Tues. Pa. boys’ roundup: Kurtz lifts GAMP to first playoff victory

Posted: June 06, 2012

Sophomore Jacob Kurtz poked a one-out single in the eighth inning to drive in the winning run as GAMP won a PIAA state baseball playoff game for the first time Tuesday.

The District 12 champion Pioneers (15-11) bounced back from a 4-1 deficit after five innings and edged District 1 winner Calvary Christian (18-6), 5-4, in the first round of the Class A state tournament at Great Valley.

GAMP, which starts just three seniors, tied the game in the sixth with key hits by Nick Green, Tyler Criniti, and winning pitcher Desmond Drummond.

In the eighth, Joe Brinkman reached base on a bunt single, advanced on a sacrifice and Drummond's third hit of the game, and scored on Kurtz's hit. In the bottom of the inning, Calvary put a runner on second base before Drummond ended the game with a strikeout.

State Class AAAA. Five runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings allowed La Salle to claim a 10-1 victory over Upper Dublin in the first round of the state tournament at Temple University.

Winning pitcher Kevin Long threw six innings and helped himself by poking three of the Explorers' 12 hits and driving in two runs.

Chris Melillo had four RBIs with a pair of doubles, and Colin Pyne and P.J. Acierno each had two hits and scored twice.

Hatboro-Horsham's Casey Saverio came through with a two-out run-scoring single on an 0-2 pitch in the seventh inning to make the Hatters (21-4) 5-4 winners over Nazareth (21-5) at Parkland.

Casey O'Donnell fanned 11 batters to get the win. Saverio tied the game in the sixth with a steal of home as part of a double steal.

District 1 champion Central Bucks South (16-7) made a quick tournament exit via a 5-3 loss to Central Dauphin (15-10) of Harrisburg at Immaculata University.

Rams pitcher Nate Tessitore (7-1) needed 97 pitches to get the victory in the game that was suspended as a 2-2 tie on Monday.

State Class AAA. Neumann-Goretti (20-3) avenged last year's first-round loss to Twin Valley by ousting the Raiders, 2-0, at Temple University.

Junior righthander Joe Kinee handled the pitching with a six-strikeout complete game, and also singled in Marty Venafro with the winning run with two outs in the first inning. Josh Ockimey homered in the third inning.

Philadelphia Electrical managed four hits in a 10-0 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg at Ephrata.

State Class AA. Esperanza's season ended with an 11-12 record as the Scorpions dropped a 9-1 first-round verdict to Brandywine Heights at Muhlenberg.

Aderly Perez singled in a run in the fourth inning with one of Esperanza's three hits in the game.


La Salle will make its third appearance in the PIAA state tournament championship game in the last four years after racing past Mount Lebanon, 12-3, in the state semifinals at Penn State University.

Matt Rambo scored three goals in a 28-second span in the second quarter and registered six goals. Adam Schaal and Adam Stefanowicz added two goals apiece.

Also for La Salle (20-4), Casey Eidenshink had five of his team's 26 ground balls, Dillon Pierce had two assists, and goalies Nick Hreshko and Colin McDougall combined for four saves.

La Salle will face Conestoga in the state championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium.

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