Christopher Dock relied on its team strengths - good defense and solid pitching - to secure its fifth PIAA District 1 championship in the last six years with a 5-0 shutout of Bristol yesterday in the Class A final at Plymouth Whitemarsh.
Ryan Nice (6-1), a senior righthander, threw a complete game with six strikeouts and six walks, as the Pioneers blanked Bristol for the second time this season, including an 11-0 regular-season contest. Bristol managed only a third-inning single off Nice.
"That's our strength - defense," Pioneers coach Bill Sigmans said. "Also, our pitchers throw the ball over the plate, and that helps."
Nice also went 2 for 2 with a walk, and shortstop Brandon Reichert, the No. 2 hitter, belted a bases-empty home run in the sixth inning.
Third baseman and cleanup hitter Bryce Frankenfield singled in a run and tripled in another, helping put the Pioneers in Monday's first-round state playoff game.
District 1 Class AAAA. Pennridge grabbed the No. 3 seed from District 1 and Garnet Valley will be No. 4 after the Rams prevailed, 12-3, in the third-place game at Radnor.
Jared Schaffer improved to 6-1 this spring by pitching five innings, and Dylan Tice added two scoreless innings of relief.
Brad Herrmann (three hits), Eric Kammler, and Ryan Metzler (three hits) drove in three runs apiece. Dylan Tice had a pair of singles as part of the Rams' 11-hit offense.
North Penn claimed the fifth and final berth from District 1 for next week's state tournament with a 10-0 shutout of Great Valley at Spring-Ford.
Mike Bradstreet threw the five-inning game, allowing two hits. The Knights' Jimmy Smith hit a bases-empty homer to start a six-run fourth inning, Justin Davey had two hits and four RBIs, and Scott Christy drove in three runs with a single and a triple.
The game ended on Christy's two-run single with one out in the bottom of the fifth.
District 12 Class AAAA. St. Joseph's Prep handled Central, 11-1, in six innings at Campbell's Field in Camden and went home with the district championship.
District 12 Class AAA. Neumann-Goretti, fresh off its first Catholic League championship since 1960, added the District 12 crown by beating Franklin Towne Charter, 17-1, at Campbell's Field.
Joey Armata led the Saints' 17-hit attack with a single, two doubles and a triple for three RBIs, while Mark Donato went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, and winning pitcher Reno Regalbuto drove in two runs with three hits.
District 12 Class AA. Kennedy-Kenrick dominated the championship game at Campbell's Field in Camden with a 12-1 triumph over Esperanza. Both teams advance to the state tournament.
The Wolverines quartet of Derek Barnes, Joe Harvey, Jim Volpe and Justin Williamson handled the pitching.
Kennedy-Kenrick piled up 15 hits in five innings, started by two hits from leadoff hitter A.J. Kosczelansky, Christian Walker with three hits, and Harvey with two hits, including a three-run double.