Game Recap: Cathedral Prep vs. McDowell

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

Carter CrossCathedral Prep (14-3) and McDowell (15-2) got together last night for their annual backyard rivalry played at Jerry Uht Park, home of the Erie SeaWolves. Although mother nature did not allow for the game to be played to its conclusion, the three and a half innings of baseball gave a glimpse as to why the two programs are historically the elite teams in the northern portion of District 10.

McDowell junior lefty Levi Wright and Cathedral Prep sophomore righty Carter Cross (right) were effective early on in difficult weather conditions. The game was delayed for roughly 10 minutes prior to first pitch and most of the game was played in a steady rain. Wright worked through wildness issues over the first two frames, walking three but picking two of those runners off to escape damage. The other was cut down stealing by junior catcher Vinny Carone.

Cross took a more traditional approach, striking out four of the first nine he faced while giving up no hits the first time through the order. Wright touched Carter up for a two out double to the gap in right center field in the 3rd inning and University of Toledo recruit Matt Hansen led off the bottom of the 4th inning with a single prior to the heavens opening up and suspending the game until a later date.

The Ramblers eventually capitalized on Wright's control issues in the 3rd when IUP recruit Ted DeSanti singled sharply to right field to plate Charlie Fessler who had walked to lead off the inning. With two outs, sophomore catcher Austin Braendel laced a first pitch fastball into left field to score Holden Stevanus, who had also walked, and DeSanti.

Cathedral Prep added their fourth run in the top of the 4th inning when Fessler singled with one out, advanced to third on an infield single by Dillon Wolbert and then scored on a wild pitch.

+ See the Pennsylvania Scout Blog for measureables and scouting notes on Wright and Cross.

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