Simply put. The Saegertown baseball team is on a roll.
The Panthers enter today’s District 10 Class AA championship game against Sharpsville at 17-2 and in the midst of a 17-game winning streak. But that consumes just a small part of the Panthers’ 2013 résumé.
Here’s a peek at rest of the Panthers’ résumé:
n The Panthers have recorded seven shutout wins, including two in the District 10 Class AA tournament.
n Saegertown’s pitching staff has allowed one run or less in 15 of its 19 games.
n Saegertown won the Region 3 title with a perfect 8-0 region record.
The list goes on and on. And the Panthers hope they are far from finished.
The next item on Saegertown’s agenda is winning a third straight District 10 title. The Panthers will attempt to do just that when they face Sharpsville today at 4 p.m. at Slippery Rock University’s Jack Critchfield Park. And like the Panthers, the Blue Devils are having some kind of season of their own.
The Blue Devils, too, won a region title this year. Then on Friday, Sharpsville survived an extra-inning affair with Mercyhurst Prep for a 5-4 victory in the District 10 semifinals. The loss was just the third of the season for the Lakers.
Sharpsville is led by a pitching staff that holds a combined 2.82 earned run average. Senior Jalen Mockabee leads the staff with a 2.36 earned run average. He owns the squad’s second-best record at 4-1. He has struck out 26 batters and walked just eight.
Senior Taylor Lenzi is 5-1 on the year with a 3.20 earned run average.
The Blue Devils also have some solid sticks. Three players, in fact, are hitting over .400. Sophomore Greg Popatak, who had the game-winning hit on Friday, leads Sharpsville with a .481 average and nine doubles. Mockabee is hitting .444 and Tyler Wansack is hitting .438.
The Panthers hit .420 as a team during the regular season and possess a pretty stout pitching staff or their own. Saegertown’s pitchers have not allowed a run in the postseason.
In a 10-0 five-inning win over Wilmington in Friday’s semifinals, Jacob Digiacomo pitched all five innings and allowed just three hits. He walked two and struck out five.
In the quarterfinals, Luke Carter pitched a complete game in the Panthers’ 6-0 win over Franklin that was called after six innings due to weather. Carter allowed six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Simply put. The Saegertown baseball team is on a roll.
Breese closes career with second straight title
Sam Breese now knows how it feels to be perfect.
Breese finished with an undefeated season record of 35-0, with win No. 35 being the sweetest one of all.
The Lakeview senior stared into the face of the pressure that comes with defending a title, and made the Giant Center in Hershey feel like home. Undeniable talent and an incredible determination are the hallmarks of Breese’s approach to wrestling, and for the second straight year, he can call himself a champion.
McLane’s Wheeling comes up short in final
On a night when six wrestlers repeated as PIAA Class AAA champions, Chance Marsteller and Thomas Haines stole the show.
Marsteller, of Kennard-Dale, and Haines, of Solanco, became the 11th and 12th four-time gold-medal winners in Pennsylvania history. Marsteller (166-0) also is the first four-time champion to complete his career without a loss since Cary Kolat (1989-92) and the fourth overall.
Serra outlasts Cardinals
For the second time in as many days a basketball team from Cochranton High School played a private school from the WPIAL, put forth a valiant fight, but ultimately had its heart broken.
On Friday, it was the Cochranton boys team, which fell to Vincentian Academy 95-85.
Breese lone local to reach Class AA finals
A busy and entertaining Day 2 of wrestling at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Hershey came and went, as did the dreams of a gold medal for a handful of local wrestlers.
The one local wrestler that doesn’t apply to is Lakeview’s Sam Breese, who had the Giant Center crowd in aw during his two matches Friday. The two bouts equated to two wins, which means a shot a defending his championship.
Lee, Wheeling survive Day 2 in Hershey
Ehrin Lee’s smile following his quarterfinal win Friday at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships told the whole story.
Lee has had his eyes on the state championships all season long, and just getting there wasn’t enough. The Titusville 160-pounder has wrestled like one of the best grapplers in the state during the tournament thus far, and his 3-2 overtime win over Northampton’s Bobby Fehr proved that if nothing else, he’s one of the four best wrestlers in his weight class.
Cards can’t slow Vincentian
The starters on the Cochranton boys basketball team probably slept like logs on Friday night.
They left every ounce on the hardwood of Meadville High School’s House of Thrills, going up against the high-intensity attack of Vincentian Academy in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
McLane rolls past Neshannock
Sarah Jay has made a habit of presenting her players with in depth scouting reports prior to each and every game.
But the report she handed them on Neshannock, the Lady Lancers’ first round opponent in the PIAA Class AA playoffs, was nothing like they had seen before.
Class AA first round filled with highs, lows for locals
It was a day full of highs and lows for the 11 local Class AA wrestlers on the opening day of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Hershey.
For some, it was business as usual, and for others, the atmosphere of a crowded Giant Center proved to be a little much. By the time the preliminary and Round 1 consolation rounds were finished, eight wrestlers are still alive, with state wrestling experience proving to be invaluable Thursday morning.
Lee, Wheeling stay in hunt for Class AAA state title
A win is a win, and when it comes to the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships, as long as your score reads higher in the end, it really doesn’t matter how you get there.
During the preliminary round of the tournament Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey, the six local qualifiers certainly had mixed results, but in the end, two wrestlers are still in the championship bracket, exactly where they want to be.
Cards look to slow down Vincentian
“The best way to sum it up is,” said Cochranton head coach Scott McCurdy, “it’s like they’re down five and there are 30 seconds to go. Only, they play like that for the entire 32 minutes.”
McCurdy is talking about the Vincentian Academy boys basketball team, which employs a style that’s ... well ... calling it up-tempo just doesn’t seem to suffice.
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