April 30, 2013

High school baseball

Zack Pollack’s bases loaded sacrifice fly with one out on the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday lifted Canon-McMillan to a 7-6 Section 5-AAA victory over Mt. Lebanon, clinching a playoff spot for the Big Macs.

Pollack’s sacrifice scored Jared Beach, who had been hit by a pitch with one out to start the rally. Beach doubled earlier in the game for the Big Macs (6-2, 9-6).

Luke Blanock picked up the pitching win with three innings of two-run relief.

Eddie Jenkins doubled for Mt. Lebanon (5-3, 6-9), and Austin Eaton took the loss.

• Nick Riotto threw a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts as Trinity stayed alive in the Section 3-AAA playoff race with a 4-0 win over Keystone Oaks at Consol Energy Park.

Ryan Moon had a two-run double in a three-run third inning for the Hillers (4-3, 7-6), and Connor Fritz also doubled.

Taylor Lehman was the losing pitcher for Keystone Oaks (6-2, 11-4). Brandon Gresh doubled.

• Dylan Pounds fired a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts as Chartiers-Houston handed first-place Washington a 4-0 defeat in Section 2-AA that was switched to the C-H field.

Alec Ferrari had a pair of doubles, and Nick Grady homered for the Bucs (7-4, 9-6).

Jonathan Spina was the losing pitcher for Washington (9-4, 8-3), which has lost three of four.

• Jefferson-Morgan clinched a playoff spot in Section 1-A with a 17-2 win over Avella.

Winning pitcher Austin Clark, Logan Bowman and Jason Dotts each doubled for Jefferson-Morgan (6-2, 8-3).

Nate Connolly homered and losing pitcher Dean Hodgdon doubled for Avella (3-5, 7-5).

• C.J. Gillin homered and doubled as West Greene pounded Hundred, W.Va., 33-5, in a three-inning non-section game.

Donnie White and winning pitcher Matt Johnston doubled for West Greeme (3-10).

Hundred is 0-13.

• Burgettstown forged a 10-0 lead after two innings and then held on a for a 16-10 victory over visiting Charleroi in a wild Section 2-AA game.

Burgettstown, which had 11 hits – all singles – took advantage of six walks by Charleroi pitching in the first two innings. Nathan Cooper was the winning pitcher for Burgettstown, which improved to 4-7 in section and 5-7 overall. John Dugas and Sam Hockenberry each had three hits for the Blue Devils.

Mitch Woytovich had three hits, including a double, for Charleroi (0-11, 1-15). Gunner Riley and Matt Carcella each had three hits.

• Brownsville built a six-run lead, then had to hold off a comeback by Bentworth to defeat the host Bearcats 7-5 in Section 2-AAA.

Brownsville’s win leaves the Falcons, Bentworth and Chartiers-Houston all tied for second place in the section at 7-4, one game behind first-place Washington.

Brownsville led 7-1 in the fifth inning, when Bentworth scored four runs, taking advantage of three walks and a hit batsman. But the Bearcats left the bases loaded and Brownsville held them scoreless the rest of the way.

Jacob Brevard led Brownsville at the plate with two doubles. Noah Faxon was the winning pitcher.

• Beth-Center kept its playoff hopes alive with a 5-4 victory over host Fort Cherry in Section 2-AA.

B-C (5-6, 5-7) made the most of only five hits, which included doubles by Josh Miller, Aaron Ankney and C.J. Novak. Lane Ziker was the winning pitcher.

B-C led 5-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, and FC scored one run before a key lunging catch in the outfield by the Bulldogs’ Matt Riggle helped preserve the victory.

Fort Cherry is 5-6, 5-7.

High school softball

Pitcher Bry Lonick scattered nine hits Tuesday as Burgettstown avenged its only Section 1-A loss with an 11-5 win over Bishop Canevin.

Caley Ritts paced a 17-hit attack for Burgettstown (12-1, 14-4), which has clinched at least a tie for the section title, with four hits and a double.

Mary Kleinwas the losing pitcher. Beth Pilch and Mary Clarke doubled for the Crusaders (7-5, 7-5).

• Mikayla Fetchett had an RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh, then was driven in by Baily Kormick as South Fayette handed Trinity its first Section 2-AAA loss with a 4-3 victory.

Ashley Iagnemma threw a five-hitter with nine strikeouts for the Lions (5-6, 8-6).

Trinity is 10-1, 10-3.

• Marlie Mounts and Balicia Hambleton each homered as McGuffey shut out Bentworth, 8-0, in Section 2-AA.

Winning pitcher Cassie Weiss scattered seven hits and struck out 11. Meghan Shultz doubled for the Highlanders (10-2, 10-5).

Mackenzie Marchitello doubled for Bentworth (6-5, 7-6).

• Erica Burns threw a five-inning one-hitter with nine strikeouts to lead Carmichaels to an 11-1 Section 2-A win over California.

