Dragons will face Slippery Rock in D-10 semis

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Warren Dragons will face Slippery Rock in the District 10 semifinals on Friday after the Rockets disposed of Corry, 9-2 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at Jack Critchfield Park.

Rockets’ (13-6) pitcher Mason Hildebrand shut down the Beavers’ (11-9) lineup, allowing just one earned run. He had zero strikeouts, but his defense was excellent behind him. He allowed just four hits.

Offensively, the Rockets got to Corry starter Zach Lesher early and never let up. They scored at least one run in every inning.

Leadoff hitter Ian Balquist was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Shane Thompson was 2-for-4 with three RBI and Alex Duffalo was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Lucas Nichols had two of Corry’s four hits and also drove in a run.

The semifinal site and time for Warren and Slippery Rock is to be determined.

The two teams squared off once this season, a 10-0 Warren win at Legion Field on April 13.

The Rockets will likely turn to Ian Balquist on the mound, while the Dragons have all of their pitching options available.

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Corry 001 010 0 – 2 4 1

Slippery Rock 212 121 0 – 9 10 3

2B – Allison (S), Duffalo (S), Thompson (S); WP – Hildebrand; LP – Lesher

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HARBOR CREEK 3, FORT LEBOEUF 2

ERIE, Pa. – Harbor Creek jumped on Fort LeBoeuf 3-0 and had to hold on as the Bison scored two in the seventh and had the tying and go ahead runs on base.

Leading 1-0 in the fifth, freshman Cam Williamson ripped a 2-run single to give the Huskies (15-6) a pair of insurance runs, which they ultimately ended up needing.

With two outs in the sixth, the Huskies pulled pitcher Aiden Kelly, presumably so they could have him available for a potential semifinal game given his pitch count.

Cody Smith got the final out in of the sixth, but the Bison (3-12) rallied in the seventh.

With one out, Dylan Proctor singled to make it a 3-1 game and starting pitch Derrick Shields came in on a wild pitch to make it 3-2.

With first and second and one out, Smith knuckled down, getting a strikeout and a groundout to end it.

Kelly was brilliant in his 5 2/3 innings of work, striking out 11 and allowing just three hits.

Shields gave up a pair of runs in his 4-plus innings of work, striking out four and allowing four hits. He gave way to Riley Clark, who yielded Williamson’s base hit that brought in two.

Harbor Creek advances to play General McLane in the semifinals on Friday.

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Fort LeBoeuf 000 000 2 – 2 5 1

Harbor Creek 001 020 x – 3 7 2

2B – Shields (F); WP – Kelly; LP – Shields; SV – Smith

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GENERAL MCLANE 7, GROVE CITY 4

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – General McLane jumped out to a 5-0 lead and withstood a furious Grove City rally to earn a 7-4 win in the District 10 quarterfinals on Tuesday.

The Lancers (10-9) scored four runs in the second on Grady Johnson’s RBI single, a fielders choice and a 2-run double off the bat of Slippery Rock commit Derek Fay. It was part of a big day for Fay, who was playing at his future home park, went 3-for-4. All of the damage came against Grove City ace Carter Chinn.

Johnson made it 5-0 with an RBI double in the third, but the Eagles (8-12) rallied in the top of the fourth. A single, walk and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out, and Brady Callahan’s RBI single made it 5-2.

A passed ball and a single by Hake made it 5-4, chasing GM starter Matt Mountain, who cruised through the first three innings. Eli Buto came in and put out the fire, and threw up zeros the rest of the way to keep GC at bay.

The Lancers tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch and an RBI single from Mountain.

With the win, GM moves on to play Harbor Creek in the semifinals on Friday. The two teams met twice during the regular season, with GM sweeping the season series by scores of 2-1 and 2-0.

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Grove City 000 400 0 – 4 4 2

General McLane 041 002 x – 7 9 0

2B – Fay (G) 2, Johnson (G); WP – Mountain; LP – Chinn; SV – Buto

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