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Riverside will face rival Old Forge in clash for Class 3A baseball title

Old Forge’s Sean Donovan remained perfect at the plate for the postseason.

Riverside kept its record spotless for the entire season.

Thursday’s results set up a meeting of arch-rivals Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Riverside to decide the District 2 Class 3A baseball championship.

Donovan had his second straight 4-for-4 game to lead seventh-seeded Old Forge to a 15-8 victory at Elk Lake.

Riverside’s offense also produced more than two runs per inning while defeating Northwest, 11-1, in five innings on the 10-run rule.

Donovan had two doubles, drove in four runs and scored four times while improving to 8-for-8 on the postseason. He is 15-for-20 in a current six-game hitting streak to raise his average to .421 and has had five straight multi-RBI games.

Freshman Joseph Granko went 3-for-4 with a double, a sacrifice fly and five RBI.

Michael DiGregorio had three hits, Josh Spindler drove in three runs and Ethan Tallo scored three times.

The game was tied, 1-1, two innings before both offenses got rolling.

Old Forge made it 7-1 after 3 ½, but Elk Lake rallied to within three twice. The Blue Devils scored five times in the top of the seventh to open their lead to 15-6.

Zach Day threw a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts while providing three hits and four RBI at the plate to lead Lackawanna League Division 3 champion and top-seed Riverside to its victory.

Anthony Karpinski homered for the Vikings.

Riverside won the league meetings between the two teams, 14-4 at home and 9-6 at Old Forge.

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