SOL District Baseball Preview (5-26-15)
Four SOL baseball teams will be in action Tuesday. Springfield will be playing for a District One AA title while North Penn and Council Rock North will both play in District One AAAA semifinal contests. Pennsbury will see action in a playback game. Check back for a recap of all four games.
District One AAAA
- North Penn vs. #17 West Chester East (at Spring-Ford High School, 4 p.m.)
The last time the two teams met – on May 22, 2009 in the District One quarterfinals – West Chester East scored three runs in the sixth inning to eke out a 6-5 win. The Knights won their next two games to earn the final state berth and then went on to capture the state title.
The winner will face the winner of the #11 Owen J Roberts vs. #15 Council Rock North contest in the district title game.
North Penn coach Kevin Manero says: “North Penn-West Chester East used to have some big battles in the early and mid 2000s, but we haven’t played each other since 2009 in districts. There’s a lot of good baseball in that area. They’re a lower seed, but we know from our own experience that the seed in the district tournament doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Obviously, they’re playing very well, so we expect a good one.”
How they got here:
•On the heels of an opening round bye, North Penn defeated conference rival13th-seeded Hatboro-Horsham 9-3. The top three hitters in the Knights’ lineup accounted for seven hits with Alex Peterson, who had a double, collecting three while Mike Christy (double) and Mason Nadeau both added a pair. Doug Apple also had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. James Witner earned the win on the mound.
•In a quarterfinal contest, North Penn pounded out 15 hits in a 14-6 win over #5 Boyertown. The Knights, who led 10-2 after three innings, saw their top four hitters combine for 12 hits, six RBIs and 10 runs scored. Mike Christy was 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored, and Mason Nadeau was 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Alex Peterson was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, and Jared Melone was 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs. Anthony Cameron was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
West Chester East
•In an opening round contest, West Chester East needed 15 innings to edge #16 Penncrest 3-2 in a contest that was played over two days. Virginia Tech recruit Culver Hughes threw nine innings.
•The Vikings sent top-seeded Interboro home with an 11-7 win. Shane Springer (3-for-4, two doubles), Sean O’Donnell, Ian Street and Jimmy Maguire each drove in two runs. Donald Edwards earned the win.
•In Friday’s quarterfinal round, West Chester East defeated Ches-Mont American Division champion West Chester Rustin 8-4. Culver Hughes earned the win, striking out eight and allowing two earned runs in five innings. Sean O’Donnell and David Conklin were both 2-for-3, and Ian Street had two RBIs.
- Owen J. Roberts vs. #15 Council Rock North (at Great Valley High School, 4 p.m.)
The Indians, who have allowed just one in three district playoff games combined, have received three complete game wins from pitchers Matt Hand, Noah Hartwell and Brandon McIlwain. They have outscored their opponents 24-1 in three games.
Owen J. Roberts is 3-0 against SOL teams in district play with wins over #22 Council Rock South, #6 Upper Dublin and #3 Pennsbury. The Wildcats finished second to Boyertown in the PAC-10 standings and advanced to the PAC-10 Tournament title game where they fell to Spring-Ford.
The winner will face the winner of #4 North Penn vs. #17 West Chester East contest in Thursday’s district title game.
Council Rock North coach Matt Schram says: “I know a lot of people say the league we play in is one of the stronger leagues in the state. Usually the state championship game has someone from our district at least, but the PAC-10 is so strong, all those teams – Methacton, Spring-Ford, Boyertown, Owen J Roberts. I think personally they play in the most difficult league, and it prepares them. You have to play your best game against those teams. I like to think if we play that game as well too, it should be a great game. I know they have a lefty (Corey Hennessey). They threw him against Council Rock South, and they threw him against Pennsbury. He’s a junk baller, and he’s effective. Nobody does good against pitchers like that, nobody does, so we have our work cut out for us, but we’re clicking. Hopefully, we continue to click against them on Tuesday.”
How they got here:
Council Rock North
•In an opening round game, Council Rock North- behind the standout effort of pitcher Matt Hand – earned a 6-0 win over 18th-seeded Avon Grove. Hand scattered three hits in a complete game shutout. Jared Schram and Brandon McIlwain both had two hits to lead the Indians. Schram had three RBIs.
•In the Indians’ 6-0 win over second-seeded Wissahickon in the second round, Noah Hartwell was the star on the mound at the plate. He tossed a five-hit shutout and also contributed a pair of hits and drove in a pair of runs. Brandon McIlwain and Jared Schram also both had a pair of hits.
