State playoff picture in 4A coming into focus
Both first round matchups in Warren’s quarter of the PIAA Class 4A Baseball Tournament bracket have now been set.
The Dragons’ contest was set Tuesday when New Castle topped Yough. The potential quarterfinal opponents were decided Wednesday when District 9 and the WPIAL held their 4A championship games.
Punxsutawney topped Clearfield, 5-3, for the D-9 title and Beaver knocked off Blackhawk, 13-2. The two champions will face each other Monday at a time and location to be determined.
Beaver scored at least one run in all seven innings at Wild Things Park in Washington to win its fourth WPIAL title. Zach Hansen paced the offense with four hits, including a triple, and three RBI. Leadoff man Harrison Pontoli was 3-3 and drew a pair of walks while Vinny Mostrongelo, Mike Champ and Brady Hansen had two hits each. Champ connected on a solo homerun in the fifth and scored two more runs. Brady Hansen scored twice and drove in a pair.
On the mound, Jack Yanssens was solid in his five innings of work. He gave up two earned runs on four hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout. Mason Rose was stellar in relief. He didn’t allow a run in 1 2/3 innings and gave up just one hit with no walks and four strikeouts.
At Showers Field in DuBois, Punxsutawney scored two each in the first and second innings and held off Clearfield late to come away with the D-9 title.
Alec Greenblatt gave up just three runs, all unearned, on three hits in the complete game win. He walked three and struck out seven.
Andrew Britton drove in a pair of runs for the Chucks. Adison Neal had a pair of hits and scored a run. Greenblatt and Daren Byers each had a hit, run scored and RBI and Joe Long drove in a run.