Pa. Boys: Thurs. Pa. boys: Wood's Russo flourishes in final

Posted: May 31, 2014

In his biggest game of the season, Anthony Russo brought his best stuff.

The righthander fired fastballs for strikes early, mixed in curveballs later, and led the Archbishop Wood baseball team to an 8-0 win over Franklin Towne Charter in the District 12 Class AAA championship Thursday at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia.

Russo, who finished with a one-hitter and 14 strikeouts, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Ray Lopez ended the no-hit bid with a single up the middle. Russo lost a chance at a perfect game on an error earlier in the game. He didn't walk a batter until the seventh.

Wood's Erik Bowren was a triple away from the cycle.

District 12 Class AAAA Championship

With two outs and the bases loaded in the second inning, Brad Schneider doubled in three runs to spark an 11-run inning for La Salle, which routed Washington, 16-1, in five innings at Ashburn Field.

Schneider's three-run double made it 4-0. In the first, Jim Herron lifted a sacrifice fly to score A.J. Grezeszak, who had belted a leadoff triple.

John Scheffey pitched three scoreless innings to get the win. Joe Krol took over and allowed a run in the fourth before pitching a 1-2-3 fifth inning.

"It's one of the goals we set for the year," La Salle coach Joe Parisi said of winning the district title. "It gives us a little momentum going into the states."

District 12 Class AA Championship

Josh Ockimey blasted a grand slam to bring on the 10-run mercy rule in Neumann-Goretti's 12-1 triumph over Philadelphia Academy Charter at Ashburn Field. The game ended in five innings.

District 1 Class AAAA Semifinals

Greg Pellicano smacked a two-out, two-run single in the top of seventh inning to provide the winning runs in Methacton's 6-4 victory against Conestoga at Glen Mills.

The Warriors had scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead in the game that was resumed from Tuesday.

District 1 Class A Championship

Tyler Klicka launched a three-run homer in Devon Prep's 7-0 shutout of Calvary Christian at Penncrest.

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