BUTLER — The WPIAL champion Seton LaSalle baseball team generated offense in every spot in its lineup as it eliminated Lakeview from the PIAA Class 2A playoffs 9-1 during first-round action at Pullman Park on Monday.
The Rebels (21-3) now move on to the state quarterfinals where they will take on Laurel, a 2-0 winner over Bishop Guilfoyle yesterday.
Lakeview ends the season with a record of 17-5 and says farewell to a talented group of seniors, which includes Clay Williams, Devin Bobbitt, Philip Burnett, Noah Burke, Gavin Boggs, J.P. McGee and Zack Doddo.
“With our senior and junior group, if your look at what they did with basketball and baseball, they’re the first group on Lakeview history to make the state tournament in two different sports in the same year,” said Lakeview head coach Bill Beith. “So it was a very good year. And hopefully it was just a stepping stone for the years to come.”
The Rebels ended the game with 14 base hits from nine different players during the game.
That top-to-bottom output helped Seton score runs in each of the first five innings.
“They hit the ball as well as any team that I’ve seen in Double-A,” said Beith. “They’re a really good team. And we knew what we were getting into.”
The Rebels took a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI single by Dan Boehme in the first.
The Rebels then widened the gap with four runs in the second. Jacob Verner and Nic Vari had back-to-back RBI doubles in the inning. Brett Wagner and Cam Colwell had RBI singles during the frame.
That would end up being more than enough offensive support for Seton LaSalle pitcher Sam Georgiana, who went the full seven innings and allowed just one unearned run on five hits while striking out eight.
The Sailors landed their only run in the top of the fourth inning, down 6-0 at the time.
Brett Beith was hit by a pitch, stole second, made third on a passed ball and then scored on a single to right by Brandon Partridge.
Seton LaSalle would respond with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and one more in the fifth to make it 9-1.
“We kept plugging away,” said coach Beith. “The guys could have caved in. We could have gotten 10-runned against a really solid team. But we fought and that didn’t happen.”
Boehme — coming off a 5-for-5 effort in the WPIAL championship game last week — led the way offensively for the Rebels once again, going 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBIs.
Colwell, Dom Popa and Verner had two hits each.
“I look for (Seton) to go pretty far this year,” said Beith. “With their pitching depth and their hitting they can make a nice run. You could compare them to what we saw last year with Rocky Grove with their depth and their strong arms.”
Partridge had the top stick for Lakeview, going 2-for-3 with the RBI. Williams, Trent Milliren and McGee added singles for the Sailors.