Philadelphia High School Baseball
Recaps of Public League State Playoff Games, 2005-

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2005
CLASS AAAA
FIRST ROUND
At La Salle University
   Neshaminy 5, Frankford 1:
The Pioneers' run came on Luis Alicea's third-inning double off the leftfield fence. Ramon Reyes collected two hits. Neshaminy scored three in the fourth and two in the seventh.
At Balliet Field, in Coplay
   Emmaus 12, Central 2: The winners ended the game with run No. 12 with nobody out in the home sixth. Joshua Fleishman (RBI), Joe Magdovitz and losing pitcher Andrew "Potter" Reynolds had the Lancers' three hits (all singles). This one was played over two days due to rain.
CLASS AAA
FIRST ROUND
At Northampton HS
   Whitehall 14, Bok 4: The five-inning loss ended the 34-year career of coach Tom DeFelice. Anthony Rivers (two hits) and Justin Stewart had Bok's RBI.
CLASS AA
FIRST ROUND
At Memorial Park, in Quakertown
   Springfield Montco 13, GAMP 11: Anthony Venafro slammed a two-run homer, the first by a Pub player in state competition, while Eric Funaro went 4-for-5 with two RBI and Andrew Caines rapped two hits. GAMP scored four in the visiting seventh and had the bases loaded with two out when Gabe Natale fired a liner inches foul down the leftfield line. He then grounded out, first baseman to the pitcher covering. This one was also played over two days due to rain.

2006
CLASS AAAA
FIRST ROUND
At La Salle High
  Central 10, West Chester Henderson 9:
The Lancers became the first non-basketball team to win in the states, largely on the strength of a seven-run fourth that erased an 8-3 deficit. Joshua Fleishman, Nick DeLeo and Jared Farbman stroked singles for RBI in the frame while Aaron Esbensen lined a run-scoring double and Mike Braun drew a bases-loaded walk. Also, Joe Magdovitz fanned for what should have been the third out. But two runs scored as the catcher could not immediately find the ball and the pitcher then threw it past third. In a three-run second, Winterstein doubled in a run and Fleishman got home TWO by laying down a squeeze bunt on a pitch straight at his head. Winterstein won in relief and Esbensen earned a two-out save.
At Balliet Stadium, in Coplay
  Nazareth 16, Frankford 2: The Pub runner-up was humbled in this five-inning game. Nazareth scored 12 in the third inning with the help of nine walks and two hit batsmen. Juan Carlos Torres bagged two of Frankford's six hits.
QUARTERFINAL
At Spring-Ford High
  Central 1, Central Dauphin 0:
Micah Winterstein, a 5-7, 125-pound sophomore righthander, pitched two-hit ball over the first five innings and, using his fielding skills (second base), made five assists to help himself immensely. Jared Farbman then completed the combined three-hitter. The Lancers scored in the home first as Matt Smith led off with a single, moved up on Nick DeLeo's groundout and a passed ball and came around on Farbman's single to right-center. Afterward, the Lancers staged a playful sit-down strike in front of their dugout in an attempt to gain go-to-prom permission for DeLeo (minor school infraction). They even held out their hats and shook them back and forth in we're-begging-you fashion. Dr. Sheldon Pavel, Central's principal, relented. The giddy Lancers swarmed around DeLeo and doused him with water. The prom followed; this game started at 1 o'clock.
SEMIFINAL
At Balliet Stadium, in Coplay
  Delaware Valley 7, Central 1:
The Lancers were no-hit for 4.2 innings. Micah Winterstein then dropped a bloop double just inside the rightfield line and Mike Braun followed with an infield single. Braun stole second and the throw glanced off an infielder's glove into the outfield, allowing Winterstein to score. A walk and error opened the sixth, but the next three batters went out in order. Jared Farbman and Winterstein did Central's pitching. Joshua Fleishman made the best defensive play, jumping above the height of the fence in dead centerfield to prevent a first-inning homer.
CLASS AAA
FIRST ROUND
At Northeast
  Southern Lehigh 18, Swenson 0: The Lions committed seven errors, leading to 10 unearned runs, in this four-inning game, and managed just one baserunner (Gerald Wolford, walk to lead off home first).
CLASS AA
FIRST ROUND
At Ashburn Field
  St. Pius X (Pottstown) 7, GAMP 1: Losing pitcher Andrew Caines collected two hits and the Pioneers' lone run came on Foster McKoskey's sixth-inning groundout.

