Berks Catholic base­ball falls in PIAA quar­ters

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BERKS CATHOLIC » The District 3 cham­pion Saints’ sea­son came to an end in a PIAA Class 4A quar­ter­fi­nal loss to Val­ley View, 7-2, on June 7.

Berks Catholic made three costly er­rors in Val­ley View’s five-run fourth in­ning, more than enough sup­port for pitcher Ma­son Black, who went the dis­tance and struck out 12. He also had a two-run sin­gle while brother Dixon Black was 2-for-3.

For Berks Catholic, David Jones had an RBI dou­ble, Ger­man Vasquez Marte had a RBI and Tre Dabney went 2-for-3.

Berks Catholic fin­ished the sea­son 18-4. The loss marked the fi­nal game of coach Tom Frees’ ten­ure. Frees re­tired af­ter seven sea­sons at BC at 10 at Holy Name. Brandon Shurr will take over af­ter serv­ing as an as­sis­tant un­der Frees. Shurr, 26, is a 2009 Schuylkill Val­ley grad and four-year player at Kutz­town Univer­sity.

HIGH POINT » High Point Bap­tist reached the quar­ter­fi­nals of the PIAA Class A tour­na­ment be­fore suf­fer­ing a sea­son-end­ing 9-1 de­feat to South­ern Ful­ton on June 4.

A round ear­lier, High Point ad­vanced with a 7-6 come-from-be­hind win over Tri-Val­ley. High Point, the District 3 run­ner-up (14-4), scored six runs in its fi­nal two at-bats. Zach Kauff­man led the way with two hits in­clud­ing a triple and home run and two RBI. He also got the pitch­ing win.

OLEY VAL­LEY » The Lynx reached the quar­ter­fi­nals of the PIAA Class 3A tour­na­ment, ul­ti­mately fall­ing to Mon­toursville 12-2 in a quar­ter­fi­nal on June 7.

Zach Pel­lock had two hits in the sea­son-en­der.

A round ear­lier, Oley came away with a dra­matic 4-3 come­back win over Con­well-Egan. Ed­die Stand­hardt’s squeeze bunt scored the win­ning run af­ter Reese Kauff­man hit a two-run home run in the fifth in­ning.

Gavin Blanken­biller had a dou­ble and got the pitch­ing win for the Lynx, which were the District 3 sec­ond-place fin­isher and ended the year with a 15-8 record.



The Brandy­wine Heights soft­ball team suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing de­feat to War­rior Run, 7-6 in eight in­nings, on June 4 in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A tour­na­ment at Lyons Field.

The win­ning run was scored in con­tro­ver­sial fash­ion with War­rior Run cour­tesy run­ner Me­gan Zim­mer­man ar­guably miss­ing home plate on her slide while Brandy­wine catcher Naomi Fay ap­plied the tag.

Brandy­wine con­cluded its sea­son with a 20-5 record and a District 3-3A cham­pi­onship.

War­rior Run, the District 4 run­ner-up, turned the game with a six-run fifth in­ning for a 6-3 lead.

Brandy­wine Heights pitcher Jess David­heiser hit two home runs and had three RBI, her sec­ond homer in the fifth in­ning draw­ing the Bul­lets within 6-5. She also scored the ty­ing run in the sev­enth in­ning on a grounder back to the pitcher.

Ash­ley Len­hart added two hits for the Bul­lets.

Grad­u­at­ing se­niors from the Bul­lets ros­ter in­clude Han­nah Moser, Caitlin Miller, Lau­ren DeLong and Kate­lyn Smith.

TWIN VAL­LEY » The Twin Val­ley soft­ball team fell in the first round of the PIAA Class 5A play­offs to District 7’s Thomas Jef­fer­son, 5-1, on June 4 at Lyons Field.

The District 3 cham­pi­ons were un­able to solve left-handed pitcher Bella Bucey, who al­lowed seven hits and zero earned runs while strik­ing out eight.

The Raiders con­cluded the sea­son 20-5 and were District 3-5A cham­pi­ons fol­low­ing a 10-6 win over Lam­peter-Stras­burg in the fi­nal, Twin Val­ley’s first district ti­tle in 38 years.

Sarah Clin­ton and Sam Phillips had mul­ti­ple hits to lead the way against Thomas Jef­fer­son. Grace Marsalo took the pitch­ing loss af­ter al­low­ing five runs on seven hits over six in­nings. She struck out six.

Thomas Jef­fer­son got a run in the third in­ning but took con­trol with a three­run fifth in­ning for a 4-0 lead.

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