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Neumann-Goretti . . . 2017 PIAA Class AA State Champs!

   On June 16, at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, Neumann-Goretti beat Bishop McCort, of Johnstown, 7-4, to claim its second consecutive state baseball title (over the same opponent). Phil Sanborn (4.1 innings) and Joe Messina divided the pitching while Brian Reynolds (walk), Eric Nardini and Sanborn (singles) had RBI in a five-run first. With the bases loaded in the seventh, Messina notched a three-pitch strikeout to end it.


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The title-game boxscore . . .

Neumann-Goretti 7, Bishop McCort 4
BISHOP McCORT AB R H BI   NEUMANN-GOR. AB R H BI
Boston Bradley c-p 3 1 1 1   Colin Eiser cf 3 0 0 0
Cameron Bunn, 2b 4 0 1 2   Aidan Baur 3b 2 1 1 0
Ian Fleck ss 4 0 2 0   Jared Healey ss 3 0 2 0
Bryce Kramer 1b 4 0 1 1   RJ McGettigan 1b 3 1 0 0
Chris Miller lf 1 1 1 0   Steve Pizza 2b 2 1 0 0
Logan Kasper cf 2 0 0 0   Brian Reynolds rf 2 2 1 1
Carmine Cannizzaro dh 4 1 1 0   Eric Nardini c 3 1 1 1
Anthony Cacciotti rf 3 1 1 0   Phil Sanborn p 2 0 2 1
Zach Romach 3b 3 0 0 0   Joe Messina p 2 0 0 0
Gabe Cannizzaro pr 0 0 0 0   George Mascuilli lf 2 1 0 0
  28 4 8 4     24 7 7 3
  Not part of batting order: Brenden Lavely, BM, p-3b; Brett Seitz, BM, p; Hunter Leech, BM, c.
Bishop McCort 0 0 1   2 0 0   1 - 4            
Neumann-Goretti 5 0 0   0 2 0   x - 7            
  E: Bradley 2, Seitz, Baur. DP: N-G. LOB: McCort 13, N-G 10. 2B: Healey. SB: Miller, Kasper.
S: Kasper, Nardini.
Bishop McCort IP H R ER BB SO
Brenden Lavely (L) 3.1 6 5 3 4 1
Brett Seitz 2 1 2 1 3 2
Boston Bradley .2 0 0 0 0 1
Neumann-Goretti IP H R ER BB SO
Phil Sanborn (W) 4.1 8 3 3 3 7
Joe Messina (S) 2.2 0 1 1 3 3
  HBP: by Lavely (McGettigan), by Seitz (Mascuilli, Eiser),
by Sanborn (Bradley, Cacciotti), by Messina (Ramach). T: 2:32.

Postseason statistics . . . (eight games)

BATTING AB R H BI AVG. 2B 3B HR
Jared Healey 20 8 11 5 .550 2 0 1
RJ McGettigan 25 7 10 6 .400 1 0 0
Brian Reynolds 20 8 7 4 .350 1 0 0
Phil Sanborn 23 2 7 9 .304 1 0 0
Eric Nardini 20 2 6 8 .300 0 0 0
Aidan Baur 25 10 8 2 .320 3 0 0
Colin Eiser 30 8 9 2 .300 0 0 1
Steve Pizza 17 6 4 6 .235 0 0 0
Adam Jaep 12 3 2 1 .167 0 0 0
George Mascuilli 8 1 1 0 .125 0 0 0
Joe Messina 2 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
202 55 65 43 .322 8 0 2
SB: Eiser, Jaep, Pizza, Reynolds.    
PITCHING IP H R ER BB SO ERA  
Jared Healey .2 0 0 0 1 1 0.00  
George Mascuilli (2-0) 15 20 8 6 5 13 2.80  
Phil Sanborn (4-0) 30.2 32 19 13 8 33 2.97  
Joe Messina (2-0) 11.2 14 9 7 5 8 4.20  
58 66 36 26 19 55 3.14  
Saves: Messina 2.                

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The Season's Results (23-4) . . .

NON-LEAGUE RESULT

6-1

 
Haverford School L, 6-0
Ridley W, 4-2
Devon Prep W, 3-2
SCH Academy W, 4-2
String Theory (5 inn.) W, 12-0
Williamstown (NJ) W, 5-0
Episcopal W, 7-5
LEAGUE RESULT
9-3  
Conwell-Egan L, 3-1
Ryan L, 3-2
O'Hara W, 14-5
Carroll W, 7-2
Bonner-Prendie (9 inn.) W, 5-4
La Salle W, 5-0
Wood W, 2-0
Judge W, 5-3
McDevitt (4 inn.) W, 15-0
Lansdale W, 5-3
SJ Prep L, 10-0
Roman W, 9-0
CL PLAYOFFS RESULT
3-0  
Judge (9 inn.) W, 3-2
Ryan W, 4-0
Wood W, 6-4

CITY TITLE

RESULT

1-0

 

*MaST Charter

W, 8-4
*-not a Public League school, but within city limits
and forced to play in D-12
STATES RESULT
4-0  
Dock Mennonite W, 4-3
Old Forge W, 13-10
Bellwood-Antis W, 10-9
Bishop McCort (Johnstown) W, 7-4

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WEBSITE RECAP
JUNE 16
STATE PLAYOFFS, FINAL
CLASS AA
At Penn State
  Neumann-Goretti 7, Bishop McCort 4:
A five-spot in the first inning turned out to be sufficient as the Saints beat the same opponent for a second consecutive state championship and became the first school in PIAA history to seize crowns in both basketball and baseball in back-to-back school years. Lefty Phil Sanborn, working on three days' rest, pitched the first 4.1 innings and soph Joe Messina went the rest of the way to earn the save. McCort scored once in the seventh and had the bases loaded with two away when Messina humped up for a three-pitch strikeout; the Crushers stranded 13 runners in all. Eric Nardini and Sanborn lined RBI singles in the first after Brian Reynolds drew a walk to plate the first run. A throwing error off Nardini's single allowed two more runs to score. Two fifth-inning runs were notched thanks to wild pitches. Sanborn and Jared Healey (double) halved four hits.
As in 2016, the Saints, this time under first-year coach Mike "Zoom" Zolk, executed a CL/CT/states sweep.

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First baseman RJ McGettigan makes a stretch to get the putout.