Sardella's single helps Penncrest stun Conestoga

Posted by stoga webmaster on Mar 28 2014 at 06:00AM PDT

Posted: 03/27/2014 10:42:27 PM EDT

Conestoga has seven Division I signees on its baseball roster. Penncrest has none. To some, that would be an overwhelming mismatch.

It wasn’t.

Andrew Sardella’s one-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Lions and 8-7 walk-off victory over the Pioneers in Central League baseball action Thursday afternoon.

“Conestoga was really classy,” first-year coach Dan Sardella said. “Even after the game they were like, ‘Yo, you guys beat us.’ I was surprised, very classy.”

Conestoga scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game, 7-7. Steve Moppert led off the bottom of the inning for Penncrest with a single, moved to second on a ground ball out and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sardella singled to right field to drive Moppert home with the winning run.

Sardella finished with three hits and Matt Briner two for Penncrest (2-0 overall, 1-0 Central League), which jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings. Starter Rob Brown allowed five runs in six innings to keep the Lions in the game.

Ridley 14, Upper Darby 3: Pat O’Neill paced a 10-hit attack with two doubles and three RBIs. Tim Hopper had four total bases and drove in a pair of runs. Justin Goerlach also knocked in a pair, while winner Dave DiMeglio and reliever Charlie Picardi combined for seven strikeouts.

Chris Rossiter, A.J. Lerro, Kyle Bellwoar and Conor Quinn had one hit each for the Royals.

Strath Haven 8, Radnor 6: Winning pitcher Dan Enterlin (2-for-3) and Kevin Mohollen (2-for-3) scored two runs each for the Panthers. Sean Corelli (2-for-2) and Connor Wilson (two hits) did the same for the Red Raiders.

Garnet Valley 4, Haverford 1: Ben Faso’s infield since in the top of the eighth inning snapped a 1-1 deadlock. Chance Malek followed with a two-run single to seal the victory.

Starters Sean Sarbaugh of Garnet Valley and James McWilliams were outstanding. He allowed one hit. Nick Bulisky picked up the win in relief of Sarbaugh.

In the Catholic League:

Cardinal O’Hara 5, St. Joseph’s Prep 4: John Baines scored on Chris Salvey’s grounder in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Lions a 5-0 lead. Will Latcham went the distance and allowed three hits, three walks and fanned six. Nick Newman (RBI) and Nolan Cummings (run scored) stroked two hits each.

In the Del Val League:

Academy Park 3, Chester 0: Eric Ramirez fanned 10 and walked two in six innings to get the win. Freshman Tamir Ware was 2-for-2 with one RBI.

Chichester 14, Glen Mills 5: John Millison’s two-run double in the first inning kicked Chi’s offense into high gear. He finished 3-for-4 with two doubles. Dan Murray and Josh Speakman (2-for-2) drove in two runs each, while Bobby Jones added two hits and one RBI.

Interboro 14, Penn Wood 0: Jason Lincoln and Shaun Douglass combined on an 11-strikeout, one hitter. Jason Schwartz (three hits, three RBIs) and Bill Keller (two hits, three RBIs) paced an eight-hit attack…