UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – West York High School captured its second consecutive PIAA Class AAA championship Friday.
Brandon Rauhauser’s suicide squeeze bunt in the second inning plated Nick Traettino with the winning run as the Bulldogs defeated Upper Moreland, 2-1, at Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
West York (21-8) is the first repeat champion in baseball since Moon in 2001-02.
The Bulldogs got a solid effort from starting pitcher Brandon Kinnerman. He allowed four hits and one earned run in five innings.
Kinnerman walked six and struck out two before giving way to Carson Drie, who worked two scoreless innings for the save. He had four strikeouts.
Nick Corbett had two hits for Upper Moreland (21-5-1), while losing pitcher Eddie Decker surrendered eight hits and one earned run in seven innings.
This is the fourth consecutive year a team from District 3 won the Class AAA championship, with West York being joined by Northern York (2011) and Conrad Weiser (2010).
The Bulldogs defeated Lampeter-Straburg, 9-6, in last year’s title game.
Bailey Young’s RBI single to right on an 0-1 pitch with one out in the seventh inning scored pinch-runner Caleb Robbins with winning run as Loyalsock Township edged Beaver, 5-4.
The Lancers (22-3) captured their second PIAA baseball title since 2008.
Beaver (20-4) had tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh on Nichols Hineman’s two-out RBI single.
Winning pitcher Kyle Datres allowed nine hits and two earned runs in seven innings while striking out six. Loser Austin Scott allowed eight hits and four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out four.
Bobby Scott’s RBI single to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning carried District 3 champion North Penn to a 6-5 victory over Lower Dauphin.
North Penn (17-10) erased an early three-run deficit with a five-run fifth inning, but Lower Dauphin (22-6-1) scored single runs in the sixth and seventh to toe the game at 5-5 and force extra innings.
Winning pitcher Dylan Borawski scattered 10 hits in nine innings. He allowed five hits while walking three and striking out three. Reliever Kaylor Kulina took the loss for Lower Dauphin.
Chris Kersey had three hits for North Penn and Brady West, Jared Melone and Scott added two each.
Filed Under: Baseball