Another tremendous effort on the mound by Red Lion right-hander Tyler Burchett has carried the Lions' baseball team into the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class 6-A tournament.
Cole Daugherty tripled to right field to lead off the seventh inning for the Lions. Two outs later, Daugherty was still at third, but he would come around to score on a passed ball during Austin Wildasin’s at-bat.
Burchett would make the run stand up in the bottom half of the inning to finish off a 1-0 victory against Bethlehem Freedom on Monday at Easton High School in a first-round state game.
Next up for the District 3 runner-up Lions (16-7) is a quarterfinal contest at 4 p.m. Thursday against District 12 champion La Salle College High School at Manheim Township High School. La Salle defeated Conestoga (the third-place team from District 1), 4-1, on Monday.
The 6-foot, 6-inch, hard-throwing Burchett, who is expected to get picked in this week's major league draft, went the distance, allowing just five hits while striking out seven and walking one.
For most of Monday’s match-up, Burchett was locked in a pitchers' duel with Freedom’s Alec Heurtas. The Freedom hurler was equally as sharp, save for one pitch, over his seven innings. Heuertas struck out 10 while allowing four hits and walking one.
Huertas also tripled at the plate.
Daugherty and Tyler Stabley each had a pair of hits for the Lions, who also used an error-free defensive effort to back Burchett.
Dallastown sees season end in PIAA first round: For the second straight year, Dallastown’s run in the PIAA playoffs ended in heartbreaking fashion.
A year after falling in the PIAA 6-A championship game in walk-off fashion, the Wildcats met a similar fate in this season’s opening round.
Connor Flagherty recorded the fourth, and most costly, hit off Dallastown standout starting pitcher Nick Parker when he singled home Brandan Rea in the bottom of the seventh to give Canon McMillan an instant 2-1 victory Monday at Consol Energy Park in Washington.
Rea had reached on a Dallastown error.
Parker had helped his own cause by tying the game in the top of the sixth with an RBI double. Parker had two hits on the day. Julian Bailey and Cole Bankert were each 1-for-2 for the Wildcats (18-6).
Parker, a Coastal Carolina recruit, pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing the four hits while striking out seven and walking just one batter.
Zach Rohaley picked up the win after seven innings of six-hit ball for District 7 champion. He also struck out 10 Wildcats and walked one.