Ryan Mostyn went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and scored three times as Philipsburg pounded out 15 hits to defeat Howard 15-4 in Game 1 of their semifinal series on Thursday.
Mostyn powered the Pirates with two home runs, as John Shaffer, Brandon Myers, Tyler Good, Aaron Lidgett and A.J. Robinson all had multi-hit games. Parker Watson picked up the win for Philipsburg on the mound and also delivered an RBI triple.
Scott Zuback, Travis Price and Kyle Womer all doubled for the Hawks, as Tyler Womer tripled while also suffering the loss.
The Pirates and Hawks meet for Game 2 on Sunday in Howard.