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PIAA CLASS AAA & A Baseball Championships

Friday, June 14, 2002

PROBABLE STARTERS
CLASS AAA
4 P.M. TODAY, BOWMAN FIELD, WILLIAMSPORT
BETHLEHEM
LIBERTY
HURRICANES
(23-4)
MOON TIGERS
(19-6)
Coach: Harry DudeckCoach: Tom Hoffman
NamePos.Cl.NamePos.Cl.
Andy YenchoSSSr.Derek BlyzwickPSr.
Ryan JaxheimerLFSr.Dave KuhnDHSr.
Matt Geiger3BSr.Kevin Lovely3BSr.
Matt McBrideCJr.Jeff BradfordRFSr.
Jose Rosado2BSr.Austin SykesCFJr.
Neal SmithRFSr.Brian Holliday1BSr.
Rob BiggsCFSr.Ryan RinaldiLFSr.
J.T. BrotoskyPSo.Mike RitterSSSr.
Wes HornerDHSr.Derek CompoCSr.
Zach Zsilavecz1BSr.John Scott2BSr.

NOTEWORTHY: Moon, trying to win its second title in a row, has allowed only six runs in seven PIAA playoff games the past two years. ... Kuhn leads Moon in batting with a .412 average, Sykes is batting .371, and Ritter and Bradford .356. Holliday has 21 RBIs, Sykes 19 and Rinaldi 16. Sykes is batting .466 in the postseason. ... Blyzwick is 15-4 the past two seasons. ... Liberty has won 22 of its past 24 games and gives up an average of 3.4 runs a game. In the semifinals Tuesday, Liberty was leading Williamsport, 8-3, but Williamsport scored five in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. Liberty won with two runs in the eighth. ... McBride leads Liberty with a .422 average and Geiger is batting .412. ... Brotosky has four wins in the postseason.

PREDICTION: Moon, 3-2.

PROBABLE STARTERS
CLASS A
11 A.M. TODAY, BOWMAN FIELD, WILLIAMSPORT
GREENSBURG C.C.
CENTURIONS
(18-2)
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
HURRICANES
(24-2)
Coach: Jack KorparCoach: Scott Buffington
NamePos.Cl.NamePos.Cl.
Tom KimbleCFSr.Danny SnyderPJr.
Rob Altieri2BJr.Justin MillerSSSo.
Warren SchaefferSSJr.Kyle Frehafer2BJr.
Nate MillerPSr.Ed PetrichLFSo.
Blase Caranese3BSr.Josh Fidler1BJr.
Justin Tennavaria1BSr.Shawn FrankensteinRFSr.
Greg MrozLFSo.Joe Hill3BJr.
Josh YerecicRFSo.Mitch TraceyCJr.
Mike VendittiCFr.Gary HessCFJr.

NOTEWORTHY: Schaeffer leads Greensburg Central Catholic in hitting with a .529 average (37-70). He has 46 RBIs. Altieri is hitting .454, Kimble .398 and Carnavese .380. ... Greensburg Central Catholic lost in the WPIAL championship to Neshannock. ... Korpar on his team's carefree attitude: "If these guys were allowed to throw pies at each other during interviews, they probably would. I thought they were too loose against Meyersdale [in the PIAA semifinals]. But they proved me wrong." ... Schuylkill Haven's Buffington is in his 25th year as coach. His 1983 team lost in the PIAA Class AA championship to Riverview, 4-3.

PREDICTION: Greensburg Central Catholic, 5-4.

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