Five area baseball teams were in action Monday in the District 10 quarterfinals while the West Middlesex softball team played a 1st-round playoff game against Cochranton.
In Class 2A baseball, Mercer routed Maplewood, 11-1, in 5 innings; Reynolds shut out Cambridge Springs, 4-0, and Wilmington suffered a tough 6-3 loss to Union City.
In the 3A baseball quarterfinals, Greenville rallied to beat Girard, 8-5, and Sharpsville rolled past Northwestern, 12-5.
In an opening-round Class 2A softball game, the season came to an end for West Middlesex as they dropped a 9-0 decision to Cochranton.
Following are staff reports:
• Mercer 11, Maplewood 1 (5 inn.) – At Slippery Rock University’s Jack Critchfield Park, the Mustangs led 2-1 after 3 innings of play and broke the game open in the 4th by plating 8 runs.
Mercer (11-8) banged out 12 hits while Maplewood (7-9) only had 5 hits and committed 2 errors.
Dan Scheidhauer earned the mound win for Mercer. He struck out 4 batters, walked 1 and only gave up the 1 run on 4 hits. Brian Shevitz closed it out. He fanned 1 hitter and allowed 1 hit.
Spencer Ference doubled and singled and drove in a pair of runs for the Mustangs, Adam Walker tripled, singled and had an RBI, Shevitz had 3 hits and Austin Hesselgesser and Scheidhauer all ripped a pair of singles and drove in a run.
Also for the Mustangs, Dylan Hetrick collected 2 hits, Harrison Murray added an RBI single and Ty Porterfield was credited with an RBI.
Chris Hochstetler suffered the loss for Maplewood. He struck out 1 batter, issued 1 walk and surrendered 6 runs on 5 hits. Brett Bowes and Camden Mattocks also pitched for the Tigers.
Mattocks doubled, singled and drove in Maplewood’s lone run and Hochstetler ripped a pair of singles.
Mercer advanced into the quarterfinals due to an opt-out while Maplewood beat West Middlesex, 9-2, in the 1st round of the D-10 playoffs.
Mercer advances to Thursday’s semifinals to play defending District 10 champion Rocky Grove (11-3) at a site and time TBA. The Orioles, Region 1 co-champs with Wilmington, beat Cochranton, 3-0, on Monday at SRU. Cochranton closed out the season with a 13-4 record.
• Reynolds 4, Cambridge Springs 0 – At Northwestern High School in Albion, Noah Fuchs and Garrett Erford combined to pitch a 3-hitter as the Raiders (5-11) stunned the Blue Devils (11-5) Monday.
Fuchs pitched 2 1/3 innings. He had 3 strikeouts, issued no walks and gave up no hits. Erford fanned 9, walked 1 and only allowed 3 hits.
Sean O’Hara ripped an RBI double for Reynolds, Dominic Bertolasio collected an RBI single, Chance Westover had 2 singles and Andrew Herman, Devin Weaver, Dan Torok and Erford all singled.
No Cambridge Springs stats were submitted to The Herald.
Monday’s win was the first time in school history the Reynolds diamondmen won 2 District 10 playoffs games in the same season.
Reynolds advanced to Monday’s quarterfinals by routing Iroquois, 10-0, in the opening round of the District 10 playoffs while Cambridge Springs ousted Saegertown, 6-4.
Reynolds advances to Thursday’s semifinals to play Union City.
• Union City 6, Wilmington 3 – At Northwestern High School in Albion, the Region 3 champion Bears (16-4) rallied late to oust the Hounds (9-8) in the District 10 quarterfinals.
No stats were reported to The Herald by deadline Monday night.
Union City plays Reynolds on Thursday in the semifinals.
• Greenville 8, Girard 5 – At Ainsworth Field in Erie, the Trojans (10-7) edged Girard (9-9) in the quarterfinals.
Greenville trailed 5-4 and was down to its last out when Ben Kozminski ripped a 3-run double to give the Trojans a 7-5 lead.
Greenville then tacked on an insurance run on an RBI single by Cody Tumpak and Jamin Wentling kept Girard off the scoreboard in the bottom of the 7th inning to earn the save.
Greenville scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning and then 4 in the 7th frame. Girard scored all 5 of its runs in the 3rd inning.
The Trojans had 11 hits and 2 errors while the Yellowjackets only had 2 hits and committed 4 errors.
Monday’s game was the District 10 playoff opener for both teams.
Greenville advances to Thursday’s semifinals to play Region 2 champion Franklin (14-5) at a site and time TBA. The Knights ousted Fairview, 5-0, on Monday.
• Sharpsville 12, Northwestern 5 – At Ainsworth Field in Erie, the defending District 10 champion Blue Devils (11-2) plated 4 runs in the 1st inning and never looked back in defeating the Wildcats (8-7).
Joe Bornes led the Blue Devils at the plate with a double and a 2-run homer, Kevin Pollock collected a pair of singles and tripled, Tyler Cleary doubled, Eric Lenzi had a sacrifice RBI, Luke Bailey was credited with 3 RBI and Sean Davis, Max Messett and Peyton Schell singled.
Max Siguenza earned the win. He struck out 3 over 6 innings. Cameron Williams closed it out for the Devils.
Caleb Graham gave up 6 runs in taking the loss for Northwestern. Tyler Pacansky also pitched for the Wildcats.
At the plate for NW, Graham had 3 singles while Aaron Hull, Tristan Oliveria and Pacansky ripped 2 singles each.
Sharpsville advances to play Mercyhurst Prep (9-10) in the district semifinals Thursday. The Lakers shut out North East, 5-0, on Monday.
D-10 1ST ROUND
• Cochranton 9, West Middlesex – At Cochranton, the Region 3 co-champ Lady Cardinals (13-1) advanced to today’s quarterfinals with a win over the Ms. Reds (7-12).
WM had 5 hits and 5 errors while Cochranton banged out 13 hits and committed 1 error.
The Cards only led 3-0 after 4 innings of play, but scored 6 runs in the 6th to pull away.
Hannah Harvey went the distance on the mound for Cochranton. She struck out 4 hitters, issued no walks and only gave up 5 hits.
Maddy Bacchetti went the distance for West Middlesex. She had no strikeouts, no walks and gave up 9 runs on 13 hits.
Faith Morelli, Alyssa Nehlen, Darby Allen and Bacchetti had hits for the Ms. Reds.
Mackenzie Freyermuth and Keira Davis had 3 hits each for Cochranton, Shea Keller-Boozer and Vincena Reese both had a pair of hits and an RBI and Kayla Freyermuth added an RBI single.
The game was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, but rain forced the game to be moved to Monday.
Cochranton advances to face Iroquois at 4 p.m. today at Penn State-Behrend in Erie.