PBR Spotlight Games from June 4th (Slippery Rock University)

Class A:

Elk County Catholic 6,  West Middlesex 2

Elk County Catholic (17- 6) took the lead in the first inning and never looked back during their PIAA A first round playoff game yesterday at Jack Critchfield Park on the campus of Slippery Rock University. Class of 2014 pitcher Brandon Schlimm went the distance for Elk County and was consistently hitting 86 mph during the game. Schlimm pitched a complete game while only giving up one earned run, striking out seven and walking three. Leading the offense for Elk County Catholic was Jack Herzing, Class of 2013, who was 3-for-3 and scored twice in the game. Elk County collected 11 hits to compliment the great pitching on the mound. With the loss, West Middlesex was knocked out of the state tournament and falls to 15-6 on the season. Mike Ginter, Class of 2013, took the loss for West Middlesex pitching three innings and allowing three runs.

Class AA:

No. 23 Saegertown 4,  Shady Side 1

All the scoring took place in the first inning, but for No. 23 Saegertown (23-1) that turned out to be all they needed. Shady side(17–4) jumped out in the top of the first with a run thanks to Charles Scales', Class of 2014, sacrifice fly. After that Saegertown shut Shady Side bats down and scored four runs of their own in the first inning. First baseman Luke Carter, Class of 2013, and center fielder Kyle Wise, Class of 2014, both had crucial hits in the first for Saegertown driving in three of the Panthers four runs. Mitchell Wood and Stephen Sada led the offense for Saegertown as they both had two hits on the day. Senior left handed pitcher Ryan Paden, the only senior on the Saegertown roster, earned the win as he threw five innings, allowing just the one run. Saegertown will play North Star who prevailed over Ellwood City yesterday in the PIAA round of eight on Thursday.

Stephen Sada  Stephen Sada

Shady Side, pitcher Benjamin Hartz was stellar on the mound at and the plate. Hartz struggled in the first inning, but didn’t give up any more runs while striking out six. Hartz also had two hits at the plate, one of which was a double.

Class AAA:

Thomas Jefferson 4, Warren 2

Thomas Jefferson (17-5) was limited to just 3 hits on the afternoon, but several crucial Warren defensive miscues allowed TJ to secure the win. Joe Shaffer, Class of 2012, was dominant on the mound holding Warren to two runs in five innings of work. University of Pittsburgh recruit Greg Schneider led the TJ offense with a three run triple in the third inning.

Greg Schneider  Greg Schneider

Matt Jaskolka suffered the loss for Warren, finishing with seven strike outs and no earned runs given up in the complete game loss. Senior Andrew Bevevino led the Warren Dragons offensively, collecting a double and a triple in the game. With the loss, Warren is eliminated from the state playoffs. Thomas Jefferson advances to face No. 1 ranked Blackhawk in the round of eight.

Class AAAA:

No. 22 Mt. Lebanon 7, McDowell 4

The McDowell Trojans committed numerous costly mistakes against Mt. Lebanon leading to a 7–4 loss.   Class of 2014 starting pitcher Zack Bahm notched the win sitting 84–85 mph consistently with his fastball and kept McDowell hitters off balance all game. The Mt. Lebanon offense was led by University of Cincinnati commit Ian Happ who had a double and walked twice.

McDowell sophomore Matthew Hansen had two hits including a triple. Mt. Lebanon advances to the round of eight with the win where they will face Altoona on Thursday.