Franklin Towne Charter
each got strong pitching performances and captured PIAA District 12 baseball championships yesterday.
Jason Krajewski pitched Franklin Towne Charter's 11-1 six-inning win over visiting Roxborough for the Class AAA title, striking out five batters and allowing six hits.
The Coyotes spotted Roxborough a 1-0 lead in the second inning before John Plumley ignited the winners' offense, going 3 for 4 with three runs batted in. Plumley had a single, double and triple, and also scored a run.
District 12 Class AA. Josh DeSimone limited Saul to seven hits and struck out nine batters in a complete-game effort that carried Prep Charter to the district crown with a 6-0 shutout at 35th and Oxford.
Prep Charter rapped 10 hits, including a pair of doubles by George Whitleigh, and Joe Crooks and Sean McGovern drove in two runs apiece.
Ches-Mont. West Chester East clinched the league title for the sixth time in seven years with an 8-5 triumph over visiting Bishop Shanahan.
Dave Koczirka lined a key two-run double in a five-run fourth inning, and when Shanahan rallied for three seventh-inning runs, reliever Jared Herring ended the threat to get the save for winner Ryan McCafferty.
Keystone. Chipper Gentile singled in winning pitcher John Manferdini in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 deadlock and help give Perkiomen School its 13th consecutive league championship with a 3-1 playoff final victory over visiting Church Farm.
Carson Slonaker homered for the Indians' first run, and after Chipper Gentile's single, Julian Gentile added an insurance run on an error.
Penn-Jersey. Brandon Breslow carried Akiba Hebrew to its first-ever league championship with an 11-3 victory over visiting Mercy Vocational in the playoff final.
Breslow drove in five runs with three doubles and also pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts. Benjy Lachman chipped in with three hits.
Friends Schools. Germantown Friends advanced to the title game with an 11-1 semifinal verdict over visiting Moorestown Friends. Rasheed Stewart and Jesse Biddle lined triples in support of Mike Barsotti's pitching.
Shipley dealt host Friends' Central a 12-6 setback as Eli Branzburg drove in four runs and Ted Schroeder pitched a complete game for the Gators.
Catholic. Matt Day's three-hit pitching and Sean Saverio's three RBIs helped La Salle earn a share of second place in the North Division with a 7-1 win at Archbishop Wood.
In the South Division, the combination of Kennedy-Kenrick's 8-3 win at Roman Catholic and Archbishop Carroll's 6-3 win over visiting Monsignor Bonner caused a three-way tie for the final playoff spot, causing tiebreaker games to be played tomorrow.
Pete Coppa and Ryan Murtagh had two hits each for Carroll, and Roman Catholic benefitted from Carl Petrillo's bases-empty homer, four hits by pitcher Tom Mahoney, and Nick Ciccone's single, two doubles and two RBIs.
Suburban One. Shane McSweeney hit a two-run homer and James Quigley added a bases-empty shot for an insurance run that made Bensalem a 4-2 winner at Neshaminy.
avenged a 4-1 regular-season loss by knocking off top-seeded
, 3-2, to capture the Friends Schools League championship.
The visiting Gators swept the singles matches with a trio of juniors, capped by Jon Thaler's 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) clinching win at first singles, to take the title under new coach Shannon Hazell. Vivek Stalam and Steve Warner also won in straight sets.
, anchored by goalie Niko Amato with nine saves, claimed the Catholic League championship by holding
St. Joseph's Prep
to two goals in each half of a 10-4 win at Immaculata University.
The Explorers' balanced attack featured Pete Schwartz with three goals, and Andy Henrich and Conrad Ridgway with two each.
Friends Schools. Duncan Herder scored four goals, and Doug Keith and Alex Rohtla added three each as Academy of the New Church defeated visiting Westtown, 12-8, in the semifinals. Keith also assisted on three goals, and goalie Christian Herder stopped 12 of 20 shots.
Friends' Central eliminated visiting Shipley, 7-4, in the other semifinal behind Emmett Culhane's two goals and two assists, Andrew Mongeluzzi's three goals, and Noor Beckwith's nine saves in goal.