Meadville Tribune

May 27, 2013

DISTRICT 10 CLASS AA BASEBALL: Cats seek third straight title

By Lisa Byers
LISA BYERS/Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — 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.