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District 1 Baseball: Pak does the job with arm, bat to lead Strath Haven

Strath Haven pitcher Alex Pak, seen in last year's playoffs, tossed a complete-game shutout Wednesday in a 5-0 win over Phoenixville. (PETE BANNAN - MEDIANEWS GROUP)

Alex Pak did it all for Strath Haven Wednesday.

Pak tossed seven shutout innings and drove in two runs as Strath Haven ousted Phoenixville, 5-0, to advance in the District 1 Class 5A playoffs.

The win moves the Panthers (15-2) into the semifinals to host No. 10 Rustin on Friday. Three of the four semifinalists will qualify for the PIAA tournament.

Pak handled the sixth-seeded Phantoms. He allowed three singles, walked one batter and struck out eight. He went the distances in just 88 pitches, facing 25 batters to get 21 outs.

Pak also singled and drove in two runs. Leadoff man Matt Kane doubled, went 2-for-3 and scored twice. He also drove in a run. Nick Corritore and Zane Malarkey added RBIs.

The Panthers got to Phoenixville starter Dylan Antonini on the second turn through the order with two runs in the third. Antonini, who had one of Phoenixville’s three hits, lasted 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits and five earned runs. Two-hitter Lleyton Coupe added two singles.

Oxford 16, Marple Newtown 8 >> The fourth-seeded Tigers were upset by No. 12 Oxford. Details were not reported.

In Class 6A:

Avon Grove 10, Upper Darby 0 >> No. 9 Upper Darby couldn’t solve junior pitcher Brayden Gregg, who struck out 10 and allowed just one hit in five innings of a mercy-rule shortened affair. Mike Franzini’s single in the third inning was the only base hit for the Royals.



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