Conley lifts Lake Shore into next round

ANGOLA – Propelled by a standout effort at the plate and the mound from Christ Conley, the Lake Shore Eagles downed the Lewiston-Porter Lancers, 7-2, Monday in a Class A high school baseball prequarterfinal.

Conley went the distance as the starting pitcher as he struck out nine and allowed seven hits. He also finished a double short of the cycle after he knocked a home run, a triple and a single in a 3-for-4 effort.

“(He) was just a warrior,” Lake Shore coach Bob Kowal said. “It was hot out and he just wanted the ball. I gave him a couple options to come out and there was no way he was coming off the field.”

Conley spotted Lewiston-Porter two runs in the top of the first as Jim Scirio hit a two-run homer. The Eagles responded with a trio of runs in the bottom of the first. Dane Cala led off the inning with a double and scored on a Conley triple. Bill Pinter brought home Conley on a sacrifice fly and Matt Kardach added an RBI single after Tyler Freeman reached on an error.

Cala went 2 for 3 with a double and scored twice to support Lake Shore’s offensive attack while Freeman went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs.

Scirio’s home run was Lewiston-Porter’s lone extra-base hit. Mike Mokhiber started the game and threw the first four innings for the Lancers.

Next up for the Eagles is a meeting with Hamburg Wednesday in the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs defeated Pioneer, 6-1, Monday.

“We have to turn it up a notch because Hamburg’s a good team,” Kowal said.