Loss ends baseball team’s streak; playoffs up next

Warren’s 13-game winning streak came to an end Saturday in a non-region loss to visiting Mercyhurst Prep, but the Dragons got the news of when and where they open the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.

“It was a good eye-opener because we were on a good run,” said Warren coach Rick Eaton, whose Dragons finish the regular season at 15-4 overall after a 5-2 rain-shortened loss at Old Legion Field. “We didn’t have the energy that we’re going to need in the playoffs, and I think we’ll turn it up for the playoffs. We can gather our playoff experience from last year and step it up and be ready to go.”

Austin Schwanke’s RBI double and Matt Hultquist’s RBI hit that knocked him in was all Warren could muster, offensively in the six-inning game.

Warren’s junior varsity team finished at 16-2-1 after wins over Jamestown (N.Y.) and Mercyhurst Prep. Mark Reiff had three RBI in an 8-0 win over Jamestown, and Sage Anderson struck out eight in a two-hit win over Mercyhurst Prep.

Warren plays Grove City at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Slippery Rock University. The District 10 pairings, including Eisenhower’s D10 Class A playoff game vs. Rocky Grove at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Northwestern High School, is listed below the box scores:

MERCYHURST PREP (5): ab-r-h-rbi, Forcier,2b 3-1-2-0, Irwin,c 3-1-1-0, Haas,cf 1-0-0-0, Ky. O’Connell,1b 3-1-2-1, Turano,3b 3-0-1-1, Vallimont,p 3-0-2-0, Lewis,pr 0-1-0-0, Niedzwiecki,ss 3-1-0-0, Ke. O’Connell,rf 2-0-0-0, Tyler,lf 0-0-0-0, Perry,dh 2-0-0-0. Totals 23-5-8-2.

WARREN (2): Fantaskey,3b 3-1-1-0, Schwanke,cf 3-1-1-1, Stanz,ss 3-0-0-0, Francisco,p 0-0-0-0, Hultquist,dh 2-0-1-1, Vile,pr 0-0-0-0, Reagle,lf 2-0-0-0, Gustafson,rf 2-0-0-0, Stanz,3b 2-0-0-0, Teconchuk,2b 2-0-0-0, Fasenmyer,c 2-0-0-0. Totals 21-2-3-2.

Mercyhurst Prep 212 000 – 5 8 0

Warren 000 200 – 2 3 1

2b-Schwanke (W). WP-Vallimont (W). LP-Francisco.

Junior varsity games

Jamestown 000 000 0 – 0 1

Warren 321 200 x – 8 11

2b-Reiff (W) 2, Sherrard (W) 2. WP-White. LP-Defonceau.

Mercyhurst 010 00 – 1 2

Warren 200 2x – 4 5

2b-Vile (W), Dorunda W). WP-Anderson. LP-O’Connell.

District 10 baseball playoffs

Class A

Semifinals

Thursday

At Northwestern High School

Lakeview vs. Union City, 4 p.m.

Eisenhower vs. Rocky Grove, 6:30 p.m.

Championship

May 26

Site, time to be determined Semifinal winners

PIAA

First round

June 2

10-1 vs. 6-1

Class AA

Quarterfinals

Tuesday

At Slippery Rock’s Jack Critchfield Park

Franklin vs. Hickory, 1:30 p.m.

At Ainsworth Field

Wilmington vs. Mercyhurst Prep, 4 p.m.

West Middlesex vs. Northwestern, 6:30 p.m.

At Slippery Rock’s Jack Critchfield Park

Titusville vs. Saegertown, 4 p.m.

Semifinals

Friday

Sites, times to be determined

Championship

May 26

Site, time to be determined

Semifinal winners

PIAA

First round

June 2

10-1 vs. 7-2

10-2 vs. 9-1

Class AAA

Quarterfinals

Tuesday

At Slippery Rock’s Jack Critchfield Park

Conneaut vs. Corry, 11 a.m.

Warren vs. Grove City, 6:30 p.m.

At Ainsworth Field

Harbor Creek vs. Slippery Rock, 11 a.m.

Cathedral Prep vs. General McLane, 1:30 p.m.

Semifinals

Friday

Sites, times to be determined

Championship

May 26

Site, time to be determined

Semifinal winners

PIAA

First round

June 2

10-1 vs. 7-3