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In the Berks baseball quarterfinals, Olay Valley shocked Governor Mifflin, who was the best seeded

Luke MacDonald inflicted six strikers, and Ty Yerger held two races when eighth-seeded Oli Valley shocked Gov. Mifflin 6-1 in the Berks baseball quarterfinals on Thursday at Mullenberg Field in Hochnauer.

MacDonald struck out four and passed one and allowed only a single home run by Tyler Minick in the third inning.

“This game was definitely the funniest I’ve ever played,” MacDonald said. “It was the funniest two hours I’ve ever spent.

“This victory means everything. Everyone fought. This is huge. It feels great. “

Lynx (12-7) will play with Twin Valley or Wilson in the Berks semifinals on Monday at FirstEnergy Stadium, at a time to be announced.

The Mustangs (19-2) opened their season with 19 straight wins before losing in the regular season finale to Exeter and then Oli. Until Thursday, they ranked first in the 3rd Class 6A District Power Ranking.

“When I woke up this morning, I believed we could beat them because I know my kids,” first-year Lynx coach Jeff Pinder said. “They never resigned. I knew we had a chance to win. Nobody did it anymore, but of course we did. ”

In the first inning, Oley scored three wounds from freshman Ethan Grimm with two Mustang errors and added two in the third on Yerger’s single.

Lynx won for the fifth time in six games and reached the semifinals for the second year in a row. They have moved within two wins since their first league title since 2013.

“It means peace,” Erger said. “We came here thinking we shouldn’t be the eighth crop. We just felt like we were a better team than some of the teams that were seeded ahead of us. We also worked hard to get here.

“We started believing right after the first half. We just left there. “

Andrew McMullen scored three goals for Ollie and Chase Rifesneiders, Joey Vaccara and MacDonald had RBI.

MacDonald, a senior right-hander, allowed two earned runs for 36.1 innings. He reassured the team, which averaged more than 8.5 runs per game.

“I quit what I thought was effective, and it worked,” MacDonald said. “I was hoping for what I have. I didn’t try to do too much. “

It was a landmark victory for Lynx, which last year won the 3rd Class 3A District title and advanced to the PIAA Finals.

“Today was a free game,” Pinder said. “We talked about just playing baseball today and we will be fine. That’s what these children did. “

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