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District 2 Baseball Championship Preview

May 26, 2019

Class A

(2) MMI Prep (9-12)

vs. (1) Old Forge (8-13)

When: Today, 1 p.m.

Where: PNC Field

Admission: $7 for adults, $4 for students.

Up next: The winner advances to the state playoffs to face the No. 1 seed from District 3, either Mount Calvary Christian, Greenwood or Halifax.

How they got here: MMI Prep defeated Forest City, 12-0. Old Forge defeated Susquehanna, 12-0.

Breakdown: Both teams were able to breeze to the championship game, defeating their respective opponents by identical 12-0 scores. ... MMI Prep defeated Forest City last year to win the District 2 title, but then lost to Tri-Valley in the District 2-11 championship game the following day. ... MMI Prep’s Kevin McNulty is coming off a huge semifinal when he hit a pair of home runs and drove in seven. Marcus Danchision pitched all five innings with eight strikeouts to get the win. ... McNulty is hitting .467 with a team-best three home runs and 31 RBIs. Danchision is batting .348, while Marcus Kassick is batting .458. ... A.J. Jordan leads the MMI pitching staff at 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA. ... Old Forge lost three games in a row before winning its semifinal. Cooper Grochowski pitched five innings allowing two hits in the win over Susquehanna. ... Hayden Jones leads the team batting .352. Anthony Marsico is batting .349, while Sean Donovan has a team-best 18 RBIs.

Class 3A

(3) Wyoming Seminary (15-5) vs. (1) Lake-Lehman (18-3)

When: Today, 6 p.m.

Where: PNC Field.

Admissi0on: $7 for adults, $4 for students.

Up next: The champion advances to the state playoffs to face the

No. 2 seed from District 4. The runner-up advances and will face the No. 1 seed from District 4. Montoursville and Central Columbia play Tuesday for the District 4 championship.

How they got here: Wyoming Seminary defeated Holy Redeemer, 4-0; defeated Mid Valley 5-2. Lake-Lehman defeated Riverside, 7-2; defeated Dunmore, 5-3.

Breakdown: Regardless of the outcome of the championship game, Wyoming Seminary will be making its first appearance in the state tournament with District 2 receiving two berths into the playoffs. ... Wyoming Seminary was able to play its semifinal game against Mid Valley on Thursday. Lake-Lehman had to wait until Friday and adjust its plans for the pitching rotation for not just the semifinal game, but make sure there are enough eligible arms to get through the championship game. ... Todd Phillips is hitting .377 with three home runs and 19 RBIs for Seminary. Ari Lonstein is batting .407, while Aiden Murphy is hitting .353. ... Murphy, a sophomore is the ace of the staff and is 5-2 with a 0.75 ERA. He already owns a victory over Lake-Lehman this year. ... Lake-Lehman brings some heavy hitters into the game led by Ty Federici who is hitting .426. Max Paczewski is batting .415, while Connor Morgan is at .379 and Luke Spencer, .377. CJ Cercone leads the team with two home runs. Federici had 23 RBIs.

Class 5A

(3) North Pocono (13-7) vs. (1) Pittston Area (16-5)

When: Today, 3:30 p.m.

Where: PNC Field

Admission: $7 for adults, $4 for students.

Up next: The winner advances to the state playoffs to face the No. 3 seed from District 1, either Marple Newtown or West Chester Rustin.

How they got here: Pittston Area defeated Wallenpaupack, 3-1. North Pocono defeated Crestwood, 2-0, and Abington Heights, 4-3.

Breakdown: Pittston Area received a first-round bye after locking up the top seed in the tournament. The Patriots have swung the bats well this year, with several players hitting over .400. Joe Cencetti leads the offense at .414. Andrew Krawczyk is right behind him at .413. Derek Cunius and Joe Stella are each hitting .400. Stella, a catcher signed to play at the University of Maine, has three triples, four doubles and 22 RBIs. Hunter Ralston is batting .373 and picked up the win on the mound in the semifinals. Gino Mariggi and Cole Cherkas each have three wins on the mound this year. ... Jake Mastillo leads North Pocono in hitting at .526. He has four home runs and 19 RBIs. Ryan Deom, who is heading to Lehigh to play baseball next year, is hitting .338 with two home runs and 16 RBIs. Zach Walsh is hitting .353, Kyle Bosley is at .349 and Jake Millan .340. ... Deom is 6-2 with a 1.61 ERA and has struck out 82 batters on the year.

— STEVE BENNETT

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