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STRUTHERS OH- In a thrilling Game 3, the 3B Barons edged out Athletix 5-4 to clinch the 2024 18U Class B Championship.

Aidan Leiendecker led the charge for the Barons with three hits and a run. Nick Thomas added two hits, including a double, and an RBI. Nick Parrotto chipped in with two hits, an RBI, and a run. Kallen Durbin and Ben Miller each had two hits, with Miller also driving in a run.

Joey Campoli secured the win, pitching two innings and giving up one hit and two runs while striking out three.

For Athletix, Paul Gubba had two hits, including a double. Logan Cypher doubled and drove in two runs, while Tyler Wardle added a double and a run.

With this win, the 3B Barons are crowned the 2024 18U Class B Champions.

ANOTHER BARONS BARRAGE IN GAME TWO

STRUTHERS OH- The 3B Barons jumped on Athletix early and never looked back, cruising to a 9-0 win to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the 18U Best of Five Championship Series. Nick Porrotto was solid on the hill for 3B, tossing five shutout innings, giving up just four hits, and striking out two while walking two.

CJ Frasco took the L for Athletix, surrendering five runs on ten hits over five innings, with four strikeouts and three walks.

Tommy Karoly was hot at the plate, racking up three hits and scoring three times for the Barons. Ryan Piekutoski added a triple among his two hits, driving in two and scoring a run. Aidan Leiendecker chipped in with two hits, two RBIs, and a run scored. Nate Thomas also had a pair of hits and crossed the plate once. Brady McGuire contributed with a hit, a run, and an RBI. Frasco managed two hits for Athletix in the loss.

Game 3 is set for Saturday, July 13 at 7:00 pm on Cene #1.

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BARONS ROLL IN GAME ONE

STRUTHERS OH- In Game 1 of the Youngstown Class B 18U Championship Series, the 3B Barons dominated the Athletix with a 10-0 shutout. Tommy Karoly was unstoppable, racking up three hits and scoring three times. Ryan Peikutoski chipped in with two hits and drove in two runs.

On the mound, Corbin Sevcik was lights out, going the distance for a complete-game shutout. He scattered five hits and fanned six batters to secure the win.

Game 2 of the series is set for Wednesday, July 10 at 7:00pm on Cene 1.

ATHLETIX ARE STRIDING INTO THE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

STRUTHERS OH- The Athletix were on fire in Game 3 of the 18U semifinals, crushing the Astro Falcons 18-9. Alex Solema led the charge with three hits, including a double, six RBIs, and a run. Tyler Wardle wasn’t far behind, racking up two hits, four RBIs, and a run. Paul Gubba added to the offensive onslaught with two hits, an RBI, and two runs, while Anthony Triveri scored three runs off two hits. Logan Cypher and Gavin Fallgren also delivered, with Cypher getting three hits, an RBI, and two runs, and Fallgren knocking in two runs on two hits and crossing the plate three times.

On the Astro Falcons’ side, Blake Primrose managed a double and an RBI, and Aari Fox chipped in with a double, an RBI, and a run.

With this win, Athletix punch their ticket to the championship series, where they’ll take on the 3B Barons starting July 9.

BARONS HAVE NO TROUBLE GETTING INTO THE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

STRUTHERS OH- The 3B Barons dominated Creekside with a 12-1 win in Game 2 of the series. Aidan Leiendecker led the way with two hits, three RBIs, and two runs. Brady McGuire was on fire, collecting four hits, including a triple, three RBIs, and a run. Kallen Durbin added two hits, two RBIs, and a run, while Luke Anderton chipped in with a triple and two runs.

On the mound, Nathan Craig was lights out, pitching four innings, giving up just three hits and no runs while striking out five. This win secures the 3B Barons’ spot in the championship series, which kicks off on Tuesday, July 9. Stay tuned for more action!

ATHLETIX FORCE A GAME THREE WITH THE FALCONS

STRUTHERS OH- Athletix took Game 2 of the series with an 11-6 win over the Astro Falcons. CJ Frasco led the charge with three hits, including a double, driving in three runs and scoring twice. Anthony Triveri added two hits, one of them a double, and racked up four RBIs and a run. Paul Gubba and Jake Shumate each hit a double and scored a run.

