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The Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery Media Local Roundup (April 21): Methacton’s Christian does it all in win over Norristown


Methacton 7, Norristown 1 >> Matt Christian threw five scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in the Warriors PAC win over the Eagles Thursday. Christian went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI at the plate.

Pope John Paul II 16, Pottstown 0 >> The Golden Panthers turned nine hits into 16 runs in a three-inning PAC Frontier win Thursday. PJP capitalized on nine walks and three Pottstown errors while their own pitchers combined for a perfect three innings.

North Penn 7, Pennsbury 5 >> Freshman Trevor Lugara struck out three in a complete-game win while North Penn had four players collect two hits as the Knights earned a second-straight victory in the SOL crossover.

Ben Farley was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored while Justin Egner went 2-for-3 with a double and scored twice for North Penn (5-3, 3-3 SOL Colonial), which plated three runs in the top of the fifth for a 7-3 lead.

Pat Breen finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored with Jack Picozzi going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Lugara allowed five runs – two earned – on eight hits and a walk.

The Knights took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on Quinn Marett’s two-RBI single. Pennsbury (8-2, 5-2 SOL Patriot) tied things in the bottom of the inning on a Jackson Freedom RBI double and Freeman scored due to an error after a Ryan Webber single.

RBI singles from Ethan Cohen and Farley had the Knights up 4-2 in the third before Freeman’s RBI sacrifice fly in the Falcons’ half of the frame.

In the top of the fifth Picozzi came home on a wild pitch while RBI singles by Farley and Breen pushed NP’s lead to four. Justin Mitrovich’s two-out, two-RBI single had Pennsbury within two in the bottom of the inning. An error loaded the bases but Lugara got a strikeout to work out of the jam.

Mitrovich was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run while Freeman had two RBIs as the Falcons had their four-game win streak snapped.

La Salle 12, Conwell-Egan 2 (5 innings) >> La Salle scored six runs in the top of the first inning at Trenton Thunder Stadium while five of the Explorers’ 10 hits went for extra bases as they rolled to a five-inning PCL win.

Frank Provenzano was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs, Brian Baquero and Casey Nealon both had two RBIs while Casey also scored twice for La Salle (5-4, 3-2 league). Baquero, Nealon, Tahir Parker and Colin Kuczborski all doubled while Thomas Convey hit an RBI triple in the third.

Baquero brought in the game’s first two runs with his two-RBI double then scored on an error. A Matt Gannon two-out RBI made it 4-0 with the Explorers adding two more runs in the first on a Provenzano RBI single then an error.

La Salle went up 8-0 with two runs in the top of the third before Conwell-Egan scored twice in the bottom of the inning. The Explorers plated four runs in the fourth to make it 12-2.

Archbishop Wood 16, Roman Catholic 0 (4 innings) >> Michael Trommer opened scoring in the top of the first with a two-run home run as Archbishop Wood plated six in the inning then six more in the second as the Vikings cruised to a four-inning PCL victory.

Aiden Myers was 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored while Patrick McKinney had two RBIs and two runs scored for Wood (8-1, 5-0 league), which posted its final four runs in the fourth.

Daniel Tiburcio had a triple and two RBIs with Braden Kelly collecting two RBIs.

Devon Prep 5, Lansdale Catholic 1 >> Ryan Martinez’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth pulled Lansdale Catholic to within 2-1 but Devon Prep’s Nick Gunn hit a solo home run in the sixth while the Tide added two runs in the seventh to beat the Crusaders in the PCL matchup.

Martinez and Ryan Pilewski both went 2-for-4 for LC (3-6, 1-5 league).

Holy Ghost Prep 10, Central Bucks West 6 >> Central Bucks West scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to cut Holy Ghost Prep’s lead to 5-4 but the Firebirds responded with five runs in the top of the sixth and earned the nonleague win.

Jackson Cunnane was 3-for-3 with two RBIs for the Bucks (4-3, 2-1 SOL Colonial) while Aidan Quinn hit a two-run home run in the seventh and finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Aiden Robbins was 3-for-5 with two runs scored while Joey Amati went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs for HGP.

Trailing 2-1, Holy Ghost plated four runs in the top of the fifth for a 5-2 lead on a Reese Acord RBI double, Amati two-out, two-RBI single and a Pete Hoffman bases-loaded walk. West pulled within a run in its half of the frame thanks to Bill Zentmayer coming home on a wild pitch and Cunnane’s RBI double.

The Firebirds posted their first run in the top of the sixth on a passed ball. Matthew Goldenbaum’s two-RBI double made it 8-4. Noah McDermott hit an RBI single then scored on an error three batters later.

Dock Mennonite 16, Renaissance Academy 0 (3 innings) >> Dock Mennonite erupted for 15 runs in the bottom of the second to roll past Renaissance Academy.

Nathan Lapp finished 2-for-2  with five RBIs – three coming on a bases-clearing triple that made it 12-0 – and scored three runs while Logan Hinnershitz was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and scored twice for the Pioneers.

