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Lake-Lehman stops Scranton Prep

Ty Federici and Nick Finarelli combined on a two-hit shutout Tuesday afternoon as top-seeded Lake-Lehman stopped seventh-seeded Scranton Prep’s string of upsets with a 5-0, home-field victory in the District 2 Class 3A baseball championship game.

The district title was the second straight for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champions, who advanced to the state semifinals in 2019. There were no Pennsylvania spring high school sports last year because of the pandemic.

Federici worked the first six innings. The Louisiana State University commit did not walk a batter while allowing the two hits and striking out seven.

Finarelli, who is headed to Virginia Tech, struck out all three batters he faced in the seventh to finish off the shutout.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth.

Lake-Lehman scored two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings, then added a solo homer by Graedon Finarelli in the sixth.

Connor Morgan went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI for Lake-Lehman.

Scranton Prep starter Brian Walsh went the distance, giving up just one earned run. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Both teams advance to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament, which opens Monday.

Lake-Lehman (16-2) is expected to be close to home against District 4 champion Loyalsock Township (16-6).

Scranton Prep (6-12) will travel into District 11 territory to play Palisades, which is 14-7 and District 11 champion.

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