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Roundup: Henderson knocks off West Chester East

B_WCHvsWCE_slide1WEST CHESTER – Veteran West Chester Henderson coach Luke McNichol has been around baseball a long time, and has seen just about everything.

Everything, that is, except snow on the playing surface – which provided an uncommon backdrop to the Warriors’ 4-3 Ches-Mont League National Conference victory over West Chester East Thursday afternoon.

“There was snow on the field, and I’ve never seen that before,” said McNichol. “It was cold and windy but we battled, and we found a way to win the game. The kids deserve all the credit.”

There were plenty of Warriors sharing the credit Thursday, including right fielder Kevin McKeighan, whose strong throw nailed Ian Street at the plate in the fifth inning to cut off the potential tying run. Street (2 doubles, RBI) was attempting to score from third on a fly ball to the outfield, but McKeighan had other ideas.

“That was a very big play,” said McNichol, whose club improved to 2-0 in the National Conference with its second straight one-run decision. “And our last two pitchers – Grayson Davis and Brad Patton – did a good job holding the lead.”B_WCHvsWCE_slide2

Grayson worked four shutout innings to pick up the win while Patton came on to retire the side in order for the save. Dave Conklin absorbed the loss for the Vikings (0-2 league, 1-2 overall).

Trailing 3-2 heading into the fourth, Henderson took the lead for good on Matt Persick’s RBI-grounder. Earlier, Chandler Liero tripled home a run and Tyler McCabe (2-for-3) contributed an RBI-single for the winners.

In addition to Street, Nick Corialos also launched a double for WC East, which wasted three shutout innings of relief from Dan Genthert that produced three strikeouts.

“We’ve only been outside four times – twice for practice and the other two times for our games,” said McNichol. “So I’m pretty pleased that we’ve been able to win our first two league games, especially in these conditions.”

Henderson    200 200 0 – 4-8-1

WC East       111 000 0 – 3-4-0

WP-Grayson Davis. LP-Dave Conklin. 2B-Scott Lorback (WCH), Nick Corialos (WCE), Ian Street (WCE) 2. 3B-Chandler Liero (WCH).B_WCHvsWCE_slide3

Great Valley 4, Coatesville 1 – The Patriots (2-0, 3-0) stayed perfect behind a four-run first inning in posting the Ches-Mont crossover victory.

Great Valley got RBI-singles from Allen Barry and Connor Agnew during the early surge, and starter Colin Duclos did the rest – limiting the Red Raiders (1-1, 1-1) to five hits and one run while fanning four in 5 2/3 innings of work. Barry notched the save, allowing just one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless frames.

Leading the way for Coatesville at the plate was Aaron Cummings with two singles in three trips to the plate.

Coatesville   000 100 0 – 1

Great Valley  400 000 x – 4

WP-Colin Duclos. LP-Jonathan Walker.

Oxford 3, Kennett 2 – Oxford rode the strong arms of freshmen Nolan Benke and Paul Tomaloff to victory, pushing across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.

Benke pitched five hitless innings before Tomaloff came on to complete the combined one-hitter, allowing just Chris Tucker’s double over the final two frames to secure the win.

Oxford managed just three singles – getting a run-scoring safety from Ethan Herb and hits from Jake Leonard (2 runs) and Kyle Price. The loss drops Kennett to 0-2 on the season.

Kennett   000 200 0 – 2

Oxford    100 010 1 – 3

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