Erie Steelheads win tourney title; Mid-Atlantic Red Sox go 4-0

Warren's Ryan Rafalski played a key role in helping the Erie Steelheads 16U team to a championship in the Maryland Mid-Atlantic Open Invitational at the University of Maryland.

A number of Warren County players are continuing their baseball and softball seasons in summer travel ball.

This section will provide a weekly roundup of those players, as information is available.

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Erie Steelheads 16U

(Micah Passmore, Ryan Rafalski, Mitch Grosch)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Steelheads, featuring a trio of Warren Area High School products in Passmore, Rafalski and Grosch, rolled to a title in the University of Maryland Mid-Atlantic Open Invitational over the weekend.

Rafalski and Grosch, who will both be juniors, and Passmore, a sophomore, all played huge rolls as the Steelheads went 3-0 in Pool Play and 2-0 in the playoffs.

In the championship game against the Rawlings Prospects A’s on Sunday, all three were phenomenal, beginning with Rafalski.

Playing shortstop for the majority of the tournament, he took to the mound for the final, and all he did was toss a complete game shutout in a 6-0 victory. He allowed just four hits, struck out eight and walked just one. He was also 1-for-4 at the plate.

Grosch, playing third base, went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Passmore, meanwhile, was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Rafalski’s pitching performance came on the heels of Grosch’s 4-inning no hitter on Friday in a 10-0 win over the Baltimore Blue Crabs. Passmore also tossed a scoreless inning in a 12-0 win on Saturday over the Metro Senators.

For the tournament, Grosch was 7-for-12, Rafalski 7-for-18 and Passmore 5-for-9.

Full details for all three are listed below.

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Friday

Steeleheads 10, Baltimore Blue Crabs 0

Grosch (P): 4-inning no-hitter, 2 BB, 6 SO; 0-for-0, 2 walks, 1 run

Rafalski (SS): 3-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBI

Passmore (RF): No official at-bats

Saturday

Steelheads 12, Metro Senators 0

Grosch (DH): 1-for-3, RBI

Rafalski (SS): 1-for-4, run

Passmore (LF/P): 2-for-3, triple, 2 RBI, 2 runs; 1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO

Sunday

Steelheads 10, HCYP Raiders 2

Rafalski (SS): 0-for-3, walk, run

Grosch (3B): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 run

Passmore (LF): 1-for-1, double, RBI

Steelheads 5, Moose 0 (Semifinals)

Rafalski (SS): 2-for-4, double, 2 RBI, run

Grosch (3B): 2-for-3, run

Passmore (RF): 0-for-2, RBI sac fly

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Mid-Atlantic Red Sox 17U (Aidan Morrison and Austyn Cummings)

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Morrison and Cummings, who will both be seniors at Warren Area High School, helped lead the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox to a 4-0 record this weekend at Virginia Tech University.

The Red Sox, based out of Frederick, Md., play other top travel teams from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. On Saturday, they beat the Western Tidewater Heat 12-2 and the Carolina Rockies 8-0. On Sunday, they topped the Flood City Elite 9-1 and Aftershock Baseball 10-1.

In the 12-2 win over Western Tidewater, Cummings (playing left field) was 0-for-4, while Morrison (catcher) was 0-for-3 with a run scored. The Red Sox got home runs from Wake Forest commit Nick Kurtz (Manheim Township) and Towson commit Ryan Terrent (Huntingtown, Md.).

In the win over the Carolina Rockies, Cummings was 1-for-2 with a run scored while driving in the first run of the game, and Morrison was 0-for-2 with a team-high 2 RBI and a walk.

On Sunday, Morrison caught University of Pennsylvania verbal pledge David Shoemaker (State College), who tossed five shutout innings with 10 strikeouts. At the plate, Morrison was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Cummings, meanwhile, was also 1-for-2 with a run scored. The Red Sox got home runs from Anthony Fiallo (Georgetown Prep) and Jack Ryan (Walt Whitman Academy).

Finally, in the 10-1 win over the Aftershock, Morrison was 0-for-1 with a walk and run scored, while Cummings was 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored.

The Red Sox return to action Wednesday through Sunday, competing at Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina, 15 miles from Myrtle Beach.

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NorthEast Twins 15U (Hunter Loomis, James Swanson)

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Twins, based out of Olean, NY, went 2-0 on Saturday, defeating the Railsplitters 12-2 and COI Downtown 12-2.

In the win over the Railsplitters, Loomis (catcher) was 0-for-3, catching Cameron Cygan’s (Slippery Rock) complete game victory, as the Twins broke the game open with an 11-run third inning.

Ryan Clouser (Coudersport) and Cole Slaugenhoup (Clarion) each went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

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