Lindsay Osbourne homered, Morgan Berardi tripled and doubled, and Burns and Regina Menhart each doubled for the Mikes (12-1, 17-2).

California is 2-11, 3-12.

• Hannah Gibbons tripled, and winning pitcher Jordan Moore and Felicia Spitznogle each doubled, as Waynesburg routed Geibel Catholic, 17-1, in a four-inning non-section game.

Waynesburg’s record is 8-9.

Karley Judy doubled for Geibel (2-6).

• Winning pitcher Kayla Briggs struck out 14 batters, and Haley Sutton and Kassie Kesnick combined to drive in four runs, as Chartiers-Houston remained undefeated with a 7-2 victory over visiting Beth-Center in Section 2-AA.

Kesnick tripled and Sutton had a double for C-H, which is 11-0 in section and 14-0 overall. Briggs allowed only one walk and three hits. Abby Gustovich, B-C’s freshman pitcher, had two doubles.

B-C’s record is 4-7, 4-8.

• Jefferson-Morgan ran its winning streak to five games and knocked Monessen out of playoff contention by defeating the visiting Greyhounds 10-1 in Section 2-A.

The surging Rockets started quickly, scoring seven runs over the first two innings. That was more than enough offense for winning pitcher Maddie Lurdrosky, who threw a three-hitter and struck out 11.

Reagan Rush and Morgan Simkovic each doubled for J-M (6-7, 10-7), which is assured of a winning season.

Cara Grogan had all three hits, including two doubles, for Monessen (6-7, 10-7).

• Freshman Bailey Bennington threw a three-inning perfect game as West Greene won at winless Mapletown, 16-0, in Section 2-A.

Bennington struck out six of the nine batters she faced. Autumn Widdup led the offense for West Greene (6-7, 9-7) by going 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI. Bennington was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Taylor Horr was 2-for-2 and scored twice.

• Washington used an eight-run fourth inning to defeat visiting Fort Cherry, 10-5, in Section 2-AA.

Savannah Ammons had a two-run double during the big inning for Wash High (3-8, 3-8). Alanna Ammon also had a double to back the winning pitching of Taylor Ellis, who struck out seven.

• Lacey Washowich pitched a four-hit shutout and Belle Vernon scored three runs in the third inning en route to a 4-0 win over visiting South Park in Section 3-AAA.

Washowich struck out four and was backed by Nicole Ashcraft, who had a double, and Natalie Bashada’s two singles.

Belle Vernon improved to 4-7 in section and 8-10 overall. South Park fell to 7-5, 9-5.

• Abby Cunningham and Carly Knopka each homered as Peters Township routed Upper St. Clair, 16-0, in a four-inning Section 4-AAAA game,

Winning pitcher Kellyn Perich, Lindsay McKnight, Tori Weida, Knopka and Marlena Karavolis each doubled for the Indians (10-3, 16-3).

Upper St. Clair falls to 1-11 overall and in section play.

• Lauren Knight’s single in the fifth inning broke a tie game and sent Avella on to an 8-3 victory over visiting Northgate in Section 1-A.

Avella (4-9, 4-12) scored six runs over its final two innings. Jade Georgetti had three hits, including a double, to lead the Eagles’ offense. D.J. Simonelli had three singles and Mikayla Allen doubled. Meghan Waddell was the winning pitcher.

• Celina Cantini earned the victory as Ringgold edged Moon, 3-2, in a Section 2-AAA game.

Ringgold is now 5-6, 8-6, while Moon falls to 3-7, 4-8. No further details were available.

Boys lacrosse

Cody Sheetz had three goals and three assists to power Peters Township to a 13-7 home victory over University, of Morgantown, W.Va., Tuesday night.

The win was the 13th in 14 games for PT. The Indians received two goals each from Connor Buzzelli, Mario Toscano and Italo Mercante. Connor Pike contributed four assists.

Wild Things draft 2

The Washington Wild Things drafted two players Tuesday at the Frontier League’s annual open tryout and draft in Sauget, Ill.

After trading its first-round pick (fifth overall) to Gateway in exchange for outfielder Reglio Noris during the offseason, the Wild Things selected pitcher Michael Hepple in the second round and catcher Michael Perez in the third round.

Hepple played last year at Eastern Connecticut State, an NCAA Division III school. He had a 2-2 record, four saves and a 4.35 ERA in 23 games.

Each player will join the Wild Things for spring training, which begins Thursday morning at Consol Energy Park.

College baseball

Three Washington & Jefferson pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout Tuesday as the Presidents blanked host Muskingum 2-0 in a non-conference game.

Starter Mike Vizzini threw five innings of one-hit ball, Eddie Nogay followed with three scoreless innings of relief and Randy Risch pitched the ninth for his first save.

D.J. Michalski led W&J (22-11) at the plate with three hits and a run scored. Michalski scored the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly by Ronny Peirish in the fourth. The Presidents scored their second run on a passed ball.



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