Joshua and Christian Ortiz are not related except for the extended
baseball family, but they both helped the playoff-bound Scorpions to a big baseball win yesterday.
At D and Ontario, Joshua Ortiz pitched a three-hitter and struck out nine while Christian Ortiz went 3 for 3 with five RBIs in a 12-2 Public League win over visiting Martin Luther King.
All of Christian Ortiz's hits were doubles, while Joshua Ortiz helped himself with a key triple in the five-run fifth inning.
The Scorpions (8-3), who are slated to become the Toros in September, open the playoffs on Tuesday at home against Del-Val Charter.
In other league games:
Freshman Aaron Wilmer faced the minimum of nine batters in a three-inning no-hitter as host Washington topped Lincoln, 15-0. One of the Railsplitters got on via an error, but he was quickly erased by junior catcher Damian Wilmer, Aaron's brother, who caught the Lincoln player stealing. Wilmer struck out three of the nine batters he faced. Both Wilmers contributed two hits apiece to the 11-hit attack for the Eagles.
Brian Suften went 3 for 4 with a double in the eighth inning that knocked in the go-ahead run for Northeast in its 4-1 win at Central. Joe Breitweiser pitched all eight innings for the Vikings and struck out 12 to beat Micah Winterstein.
Brandon Pouncey stroked three doubles and had five RBIs for host Overbrook in its 12-2 pounding of Simon Gratz. The Panthers (4-6) got a four-hitter from pitcher Carlos Payanno. and a double and a triple from Justin Clarkson.
Host West Philadelphia scored two runs in the sixth inning to hand Germantown a 6-4 defeat. Arsenio Gates scored what turned out to be the game-winning run in the sixth inning on Derrick Pitts' RBI single. Roosevelt Castro pitched 12/3 innings to earn the save.
Jason Krajewski had three hits, including a homer and a double, for Franklin Towne Charter in a 14-9 win at Olney.
Jose Burgos pitched a four-inning one-hitter for host Frankford in a 16-1 win over W.B. Saul. Esteban Meletiche and Edwin Rohena each chipped in with a pair of hits for the Pioneers.
Christian Matticks went 4 for 4 with three RBIs for GAMP in an 11-0 win at Edison. Foster McKoskey pitched a six-hit shutout.
Senior righthander Lenny Nicoletti won his sixth game in as many starts, pitching a two-hitter for host Franklin Learning Center in its 3-1 win over Swenson. The win clinched the league's C Division title for the Bobcats. Nicoletti helped himself with a 3 for 3 afternoon at the plate, driving in a pair of runs.
Martin Akers stroked a pair of doubles in four at-bats for John Bartram in a 15-8 win at Strawberry Mansion.
Robert Byle went 3 for 3 with six RBIs for host Fels in a 15-5 win over Engineering and Science. Byle also scored three runs in support of pitcher Edgardo Lozano, who struck out 11.
Joshua Toledo pitched a three-inning complete game for host Ben Franklin in a 15-0 win over Furness. Frank Bagley had two hits, drove in two runs and scored two runs for the Electrons. Donnell Jones and Robert Ingram added doubles to a 10-hit attack.
Philadelphia Electrical scored 12 runs in the first four innings and coasted to a 12-3 win at Bok. The only hit of the game for the Wildcats came in the fifth.
Catholic South. Winning pitcher Andrew Gulotta helped himself with a 3 for 3 day at the plate as host Kennedy-Kenrick routed West Catholic, 21-0, in three innings. Gulotta gave up as many hits (three) as he had at the plate and teammate Shane Giongo was also 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
Central. Ryan Hammonds pitched a pair of solid relief innings to earn the win for Radnor in a 7-6 win at Strath Haven. Hammonds yielded just an earned run but his Red Raiders teammates scored two in support of him. Lead-off hitter Taylor Smith had a big day for Radnor, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Designated hitter Sean Grimes was 3 for 3 with four RBIs.
Max Kenan got the win on the mound and Stephen Richter had the only extra-base hit, a triple, for Conestoga in its 5-3 win at Lower Merion. Both teams had 10 hits apiece. Luke Porter was tagged with the loss.
Jordan Miller pitched a four-hitter and struck out 10 in seven innings as Haverford High won at Ridley, 10-1. Shawn Molvie went 2 for 4 with a run scored and five RBIs.
John Rutecki, Ted Seiler and Dan Cavliere each had two hits for Marple Newtown in a 7-4 win at Penncrest. They made things easy on starting pitcher Ken Clark, who went all seven innings and scattered seven hits to earn the win.
Pioneer Athletic. J.J. Booth's two-run homer keyed an eight-run fifth inning as Perkiomen Valley won at Phoenixville, 12-2. Sean Kenney pitched all seven innings to earn the win. Booth and Brian Port each had two hits for the Vikings.
Del-Val. Ryan Grabias and Bob Harper each drove in a pair of runs for host Interboro in a 10-0 win over Chester. Jason Aikens, Jaime Cashin and Damon Swartzengraber combined on a two-hitter for the Bucs (10-3 overall, 9-1 league).
Mike Pappas pitched a five-inning one-hitter for host Sun Valley in its 10-0 win over Glen Mills. Sam Farnell and Steve Shrader both had three hits apiece for the Vanguards (10-3).
Suburban One American. Visiting Upper Dublin scored five first-inning runs and coasted to an 8-3 win over Plymouth Whitemarsh. The Cardinals had 11 hits.
Springfield (Montgomery County) pounded out 21 hits in a 20-10 win over visiting Wissahickon, led by Alex Giordano and A.J. Koveleski, who had two hits apiece. The Spartans scored nine runs in the first inning.
Suburban One Continental. Nick Donato pitched a five-hitter for Central Bucks West in its 6-2 win at Council Rock North. The Bucks (5-9, 4-6) took advantage of three walks, an error and two hits to score three runs in the fourth inning. Chris Haagen, who hit a double earlier in the game, had the only RBI of that inning on a fielder's choice.
Friends Schools. Justin Wiggins doubled and scored on a wild pitch for the winning run in the eighth inning of host George School's 9-8 win over Academy of the New Church. Wiggins also hit a triple for the Cougars (3-6, 2-4).
Penn-Jersey. Ken Kayama, a student from Japan, pitched a five-inning no-hitter for host Solebruy School in a 10-0 win over Akiba Hebrew. Kayama struck out 10 and walked two. He got plenty of hitting support from teammates Adam Galasso and Ben Dahl, who hit home runs. The Spartans (7-3, 5-0) broke the game open with five runs in the third inning.
Nonleague. Mike Galetta went 3 for 4 to lead host Haverford School to a 10-4 win over Great Valley.
Tom LeFevere went 2 for 4 as host Friends' Central outlasted Devon Prep, 10-9.
Malvern Prep scored three third-inning runs and won, 5-1, at Perkiomen School.
got key wins at second and third singles to earn a 3-2 District 1 Class AAA second-round team playoff win over visiting
West Chester East