Prep Baseball Report

Game Recaps: BCIAA Semifinal Action

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

Four teams took to the field in BCIAA semifinal action last night at First Energy Stadium in Reading looking to advance to Wednesday evening's title game.  The two games were about as polar opposite as two high school baseball games can be.  Game one saw a combined 18 hits and nine errors as Daniel Boone advanced by a final of 10-6.  The nightcap was a pitcher's duel that wasn't decided until Governor Mifflin stranded an Exeter runner at second base in the bottom of the 7th for a 2-1 win and a ticket to the finals.

+ The Pennsylvania Scout Blog contains measurable data on some of the top prospects in action during the course of the evening. 

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Muhlenberg scored three runs in the bottom of the 4th inning, sending eight batters to the plate, to knot the first semifinal of the evening at three. Daniel Boone responded by sending 10 batters to the plate in the top of the 5th inning, scoring seven runs, and coasted to a 10-6 win.

Junior first baseman Bryce Stout (2-for-4, R, RBI), junior RHP Bryant Schwoyer (2-for-4, RBI) and junior left fielder Sean Bologa (2-for-3, 2R, RBI) led the Blazers offense. Junior RHP Eli Klick (2-for-4, 2B) led Muhlenberg offensively, while freshman shortstop Sean Guilbe impressed with a 7th inning home run to the bleachers in left.

Daniel Boone advances to Wednesday's BCIAA title game opposite Governor Mifflin with the win. The two teams split their season series with the Blazers winning 9-1 and Governor Mifflin turning the tables in the second meeting 13-0.

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Game two on the evening involved solid execution, excellent pitching and sound defense in stark comparison to the error filled, offensive show that took place earlier in the evening.

John CatchmarkGovernor Mifflin senior center fielder Zach Weidner legged out an infield single to start the game, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by first baseman John Catchmark (top right). The 1-0 lead was short lived as Exeter Township answered in nearly identical fashion. Senior center fielder Reed Huntzinger walked to lead off the bottom of the frame, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by senior third baseman Aaron Gentry (bottom right).

The two teams traded scoring opportunities but both starting pitchers managed to go unscathed through the next three frames sending the game to the 5th inning still Aaron Gentryknotted at 1-1. Catchmark got things started with one out when he was hit by a pitch. Morehead State recruit Niko Hulsizer followed with a single to center and Penn State recruit Eric Mock followed with a single to score courtesy runner Noah Angstadt with what turned out to be the winning run.

Mock worked six dominant innings for the win allowing three hits and four walks while registering six strikouts. Catchmark, a Kutztown recruit, came on in the 7th inning to record the save. Following a pop up to the catcher and a strikeout the senior righty was force to deal with some adversity when Huntzinger reached base with the games only error advancing to second when the throw went out of play. With the tying run in scoring position Catchmark induced a ground ball to second base to end the game.

Senior righty Dylan Richards, a Lock Have commit, and junior right Chris Smith were nearly as impressive. The pair combined to allow two runs on five hits. 

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