LAURELDALE -- The end of York Catholic's baseball season was not pretty during Thursday's District 3 Class AA quarterfinal game.
The Irish traveled to Muhlenberg High School and got a rude greeting from No. 1 seed Brandywine Heights, which put up three runs in the bottom of the first inning.
The Bullets added runs in three of the next four innings en route to an 11-1 five-inning rout of York Catholic.
The four-run fifth began with Kevin Sell's two-out double to center, followed by Ryan Najpauer's RBI single, then back-to-back walks.
Caleb Erb's high pop up dropped for a hit when Irish third baseman Nick Full lost track of it in the high sky. Kyle Stoudt drove in his fourth run of the game on a hit that Catholic shortstop Ethan Urey made a great glove play on, saving another run.
However, Urey's low throw on the ensuing groundball got away, scoring two more runs and ending the game via the mercy rule.
It was just that kind of day for the Irish.
"It was a total opposite from the game we played on Monday," Catholic coach Glen Olivi said, referring to the Irish's first-round 3-0 win over Upper Dauphin. "We left the bases loaded twice, and the errors cost us."
Plus, Brandywine had Stoudt on the mound, and the junior was on his game early. He struck out 12 of the 15 outs recorded.
"Our coaches went down and watched them play. We knew who to stay away from," Stoudt said. "That really boosts your confidence to get a three run lead in the first. All you have to do is keep shutting them down.
Irish starter Alex Tucci saw the first four Bullets reach base via sharp hits. The sophomore lefty retired the final three of that frame but his defense cost him in the second.
Cory Prutzman singled with one out, stole second, and Kyle Ziegler followed with a fly ball that fell between Catholic second baseman Cory Wilking and rightfielder Gary Laucks for a hit.
Mike Melhorn came into pitch and after Ziegler stole second, Erb launched a fly ball that Irish centerfielder Adam Sentz made a fine running catch on; however, Prutzman and Ziegler both scored on the rare two-RBI sacrifice fly.
Catholic got on the board in the top of the fifth when Sean Obermeier's bases-loaded walk plated Sentz, who opened the inning with a single.
The good news is the Irish return several members from the 2009 squad that finished with a 10-12 record.
"We still have a young team," Olivi said. "We have a new JV program this year that only lost one game. We had a lot of numbers turn out. We used to have in the 20s, and this year had close to 50. The program is getting bigger, and as it gets bigger, the teams get better."