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Steelheads top Regulators

From left to right, Ryan Rafalski, Lance Baldensperger, Austyn Cummings and Mitch Grosch. The Warren contingent squared off against each other when the Erie Steelheads (Rafalski, Grosch) and the Southern Tier Regulators (Baldensperger, Cummings, Morrison) played on Sunday.

ERIE, Pa. – Rain wiped out most of the Mercyhurst Tournament this weekend, but that didn’t stop the Southern Tier Regulators and the Erie Steelheads 17U Prospects from doing battle Sunday morning.

The two teams tried to play Saturday but were wiped out. The rain came again on Sunday, but not before the Steelheads earned an 8-4 win over the Regulators.

Warren’s Lance Baldensperger, Aidan Morrison and Austyn Cummings (Regulators) and Mitchell Grosch and Ryan Rafalski (Steelheads) all played in the contest.

Grosch went 2-for-2 with three runs scored, a walk and two stolen bases, while Baldensperger was 1-for-2 with two walks and Cummings 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a walk. Rafalski scored a run and Morrison was 0-for-3 with a walk.

The Regulators had only three hits against the Steelies Aidan Kelly (Harbor Creek), who tossed six innings of 1-run baseball, striking out four and walking five. Rafalski came on to get the final three outs, striking out one and walking one.

Mason Bender (Fairview) and Matt Shepard (McDowell) each drove in a pair, while Kelly and Luke Jackson, who just committed to Mercyhurst, both hit doubles.

Baldensperger had several terrific defensive plays in centerfield, including robbing Rafalski, his high school teammate, of extra bases.

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Ethan Wilson and Ben Berdine played in a pair of games this weekend for the Steelheads 17U Travel. In a 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Braves 17U, Wilson was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Berdine pitched in a 4-3 loss to the Braves on Sunday. he tossed five innings, allowed seven hits and three earned runs, striking out four. Wilson was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored and Berdine also drew a walk.

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