Herald Sports Writer
MERCER COUNTY —
Shenango Valley Modified League playoffs will begin with 3 quarterfinal-round best-of-3 playoff series:
No. 2 seed Lenbil’s vs. No. 7 Warehouse Sales. No. 3 Jolley Industrial Supply vs. No. 6 Sharon VFW and No. 4 Associates in Child Counseling & Guidance vs. No. 5 Chiccarino’s. Top-seeded Our Gang’s Lounge earned a bye to the semifinals and will play the lowest-remaining seed in a best-of-3 series.
The first 2 games of each series: Today — Sharon VFW vs. Jolley Industrial Supply, COG 3, 6:30 p.m. Sunday — Chiccarino’s vs. ACCG, COG 3, 4 p.m.; Warehouse Sales vs. Lenbil’s, COG 1, 4 p.m.; Jolley vs. VFW, St. Paul’s, 6 p.m.; ACCG vs. Chiccarino’s, COG 3, 6 p.m.; Lenbil’s vs. Warehouse Sales, COG 1, 6 p.m.
Final standings: Our Gang’s Lounge 16-2; Lenbil’s 13-5; Jolley Industrial Supply 11-7; ACCG 10-8; Chiccarino’s 7-11; Sharon VFW 5-13; Warehouse Sales 1-17.
ä Jolley 18, Chiccarino’s 14 — Jolley collected 20 hits to earn the come-from-behind victory. Willie Pletcher and Michael Songer both went 3 for 5 with doubles for Jolley while Jon Murray also collected 3 hits. Justin Songer homered and Tyler Allen doubled twice. Sean Murray doubled, while Cody Frazier, Cameron Konop and Sean Murray all had 2 hits. Pletcher, Frazier and Justin Songer all drove in 3 runs. Tim Murray pitched a complete game to get the win.
Greg Wise doubled, singled, scored 3 times and knocked in 4 for Chiccarino’s. David Harries went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored while Mike Burke and Sim Harrison each doubled and singled. Mike Baker added a pair of hits. Ryan Briggs struck out two in 7 innings and took the pitching loss.
ä ACCG 9, Chiccarino’s 4 — Shawn Cogswell homered and singled for ACCG and Matt Kornbau doubled as part of a 3-for-3 outing. Ben Davis tripled and Jonathan Tomko doubled. Mark Connors, Brian Hruska and Steve Sakonyi all had 2 hits each. Connors earned the win, allowing 2 earned runs in 7 innings.
For Chiccarino’s, Randy McConnell doubled and singled. Burke and Larry McConnell each collected 2 hits. Briggs pitched a complete game, but absorbed the loss.
ä Chiccarino’s 13, Lenbil’s 10 — Chiccarino’s jumped out to an 11-4 lead and held on. Harrison paced Chiccarino’s 17-hit attack by going 4 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI. Harries went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored, while Phil Ciprian and Wise each had 2 hits. Kevin Faber doubled. Briggs allowed 7 earned in 7 innings to pick up the win. He walked 1.
Dustin Kulka homered, singled and scored 3 runs for Lenbil’s. Kyle Rupp doubled, singled and scored 3 times while Fred Sloan added a double. Rudy Banick, Devin Kulka, Ryan Morris and Shawn Valenly all had 3 hits apiece. Nate Banick pitched a complete game for Lenbil’s, but took the defeat.