Tigers beat SV to reach district semifinal
The Northwestern baseball team had a long weekend following its heartbreaking loss in the Colonial League championship game.
But Tiger head coach Bob Fatzinger felt a few extra days of recuperation helped heal the Tigers’ pride heading into their opening round District 11 Class 4A game against Saucon Valley last Wednesday.
Behind the arm of junior Drew White and the strong hitting of Trevor Schreiner and Niko Fager, the Tigers defeated Saucon Valley, 4-2.
“Drew threw another really good outing today,” Fatzinger said. “He tossed a great game in the league championship, so it was good to see him back strong for us. The weekend off after that loss, the kids came back from that ready to work hard.”
A Devon Bollinger RBI in the second frame got the Tigers on the board before Trevor Schreiner belted an oppositie field two-run homer to increase the lead to 3-0 in the third.
In the fifth, an RBI double by Jake Haas added enough insurance for Northwestern’s second victory over the Panthers this season. In the first meeting during the regular season, the Tigers needed two runs in the last inning to pull out a 5-4 victory.
“The past two years,” said Fager. “We weren’t able to get this win in the first round of districts, so this means a lot to us to be able to get this one.”
White limited Saucon Valley to just two hits and no runs in his six frames, striking out three and walking one. Mason Vogwill came on in the seventh to close it out, despite giving up the two late runs.
“All three of my pitches were working today — fastball, change-up, slider,” White said. “I was just trying to mix it up as much as I could and keep the hitters off balance. It worked out for us, as I got some solid support from my outfield.”
Offensively, Trevor Schreiner went 3-for-3 with a home run, two singles, two RBIs and two runs scored for Northwestern. Fager was 2-for-2 with two singles and a run. Haas added an RBI double and scored a run, while Zach Stanley had his team’s other hit.
For the Panthers, Alstan Wolfe had a two-run double in the seventh. Josh Snead, Thomas Coakley and Jared Thatcher all added singles in the loss.
Between the two teams, there were nine Colonial League all-stars on the field. Tyler Schreiner was the league MVP while Trevor was also on the first team. The Panthers’ Wolfe and Snead were named to the second team, while Coakley and Will Smith from the Panthers and Wiik, Haas and Vogwill were all honorable mention picks.
White was called for two balks, allowing Panther runners to move into scoring position. However, the junior found outs to improve his squad to 14-9 on the season.
Northwestern moved on to face Pottsville in the district semifinals. That game was postponed due to weather and was scheduled to be played Wednesday, after Press deadlines. See next week’s issue for coverage.
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Smith and Morrissey; White, Vogwill (7) and Wiik. W - White, L - Smith. HR: NW - Tr. Schreiner (3rd, one on).