PIAA Class AAA baseball semifinals preview: Knoch vs. Donegal
Knoch (21-2) vs. Donegal (23-5)
UPDATE: Moved to 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY at Mt. Aloysius College, Cresson (rain).
Coaches: George Bradley, Knoch; Mike Cummings, Donegal
District standing: Knoch, WPIAL champion; Donegal, District 3 champion
Winner plays: Abington Heights/Pottsville winner at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Penn State
Extra bases: Knoch advanced to the PIAA semifinals for the first time in program history with a 3-0 quarterfinal victory over Montour. Cole Shinsky pitched a six-hitter and struck out six for the Knights. Dom Bucko hit a run-scoring triple, while Asa Adams and Alex Stobert each had sacrifice flies. The Knights’ pitching has been dominant throughout the postseason. In the past four games, Shinsky and Stobert pitched a combined 28 innings and gave up a combined no earned runs. Both pitchers are juniors and Division I prospects, shortstop Chris Law is a Seton Hill recruit and catcher Adams is a Baldwin-Wallace recruit. Bucko has RBI extra-base hits in each of the past three games, including two triples. … Donegal made it to the semifinals after beating WPIAL runner-up West Allegheny, 6-1, in the quarterfinals. Camren Ney pitched a six-hitter, and the Indians broke open a tight game with a four-run fifth inning. Donegal scored six runs on just four hits against West Allegheny; the Indians had just one hit in their four-run fifth. Ryan Myers and Ethan Hess combined for three runs batted in, even though neither had a hit. The Indians won their PIAA first-round game by forfeit over Franklin Towne Charter. Ney is 8-0 with a 1.26 ERA this season, while Sam Lazowski is 7-2 with a 1.80 ERA. Myers leads Donegal with a .345 batting average, while Lazowski has a team-high 20 RBIs.
— Doug Gulasy