Dragons will face New Castle in first round of state playoffs

Ben Berdine and the Warren Dragons will face New Castle in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A state playoffs on Monday.

Fresh off their District 10 Class 4A title game win over General McLane, the Warren Dragons now know their opponent for the first round of the state baseball playoffs.

Sophomore Rocco Bernadina struck out 14 batters in a 2-hit shutout, lifting his New Castle Hurricanes to a 1-0 victory over Yough in the WPIAL consolation game on Tuesday at Washington & Jefferson College.

Bernadina outdueled Yough senior lefty Jarrett Bach, a Pitt commit who has been receiving some chatter ahead of the Major League Baseball draft in June.

Logan Gibson’s RBI single in the second inning accounted for the only run of the game.

The 14 strikeouts were a career-high for the righty Bernadina, per Brandon Rossi of GreeneSports.net. On the season, he is 6-1 with an ERA just under 1.50 and 58 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings pitch.

It’s been quite the run for the No. 9 seed Hurricanes (11-10) through the WPIAL playoffs, beating Elizabeth Forward 8-1 before knocking off top-seed Greensburg-Salem, 1-0 in 11 innings in a game that took two days to complete. Then they gave No. 3 seed Blackhawk all they could handle in a 4-3 loss in the semis.

With the first round game slated for Monday (site/time TBA), Bernadina would be available to pitch against Warren. The Dragons also will have all of their pitching options available.