Dragons, Eagles fall in baseball

ERIE — Warren led early, but a three-run bottom of the third inning helped lift Cathedral Prep to a 7-3 Region 5 win over the Dragons on Tuesday.

“We put a scare into them for a little bit,” said Warren coach Andrew Morrison, whose Dragons fall to 3-9 in the region. “We showed up and competed against the number one-ranked team in the state in 4A today. Not a single thing to hang our heads about.”

Cathedral Prep is 11-0 in Region 5.

“We had good at-bats early in the game and were able to chase their starter early,” said Morrison. “The kid they brought in next just overpowered us for the most part. He pitched really well.”

Senior Daniel Oblich threw the final four innings for Prep, allowing one hit and striking out seven. Eric Dippold finished with two of Warren’s six hits for the game.

“AJ (Slattery) stepped up and did a great job giving us innings today,” said Morrison. “It was our third game in three days, so we were down most of our pitchers. For him to be able to stay in there for a complete game against those guys is a great accomplishment. I am really proud of him.”

Slattery allowed seven hits and two walks over six innings, striking out four.

“We lost today, but we have some positive momentum right now that we need to keep,” said Morrison. “We have our first two non-region games of the year Friday and Saturday and (we) will be ready to go.”


SAEGERTOWN — Nathan Lucks crushed two home runs and drove in five runs, but it was Saegertown that came away with a key 11-6 Region 3 baseball win at Ed Acker Legion Field.

The loss drops Youngsville to 13-3 on the season with a pair of key games with Cambridge Springs and Maplewood looming next week.

Both teams went scoreless in the opening inning before the Eagles broke through in the top of the second when Wyatt Dalrymple raced home on a Saegertown error.

The bottom of the second was not kind to the visitors.

The Panthers’ first four batters reached safely and Saegertown took advantage of four Youngsville walks to score five runs and take command of the game. Luke Young had a two-run single, DeMarcus Manning and Blake Burchill had RBI hits and Levi Gardner scored on a wild pitch during the inning.

Youngsville quickly cut the deficit in half during the third frame. James Johnson worked a two-out walk and Lucks followed with the first of his two towering blasts to left that made it 5-3.

The next six runs of the game would go to Saegertown.

Highlighting the six-run stretch was a key two-out single from Blake Leslie in the fourth as well as four additional runs that scored on an error, a wild pickoff throw, a bases-loaded hit batsman and a passed ball.

Youngsville didn’t go down quietly as Ethan Beers and Matt DeSimone started the seventh inning with singles. Two batters later, Lucks crushed a three-run bomb to left to make it 11-6 but that was as close as the Eagles would get.

Dalrymple and Lucks each had three-hit performances for Youngsville and DeSimone added two hits.

The Eagles are back in action Monday when they host Cambridge Springs.

YOUNGSVILLE (6): Matt DeSimone, cf, 4-0-2-0, Talon Mesel, lf, 4-0-0-0, James Johnson, ss, 3-2-1-0, Nathan Lucks, p-c, 4-2-3-5, David Manning, p-1b, 4-0-0-0, Wyatt Dalrymple, 1b-2b, 3-1-3-0, Cole Johnson, 2b-c, 2-0-0-0, Braydon Baker, dh, 3-0-0-0, Lane Buccardo, rf, 0-0-0-0, Ethan Beers, 3b, 2-1-1-0, Totals: 29-6-10-5

SAEGERTOWN (11): E. Gardner, 2b, 3-0-0-0, Young, cf-lf, 3-2-1-2, B. Burchill, 3b-p, 4-1-1-1, W. Burchill, p-cf, 2-1-1-0, L. Gardner, lf-rf, 1-2-0-1, Leslie, ss, 3-2-1-2, Manning, 1b, 4-2-3-1, Mosbacher, dh, 3-0-1-0, Jordan, c, 1-0-1-0, Shaffer, rf-3b, 3-1-0-1, Totals: 27-11-9-8

Youngsville 012 000 3 – 6 10 3

Saegertown 051 320 x – 11 9 1

2b- Manning (S). HR- Nathan Lucks (Y) 2. WP- Wyatt Burchill. LP- David Manning.


CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — The Eisenhower baseball team traveled to Cambridge Springs and nearly brought home a win, but the hosts held on for a 3-2 victory

The pitching was strong for both teams as the Knights hurlers struck out nine and the Blue Devils fanned five.

Cambridge Springs got on the board first in the first inning when a dropped third strike led to a run. Eisenhower tied the game in the second inning when Shawn Pascuzzi singled in a run.

Tied at 1-1 until the sixth, Cambridge Springs scored two runs on a Brett Kania single and a Matt Ross double.

Johnny Palmieri and Shawn Pascuzzi each dove in a run for the knights.

Eisenhower added one more run in the top of the seventh on a Blue Devil error.


Steve Younger contributed to this report.


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