High School Sports

St. Joseph’s upsets top-seeded Blairsville in district baseball playoffs

The St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy baseball team continued its District 6 Class A playoff run with a 1-0 victory over top-seeded Blairsville on Tuesday.

Dylan Broderick executed a safety squeeze bunt to score Nick Shearer for the game’s lone run in the top of the seventh inning.

“I was elated,” St. Joseph’s coach Greg Herman said. “It was perfect.”

The Wolves (11-8) will take on fourth-seeded Portage on the road in the district semifinals at 4 p.m. Thursday. The winner will advance to the district championship game and clinch a spot in the PIAA Class A tournament.

Bryce Herman pitched six scoreless innings for the ninth-seeded Wolves, and Ben Macafee completed the shutout in the seventh.

Blairsville managed just three hits.

St. Joseph’s had more opportunities.

The Wolves had eight hits, but they couldn’t break through against Blairsville pitcher Ryan Shirley, who pitched a complete game in the losing effort.

Shearer finished 2 for 3 to lead St. Joseph’s offensively. He raced home to score the game-winning run on the first successful squeeze bunt of St. Joseph’s season.

“We’ve been working on the safety squeeze, and it came through for us,” Herman said.