•The Indians rolled to a 12-1 win over tenth-seeded Conestoga in an abbreviated five-inning quarterfinal contest. Brandon McIlwain did it all for the Indians. He hit a pair of home runs, driving in three runs and scoring three more. He also earned the win on the mound, limiting the Pioneers to five hits while walking two and striking out two.
Owen J Roberts
•In Monday’s opening round, Owen J Roberts defeated 22nd-seeded Council Rock South 5-3. Corey Hennessey allowed nine hits in a winning effort on the mound. Offensively, the Wildcats were led by Joe Zgleszewski (2-for-4, 2 RBIs), Riley McGinley (2-for-3) and Blake McCourt (2-for-3, RBI).
•On Wednesday, the Wildcats defeated sixth-seeded Upper Dublin 6-3, opening up a 3-0 lead in the first inning and leading wire to wire. CJ Weaver had two hits and two RBIs and Eric Keppel was 3-for-4.
•Owen J Roberts scored three runs in the fifth inning to earn a 3-1 win over third-seeded Pennsbury. The Wildcats had just one hit – a Griffin Hensley double – in the frame, but benefitted from a hit batter and a pair of errors. Corey Hennessey earned the win, scattering eight hits.
- Conestoga at #3 Pennsbury (4 p.m.)
The Falcons – the SOL National Conference champions – will take on a Conestoga team that last year advanced to the state title game where the Pioneers fell to La Salle. Conestoga won the state title in 2009.
The winner will take on the winner of the #5 Boyertown vs. #8 West Chester Rustin contest.
How they got here:
•After an opening round bye, Pennsburydefeated 19th-seeded Spring-Ford 8-2. Logan Buell earned the complete game win, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) while walking three and striking out two. Offensively, the Falcons were led by the two-hit efforts of DJ Endler and Brady McFadden. Tom Augustin (double) and Kyle Marshall both had a pair of RBIs.
•Pennsbury fell to 11th-seeded Owen J. Roberts 3-1 in a quarterfinal game Friday. The Falcons collected eight hits but only scored one run while the Wildcats scored three runs in the fifth. They had just one hit – a Griffin Hensley double – in the frame, but benefitted from a hit batter and a pair of errors. Freddie Schrandt and DJ Endler both had multiple hits for the Falcons.
•In its opening round 9-3 win over 23rd-seeded Unionville, Conestogawas led by the two-hit, two-RBI efforts of Ryne Ogren (two doubles), Tom Fogarty (double) and Luke Cziepel (double). Southpaw Brendon Little earned the win on the mound, allowing just four hits while fanning nine and walking one.
•In second round action, the Pioneers rallied from a 5-1 deficit to earn a 9-5 win over 26th-seeded Harriton, Greyson Avots and Angus Mayock had three hits each to lead Conestoga’s 11-hit attack.
•Conestoga fell to 15th-seeded Council Rock North 12-1 in a game that was halted after five innings because of the mercy rule. Starter Matt Anderson didn’t make it through the first inning, but he drove in the Pioneers’ only run with a triple in the second inning.
District One AA
- Devon Prep vs. #2 Springfield Township (at Glen Mills, 4 p.m.)
Springfield will be playing for its fifth consecutive District One AA title. The Spartans, who are led by a strong senior class, will take on a Devon Prep squad that is the defending District One Class A champion before moving to the Class AA level this year. The Tide is led by Dominic Hardaway, who is hitting close to .500.
Coach Dennis Primavera says: “We’re ready. The kids have practiced well. Our seniors are leading the way, and our underclassmen are right behind them. They’re taking their cue from the older kids. We’re ready. There’s nothing more we can do.
“Playing in the Suburban One has gotten us to this point. I think we’re as prepared as we can be. I don’t want to say we’re better prepared than anyone we’re playing, but we play in a tough league. Every game is like our game (against Devon Prep). It’s not just (Tuesday’s) game. Our whole season is like tomorrow’s game. The kids know this. It takes us a while to blend together and to figure out where the coaches can put our kids in the best position to do well.”
How they got here:
•The Tide rolled to an 11-3 win over fourth-seeded Bristol in Friday’s semifinal game. Dominic Hardaway was 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Matt Szkolnicki was 2-for-3 with three runs. Pat Rohr earned the win on the mound in a game that saw Devon Prep hold a 9-8 edge in hits.
•Julian Salzer tossed his first career no-hitter in Springfield’s 8-1 win over New Hope-Solebury in a semifinal game on Friday, fanning eight and walking none. The senior pitcher needed just 59 pitches in the seven-inning contest. Leading the way at the plate were Will Jamison (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) and Chris Binet (1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBIs).