Cal Area closes out perfect season with championship

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The California High School baseball team won the WPIAL Class A championship this afternoon – and did it in perfect fashion.

California defeated Carmichaels, 6-1, at Consol Energy Park in Washington. The Trojans won the title with a perfect 20-0 record.

The game was finished today after it was suspended Tuesday night because of rain and storms. The game was tied, 1-1, in the top of the fourth when the game was stopped Tuesday. California came back today against a different pitcher, and it didn’t take the Trojans long to grab the lead for good.

Carmichaels pitcher Billy Bowlen, who pitched in relief of Tuesday starter Brandon Lawless, was greeted with three consecutive singles. California’s Jake Columbus drove in a run with one of the singles and Louden Conte drove home two with another single.

California added two runs in the sixth inning on Ron Baron’s two-run double.

Josh Luko pitched all seven innings for California and the win lifted his record to 10-0. He gave up seven hits and struck out

Both Carmichaels (14-3) and California will play in the PIAA playoffs Monday.

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