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Downingtown East settles for 4th in district despite 15-hit attack

(16) Conestoga 11, (7) Downingtown East 10, 8 innings – The Cougars banged out 15 hits and scored in each of their first five innings but it wasn’t enough to prevent the loss in the District 1-6A third-place game Thursday.
Conestoga overcame a 10-7 deficit and forced extra innings with three runs in the sixth before getting game-winner in the eighth on an RBI-double by Luke Czepial.
Coming off a 2-1 loss to Council Rock North in the district semifinals Tuesday, D-East got three hits from Matt Szepanski, a pair of doubles from Albert Choi and two RBI each from Austin Taylor (2-2), Zack Burton (double) and Tommy Hammett (double).
Also driving in runs for the Cougars (17-7), who open state playoffs on the road Monday against District 4 champion Williamsport, were Mike Rodriguez, Connor Munnelly(double)  and Joe Janick.
“I don’t like going into states off two losses but I think the kids are focused,” Downingtown East coach Pete Susi said on papreplive.com. “We really hit the ball well today and we wanted to use a lot of pitchers to get them playoff experience so I think we will be alright.”
Conestoga        502 003 01 – 11
D-East               141 220 00 – 10
WP-Rush (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K). LP-Kalten (2 IP, 3 H 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K). 2B-Choi (DE) 2, Czepial (C), Hammett (DE), Munnelly (DE), Burton (DE)
Conestoga: Borger 3-4, 3R; Margolis 2-4, 2R; Buck 1-4, 2 RBI; Marcus 1-3, 2 RBI, R; DeLuccia 3-4, 3 RBI
D-East: Szepanski 3-4, R; Choi 2-3, 2 2Bs, 2R, RBI; Hammett 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2R; Burton 1-5, 2B, RBI, R; Janick 1-5, RBI; Rodriguez 1-4, RBI, R; Taylor 2-2, 2 RBI; Munnelly 1-3, 2B, RBI, R
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