Tues. Pa. boys' roundup: Phoenixville blanks Holy Ghost

Posted: May 23, 2012

Phoenixville sophomore Cole Luzins capitalized on his first appearance in the varsity lineup, helping the Phantoms register a 3-0 win over visiting Holy Ghost Prep in the District 1 Class AAA baseball tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Luzins, utilized as the No. 9 hitter to help an injury-plagued Phoenixville roster, went 2 for 3 with a run-scoring double in a decisive three-run sixth inning, putting the Phantoms in the semifinals on Thursday.

Colin Ammon pitched the one-hit shutout, allowing only a second-inning single, striking out two and walking one.

Phoenixville's next opponent, Chichester, broke open a close game with a three-run fifth inning and bumped visiting Upper Perkiomen, 6-1. Mark Ferrara went 3 for 3, and Guiseppe Fida had two hits and pitcher Nick Kruzienski tossed a compete game.

District 1 Class A. Jenkintown rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to oust visiting Christopher Dock, 6-5, in the quarterfinals. Pat Stillmun had two hits and scored twice, and Ned Hull and Jim McKernan each had two hits and a run scored.

Reilly Degen drove in three runs and Dan Reber went 3 for 4 with a run batted in, supporting pitcher Tyler Scheuer (10 strikeouts) during Calvary Christian's 9-1 win over visiting Friends Select.

Mike Kyne doubled, tripled, drove in a run and scored twice while steering Delco Christian past host Church Farm, 5-2.

Pa. Independent Schools. Chestnut Hill's Christian Salem opened the 16-team tournament with a 10-0 no-hitter against visiting Shipley in five innings. Sam Feirson hit a bases-loaded triple, and Matt Rowland knocked in three runs.

Andrew Landolfi singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh to drive in Steve Scornajenghi with the run in Haverford School's 1-0 thriller over visiting Friends' Central. Reliever Eric Close struck out the side in the seventh for the win.

Kyushik Nam hit a two-run homer in the first inning and finished with four runs scored as Hill School knocked off visiting Phelps, 14-2.

Perkiomen School grabbed a 12-2 win over visiting Episcopal Academy, boosted by Naquan Holden and pitcher Noah Kauffman, who combined for five hits and five RBIs.

Catholic. Senior shortstop Marty Venafro, who has played every game for Neumann-Goretti over four years, poked his 100th career hit in the first inning of an 8-4 league quarterfinal win over visiting Archbishop Wood.

Venafro went 2 for 4, scored twice and went home with the game ball, Josh Ockimey had two hits and three RBIs, and pitcher Joey Gorman (7-0) struck out eight batters.

Junior Eric McGough struck out 14 and led Archbishop Carroll to a 4-3 win over Lansdale Catholic at Archbishop Wood. Justin Roman went 3 for 3 and Dan Santoleri added two hits for the Patriots.


Conestoga, the two-time defending state champion, will make its fourth straight appearance in the District 1 tournament finals after beating Great Valley, 12-6, in the semifinals at Radnor.

Jake Scott scored five goals, and Connor Frisina added two goals and three assists for the Pioneers, who had Brody Shea and Robbie Zonino share the goaltending duties.

Garnet Valley's defense, which has allowed five goals or less in each of four tournament games, inspired the Jaguars' 9-4 win over Downingtown West in the other semifinal at Radnor. Vail Urso helped with a hat trick.


Masterman came back from a 2-1 deficit to win the Public League Class AA championship, 25-15, 21-25, 17-25, 25-21, 15-10, over Engineering & Science in the final at Central. Chris Vargese had eight kills, and Luat Nguyen added seven service aces for the Blue Dragons.

Subin Shaji's 18 service points and 20 assists steered Washington to a 25-19, 25-15, 21-25, 25-22 win over Northeast in the Public League Class AAA final at Lincoln. Danil Pavlov had 18 kills for the Eagles, and Northeast's Yihui Wang posted 16 assists and nine kills.

Washington and Masterman will meet for the overall league championship on Thursday at Community College of Philadelphia.


Declan Hahn's victory at first singles led a Friends' Central sweep of each final in the Friends Schools League individual championships at the Arthur Ashe Center.

Hahn joined teammates Sam Silver and Ilan Dreyfuss in taking singles trophies, and Raaj Singh and Max Ginzberg, and Greg Lynn and Tom Fakharzadeh claimed doubles titles for the Phoenix, which also won the league's team title this spring.

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