Game Recap: Marple Newtown tops Ephrata in AAAA 1st Round Action

By Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

Marple Newtown 4, Ephrata 2

A game that only saw six runs scored and 11 total hits had more than its share of big plays resulting in Marple Newtown (19-7) advancing to the PIAA AAAA quarterfinals on Thursday.

Ephrata struck first using a walk, two hit batters, a sacrifice bunt and a single to plate a pair of runs. The Mounts twice executed the first-and-third double steal play to perfection to score their runs.

Ephrata starter Dillon Good, a Nyack College signee, cruised through the first three innings but Marple Newtown loaded the bases with two outs in the 4th inning and got a bases clearing double  from designated hitter Brian Reynolds to take a 3-2 lead.

The Tigers added and insurance run in the top of the on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ian Cantwell. Cameron Mathes worked a 1-2-3 7th to polish off his complete game effort for the win.

Mathes went seven innings allowing just three hits while striking out seven. Following the two run outburst by Ephrata in the 2nd Mathes worked out of a first and third, one out jam in the 3rd. Ephrata's best opportunity to cut into the lead occurred in the 5th when Nate Fassnacht, a George Washington recruit, walked and moved to third on a double by Good. Mathes induced an infield pop out for the first out of the inning and then escaped damage when a flyout to right field resulted in a 9-3-2 double play. The relay throw from the first baseman was able to cut down Fassnacht attempting to score from third on the fly ball.

Mathes retired the final six batters he faced while striking out two to close the door on the Mounts (21-6) season. Robert Steven (2-4, R), Ricky Collings (1-3, 2B, BB, R), Mathes (2-4), Luke Cantwell (1-2, 2B, SF, RBI) and Reynolds (1-3, 2B, 3 RBI) fueled the Marple Newtown 8 hit attack.

To view the PIAA AAA bracket along with all updated state tournament brackets check today's State Tournament

For additional notes and measurable information on this game and others scouted by PBR staff see today's Pennsylvania Scout Blog.