Lancellotti pitches Penn Charter past Malvern Prep in a battle of top baseball teams

Joey Lancellotti pitched in Penn Charter's 1-0 win against Malvern Prep at Penn Charter High School on Friday afternoon.

How does Joey Lancellotti plan to spend the day after pitching Penn Charter past Malvern Prep in a crisply played Inter-Ac League showdown?

By waking up early and heading off with a few friends, including teammate Matt Gorman, to fish along the Delaware River in Jamison, Bucks County.

"I really enjoy it," Lancellotti said. "It's so relaxing. One day, I'd like to own a company that sells fishing rods, clothing and gear."

On Friday afternoon, with the hard-throwing righthander firing a complete-game five-hitter with 12 strikeouts, the host Quakers reeled in 1-0 victory over the Friars at Palaia Field.

"I was working on nine days rest, so I felt pretty good going into the game," said Lancellotti, a North Carolina recruit who was watched by 10-plus major-league scouts.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior mixed a fastball that topped out at 94 mph, a slider, and a change-up. He threw 99 pitches, with 71 for strikes, while giving up four singles and a double.

"I felt strong the whole way," Lancellotti said. "There was no inning where I hit the wall."

Penn Charter, ranked No. 2 in the Inquirer's top 10, triumphed with only two hits and improved to 15-1 overall and 3-1 in Inter-Ac play. Malvern Prep, ranked No. 3, slipped to 8-4 and 3-1.

The difference in a contest that lasted 93 minutes was Alex Cohen's RBI single in the second inning. He plated Brendan Pell, who drew a two-out walk and advanced to second on Steve Lorenz's single.

Billy Corcoran, usually the Friars' closer, shined in a six-inning effort. The 6-6, 195-pound junior righthander, a Pittsburgh recruit with a fastball clocked in the high-80 mph range, whiffed five and induced seven groundouts.

"When we were shaking hands afterward, he congratulated me on a good game, and I said the same to him," Lancellotti said.

Malvern Prep's Will Burgess opened the second with a double down the right-field line, but Lancellotti responded by sandwiching a fly ball to center with a pair of whiffs.

Lancellotti returned to Penn Charter after playing for three seasons at Archbishop Wood.

"He's fierce competitor," said Gorman, a senior righthander and utility man. "Even though he's a peer and a teammate, the guys look up to him."

The Friars threatened again in the sixth, with a one-out infield single and a walk. Lancellotti promptly ended the threat with his ninth and 10th strikeouts.

"Whenever it's needed, he has the ability to take his game to another level," Quakers skipper David Miller said. "He does what he needs to do to get outs. The kid is a bulldog."

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WP: Joey Lancellotti. LP: Billy Corcoran. 2B: MP-Will Burgess.

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