For the Astro Falcons, Tommy Zimmerman had two hits and a run. Michael Gunn chipped in with two hits, including a triple, driving in a run and scoring. Alex Venezia added a double and two RBIs.

With the series tied, Game 3 will be played on Monday, July 8, to see who moves on to face the 3B Barons in the championship series.

BARONS LOOK IMPRESSIVE IN FIRST WIN OF THE PLAYOFFS

STRUTHERS OH- 3B Barons took Game 1 of the Class B 18U semifinals series against Creekside, scoring all four of their runs in the 5th inning to win 4-2. Colby McGuire led the charge at the plate with a 1-2 performance, driving in two runs. Brady McGuire contributed with a hit, an RBI, and a walk, while Tommy Karoly and Nate Thomas each added a hit, a walk, and a run. Ben Miller chipped in with a hit as well.

On the mound, Zyler Freedman was solid, pitching five innings and allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out eight. Creekside’s offense saw Frank Senediak and Mason Petridis each drive in a run, with Eli Mandler and Derek Curry adding hits. Despite their efforts, Creekside couldn’t overcome the Barons’ big inning. Creekside’s pitching saw them go 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout.

FALCONS DOUBLE UP ATHLETIX IN GAME ONE

STRUTHERS OH- In the first game of the best-of-three semifinals series, Astro Falcons beat Athletix 12-6. Brady Alexander led the charge with two hits, including a triple, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Aari Fox matched him with two hits, a triple, an RBI, and a run. Blake Primrose smacked two doubles, bringing in a run and scoring once. Alex Venezia and Maddox Tarquino each had two hits, two RBIs, and a run. Tommy Zimmerman also chipped in with two hits, an RBI, and crossed the plate twice, while Jay Wrona drove in three runs with his two hits.

For Athletix, CJ Frasco had two hits, including a double. Paul Gubba contributed two hits, two RBIs, and a run. Anthony Triveri added two hits, one of which was a triple, along with two RBIs and a run. Logan Cypher had two hits, an RBI, and a run.

ATHLETIX POWERS THEIR WAY FORWARD

STRUTHERS OH- Athletix powered their way into the 18U Class B semifinals with an 11-7 win over Avalanche in a one-game playoff on Friday. The game was a slugfest, with Athletix bringing the bats and making their hits count.

CJ Frasco led the charge, going 3-4 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs, while Logan Cypher was perfect at the plate, going 4-4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs. Anthony Triveri chipped in with a 2-4 performance and 2 RBIs, and Tyler Wardle added an RBI and a run. Evan Tice also contributed, going 2-3 with an RBI.

Avalanche fought hard, with Nick Solderich driving in 4 runs with a 1-2 performance. Drew Gault added 3 RBIs, going 1-1 with a walk and a run. Grayson Eicher was a bright spot, going 2-3 with a walk and 2 runs, and Jack Strausser matched that with a 2-3 performance and 2 runs.

CREEKSIDE CRACKS INTO THE PLAYOFFS

STRUTHERS OH- Creekside punched their ticket to the 18U Class B Semifinals with a solid 5-1 victory over Dura Edge in Friday night’s play-in game. The team came out swinging, with Mason Petridis leading the charge by going 2-2, driving in three runs, and drawing a walk. Frank Senediak was also a standout, going 2-3 with an RBI, a walk, and two runs scored. Eli Mandler chipped in with an RBI, while Wyatt Burchill added two hits to the mix.

On the mound, Brant Barilaro was lights out, going the distance with seven innings of work. He allowed just one run on seven hits and struck out eight batters, keeping Dura Edge at bay throughout the game.

Dura Edge’s Ethan Feezle tried to keep his team in the game with a perfect 3-3 performance and an RBI, while Blake Jefferies went 2-3 and scored a run. Alex Zordich also contributed with a hit, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Creekside’s offensive success.