BASEBALL: West York earns win, moves to state quarters


The West York baseball team opened PIAA Class 4-A state action with a 7-3 triumph over District 12 champion Bonner-Prendergast on Monday.

The game was played at La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor.

West York's Justin Wetzel finished off Monday's victory on the mound against Bonner-Prendergast. He also had a pivotal two-run single for the Bulldogs in a 7-3 victory in PIAA Class 4-A state playoff action.

The victory advances the Bulldogs to the state quarterfinals on Thursday against District 2 champion Dallas (11-7), which pounded District 4 champion Athens in a first-round state contest on Monday, 9-0. The site and time for the Thursday's quarterfinal have yet to be determined.

West York, which entered the game as the third-place finisher from District 3, improved to 14-11. Bonner-Prendergast finished at 7-13.

Zach Gettys got the win on the mound, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings. Justin Wetzel finished up in relief.

Gettys tripled in both the first and fifth innings and scored each time on an RBI single by Colton Kubicki.

The game was tied 2-2 entering the sixth inning, but West York broke the game open with a five-run outburst, with the key blows a two-run double by Wetzel and a two-run single by Anthony Kahley. Kubicki also added an RBI walk in the frame to finish with three RBIs on the game.

Kennard-Dale can't hold lead: In other PIAA Class 4-A first-round baseball action, at the Iron Horse Complex in Windber, Kennard-Dale couldn't hold on to a 3-0 lead in a 4-3 setback to Forest Hills.

The Rams plated three runs in the third inning to take the 3-0 edge and still led 3-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, when the District 6 champion scored three runs to take the lead for good.

District 3 runner-up K-D was hurt by four errors, which led to two unearned Forest Hills runs.

Rams starter Ethan Phillips allowed two earned runs over five innings, allowing five hits and zero walks, while striking out three.

Ben Lowe homered and drove in all three K-D runs, while Joey Thomas had two hits and a run scored.

The Rams finished the season at 17-5.