Seton LaSalle beats Serra Catholic to win second consecutive WPIAL title in Class 2A baseball



Wednesday, May 29, 2024 | 4:34 p.m.

Nothing could stop Seton LaSalle from defending its title as WPIAL Class 2A champions. Neither underdog status nor an hour of weather delay could carry the Rebels away as they defeated top-seeded Serra Catholic for the second straight year.

Mark Weber shut down the Eagles on the mound and the Rebels scored timely runs, including a two-run double by Brayden Carter, as No. 3 Seton LaSalle clinched its fourth district title overall with a 5-0 win at Wild Things Park on Wednesday.

The Rebels' veteran star struck out eight batters and allowed no runs in six full innings.

Serra Catholic (17-2) limited its teams to 1.6 runs per game – the second-best mark in the WPIAL – and hoped its defense would hold up, but the Rebels (17-3) immediately put the Eagles under pressure.

After a leadoff walk by Aric White, his aggressive baserunning caused him to run to third base. Instead of catching White with a throw, Serra's catcher Jake Holmes tried to catch Michael Todd at first base, but he ventured too far from the base. However, the ball was redirected over the first base line and into the outfield after a collision at the base, allowing White to make a quick run home.

Tyler Skaggs, Serra Catholic's starting pitcher, entered the final game with a 2.42 ERA and 43 strikeouts, but never really got going in the early going as the Rebels continued to flood the bases.

After escaping a bases-loaded situation in the second inning, Skaggs again manned the base paths in the third inning with two runners in scoring position and no outs. Connor Rothaar sent a deep sacrifice fly to right field, scoring the Rebels' second run.

Two batters later, with runners on the corners, Brayden Carter chased the first pitch he saw into the gap in left field, where Dacien Loman scored and Roman LoNero followed behind him, making it 4-0.

While Skaggs struggled to throw the ball far, his defense didn't handle the ball well behind him, committing three errors in the first three innings. That included a low throw from Zach Black that his brother Max Black couldn't catch, allowing Carter to score the Rebels' fifth run from second base.

After a weather-related delay of one hour and 11 minutes, Serra Catholic worked quickly to load the bases for Mark Weber with one out. Clean-up hitter Jake Holmes stepped up to the plate and had a chance to do damage, but it was Weber who got the lucky bounce to third base for a double play to end the inning, 5-3.

Weber then thwarted the Eagles' lineup, retiring seven batters after the delay. Freshman Josh Burkholder came in to end the game for the Rebels by getting Owen Dumbroski to make a groundout to second base.

For Serra Catholic, Isiah Petty collected three singles, while Jake Holmes recorded the only extra-base hit in the sixth inning.

Keywords: Catholic-Serra, Seton La Salle