's doubles team of Tom MacLelland and Tom McAvoy utilized the familiar hard surface on their home court and perfect outdoor tennis conditions to win the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship yesterday.
MacLelland and McAvoy topped the Owen J. Roberts' pair of Jeff Rightnour and Kyle McCausland, 6-0, 6-3, in the championship match.
It was the second of two matches on the afternoon for the Phoenixville pair but they lightened their load by winning both matches in straight sets. In the semifinals, they topped Jack McClurkin and Brian Shaw of Spring-Ford, 6-2, 6-0.
Southern Chester County. At Octorara, Devon Prep's Rory Crowe and Dan Albornoz won the league's doubles title by beating Octorara's Max Nauta and Calvin Woodring, 6-3, 6-1, in the championship match.
Ches-Mont. At Downingtown West, a pair of three-set matches highlighted quarterfinal play in the league's doubles championships.
Ben Ceccarelli and Sean Schwitzer of Avon Grove outlasted John Carpenter and Ned Golden of Downingtown East, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, while Weston Luce and Steve Hlava of Downingtown West topped Bishop Shanahan's Kevin Strunk and Steve Ferrigno, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Semifinals are slated for this afternoon (1 p.m.), also at Downingtown West, with finals to follow.
John Rutecki was Ted Seiler's best friend yesterday.
Rutecki, batting in the No. 3 slot in the order, went 3 for 3 with two RBIs to make things easy for Seiler, his starting pitcher, in a Marple Newtown's 10-0 Central League win at Strath Haven.
The Tigers had their hitting shoes on in the first inning, scoring all 10 of the runs. Rutecki was their only multiple hitter and R.J. Brescia was the only Marple Newtown player who scored at least two runs, going 1 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Thanks to that 10-run first inning, Seiler needed to pitch only five innings in the complete-game win, striking out six and walking two. He gave up four hits.
Public. Felix Vargas made his first varsity start for Southern a memorable one, pitching the host Rams to a 12-5 win over Communications Tech and a No. 2 seed in the league's D Division in the playoffs. Vargas struck out 10 and gave up just six hits. He got plenty of support from teammates Kelvin Rodriguez (2 for 4, two runs scored, two RBIs) and Jamel Bashir (double, four RBIs).
Casey Margerson was 2 for 3 with two runs scored as Prep Charter rallied for an 8-6 win at Mastbaum. The Wolves took advantage of five walks and two errors to score three runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Inter-Ac. A late rally helped Haverford School win at Penn Charter, 11-3. The Fords were down, 3-2, going into the seventh inning and put the game away with a nine-spot. Mike Galetta's bases-loaded triple was th e key hit in the seventh inning. Galetta was 2 for 4 with a pair of runs scored.
Del-Val. Darnell Muse went 3 for 4 with a home run, triple and pair of RBIs as Chichester won at Interboro, 5-3. Steve Stabler pitched all seven innings to earn the win for the Eagles. It was only the second league loss for the Bucks (10-4 overall, 9-2 league).
Nate Demmy pitched a three-inning one-hitter and Justin Cerone's first-inning grand slam got host Harriton off to a good start in a 15-0 win over Glen Mills.
Bicentennial. Shane Barrett's two-run single in the fourth inning turned out to be the difference for Lower Moreland in a 3-1 win at New Hope-Solebury, keeping the visiting Lions (12-0, 8-0) unbeaten entering a Monday showdown with unbeaten Holy Ghost Prep.
Jenkintown also remained unbeaten in the league as Jim Hughes pitched a dominating five innings in a 10-0 win over visiting Morrisville. Hughes gave up two hits and struck out nine for the Drakes (8-3, 5-0).