PIAA Semifinals: Dylan Byler threw a 1-hit shutout against the Cedar Cliff Colts as the Pioneers won 3-0 in the PIAA Class 5A semifinal game. It was played at Horn Field in Red Lion.
The Pioneers will head to the PIAA finals, to be played at Penn State’s Medlar Field on Thursday June 13th at 7PM Their opponent will either be Blue Mountain or Red Land who defeated the Pioneers 6-0 in the District 3 playoffs two weeks ago.
This will be the Pioneers fifth time playing in the PIAA title game and first since 2012. They last won the title came in 2005 (Class 3A).
There was no scoring until the top of the fourth inning when the Pioneers’ Patrick Holmes singled to drive in the first run of the game.
In the top of the 6th inning, Connor Blantz ripped a double to center field driving in the second run.
In the top of the seventh inning, Braedon Karpathios led off with a double. Alex Knapp pinch ran for Karpathios and took third on defensive indifference.
Hunter Cunningham flied out to centerfield driving in the third run with a sac fly.
But the day really belongs to Dylan Byler. He kept a dangerous Cedar Cliff lineup off of the bases. He walked zero batters and gave up only one hit. Throwing 86 pitches, mostly curve balls and sliders he kept the Colts off balance all day long.
Six times in the game Byler set the Cedar Cliff team down 1-2-3.
The Colts’ best hitter ever, Bobby Whalen who is their only player to reach 100 career hits and 100 runs, and has batted .455 in the postseason started, with a scintillating line of 9-for-17, nine runs, 10 RBIs, five doubles, two homers and two stolen bases, went hitless.
One would assume that sophomore Braedon Karpathios will be on the hill for the Pioneers in the title game. The D1 Coastal Carolina commit has been outstanding all year. He has an 8-1 record with 77 strikeouts and 15 walks.
L-S is stingy, having allowed just 44 runs all season. Behind Karpathios is of course Dylan Byler (7-1, 67 Ks), who fanned nine in the first round, and Aaron Snyder (4-1, 37 Ks).
It’s been an amazing season for both the Pioneers softball and baseball teams. They are both heading to the state finals.