The seventh inning of the Archbishop Ryan-La Salle baseball game was not for the faint of heart Tuesday.
The visiting Explorers scored four runs in the top of the inning to tie the game, but the Raiders came through with a run in the bottom half to earn an 8-7 victory in a Catholic League quarterfinal playoff game.
La Salle got a two-run single from A.J. Rodriguez and RBI singles from Tyler Koseniewski and Mike Piscopo to tie the game, 7-7. But in the bottom of the frame, Steve Markle picked up a bases-loaded single to drive in Eric Frain with the game-winning run.
Jeff Courter drew a bases-loaded walk and drove in the lone run of the game as Archbishop Wood got past visiting Kennedy-Kenrick, 1-0.
Matt McAllister earned the win after holding the Wolverines to three hits, striking out eight and walking three in a complete-game effort.
Mark Donato belted a pair of home runs over the right-field fence and led Neumann-Goretti to a 10-4 win over visiting Archbishop Carroll.
Donato also hit a double, scored three runs, and earned the win on the mound after striking out 14.
Public. Aaron Wilmer hit a two-run homer in the third inning, and Dan Meade cracked a walk-off RBI single in the sixth inning to give Washington a 12-2 win over visiting Esperanza in a quarterfinal playoff game.
Meade was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and Dean Grand hit a two-run single in the first inning, helping to make a winner of Tom Marano, who pitched into the fifth inning and struck out two.
Francisco Bonilla went 3 for 3 with an RBI and Israel Diaz added two singles, a double, two runs scored, and an RBI as Frankford beat visiting Franklin Towne Charter, 6-1.
GAMP exploded for seven runs in the second inning and dropped visiting Northeast, 11-3.
Dom Raia was 2 for 4 with a home run, scored twice, and drove in three runs. Teammate James Coin went 2 for 3 with a run scored and four RBIs.
Kevin Pfeifer blasted a grand slam in the second inning and sparked Central to a 14-3 win over visiting Edison.
Pa. Independent Schools. Beau Hauser hit a two-run double in the third inning, and Jamie Ulrich tagged out the potential tying run at the plate in the seventh inning as No. 8 seed Friends' Central held off visiting No. 9 seed Penn Charter, 5-4.
Justin Berg, Ben Rogers and Jay Query each reached base four times and sparked No. 7 seed Germantown Friends to a 13-8 win over visiting No. 10 seed Hill School.
Dan Rosenbaum blasted a grand slam in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and propelled No. 6 seed Chestnut Hill Academy to an 8-2 win over visiting No. 11 seed Shipley in a first-round game.
No. 3 seed Perkiomen School set a record for wins in a season with 24 after beating visiting No. 14 seed Abington Friends, 12-2.
Jesus Colon hit a single, a double, and a solo homer for the Indians.
Will Katzka hit a single and a double and drove in three runs to lead No. 2 seed Haverford School to a 15-0 win over visiting No. 15 seed Barrack Hebrew.
Top seed Germantown Academy got a three-inning no-hitter from Steven Connor and beat visiting No. 16 seed West-Mont Christian, 15-0.
La Salle turned a tight game into a blowout in a hurry and handled Cardinal O'Hara, 13-4, in a Catholic League semifinal playoff game at Monsignor Bonner.
The teams played to a scoreless deadlock in the first quarter, but the Explorers struck for 10 goals in the second quarter to put the game away.
La Salle got two goals and two assists each from Christian Cardinal, Kevin Forster, and Patrick Resch.
In the other semifinal game, St. Joseph's Prep jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first half and cruised past Lansdale Catholic, 14-4.
Fenton Fitzpatrick notched a hat trick for the Hawks and will play La Salle for the league title on Thursday at Plymouth Whitemarsh at 6 p.m. The Explorers beat the Prep last year, 4-3, and haven't lost to the Hawks in eight seasons.
District 1. Tyler Brooke struck for three goals and an assist and led Conestoga to a 13-5 win over Abington in a semifinal game at Ridley.
Keith Lomax recorded eight kills and six blocks as Southern beat Central, 26-24, 18-25, 25-16, and 25-20 in the Public League Class AAA championship match at Lincoln.
Zafar Ali added nine kills and four blocks and Jia Hua Mai added 12 kills for the Rams who will meet Palumbo for the league title on Thursday at Community College of Philadelphia at 3 p.m.
Chestnut Hill Academy's Brendan Spearing, a senior captain and member of the varsity rowing quad, has signed with Fairfield University.
Earlier this month, Spearing helped the Blue Devils' varsity quad place first in the Mid-Atlantic Championships and fourth in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta on the Schuylkill.