Prep Baseball Report

Game Recaps: District 10 Finals

By Matthew Haines
PA Summer Intern (Mercyhurst University)

Slippery Rock University hosted a District 10 finals doubleheader on Memorial Day with dominant pitching playing a role in both games. Following is a recap of the day's action with Franklin, Northwestern and Eisenhower all advancing to State tournament play next week.

Eisenhower 4, Union City 3 (Class A)

Casey VincentIt was a pitcher's duel through the first four innings, but the Union City Bears finally got to Knights' starter Casey Vincent for three runs after he walked the leadoff hitter on four pitches in the 5th inning. Vincent, ranked No. 9 in the PA Class of 2016,  battled back in the next inning and hit a three run blast over the right field wall to tie the game. Eisenhower pinch runner Alan Jackson eventually scored the game winning run on a perfect squeeze bunt by Chase Elmquist in the bottom of the 6th inning.

Vincent worked his way out of four trouble situations and went the distance registering 11 strikeouts along the way.  Union City 2014 RHP Drake Burgess also worked four scoreless innings with five strikeouts prior to surrendering Vincent's game tying home run. Lucas Dougherty, who was on base four times in as many appearances, and Clay Webster, (2-for-4, double, two RBI) provided offensive punch for the Bears.

Eisenhower (9-7) moves on to the state tournament where the Knights will face the Distrcit 6 champion yet to be determined on June 2. Union City's season ends at 8-8.

Franklin 5, Northwestern 1

The story of the game was junior LHP Zach Guth. The Indiana commit was dominant, pitching seven innings of one run baseball. Along the way he collected 13 strikeouts, while yielding just five hits and three walks. Franklin jumped out to a four run lead in the first with their first four batters getting on base. Guth aided his own cause with a bases clearing double to left center and OF Kirk Breithaupt laced a two-out double of his own two at-bats later to driving in the fourth and final run of the inning. Northwestern starter Nate Noe settled in and held the Knights to only one run through the final five frames to allow Northwestern to remain close. Noe ended the day with three strikeouts and two walks.

Alex HuffFranklin's offense was fueled by 2016 2B Alex Huff (3-for-3, right) and 2015 SS Joe Desko (3-for-4). The first two hitters in the Knights' lineup got on base a combined 7 times out of 8 appearances to set the table for the middle of the order.​

Both teams move on to the state tournament beginning June 2. Franklin will play the District 7 runner-up yet to be determined, while Northwestern gets the District 9 champion in opening round action. 

+ See the Pennsylvania Scout Blog for measureables and scouting notes on Vincent, Guth, Huff and Desko.

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