Next for Frankford, at 1 p.m. Monday at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia, is a Public semifinal vs. Class AA representative Prep Charter.
Against Washington, the Pioneers, with the aid of five errors, rallied from a 4-1 deficit. After forging a tie with two fifth-inning runs, they added two more in the sixth and one in the seventh.
DiGiorgio, who started the game in center field, came up huge in relief of Sanchez. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound lefthander pitched three innings of hitless relief, striking out six.
"I'm OK with any role the coach gives me," DiGiorgio said. "Coming in as a closer, it feels like the game is in your hands. I like being in that position."
DiGiorgio, who was a top quarterback in football and will be a preferred walk-on in that sport at Temple, returned to the diamond this spring after a two-year layoff.
The score was 4-4 entering the home fifth. After Sanchez issued a walk and yielded a bloop single, Namnun called on DiGiorgio to douse the fire.
DiGiorgio promptly whiffed two batters, and got the third out on a fly ball to right.
"I kind of felt like I was in a zone," DiGiorgio said. "Anything in foul territory made no noise. I just tried to keep the ball down and work the corners."
In the sixth, after DiGiorgio's sacrifice fly produced the go-ahead run, Montero followed with a shot to center that was bobbled and then dropped, allowing Kidanny Cumba to score and make it 6-4.
Washington managed only two hits after its four-run outburst in the third inning.
DiGiorgio "came in and shut us down," Eagles coach Ken Geiser said. "He threw a nice fastball, and we struck out on some high fastballs."
Frankford 001 122 1 - 7 10 0
George Washington 004 000 0 - 4 7 5
WP: Tim DiGiorgio. LP: Roger Hanson. 2B: GW-Corey Sharp.
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