High School Sports

Locals take back seat at Wheels Invitational

York's Aaron Wutrick delivers a pitch during the Wheels Invitational semifinal against Chaminade Madonna Prep.
York's Aaron Wutrick delivers a pitch during the Wheels Invitational semifinal against Chaminade Madonna Prep.

The Wheels Invitational Trophy left Rock Hill on Saturday after Upper St. Clair (Pa.) won the championship 9-7 over Chaminade Madonna (Fla.) Prep. Rock Hill and York each made it to the tournament semifinals but couldn't get any further, ensuring the tournament would be won by an out-of-state participants.

The Wheels ended with each of the local teams -- Northwestern, Rock Hill, South Pointe, Great Falls, York and Clover -- suffering at least one loss. Only the Bearcats finished with a winning record (3-1) while the Trojans, the two-time defending Wheels champions coming in, failed to win a game.

• UPPER ST. CLAIR (PA.) 13, ROCK HILL 2 -- Rock Hill's thrill ride through the Wheels ended hard, Upper St. Clair bashing 17 hits and routing the Bearcats.

Still, it was a positive experience.

"It was a lot of, 'Can you do it, can you play this?'" coach Eddie Hill said. "We feel like we gained a lot of good things in these games to prepare us for the second half of region play."

Rock Hill (9-7) was no-hit through 3 2-3 innings, although the Bearcats worked four walks, two hit batters and two runners reaching on errors. Roberto Capriotti had enough to keep Rock Hill off the scoreboard, though, while his teammates scored four quick runs.

Casey Seay broke up the no-no in the fourth and the Bearcats exploded in the fifth, cutting a 6-0 lead to 6-2 with four hits. Josh Bowers lashed a two-out triple to score Rock Hill's first run and Logan Cribb followed with an RBI single.

Back in the game, the Bearcats ran out of gas in the sixth. Upper St. Clair sent 10 batters to the plate and scored four runs to win going away.

"It was rough," Hill admitted, "but we played well overall in the tournament. We're looking forward to seeing if this is the springboard we needed."

n CHAMINADE MADONNA (FLA.) PREP 12, YORK 6 -- An 8-6 deficit in the sixth inning turned into a four-run rally as Chaminade Madonna (Fla.) Prep knocked York from the semifinals and advanced to its second straight Wheels championship game.

The Lions scored five runs in their first two innings but had to hold off a Cougars rally in the third. York cut the gap to two runs by the sixth but starter Aaron Wutrick (2-3) began to tire, opening the gates on a CMP rally.

"Our kids played hard, they didn't give up," York coach Scot Kiggans said. "I'm extremely proud of them."

The Cougars (8-4), ever mindful of having to return to Region 3-AAAA play on Tuesday, had to hold a bit back, which meant ace pitcher Zac Fuesser wasn't an option. Still, after Shane Waldrop smacked a two-run homer in the third and Stephen Trotter drove in Josh Vallejos with a single, York was only down 5-4.

The Lions added three more in the bottom of the third but York clawed back with two in the fifth. Wutrick departed in favor of Eddie Jeter in the sixth and Chaminade notched four runs, taking advantage of a bases-loaded, no-out situation.

Lions pitcher Ken Keri struck out 10 in a complete game and also hit a three-run double.

SATURDAY'S SCORES

Consolation

Clover 11, Westside 4

Greenwood 13, Bayside (Va.) 3 (5)

Carrick (Pa.) 11, South Pointe 8

Great Falls 3, Northwestern 1

Semifinals

Chaminade Madonna Prep (Fla.) 12, York 6

Upper St. Clair (Pa.) 13, Rock Hill 2

Championship

Upper St. Clair (Pa.) 9, Chaminade Madonna Prep (Fla.) 7

FINAL STANDINGS

Upper St. Clair5-0Chaminade Madonna Prep4-1

Greenwood3-1Rock Hill3-1Bayside2-2Great Falls2-2

York2-2Carrick1-3Clover1-3South Pointe1-3Westside1-3Northwestern0-4

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Josh Greene, York

Zaine Jack, Bayside

Ryan Davis, Bayside

Kevin Lohman, Upper St. Clair

Brian Lattanzi, Upper St. Clair

Drew Willingham, Greenwood

Gaither Bumgardner, Great Falls

Joe Hone, Chaminade Madonna Prep

Mike Bueker, Chaminade Madonna Prep

Troy Ambros, Chaminade Madonna Prep

Brantley Rumford, Rock Hill

Stewart Curry, Rock Hill

MVP: Jon Boyd, Upper St. Clair

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

A senior from each Rock Hill school was awarded a $500 scholarship.

Will King, Northwestern

Stewart Curry, Rock Hill

n NOTE: South Pointe's selection is to be determined.

Josh Greene, York

Zaine Jack, Bayside

Ryan Davis, Bayside

Kevin Lohman, Upper St. Clair

Brian Lattanzi, Upper St. Clair

Drew Willingham, Greenwood

Gaither Bumgardner, Great Falls

Joe Hone, Chaminade Madonna Prep

Mike Bueker, Chaminade Madonna Prep

Troy Ambros, Chaminade Madonna Prep

Brantley Rumford, Rock Hill

Stewart Curry, Rock Hill

MVP: Jon Boyd, Upper St. Clair

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