PIAA Baseball playoffs: NG wins, UM loses

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N-G players celebrate 1-0 win

It was a mixed bag for the 2 area baseball teams (out of 7) that played in the PIAA state baseball playoffs today. Both at the AAA level, District 12 champ Neumann-Goretti knocked off Twin Valley, 1-0, and District 1 titlist Upper Merion fell to Abington Heights, 6-1. Here are tomorrow’s rescheduled games:

Class AAAA

North Penn vs. Council Rock North, at Spring-Ford High, 3 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Prep vs. West Chester East, at Glen Mills Schools, 4 p.m.

 

Class AA

New Hope-Solebury vs. Brandywine Heights, Sammy Balliet Stadium in Coplay, 2:30 p.m.

 

Neumann-Goretti needed only two hits to knock off Twin Valley. The Saints were blessed to have Mark Donato, a 6-foot, 205-pound junior southpaw, on the hill. He struck out 11 and yielded only two hits in a complete-game effort. He threw 95 pitches, 58 for strikes. On this overcast day, that was enough to earn his team a semifinal meeting with Abington Heights on Monday at a site and time to be determined.

 

N-G’s two hits, both singles, were provided by CF Dom Riverso (second inning) and LF Reno Regalbuto (third). It scored an unearned run in the third. The sequence: SS Marty Venafro led off and reached base on a fielding error by TV’s 3B. DH Nicky Nardini grounded out to first base, moving Venafro to second. Regalbuto dropped down a bunt that died to the right of pitcher Eric Greedy, who slipped while making the scoop. It would have been a tough out anyway. Venafro to third. With 3B Al Baur batting, Regalbuto successfully stole second. On the throw from the catcher, which was well off the bag, Venafro hurried home. The Raiders argued that SS Jesse May had made the tag, but a conference between the 2B and 1B umpire resulted in no change. NG 1, TV 0. That’s how it ended.

 

Here is N-G’s box:

                          AB  R  H  RBI

Regalbuto, LF       2   0    1   0

Baur, 3B              3    0   0    0

Donato, P             3   0    0   0

Rodriguez, PR      0   0    0    0

Armata, C            3   0    0    0

M. Riverso, 1B      1   0   0    0

D. Riverso, CF      2   0   1    0

Fulginiti, 2B          2   0   0    0

Venafro, SS          2   1   0    0

Nardini, DH           2    0  0    0

Snyder, RF           0    0   0   0

 

                        IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO

Twin Valley

Geedey (L)        6   2   1    0    1     3

 

Neumann-Gor.

Donato (W)        7   2   0    0    2     11 

-- Rick O'Brien 

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