2007
CLASS AAAA
FIRST ROUND
At La Salle University
   West Chester East 14, Frankford 0:
The Pioneers surrendered 12 runs and 13 hits in the first two innings, but at least were able to avoid a three-inning termination in their final game under 19-year coach Bob Peffle. Esteban "Shortie" Meletiche, Edwin "Tito" Rohena and Jon Bracero had singles and Peffle afterward autographed a keepsake baseball for veteran ump Jim Scott.
CLASS AAA
FIRST ROUND
At Northwestern Lehigh HS
  Bethlehem Catholic 15, Franklin Towne 0: FT sent just 10 men to the plate in this three-inning game. Seven fanned and the only guy to reach base, via a walk, was Ron Gunning. This result completed an 0-4 year for the Pub in state playoffs with a scoring disadvantage of 42-0.
CLASS AA
FIRST ROUND
At La Salle Uuniversity
  Pine Grove 8, Prep Charter 0:
In the second game of a doubleheader, following Frankford, the Huskies likewise were limited to three singles (by Josh DeSimone, Mike Zangari and Sam Shipley).
CLASS A
FIRST ROUND
At Radnor High
  Delco Christian 5, GAMP 0:
The Pioneers fanned eight times in the first three innings, and 12 times overall, and their four hits came in separate innings. Eric Funaro and Brandon Henson laced doubles. Anthony Venafro's 400-foot blast to dead center was caught, ending the game.

2008
CLASS AAAA
FIRST ROUND
At La Salle University
  Frankford 3, Avon Grove 1 (8 inn.):
Edwin "Tito" Rohena pitched a three-hitter, struck out seven, picked two runners off first base and gave himself the win with a one-out, two-run homer to dead rightfield in the home eighth. Jon Bracero was plunked by a 3-2 pitch immediately beforehand. The Pioneers, humbled by a combined score of 35-3 in three previous state appearances, scored in the second as Frank Donato doubled and came around on a pair of errors. Esteban "Shortie" Meletiche doubled for Frankford's other hit.
QUARTERFINAL
At Spring-Ford High
  Hempfield 3, Frankford 2: All of the scoring took place in the last three innings. Esteban "Shortie" Meletiche stole home in the bottom of the fifth to get things started, then surrendered a two-run homer. Hempfield added one more in the seventh, then Edwin "Tito" Rohena delivered an RBI single in the bottom half. Frankford had the bases loaded with one away, but a forceout at the plate and popout ended it. All five of Frankford's hits were singles, 12 guys fanned and eight runners were stranded in scoring position.

CLASS AAA
FIRST ROUND
At Ashburn Field
  Blue Mountain 14, Phila. Elec. 0 (5 inn.): The Chargers were held to two hits, singles by Chuck Fitzgerald and Ricky Holmes, and had to play most of the last two innings with just eight players. In the visiting fourth, relief pitcher Luke Moscinski was almost knocked out by a knee to the head as he scooped up a dribbler along the first-base line and tagged the runner. He could not continue, but rightfielder Anthony Digneo, who had just yielded to sub Aaron Casby, was unable to re-enter the game in Moscinski's spot in the order. Moscinski would have led off the home fourth. PE was assessed an automatic out. Over BM's last two at-bats, PE coach Mark Olkowski went with three infielders rather than two outfielders.
CLASS AA
FIRST ROUND
At Blue Mountain
  Pine Grove 11, Prep Charter 1 (5 inn.): The Huskies' only hit, Sean McGovern's RBI single, made it 1-0 in the visiting first after Kyle Stanton walked and was bunted over by losing pitcher Sam Shipley.
CLASS A
FIRST ROUND
At Ashburn Field
  Christopher Dock 16, GAMP 1 (6 inn.): In game two of a doubleheader, the visitors exploded for eight runs in the visiting sixth and GAMP had no answers. The Pioneers were limited to five singles. They scored in the fifth as frosh Dom Raia singled and later tallied on Nick Coppola's base hit.

