February 23, 2020
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Red Knights Advance to BCIAA Baseball Championship


Reading Wilson FEIn the first game of a BCIAA baseball semi-finals double header, top seeded Wilson took on No.4 seed Reading.  The two squads had split the regular season series 1-1, with the home team earning the victory each time.  This time, in front of an electric crowd at First Energy Stadium, the two teams looked to earn a victory at a neutral site.

The Red Knights jumped out to an early lead as Maicol Parilla tripled home a run and was followed up by brother Zabdiel Parrilla, who singled him home.  Midway through the first inning, the Red Knights held a 2-0 lead.  The Bulldogs, however, would answer quickly.  Senior Ian Shaffer plated a runner with an RBI single to cut the Reading lead in half, before Nick Royko singled Shaffer home, tying the game at 2-2 after 1.

SaleskyWilson pitcher Nick Royko worked a quick scoreless second inning, which seemed to energize his teammates.  In the home half of the 2nd inning, the Bulldogs would take a 3-2 lead on an Alex Salesky solo home run to the pool deck in right field.

The score would remain 3-2 until the bottom of the 3rd inning, as Michael Fegley doubled home a run to give Wilson a 4-2 lead after 3 innings.

M ParrillaThe 4th inning would be the turning point of the game.  Reading put up a 5 spot in the top of the 4th to take a 7-4 lead.  Their runs came as a result of extra base hits by Francisco Reyes and and Maicol Parrilla, as well as a 2 run single by Jon King.

After the five run 4th inning, Red Knights pitcher Zabdiel Parrilla seemed locked in, retiring 8 straight batters after a Tim Whitmoyer double.

The Red Knights would tack on an insurance run in the top of the 7th, giving them an 8-4 lead heading into the Bulldogs last at bat.

Parrilla would retire the side in the bottom of the 7th to give the Red Knights a berth in the BCIAA championship game on Wednesday evening.

The Red Knights will face Berks Catholic for the county championship on Wednesday.  A victory would earn Reading their first title since 1993.

The Red Knights were led by catcher Maicol Parrilla, who finished with a double, a triple, and 3 RBIs.

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About Justin Allen

Justin Allen is a 23 year old native of Pottstown, PA. Justin is a die hard Philadelphia sports fan. Justin has also written, recorded, and performed music for the last 10+ years.