Meadville baseball rallies for 2-1 win over WPIAL champ South Fayette

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Meadville was one of District 10’s hottest team going into playoffs. A 6-5 over the Warren Dragons in the quarterfinals, coupled with a an 8-7 extra-inning win over Hickory in the semifinals propelled them into the state playoffs.

Who knows how far they’ll go now.

Wyett Smith’s suicide squeeze in the top of the eighth inning lifted the Bulldogs to a 2-1 win over WPIAL champion South Fayette in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A playoffs at Wild Things Park on Monday.

Eli Snider’s RBI single in the first inning for South Fayette looked as if it may hold up for seven innings, but Meadville had other ideas.

Down to their last out, Zach Wilson’s RBI single brought in Landon Beck to tie the game at 1-1, leading to Smith’s heroics in the eighth that brought in Rinella.

Meadville starter Chad Neugabauer went 5 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits, striking out six and walking two. Nick Frantz was exceptional in relief to get the win, tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out one, allowing one hit and walking one.

South Fayette starter Tyler Bedillion, a California (Pa.) recruit, nearly got the complete game win, but settled for a no decision. He struck out five, allowed four hits and didn’t issue a walk in his seven innings of work. Richie Dell took the loss in relief.

Next up for Meadville is the winner of the Bellefonte (D-6 champ) vs. East Pennsboro (D-3 runner-up) game on Thursday. That game was postponed on Monday and will be played today at 4 p.m. at Philipsburg-Osceola H.S.

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Despite a brilliant performance from starting pitcher Nate Beimel, St. Marys fell 4-3 to Ringgold.

Beimel, a junior and Columbia University commit, went five innings, striking out 11, while allowing just two hits and three walks. He was removed after 101 pitches due to pitch-count limit.

St. Marys, whom Warren beat 3-1 in the regular season, struck first in the bottom of the first, as Ringgold starting pitcher Ryan Varley balked with Brandon Sicheri on third base to bring in a run.

That lead held until the sixth, when a 2-run double by Bobby Boyer off Tim Beimel with two outs made it 2-1.

Ringgold tacked on two more in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice and an RBI triple from Varley.

Those two runs proved to be critical, as back-to-back RBI singles by Jared Groll and Nate Beimel with two outs in the bottom of the inning made it 4-3.

Chase Angotti, who relieved Varley after six innings, was able to induce a fly out off the bat of Tim Beimel to end it.

Varley went six innings, allowing one run on seven hits, striking out nine and issuing just one walk.

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West Allegheny 9, Cathedral Prep 5

ERIE, Pa. – West Allegheny roughed up Prep starter Alex Douds to the tune of eight runs, five of which were earned, en route to victory at UPMC Park.

The Ramblers, who fell to Warren early in the regular season 12-3, took a brief 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a 2-run home run by Albany football commit Tyler Oedekoven.

The Indians’ bats were scorching, however, as they tied the game in the second and scored three runs each in both the third and fourth innings to take control.

Logan Scheider went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI for the winners, while Shea Downing was 3-for-5 with an RBI.

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Vincentian Academy 10, Jamestown 0, 5 innings

HARMONY, Pa. – Aidan Thomson tossed a 1-hit shutout to help the WPIAL champion Royals to an easy win.

Thomson struck out seven and walked just two in his five innings of work.

The Royals roughed up Jamestown starter Shane McLaughlin for eight hits in his 3 2/3 innings of work.

Danny Morgano went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and five RBI, while UConn commit Kyler Fedko homered as part of a 2-for-3 day with two RBI.

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Other scores involving District 10 and District 9 teams

6A: North Allegheny 3, McDowell 1

4A: Hopewell 5, Grove City 0

3A: Brownsville 3, Mercyhurst Prep 2; South Side Beaver 17, Greenville 3

2A: Rocky Grove 5, Neshannock 1; North Catholic 7, Union City 2; Conemaugh Township 6, Johnsonburg 1

1A: Oswayo Valley 2, Berlin-Brothersvalley 0; Greensburgh Central Catholic 4, DuBois Central Catholic 3