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Wrap: Downingtown West squeezes by Coatesville; West Chester East’s Edwards fires no-hitter

COATESVILLE  – Two aces. One disputed run.

That was the difference Tuesday night as Downingtown West squeezed out a 1-0 Ches-Mont League National decision over host Coatesville.

The Whippets got the only run they needed in the seventh inning and Sean Esche made it stand, finishing his complete-game gem with a two-hitter that featured seven strikeouts and no walks.B_20140401_DTWvsCV_slide4

Collin Domblesky and Toby Welk drew walks to open the seventh for Downingtown West, and after a pair of outs, Alex Jankowski drilled a hot shot to third that wasn’t handled cleanly. The controversy came when Domblesky was ruled to have crossed the plate before the Coatesville third baseman recovered and tagged out Welk heading to third.

Lost in the late drama was a sterling pitching performance by Coatesville ace and North Carolina State recruit Brian Brown, who exited after six shutout innings having yielded just one hit and one walk while recording 12 strikeouts.

Bobby Stewart had both hits for the Red Raiders, who dropped to 1-2, while Max Edgin’s double in the fourth was the lone safety allowed by Brown.

Downingtown West 000 000 1–1

Coatesville             000 000 0—0

WP — Esche. LP — Asadi. 2B — Edgin (DW).B_20140401_DTWvsCV_slide2

West Chester East 3, Oxford 0 – Donald Edwards fired a no-hitter with two walks and four strikeouts to lead the Vikings (1-2, 2-2) to the Ches-Mont win.

Driving in runs for West Chester East were Ian Street (3-for-4, two doubles) Connor Ruhl (double, single) and Nick Coriales (double). Steve Borum chipped in with two hits to help drop the Hornets to 1-2.

W.C. East  100 000 2–3

Oxford       000 000 0–0

WP — Edwards. LP — Boggs. 2B– N. Corialos (WCE), Street 2 (WCE), Ruhl (WCE).

Bishop Shanahan 6, W.C. Rustin 5 – The Eagles (1-2 league and overall) overcame a 5-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the sixth and tacking on two more in the seventh.

Corey Kern’s RBI-double, his second two-bagger of the game, tied it in the seventh before Ben McDonald drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the eventual game winner. In the sixth Jeff Zebrowski (2-for-4) belted a two-run double to get Bishop Shanahan within striking distance. In addition to Zebrowski, Kern (3-for-3) and Dan Terra also enjoyed multi-hit games.

The Golden Knights had taken early control with five runs in the second, keyed by Mark Osis’ three-run homer. Jimmy Brennan added a triple for Rustin (0-2 league).

W.C. Rustin              050 000 0 — 5

Bishop Shanahan    000 004 2 – 6

WP–Savini. LP–Chobany. 2B–Zebrowski (BS), Kern 2 (BS). 3B–Brennan (R). HR–Osis (R).

Downingtown East 2, Avon Grove 1 – Eric Sigovich needed just 85 pitches to go the distance, striking out six and allowing just three hits to lead the Cougars to the Ches-Mont National verdict.

Kyle Ajjan went 2-for-3 with the decisive RBI in the fifth inning for Downingtown East (2-1 league and overall) while Rob Baxley contributed a single, double and RBI.

The Red Devils wasted a strong outing by Eric Ligda, who scattered six hits and struck out five in taking the loss. Avon Grove (2-1 league) got its only run in the second with Jay Farrow collecting the RBI.

Avon Grove                 010 000 0 — 1

Downingtown East    000 110 x – 2

WP–Sigovich. LP–Ligda. 2B–Baxley (DE).

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