The 6-foot, 165-pounder went the distance, allowing five hits (three in the first six innings), striking out six, and walking a pair. He threw 101 pitches, 70 for strikes.
DeStefano has had an ongoing battle with tendinitis. "It flared up in the last couple of weeks," the 18-year-old said. "But the coaches were able to give me some rest, and my arm felt incredible today. I could have pitched another seven innings."
On Monday, C.R. South, advancing to the state semifinals for the first time, will play District 6 champ Altoona, a 6-3 winner Thursday night over District 7 runner-up Mount Lebanon, at a site and time to be determined.
Against Coatesville, the Golden Hawks (22-2) did all their scoring in the second inning. The highlights were Zach Fitzgerald's two-run triple to right-center field and Jeff Miller's two-run double to right.
The bottom of the order set up the outburst. With one out, Kane Price, the No. 7 hitter, ripped a double to right. Mike Chaykin followed with an RBI single past shortstop, knocking in Price. And No. 9 man Steve Wright singled to short left.
"We really don't have any holes in the lineup," said Fitzgerald, a senior second baseman. "One through nine, we've been getting the job done."
DeStefano, who doubles as a leftfielder and will play at Division II Kutztown, struck out the side in the second. The only damage was Jake Kennedy's solo homer to dead-center, covering about 390 feet, in the fourth.
"He had been struggling a little bit lately," senior centerfielder and Rider recruit Brian Donnelly said. "But I said to a teammate during the game, 'He's back.' He had a good command of all his pitches."
DeStefano, who was looked at in the fifth after being hit in the kneecap, mixed a two-seam fastball, change-up, and curveball. In the seventh, after yielding a leadoff single, he notched a 10-pitch strikeout.
Coatesville (17-9) reached the state tournament for the first time since 2006.
"The kids worked hard, stayed with it all season, and never gave up," longtime Red Raiders coach Hal Ziegler said.
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WP: Bret DeStefano. LP: Justin Moore. 2B: CRS–Kane Price, Jeff Miller; 3B: CRS–Zach Fitzgerald. HR: C–Jake Kennedy.
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