Thursday's Pa. roundup: Marple Newtown baseball advances to state semifinals

Marple Newtown
Marple Newtown beat Mars, 6-1, in the PIAA Class 5A baseball quarterfinals on Thursday.

Luke Zimmerman struck out seven in a complete-game performance as Marple Newtown beat Mars, 6-1, in the PIAA Class 5A baseball quarterfinals on Thursday. Kevin Merrone drove in two runs for the Tigers, who will play West Allegheny in Monday’s semifinals.

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Eric Marasheski hit a two-run homer and finished with four RBIs as La Salle took down Red Lion, 13-0, in the Class 6A quarterfinals. Brian Schaub and Andrew Cossetti also homered for the Explorers, who will face Bensalem on Monday.

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Austin Edgette, an Exton native and Downingtown East alum, was drafted as a centerfielder by the San Francisco Giants in the 33rd round of the 2018 MLB draft Wednesday. The Bloomsburg senior led the Huskies at the plate with a .436 batting average, 46 runs and a 1.215 OPS in 165 at-bats this season. Edgette owns the Bloomsburg record for career hits with 235 and is the school’s second draft pick in as many years after a 28-year drought.

Softball

Alexis Watkins recorded two doubles, a homer, and five RBIs as Neshaminy advanced to the PIAA Class 6A semifinals with a 15-4 victory over Hazleton. Natalie Rios, who also homered, and Victoria Smith each drove in three runs for the Redskins, who will take on Parkland on Monday. Parkland moved on with a 6-3 triumph over North Penn.

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Bristol scored three times in top of seventh to defeat Wyalusing, 5-4, in the Class 2A quarterfinals. The Warriors also came from behind on Monday, when they exploded for 13 runs over the final five innings to beat Conwell-Egan, 14-7. Next up for Bristol is Upper Dauphin.

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Interboro ace Bridget Bailey recorded the 500th strikeout of her career, but the Bucs fell to Thomas Jefferson, 4-1, in the Class 5A quarterfinals. Thomas Jefferson scored three runs in the seventh.