2009
CLASS AAAA
FIRST ROUND
At Boyertown
Council Rock North 6, Central 2
  The Public League champs were held to four hits. Their runs scored on Zach Magdovitz' solo homer in the fourth and Ian Lewis' double in the seventh.
CLASS AA
FIRST ROUND
At Memorial Stadium, Ephrata 
Brandywine Heights 17, Esperanza 2 (3 inn.)
  Teofilo Bonilla (double) and Carlos Rodriguez managed hits for Esperanza. The runs scored on errors.
CLASS A
FIRST ROUND
at Hershey High
Camp Hill 4, GAMP 0
  The Pioneers were limited to singles by Tyler Criniti and Eugene Aversa.

2010
CLASS AAAA
FIRST ROUND
At Glen Mills
West Chester Henderson 11, Central 1 (5 inn.)
  The Lancers were limited to five hits, with two going to Dan Quinn. Gabe Buchanan launched a sac fly to score Mike Cavallaro. Pete Rowe took the loss. Henderson scored six in the home fifth to end it.
CLASS AA
FIRST ROUND
At Northern York
Bermudian Springs 11, Esperanza 0 (5 inn.)
  Frank Mejia collected two of Esperanza's five hits. Carlos Gil was the losing pitcher.
CLASS A
FIRST ROUND
At Montgomery County CC
Christopher Dock 15, GAMP 5 (6 inn.)
 
The Pioneers built leads of 1-0 and 3-2, but the end result wasn't too pretty. Three innings apiece were pitched by Anthony DiVincenzo, who took the loss but also homered, and Dom Raia. Sal Giafaglione, Joe Coppola, Tyler Criniti and Jimmy Coin all doubled, while the first two managed two hits apiece.

2011
CLASS AAAA
FIRST ROUND

At Neumann University
Conestoga 10, Frankford 3
  The Pioneers managed six hits against and trailed by 9-1 after three innings. Losing pitcher Hector Cerda went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI.
CLASS AAA
FIRST ROUND
At Northern York High
Mechanicsburg 10, Franklin Towne 0 (5 inn.)
  The Coyotes were held to four hits and surrendered two runs per inning. In the first, Tyler Landis singled and Towne appeared poised to claim a 1-0 lead. Alas, the baserunner fell rounding third -- "All of a sudden, he was swimming in the dirt," coach Kyle Riley said -- and was erased in a rundown. Damian Padilla and Aron Litostanski did the pitching for Towne.
CLASS AA
DISTRICT 1-12 SUBREGIONAL FINAL
At Richie Ashburn Field
Springfield Montco 11, Esperanza 1 (5 inn.)
  The Toros managed one hit (Jovanny Zavala's triple with one away in the fifth) while Jeff Escolatico's second inning sacrifice fly accounted for the run.

FIRST ROUND
At Muhlenberg High
Oley Valley 10, Esperanza 1
  The Toros were limited to three hits. Two came in the fourth inning as Felix Torraca-Dedos singled and later came around on Aderly Perez' single. Giovanni Victoria made the start.
CLASS A
FIRST ROUND
At Muhlenberg High
Reading Central Catholic 3, Masterman 2

  In a night game, the Blue Dragons were sent home by a two-out walkoff double that completed an 0-6 day for District 12 teams. With senior righthander David Ashbridge not quite feeling 100 percent, coach Alex Dejewski went with junior righty Nate Vahedi. He lasted the 6.2-innings distance, allowing eight hits and two walks while striking out 11. The Blue Dragons scored two runs in the fourth as Augie Legido walked, Harry Taggart tripled and Vahedi hit into an error, allowing Taggart to check in. Though Jack Christmas followed with a double, the uprising fizzled.

2012
CLASS AAAA
FIRST ROUND
At Spring-Ford
Council Rock South 6, Frankford 2
  Assorted rain delays pushed back the starting time from 3 to 4:40. The Pioneers scored once in the fifth on Carlos Ramirez' RBI single and again in the seventh when at attempt at a doubleplay went awry. With two men on base, Augusto "June" Ortega grounded into a force play to end it.
CLASS AAA
FIRST ROUND
At War Memorial Field, Ephrata
Lampeter-Strasburg 10, Phila. Elec. 0 (5 inn.)
 
