Riverside won its fifth straight playoff game by shutout on Monday, defeating Martinsburg Central, 2-0. The last time a Riverside pitcher allowed a run to Class AA competition was May 2 in a 2-1 win over Beaver Falls.
Vince Loccisano became the third Panthers pitcher to record a postseason shutout and struck out six. One Martinsburg Central hitter reached base after hitting the ball but there was a lot of controversy about whether it was a hit or an error and the game will be reported as a one-hitter and a no-hitter, depending on the outlet.
Regardless on how the game is reported, it won't break any new ground for the Panthers. Earlier in the playoffs, Adam Jeannette pitched a no-hitter and Mike Boswell a one-hitter. Loccisano actually set the bar for Riverside early in the season, pitching a perfect game in the season opener against Western Beaver.
For the second straight game, senior catcher Braden Bentel had the game-winning hit, with a run scoring single in the fourth. The win was the 601st in the career of coach Dan Oliastro as the Panthers improved to 21-2 this season. The Panthers will play Moniteau next, looking to extend the scoreless streak.