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Fleetwood part of historic day for Berks baseball teams

Liam Hilburt pitched a five-hitter as the Fleetwood Tigers were part of a memorable day for Berks County baseball teams on Monday.

The Tigers scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie enroute to a 3-2 Class 4A baseball victory over District 7 champion North Catholic in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs on Monday.

Fleetwood was one of three Berks County teams to win their openers on Monday, joining Gov. Mifflin (5A) and Wilson (6A) in Thursday’s quarterfinals. It’s the first time three Berks County teams have advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals since 2011 — Twin Valley (3A), Oley Valley (2A) and Central Catholic (1A).

Fleetwood (14-8) will play Montour (17-7) in Thursday’s quarterfinal round.

Fleetwood finished third in District 3 and Montour, a 5-2 winner over Erie Cathedral Prep, was the third-place finisher in District 7.

Because North Catholic was the higher finisher in districts, Fleetwood had to travel 297 miles to Cranberry Township to play North Catholic (17-5).

In Class 5A, Gov. Mifflin defeated Frankford 7-2 as winning pitcher Bryce Detwiler homered and Dante Casantini doubled and tripled and Travis Jenkins tripled.

In Class 6A, Wilson traveled to Wexford, near Pittsburgh, and beat District 7 champion North Allegheny 2-0 behind a one-hitter by Matt VanOstenbridge.

Fleetwood scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie.

Nate Seidel opened the inning with a double and Carson Brey singled on a bunt to third with Seidel staying at second.

After a ground out, Nick Noll singled to right to score Seidel with Brey going to third and Noll to second on the throw to third.

Dalton Young then singled to third, scoring Brey to make it 3-1.

North Catholic pulled to within a run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly.

Hilburt then got the first two out of the seventh inning before an error put a runner on first base.

A line out to to right field ended the game.

 


Source: Berkshire mont

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