D4 Regional Baseball: Seneca East-Springfield, 5/30

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2013 Division IV Baseball Copley Regional Semifinal
Thursday, May 30 at 5:30 PM at Copley High School
#3 Seneca East (23-4) vs. Springfield (18-7)

Road to the Regionals
Seneca East
District Final – Seneca East 6 Colonel Crawford 2
District Semifinal – Seneca East 11 Crestline 1, 6 innings
Sectional Final – Seneca East 6 Plymouth 4

The Eagles of Colonel Crawford had to be feeling pretty good entering the sixth inning up 2-1. Then, Seneca East stormed back to score five runs in the sixth frame which included a two-run double by Mason McWilliams. Coach Frank Lamoreaux’s bunch was led by McWilliams on the hill, who allowed just 2-hits and fanned 13. The Tigers prevailed, 6-2, in the North Robinson District on Friday.

Springfield
District Final – Springfield 10 McDonald 6
District Semifinal – Springfield 11 Lowellville 8
Sectional Final – Springfield 12 Heartland Christian 0
Sectional Semifinal – Springfield 10 Southern 0

Springfield stumbled down the stretch losing three of their last four entering the post-season. The bats came alive over the four-game stretch as the Tigers were able to hammer out forty-three runs. In the District Final, Springfield denied McDonald’s hopes of making their first regional trip for the first time since 1997 behind 9 hits and 7 walks which set up the jungle cats to score 10 runs en route to the victory.

During the season, eight Tigers have compiled 20 hits or more while five players have accumulated 20 runs scored or more. Springfield’s pitching staff has been aided by two sophomores. Dalton Donachie has put together a stat line of a 2.13 ERA, 6-1 on the hill, 60 strikeouts in 42.2 innings of work and he has allowed his opponents to hit just .136 throughout the spring. Jordan Peterson has also been effective to the tune of notching a 2.50 ERA in 36.1 innings while being tagged for just a .229 batting average.

Winner to play in the Regional Championship on May 31 at 5 PM against the winner of Cuyahoga Heights/Dalton

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