Will Carey was brilliant on the mound Tuesday for No. 13 Strath Haven.
Carey, a Susquehanna signee, hurled a three-hit shutout of fourth-seeded Harriton, registering six strikeouts without issuing a walk, in a 7-0 triumph.
The victory marked the first for the Panthers in district tournament play since the 2013 campaign.
Anthony Viggiano had a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Luke Mutz added two singles and an RBI for the Panthers, who tagged Harriton ace Jonah Frankel for five runs on five hits and four walks.
Marple Newtown 3, West Chester East 0 >> Cameron Mathes dominated the No. 11 Vikings on five hits with six strikeouts. Only once did a runner reach third base against the Tigers’ ace righthander.
Bobby Steven’s RBI single and Brian Protesto’s sacrfice fly gave No. 6 Marple a 2-0 lead in the second. Luke Cantwell scored the Tigers’ third run on a throwing error.
MN hosts No. 14 Unionville in the second round Wednesday.
Upper Merion 3, Interboro 2 >> The top-seeded Bucs were plagued by errors in the fifth and sixth innings, which opened the door for the No. 16 Vikings to score all three of their runs. Joey Pitts’ two-out RBI single in the fifth inning had tied the game, 2-2, before UM went ahead for good in the sixth.
Brandon Welden deserved a better fate on the mound for the Bucs. He scattered four hits and struck out two over five-plus innings.
This was the third straight year that Interboro, as a No. 1 seed, lost its District 1 opener.
Unionville 2, Chichester 0 >> The No. 3 Eagles (14-6) had no answer agaionst Nick Samuelwiecz, who pitched a one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts to lead the 14th-seeded Indians to the second round. Hunter Killinen threw well for Chichester in defeat.
Larry Jackson had Chi’s lone hit and Nick Jones worked a walk.