Opening Week Recap from Around the State

By Jacob Gill
Philadelphia Region Director of Scouting

Can someone please give Hatboro-Horsham coach Pete Moore a hug?

Mother Nature 9 Hatters 0 That's 8 consecutive days that we have had a scrimmage/game canceled due to weather/field conditions.

Mercy Rule... Mother Nature 10 Hatters 0 Great is we start fresh on Sunday


Maybe Moore can join a group embrace with Mid-Atlantic area scouts who would like to get multiple looks at Stroudsburg right-handed pitcher Mike Nikorak, the top draft-eligible prospect in the state, but haven't been able to yet because his schedule has looked like this:

Unfortunately, this has been a familiar refrain throughout the state. Below are some noteworthy results from teams that have been lucky enough to get on the field, some of whom have had to go out of state to do it.

Back-to-back PIAA class AA champion Loyalsock Township became the first school to represent the Commonwealth at the prestigious National High School Invitational, hosted by USA Baseball at the National Training Complex in Cary, NC. Competing against schools with enrollment three to five times its own, and having not played a game or practiced on dirt yet this season, LT more than held its own, going 2-2 on the week. Games results were: 7-4 win over Horizon (AZ), 5-1 loss to College Park (CA), 12-0 loss to Puyallup (WA), and 5-0 win over Leesville Road (NC).

The Haverford School went 4-1 on its trip to Orlando, running its season record to 6-1. While assessing strength of schedule against out-of-state teams is always tough, one of the Fords victories came in walk-off fashion against Grayslake Central, ranked #35 in the preseason by our colleagues in Illinois.

District I class AAA favorite Holy Ghost Prep got its season off to a great start with a 2-0 win over District XII class AAA favorite Archbishop Wood and a 1-0 victory over District I class AAAA contender Council Rock North. With four pitchers (and potentially a fifth) committed to Division I schools, the Firebirds pitching should continue to be a strength.

East Pennsboro has put itself into the discussion as a contender for one of the four state berths from District III class AAA. The Panthers reeled off three wins to start the year, including 3-2 and 3-1 triumphs over strong Greencastle-Antrim and West Perry programs, respectively.

The Shaler Area offense has carried it to a good start in District VII class AAAA with two wins over defending section champs: 10-0 over Pine-Richland and 11-7 over Hempfield Area.

District V class A co-favorites Meyersdale Area and Southern Fulton have scarcely been challenged, winning their five games by a combined score of 59-9. They face off in a rematch of last year's district championship (won 4-3 by Southern Fulton) on April 2nd.

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