Avon Grove denies Downingtown East; D-West stays in hunt by routing Shanahan

Avon Grove 7, Downingtown East 2 – The Cougars’ bid to clinch the Ches-Mont League National Division championship went asunder Friday in a deluge of ill-timed errors, passed balls, wild pitches and free passes.
When it was all said and done, the Red Devils had their seventh win in nine starts, erasing a 2-0 deficit with five runs in the fifth inning and tacking on two more in the sixth to deny D-East the celebration.
The Cougars (13-4), who allowed seven walks in the loss, can still clinch their first title in five years with a win at home over Bishop Shanahan Monday or a loss by four-time defending champion Downingtown West in a Monday matchup with visiting Oxford.
It all started well enough for D-East, which grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Tony Giancatarino’s two-run double. But it all came undone in the fifth as Avon Grove capitalized on three walks, two errors and RBI-singles by Bryce Porter and Aidan Duda to take the lead for good off Grant Umberger, who allowed zero earned runs in four-plus innings of work.
Red Devils ace Karl Schmidt did the rest, picking up the win with three overpowering innings of one-hit, scoreless relief that produced four strikeouts against no walks.
Avon Grove            000 052 0 – 7-4-0
D-East                     200 000 0 – 2-3-2
WP-Schmidt (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K). LP-Grant Umberger (4 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 K). 2B-Porter (AG), Anthony Giancatarino (DE).
Avon Grove: Porter 2-2, 2B, 2 BBs, 2 R, RBI; Duda 2-4, RBI, R; Clausius 0-1, BB, RBI
D-East: Giancatarino 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI; Defant 1-3; Owsik 1-3; Reichlin 0-2, BB, R
Downingtown West 10, Bishop Shanahan 0, 5 innings – The Whippets (12-5) got hits from everyone in their lineup and Kevin Small dominated on the mound with a complete-game, four-hit shutout featuring 10 strikeouts to trigger the Ches-Mont National romp.
Tommy Eliason, Aaron Sipes and Jack Dovidio drove in two runs apiece for D-West, which set the tone for the rout by scoring six times in the second inning. The victory kept the four-time Ches-Mont National champion Whippets in the hunt to retain a share of the division title with one game remaining.
Henderson 1, West Chester East 0 – Eddie Smink and Logan Culp combined on a two-hit shutout with four strikeouts and Billy Hicks delivered an RBI-single in the third inning for the game’s only run to carry the Warriors to the Ches-Mont National triumph over their neighborhood rivals at Bob Owens Field.
Jay Dalton and Grant Shorey had the lone hits for the Vikings, who wasted a strong start from hard-luck loser Ryan Basarab that produced seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of work.
WC East             000 000 0 – 0-2-0
Henderson         001 000 x – 1-3-1
WP-Eddie Smink (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K). LP-Ryan Basarab (5..2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K). Save-Logan Culp (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K). No extra base hits
WC East: Dalton 1-3; Shorey 1-2, BB
Henderson: Hicks 1-3, RBI; Collinson 1-3; Collins 1-1, BB, R
Coatesville 4, Sun Valley 3 – RJ Rickabaugh came through with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Red Raiders to the Ches-Mont crossover win.
The Vanguards (4-12 Ches-Mont, 6-12 overall), who got RBI from Vinny DeAngelo, Kenny Jensen and Vinny Proietto, had set up Rickabaugh’s heroics with two runs in the top of the seventh to momentarily forge a 3-3 tie.
Caleb Hershey had three hits including two doubles and drove in two runs to pace Coatesville.
Sun Valley       001 000 2 – 3-7-3
Coatesville      001 011 1 – 4-5-1
WP: Cam Trego (1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB) in relief of Derek Seagreaves (6+IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 9 K, 2 BB), LP: Ryan Kester (2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, ER, K, 3 BB) in relief of Vinny DeAngelo (4 IP, 1 H, ER, 3 K, 5 BB). 2B: Caleb Hershey 2 (CV)
Sun Valley: Vinny DeAngelo 2-3, RBI, BB; Kenny Jensen 1-4, RBI; Vinny Proietto 1-2, RBI, R, BB
Coatesville: Caleb Hershey 3-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB; RJ Rickabaugh 1-4, RBI (walk off single); Anthony Boccio 1-3, BB, R
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