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Rustin falls short of Carroll in state playoff opener

(12-1) Archbishop Carroll 3, (1-3) Rustin 2 – The Golden Knights gave the District 12 champion Patriots all they could handle before falling short in the PIAA Class 5A opener Monday at La Salle College High School.

Rustin, which finishes at 12-12, got within one run in the seventh on Alex Bales’ pinch-hit double and Nick Maiorano’s RBI-single, but were unable to push across the equalizer.

Pat McDonough went 2-for-3 to pace the Golden Knights’ attack, including a leadoff double in the second inning that led to the first run for Rustin – scored on Dylan DeMarco’s RBI-groundout.

Jake Geisler worked 6 1/3 sharp innings in absorbing the loss, outdueled by Carroll ace left-hander and Alabama recruit Jake Kelchner. Kelchner struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings before giving way to Tyler Kehoe, who earned the save.

Carroll moves on to play (3-2) Cedar Cliff in the state quarterfinals Thursday. Cedar Cliff advanced with a 3-1 win over District 11 champion Blue Mountain.

PIAA Class 5A Opening Round

WC Rustin

AB

R

H

BI

 

Arch. Carroll

AB

R

H

BI

Hopkins c

4

0

0

0

 

Kehoe cf

4

1

1

0

Maiorano rf

3

0

1

1

 

Hitman ss

3

1

1

0

Watson cf

4

0

1

0

 

Chesnet c

2

0

0

1

McDonough 3b

3

1

2

0

 

Kelchner p

3

0

2

1

Harkins lf

3

0

1

0

 

Grill cf

1

0

0

0

DeMarco ss

3

0

1

1

 

Crossan 3b

3

0

0

0

Geisler p

1

0

0

0

 

Pierce 1b

3

1

1

0

King dh

2

0

0

0

 

Lawley 2b

3

0

1

0

Piercey 1b

2

0

0

0

 

Marley rf

3

0

1

0

Bales ph

1

1

1

0

           

Totals

26

2

7

2

 

Totals

25

3

7

2

Rustin      010 000 1 – 2

Carroll     200 001 x – 3

2B-McDonough, Bales. 3B-Pierce

Rustin

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

BF

 

Carroll

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

BF

Geisler (L)

6.1

7

3

2

2

2

 

Kelchner (W)

5.1

4

1

1

4

8

Fricker

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

 

Kehoe (S)

1.2

3

1

1

0

1

 

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