The Chargers were held to four hits (all singles).
CLASS AA
FIRST ROUND
At Muhlenberg High
Brandywine Heights 9, Esperanza 1
  An RBI single in the fourth inning by Aderly Perez, one of his team's three hits, enabled Esperanza to avoid a shutout.
CLASS A
FIRST ROUND
At Sun Valley High
GAMP 5, Calvary Christian 4 (8 inn.)
 
The Pioneers scored in the visiting eighth on a single by Jake Kurtz. Kurtz (5 1/3 innings) and Desmond Drummond (four Ks in 2 2/3) did the pitching. The first batter to face Drummond bounced into a doubleplay from Kurtz (at third) to Tyler Criniti (at first, impressive scoop). Drummond (three) and Criniti combined for five hits. GAMP created a 4-4 tie in the sixth as Nick Carine made it home from third before a purposely created rundown could erase a runner off first. This game started the previous day (one scoreless inning) at Great Valley High before rain intervened.
QUARTERFINAL
At Unionville High
Lancaster County Christian 5, GAMP 1
  The Pioneers were held to three hits and their lone run was scored in the third by Desmond Drummond on a misplayed grounder off the bat of Nick Carine. They took a 1-0 lead into the fifth.

2013
CLASS AAAA
FIRST ROUND
At Immaculata University
  Coatesville 5, Frankford 0:
The Pioneers' two hits were posted by Kidanny Cumba and Eduardo "Cheese" Sanchez.
CLASS AAA
FIRST ROUND
At Stump Stadium, Pine Grove
Tamaqua 11, Franklin Towne 1 (6 inn.)
  Stephen Callahan laced the game's first pitch for a single, but the next 10 batters were retired in order and the Coyotes' lone run, tallied in the fourth, was unearned.
CLASS AA
FIRST ROUND
At Northern York
Delone Catholic 13, Prep Charter 4
  Mike Lyons bagged one RBI apiece on a sac fly and single. The Huskies trailed by 2-1 in the fifth when Keegan McKoskey's hard grounder down the leftfield line, with runners on first and second, wound up being foul by inches. McKoskey then popped out and DC mostly frolicked.
CLASS A
FIRST ROUND
At Temple Ambler
  Calvary Christian 3, GAMP 2:
Tyler Scheuer spun a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts and Mark Farley, with the bases loaded and infield up in the home seventh, sent a single down the leftfield line to end it. Jacob Kurtz took the loss.

2014
CLASS AAAA
FIRST ROUND
At Neumann University
Methacton 4, Washington 0
 
The Eagles were disheartened by the son of a former Pub star. Kyle Lowery, whose dad, Ed, was a first team All-City infielder for Roxborough in '78 (and reached AAA in the minors), broke a scoreless tie with a two-run, fifth-inning double. Washington rapped five hits, and Eddie Tingle's double was the best.
CLASS AAA
FIRST ROUND
At Stump Stadium, in Pine Grove
Tamaqua 12, Franklin Towne 2 (6 inn.)
  For Towne, Brian Bradley lofted a sac fly to score Phil Gilchrist and Matt Schlernitzauer tallied on the back end of a double steal.
CLASS AA
  None
CLASS A
FIRST ROUND
At Ashburn Field
Schuylkill Haven 12, Masterman 2 (5 inn.)
 
The Blue Dragons' two runs scored on an infield error. Liam Shanahan, a freshman lefty, began the game at shortstop, then pitched the last two innings, allowing no earned runs.

2015
CLASS AAAA
FIRST ROUND
At Penncrest
North Penn 5, Olney 0

  The Trojans were limited to three hits, and two were singles by Christian Santos. Cesar Loya pitched five innings, and retired seven of the last eight batters he faced.
Like all first round games over the four classifications for District 12's teams, this one wasn't played until Wednesday (instead of Monday) due to persistent rain.
CLASS AAA
FIRST ROUND
Donegal 7, Franklin Towne 0 (forfeit)

  After the second postponement, citing conflicts with important school events, FT officials decided to withdraw their team from the tournament.
CLASS AA
  None.
CLASS A
FIRST ROUND
At Wenger Field, in Fredericksburg
Lancaster County Christian 7, GAMP 0

  The Pioneers were held to one hit, Cesar Quezada's early single. Matt Ventus went the distance.