Baseball: Big Macs assured of piece of section title
Brandon Kildare went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and five RBI Wednesday to lead Canon-McMillan to a 15-4 rout of Bethel Park in a key Section 5-AAAA game that lasted five innings.
The win clinched at least a share of the section title for the Big Macs (7-2, 10-6).
Jared Beach hit a three-run home run for the Big Macs. Teagan Piechnick went 4-for-4 with a double and Frank Fortunato doubled. Zac Forsythe doubled for BP (6-3, 14-3).
• California took advantage of six Avella errors to take a 10-5 victory in a Section 1-A game.
Chris Swartz had a two-run double and Brian Fisher a two-run single for the Trojans (6-2, 12-4). Jake Columbus doubled.
Derek Allen went 3-for-3 and had two doubles for Avella (3-6, 7-6). Shawn Carl also hit a double.
• Jonathan Spina’s two-run double in the top of the seventh sent Washington to an 8-5 victory over Charleroi in a Section 2-AA game. Wash High (9-3, 10-4) holds a one-game lead over Brownsville and Chartiers-Houston in the section with two to go.
Lincoln Key had a double for the Prexies and Jesse Spara went 2-for-4.
Mike Kondratic doubled and Mitch Woytovich tripled for the Cougars (0-12, 1-16).
• Carmichaels needed just five innings to come away with a 10-0 victory over West Greene to clinch a tie for first place in Section 1-A.
Brandon Lawless struck out 11 and allowed just two hits for the Mikes (8-0, 11-2). Justin Newman went 2-for-3 and had three RBI. Tyler Shoaf doubled and Josh Mundell tripled.
Carmicheals finishes its section schedule Monday, completing a suspended game against California.
• Brownsville rallied from a 2-0 deficit by scoring 13 runs over the final three innings to take a 13-2 win from Fort Cherry in a Section 2-AA game that lasted six innings.
Winning pitcher Tyler Spohn and Bryce Shea each had a double for the Falcons (8-4, 11-4). Kyle Witzberger had a double for the Rangers (6-6, 6-9).
• Alec Ferrari pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out 14 as Chartiers-Houston continued its late-seasons urge with a 4-0 victory over visiting Bentworth in Section 2-AA.
It was the fourth consecutive win, and sixth in seven games, for C-H (8-4, 10-6). The Bucs also won by a 4-0 score for the second day in a row. The loss dropped Bentworth (7-5, 8-5) into fourth place in the section, one game behind Brownsville and C-H for the final playoff berth.
Ferrari issued only one walk, and Bentworth had only one runner reach third base. Dylan Pounds went 2-for-2 and drove in two runs. His sacrifice fly in the first inning was all the run support Ferrari needed.
Ferrari helped his cause with a leadoff double in the Bucs’ three-run fifth inning and eventually came around to score.
• Beth-Center kept its playoff hopes alive with an 8-5 victory over visiting Burgettstown in Section 2-AA.
The win has B-C (6-6, 6-7) two games out of the final playoff berth with two games remaining.
The Bulldogs scored seven runs over the first two innings, and that was enough offense for winning pitcher Josh Miller, who also had a big game at the plate. Miller went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI.
Burgettstown (4-8, 5-8) was held to six hits, two of those being triples by Kurt Kowalski. John Dugas had a double for the Blue Devils.
• Nick Riotto had a huge night as Trinity moved closer to a playoff berth with a 13-4 victory over Waynesburg at Consol Energy Park.
Riotto went 4-for-5 with two triples and an inside-the-park grand slam, the latter during the Hillers’ six-run sixth inning. Riotto also scored three runs to help Trinity move to 5-3 in Section 3-AAA and 8-6 overall. The Hillers have a half-game lead over South Fayette for the section’s final playoff spot.
Connor Fritz also had a triple to back the winning pitching of Don McWreath.
• Austin Clark hit two doubles to power Jefferson-Morgan to a 15-0 victory over Mapletown in a three-inning Section 1-A game.
Jason Dotts had a double and two RBI for the Rockets (7-2, 9-3). Tyler Bowman, Josh Bissett and Dom Cage each smacked a double. Logan Bowman picked up the win.