meadville finished the season at 11-9.
“The key (on Friday) was sticking to our approach and understanding our game plan,” said preparation coach Josh Constable. “We had to not be frustrated. We had a lot of loud outings in the first two runs, similar to our game with General McLane earlier in the week, and we just stuck to our approach and stayed there. We also did some things on the base paths to create chaos, which paid off.
Jackson Mattocks started things off in the second inning with a two-run single for Prep. He finished with three RBIs on Friday.
Patrick Sullivan added an RBI single in the third before Meadville countered with a long Brady Walker homer to make it 3-1. Constable, however, responded with a three-point shot over the big left-field wall to regain Prep’s momentum.
“We’re all together as a team right now and it’s the perfect time,” said Cole Constable, a rookie from Maryland. “We are all finding our rhythm as we approach the D-10 Championship. Andrew Malec threw a hell of a game, and we’re all playing as a team right now.
As Meadville tried to find the right pitcher with one of their upper arms injured while warming up in the bullpen, the Ramblers continued to pressure the Bulldogs.
Mattocks hit a sacrificial fly to make it 7-1 after four innings, and despite several pitch changes, Meadville couldn’t avoid the pity rule in the fifth. Reece Colvin doubled in a run before Jason Fultz and John Koshan drew goal-laden walks and the game ended on a passed ball with the run from Mercy Ruler coming to score.
“We knew how to throw them, and the defense is playing really well behind me,” said Malec, who struck out seven and allowed just two hits in five innings. “Everything was working for me. I just threw punches, and if they hit him, the defense would deal with it.
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Slippery Rock 14, Harbor Creek 8
At Slippery Rock, the Rockets had several big innings en route to holding off the Huskies in the District 10 Class 4A Semifinals on Friday at Slippery Rock University.
Slippery Rock (17-5) advances to the D-10 4A Championship on Monday against top seed Cathedral Prep at 4 p.m. at Mercyhurst University. Harbor Creek finished the season at 9-11.
Slippery Rock continued to put pressure on Harbor Creek throughout the night with a four-run fourth inning, four-run sixth inning and five more runs in the seventh.
Harbor Creek showed some life in the sixth inning down 9-1. Alex Maldonado doubled in two runs before Ryan Vaughn tripled in a run and Brady Rzodkiewicz hit a single in one run to cut the lead to 9-5.
The Rockets, however, put the game away in the top of the seventh inning by scoring two runs on an error, another on a wild pitch and Brett Galcik hitting a two-run brace to finish with five RBIs in the game.
The Huskies had one final push late in the seventh inning as Cam Williamson capped off his impressive sports career at Harbor Creek with a three-run homer. Williamson finished with three hits. Eli Moon and Vaughn had two hits apiece.
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Saegertown 7, Maplewood 0
In Slippery Rock, Zach Balog struck out seven in a one-hit shutout Friday as the Panthers rolled into the District 10 Class 1A baseball semifinals at Slippery Rock University.
Saegertown (17-2) heads to the D-10 Championship against Kennedy Catholic Monday at 11 a.m. at Slippery Rock University. Maplewood closed the season at 9-9.
Maplewood charged in the first and second innings, but failed to face Balog. It cost the Tigers dearly as Saegertown took a 4-0 lead in the first two innings and never looked back.
Henry Shaffer drove in two runs on two hits, while Garrett Young had two RBIs and Wyatt Burchill and Landon Caldwell had two hits apiece.
Kennedy Catholic 6, Rocky Grove 5
At Slippery Rock, the Golden Eagles made a late-season run to make the case for a playoff berth, and after a landslide win on Friday, they’re heading to the District 10 Class 1A Baseball Championship.
Kennedy Catholic (8-13) entered the playoffs as the last team in the group as the sixth seed, but the Golden Eagles routed Cochranton 11-0 in the quarterfinals and Dominick Ratkovich’s single Friday at Slippery Rock University gave them another shake-up. victory over No. 2 Rocky Grove (15-4).
Riley Mastowski scored the tying run in the fifth inning as the game ended at five. Neither team scored in the sixth inning and Kennedy let an opportunity slip away late in the seventh as Dominic Rapp started with a walk but Remington Hart’s flyout turned into a double play when the runner from courtesy Kole Tarary was taken too far from first base. .
It was almost deja vu for Kennedy Catholic in the eighth inning. Cord Pocza started with a single and went second on a Mastowski hit. Davey Cochenour then flew off in a double play as Pocza was sent off trying to advance on the left flyout. Mastowski, however, progressed on the play and then scored on Ratkovich’s single on the right.
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