Top Stories of 2015: #7 - Knoch and Lancaster County Christian Win First State Titles in School History



By Jacob Gill
Pennsylvania Assistant Director of Scouting

The first two games of the 2015 PIAA baseball championship quadruple-header produced two first-time winners, as Lancaster County Christian took home the class A crown, while Knoch captured the title in 3A.

After surviving the District III semifinal in extra innings, LCCS was dominant during its championship march, winning the district title and four state championship games by a combined score of 35-3. Lincoln Memorial-bound right-handed pitcher Kyle Ebersole capped off a stellar spring (81.1 IP, 54 H, 12 BB, 84 K) with a complete-game two-hitter in the Lions 8-0 state final win over Eisenhower. The Lions finished the season on a 12-game winning streak with a 24-4 record.

Knoch's title wasn't just the first for the program, but the first state crown for any team sport in the history of the school. Led on the mound by the junior right-left duo of Tallahassee CC-bound Alex Stobert and Ohio-bound Cole Shinsky, the Knights blazed through the season with a 23-2 record, their only loss after April 1st coming in a non-league tune-up prior to the WPIAL playoffs. Leading up to a 7-5 win over Abington Heights in the state final, the pitching staff had given up just seven runs in seven post-season games.

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