May 22 playoff baseball and softball update

The fol­low­ing is a list of play­off res­ults, as well as fu­ture con­tests, for all of the area high school base­ball and soft­ball teams still com­pet­ing in post­season play.

Base­ball: Phil­adelphia Cath­ol­ic League 

Tues­day, May 21: Losers Brack­et Elim­in­a­tion Game

Arch­bish­op Ry­an 7, Arch­bish­op Wood 4 (8 in­nings)

Notes: The Raid­ers used a four-run eighth in­ning to break a 3-3 tie, with Shane Smith’s two-out, two-strike, go-ahead two-run single serving as the dif­fer­ence-maker. Rick Ro­mano pitched sev­en in­nings of five-hit ball to get the win, while Nick Centeno stran­ded the bases loaded in the home half of the eighth to re­cord the save and keep Ry­an alive.

Thursday, May 23: Losers Brack­et Elim­in­a­tion Game

Arch­bish­op Ry­an vs. St. Joseph’s Prep, 3:45 (at Im­macu­lata Uni­versity)

Scen­ario: Ry­an’s win over Wood was their third con­sec­ut­ive elim­in­a­tion game vic­tory, and now they’ll have a shot at a fourth. Should the Raid­ers knock off the Prep on Thursday, they will move on to face La Salle, who emerged from the Win­ners Brack­et. In or­der to win the Cath­ol­ic League cham­pi­on­ship, Ry­an would have to beat the Prep on Thursday, and then de­feat La Salle TWICE (the Cath­ol­ic League base­ball play­offs are now double elim­in­a­tion). Game 1 would be on Sat­urday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at Widen­er Uni­versity; if Ry­an lost that game, they would be elim­in­ated. If they win, they would face La Salle for a win­ner-take-all con­test on Tues­day, May 28, at Im­macu­lata (time TBA). This sea­son, Ry­an is 1-2 against the Prep (10-8 loss on March 30, 9-6 loss on April 9, 11-10 win on April 11); the Raid­ers are also 1-2 against La Salle (9-2 win on March 27, 4-3 loss on April 15, 7-3 loss on April 17).

Base­ball: Phil­adelphia Pub­lic League 

Thursday, May 23: Cham­pi­on­ship Game

Frank­ford vs. Frank­lin Towne Charter, 3:15, (Rich­ie Ash­burn Field, FDR Park, South Phil­adelphia)

Scen­ario: The win­ner will be crowned Pub­lic League cham­pi­on. A Frank­ford win would be the pro­gram’s third con­sec­ut­ive Pub­lic League title; it would also be Juan Namnun’s fourth title in six years as the Pi­on­eers head coach, and eighth title since he joined Frank­ford’s staff as an as­sist­ant to Bob Peffle (now an as­sist­ant at La Salle) in 2000. The teams split two meet­ing in 2013, with Frank­ford win­ning 8-5 back on April 3, and Towne emer­ging vic­tori­us 13-1 on April 25.

Soft­ball: Phil­adelphia Cath­ol­ic League 

Wed­nes­day, May 22: Cham­pi­on­ship Game (**Game was ori­gin­ally sched­uled for Thursday, May 23)

St. Hubert vs. Bon­ner-Pren­die, 4 p.m. (Ar­ca­dia Uni­versity)

Scen­ario: The win­ner will be crowned the 2013 Cath­ol­ic League Cham­pi­ons. A St. Hubert vic­tory would be the pro­gram’s second con­sec­ut­ive title, and the cur­rent seni­or class’ third in four years. For head coach Dave Schafer, a vic­tory would earn him his fifth title in six years. The Bam­bies ad­vanced to the title game on star pitch­er Erica Ragazzo­ne’s two-run walk-off home run in the bot­tom of the sev­enth against Little Flower’s Lind­sey Gibbs, which broke a sco­re­less tie. St. Hubert, the tour­na­ment’s No. 2 seed, de­feated Bon­ner-Pren­die, 4-2, on April 8 in the teams’ only meet­ing in 2013.

Soft­ball: Phil­adelphia Pub­lic League

Thursday, May 23: Cham­pi­on­ship Game

Girls High vs. Frank­lin Towne Charter, 3 p.m. (at La Salle Uni­versity)

Scen­ario: The win­ner will be crowned the 2013 Pub­lic League cham­pi­ons. Coach Jen Da­ley’s team has won five in a row to reach the title game. The first game of that win streak was a 13-12 tri­umph over Girls High on May 6. In the four wins that fol­lowed, Towne outscored its op­pon­ents 60-7. The May 6 win over Girls High was the teams’ only meet­ing thus far to date.

Soft­ball: Cath­ol­ic Academies League

Fri­day, May 24: PI­AA Dis­trict 1 Class AAA Quarterfi­nals

Phoenixville/Marple-New­town at Naz­areth Academy, 4 p.m. (game site is Eden Hall, across the street from Naz­areth’s cam­pus)

Scen­ario: Naz­areth enters the dis­trict play­offs as the No. 2 seed after a 3-0 loss to Rad­nor in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale on May 15. Pri­or to that de­feat, the Pan­das had won 13 straight games.

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