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Persistent Marple Newtown finally squeezes past Harriton

A pair of blown leads and a wasted, golden opportunity at a walk-off in the seventh inning wasn’t what Marple Newtown drew up, but patience paid off for the Tigers.

Luke Zimmerman smacked a double in the bottom of the eighth inning that brought Scott Hahn around to score to seal up the Tigers’ 8-7 Central League baseball win over Harriton.

The Tigers sprinted out to a 6-0 lead and also led, 7-5, before the Rams tied it up. Marple Newtown (11-5, 10-4) had the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh, but couldn’t seal the deal. Despite that, Corey Woodcock had two hits and scored twice, while Cooper Maas was 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Upper Darby 9, Lower Merion 1 >> Mike Peters cracked four hits, including three doubles, as part of a three-RBI day to lead the Royals to a rout.

Nate Rimel also had himself a day for UD, driving in three runs and scoring three times. Randall Williams was sharp on the hill for the Royals, allowing one hit in 5⅔ innings of five-strikeout work.

Garnet Valley 9, Ridley 0 >> Mason Miller, Liam Bendo and Alex Fisher all drove in a pair of runs, Dom Bertone had three hits and Cole Palis scored twice in support of winning pitcher Will Wesolowski, who blanked the Green Raiders with a complete-game three-hitter. Wesolowski also fanned eight batters.

TJ McNeely, Ryan Tait and Jimmy Bramwell all singled for Ridley.

Conestoga 1, Haverford 0 >> Dan Kelleher doubled for the Fords’ lone hit and Nick DeFeo was a hard-luck loser in a start where he tossed six innings of five-hit, six-strikeout baseball for Haverford.

Springfield 2, Radnor 1 >> The Cougars expanded their lead atop the Central League standings. No other information was reported.

Strath Haven 6, Penncrest 5 >> No other details were reported.

In the Catholic League:

Archbishop Carroll 2, Roman Catholic 0 >> James Kelly kept the Cahillites off-balance all day, hurling 6⅔ innings of five-strikeout baseball, and Tyler Kehoe closed out the defensive battle.

Kehoe also helped manufacture a run as he stole second and third after being walked, and Cole Chesnet brought him in with an infield single. Chris Grill doubled and scored the other Patriots run.

Cardinal O’Hara 9, Archbishop Ryan 3 >> Brian Bromley did it all for the Lions, going 6⅓ innings while scattering five hits and putting together a 3-for-5, one-RBI, one-run day as O’Hara rolled.

Jim White had a pair of hits to go with a run and an RBI for O’Hara (9-8, 6-4).

In the Ches-Mont League:

West Chester Henderson 3, Sun Valley 1 >> Evan Fooks cracked a double and came around on a Casey Crockett single for the Vanguards’ lone run. Dave Montella reached base twice for Sun Valley.

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