Zach Neff was3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run with Sam Laux, Deven Ross, Brayden Kratz and Matt Miles each scoring two runs.

Upper Dublin 7, Upper Moreland 3 >> Nick Harley, Jared Levis and Ethan Madnick each had two hits as Upper Dublin jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second then held off Upper Moreland for an SOL crossover victory.

Madick was 2-for-2 with a double, RBI and a run scored, Haley went 2-for-3 and scored twice while Levis was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Cardinals (6-4, 6-2 SOL Liberty).

UD plated three in the bottom of the second as Brendan O’Brien came home on a wild pitch and Nick Lombardo hit a two-RBI single.

Upper Moreland (2-4, 2-4 SOL Freedom) cut the margin to 3-2 in the top of the third on Patrick Kilgus’ two-RBI double. The Cards, however, answered with two in the bottom of the frame on a balk and Madnick’s RBI sacrifice fly.

A Bo Meakim RBI single in the top of the fourth had the Golden Bears with 5-3 but Upper Dublin tacked on two runs on a Tristan Cairnes RBI sac fly in the fifth and Levis’ RBI single in the sixth.


Upper Dublin 7, Upper Moreland 1 >> Chloe Foster threw a complete game in the Cardinals SOL crossover win over the Golden Bears Thursday. She struck out seven batters and allowed one run on six hits. At the plate, Foster went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

Dock Mennonite 14, MaST Charter 4 >> The Pioneers scored 11 runs in the fourth inning to pick up a BAL win Thursday. Maggie Dowell was the winning pitcher with eight strikeouts while giving up four hits. Adelyn Clemmer and Eden Schrag had two hits each and 5 RBI total. Erin Miles scored three runs and had two stolen bases. Trinity Landis had one hit and three walks, putting her on base in all four plate appearances.  

Girls Lacrosse

Archbishop Carroll 20, Little Flower 0 >> Nineteen different Patriots scored in the first half of Thursday’s PCL win. Lydia Malone scored two goals as Carroll improved to 10-0 overall and 4-0 in PCL play.

Upper Perkiomen 15, Pope John Paul II 10 >> Jill Cobaugh scored six goals in the Golden Panthers PAC loss Thursday. Ava Zepp added three goals for PJP while Alexia Swartz made 12 saves.

Upper Merion 9, Pottstown 2 >> Nine different Vikings scored in Upper Merion’s PAC win Thursday. Olivia Smith led the way with a goal and two assists.

Boys Tennis

Pottsgrove 4, Pope John Paul II 3 >> The Golden Panthers won three of the four doubles matches against Pottsgrove Thursday. Ben Laster and Christian Bouber won first doubles, Owen Love and Sam Simonic third doubles and Tommy Wysocki and James Pickell fourth doubles. Pottsgrove won all three singles matches and second doubles.

SOL Liberty Singles >> No. 2 singles player Scott Schlackman of Upper Dublin might not be the best tennis player on his team, but for a day he was the best in the SOL Liberty. With top singles player Daniel Duan missing, Schlackman took over the tournament but it was anything but easy. He did receive the No. 2 seed but drew Upper Dublin’s No. 3 Chris Hong in the quarterfinals. Schlackman survived that one 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. In the semifinals he faced No. 3 seed James Fassbender of Plymouth Whitemarsh where he battled it out to another 6-3, 7-5 victory and a spot in the District 1-3A Tournament. Then onto the finals where he drew No. 1 seed Max Arkans of Quakertown where Schlackman battled the rain and long day to a 6-4, 6-4 win. Fassbender went onto clinch the final spot in districts with an 8-1 win over Abington’s Julio Martin-Navas in the third-place match.

Boys Volleyball

Souderton 3, North Penn 1 >> Nate Brown lead Souderton to an SOL win with 17 kills and five aces against North Penn Thursday.  Andrew Brown added 10 kills and three blocks while Tobie Lias had five kills and two aces, JC Peacock three kills and four aces, Alec Kreiser 10 digs and three assists and Kavailya Bhatt 33 assists.

Dock Mennonite 3, Lower Merion 0 >> The Pioneers had 41 kills, eight aces, 18 digs and five stuff blocks in a sweep over the Aces Thursday.

Pennridge 3, Quakertown 1 >> Riley Kodidek finished with 38 assists, 14 digs, four aces and three kills as Pennridge bounced back from dropping the first set to beat Quakertown 19-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-17 for an SOL American Conference win.

Jude Rotondo had 16 kills, seven digs and two aces while Thomas McKinney collected 11 kills and 10 digs for the Rams (7-1, 7-1 conference). Tyler Johnson added nine kills and four blocks, Nick Smith had sills and five blocks while Alex Derk made 18 digs.

Jason McCreary chipped in three kills and five blocks, Aaron Ladd had five kills with Ty Porter totaled seven digs.

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