Baseball wrap: Pope John Paul takes out frustrations on the baseball


PHOENIXVILLE – Pope John Paul II was in a foul mood.

After learning they would lose a tiebreaker to Methacton for the fourth and final Pioneer Athletic Conference playoff spot regardless of Thursday's outcome, the Golden Panthers went out and put a 17-4, six-inning shellacking on Phoenixville at Doc Kennedy Field.

Paul Mills led PJP's 17-hit onslaught with a single, double and triple – driving in four runs - while Tyler Mikell (3-4, double, 4 RBIs) and Dave Cotellese (3-4, double, 2 RBIs) also put up big numbers. Adding two hits apiece for PJP were Alex DiGenova (two doubles), winning pitcher A.J. Koscelansky, Steve Zbyszinski and Sal DiPrinzio.

The Golden Panthers plated five runs in the first inning, and had a 10-4 lead when they erupted for seven more tallies in the sixth to put this one on ice.

PJP finished in a fourth-place tie with Methacton at 11-7, but was out of the Final Four on the basis of losing twice to No. 1 seed Spring-Ford (Methacton split with the Rams).

The loss could be a potentially fatal one for the Phantoms (8-10) in their quest for a District One Class AAA playoff berth. Leading Phoenixville’s 10-hit attack with two hits apiece were Ryan Yenchick (home run for second straight day), Shane Allen (2 RBIs) and Colin Ammon.

Pope John Paul II               511 307 – 17 17 2

Phoenixville                       101 020 – 4  10 6

WP-A.J. Koscelansky. LP-Shane Allen. 2B: PJP-Paul Mills, Alex DiGenova, Dave Cotellese, Tyler Mikell. Px-Colin Ammon, Jon Wheel. 3B: PJP-Mills. HR: Px-Ryan Yenchick.

Upper Perkiomen 6, Pottsgrove 2 – The Tribe closed out their PAC-10 season on a positive note as Kyle Saylor collected two hits and two RBIs. Upper Perk finished 6-12 in its first season under Frank Mercon.

Pottsgrove, which ended up 1-17 under first-year coach Rich Ashburn Jr., broke up a 5-0 shutout bid with two runs in the home sixth. Mike Czekaj and Don Woodruff drove in the runs for the Falcons.