James Stratico hit a grand slam and Jordan Jankowski struck out 14 as Peters Township reached the WPIAL playoffs with a 10-5 win over Canon-Mac. Details in tomorrow's paper. (Oh, there will be a C-M story coming in the next couple days on winning the section.)
Couple other things. Peters Township has a scary offense. Just ask Mike Toward. I've only seen him pitch twice this season, both against Peters, and he looked shaky both times. He's normally solid, so maybe he's just got a mental block against the Indians (and there's nothing wrong with that, they're a tough team). PT didn't beat opponents down the stretch so much as they pummeled them into submission (78 runs in the final eight games, four times scoring 10+).
Peters' pitching seems to be improving at the right time too. While the offense is busy clicking away, the pitching staff gave up just 24 runs in the last eight games (although 15 came in their one loss) with three shutouts.
The Big Macs' offense isn't too shabby either. Jankowski entered the game with something like a 0.37 ERA and C-M got five across the plate (four were earned). Granted, he struck out a bunch but they also got to him a couple times, including in the seventh, when the Big Macs could've easily folded after the Stratico grand slam.
Not sure what seed Canon-Mac will get in the playoffs but they should still be top three even with the loss. Section 3 was pretty tough to say the least.
I'll probably give blog updates for future games I cover so long as I still have access to this blog (Mike rules with an iron fist) for anyone who may have appreciated my updates earlier. I think that's all for now.