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Strath Haven triumphs over Penncrest in playoffs

Strong pitching by Luke D’Ancona and key hits by Jack Shuster and Eli Price secured the victory.
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Matteo Ventresca ’25

Strath Haven defeated Penncest 5-1 on Wednesday, May 22, to win round 2 of the baseball playoffs after senior Jack Shuster hit a solo home run and sophomore Eli Price contributed 2 runs.

Senior Quinn Kell also went 2-3, adding two hits to the game, further solidifying Strath Haven’s offense.

“I got hurt halfway through the year,” Shuster said. “Coming back was a struggle. It felt amazing to hit that ball. I feel like I’m finally back again.”

Junior Luke D’Ancona pitched all seven innings, recording five strikeouts and keeping Penncrest’s offense at bay.

“With Luke [D’Ancona] on the mound, we really want to shut them down, keep their score low, and swing the bat well,” senior Jake McDonough said.

For Price, contact was his main goal, showing impressive skill and determination at the plate.

“I was just trying to look for my pitch,” Price said. “Down two strikes. You just got to get the ball on the bat.”

The Panthers will face #4 Marple Newtown on Friday, May 24, at home in the District One semi-final.

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Matteo Ventresca '25
Matteo Ventresca '25, Managing Editor of Print
Matteo Ventresca is the Managing Editor for Print for The Panther Press. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing soccer, as well as playing the trombone.
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