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A capsule look at CM’s baseball game vs. West Allegheny

CM road to states: In District 6-8-9-10 subregional, defeated DuBois, 9-0, and Hollidaysburg, 10-0; in states, defeated Peters Township, 12-0

CM runs per game–8.5, CM runs allowed–3.1

CM facts: The Wildcats have won four straight games, outscoring the opposition, 41-0. Central Mountain hit four home runs in the third inning against Peters Township while scoring eight times. Catcher Cy Probst homered twice in the inning while Kaden Falls smashed a grand slam and Aidan Major added another homer. Major and Chase Brush combined on a no-hitter. Major has been a part of three straight shutouts and the West Virginia-bound pitcher is 7-1 with a 1.25 ERA and 96 strikeouts. He also has won seven straight decisions and has a 0.41 ERA during that time. Brush and Cru Stover also are having strong seasons and the sophomores are a combined 5-0 while allowing just 16 hits in 39 innings. Central Mountain has been producing offensively throughout its lineup and is hitting a collective .341. Probst will play at Maine next spring and is weapon behind the plate who is hitting .476 with 26 RBIs. Major and Falls each are right behind Probst with 25 RBIs. Sophomore Gabe Johnson has surged down the stretch and is hitting .415 while steady shortstop Peyton Johnson has compiled .464 on-base percentage and scored 31 runs. Central Mountain dealt with some early-season adversity and started 1-3, but has won 16 of 18 games since then. Central Mountain is playing in the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2008 and has captured three straight district championships.

West Allegheny road to states: In WPIAL (District 7): beat Penn-Trafford, 7-6; lost to Bethel Park, 1-0; Peters Township, 2-1; in states, beat Franklin, 6-4

West Allegheny runs per game–7.2, West Allegheny runs allowed–2.9

West Allegheny facts: The Indians are making their third state quarterfinal appearance in the last four years and reached the 2017 semifinals. West Allegheny rallied to beat WPIAL champion Franklin, 6-4, in the first round after trailing, 4-1, in the fifth inning. It handed Franklin just its second loss in 21 games after dropping consecutive district tournament heartbreakers. The Indians kept their season alive when they erased a five-run deficit in their opening district game against Penn-Trafford. Against Franklin, West Allegheny was held to three hits but took advantage of nine walks. Auburn recruit Gavin Miller also homered and earned the win, throwing six quality innings. Devan Zirwas threw a scoreless seventh to earn the save. Catcher Luke Lambert will play at Pittsburgh next spring and sparks the offense, hitting .622 with 23 RBIs. Senior pitcher Zach Stayduhar is a Youngstown State recruit and Zirwas will play at VCU. The Indians won 12 of their last 13 regular-season games and avenged two of their losses during ther regular season. Two of West Allegheny’s four district games were decided on walk-off hits.

Winner plays: Either District 11 champion Southern Lehigh or WPIAL runner-up Bethel Park

–By CHRIS MASSE

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