Baseball: Peters Twp. wins pitchers’ duel
Phil Pisarcik’s single to deep left centerfield drove in Cameron Asbell from third base with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday as Peters Township defeated visiting Mt. Lebanon 2-1 in the Section 5-AAAA opener.
PT (1-0, 3-2) took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when Ryan Tassone scampered home from third base on a wild pitch when Phil Mary faked a bunt. The one-run lead held until the top of the seventh. PT starting pitcher Ryan Black took a shutout into the seventh but walked the leadoff hitter in the seventh and was replaced by winning pitcher Tyler Schmidt. The Blue Devils used a sacrifice bunt, walk and infield single to tie the score.
Asbell led off the seventh with a two-strike single to right field and moved up a base when Mt. Lebanon misplayed a sacrifice bunt. Tim Swoop was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and set up Pisarcik’s game-winning hit.
Losing pitcher Austin Kitchen threw a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
PT is 1-0 in the section and 3-2 overall. Mt. Lebo falls to 0-1, 3-6.
• Tyle Cole and Brennan McMinn had three hits each as Carmichaels defeated Jefferson-Morgan, 7-3, in a Section 1-A game.
Jamie Wamsley doubled, while Ryan Zalar picked up the win for the Mikes (2-0. 4-0).
Losing pitcher Austin Clark, Logan Bowman and David Blaker had doubles for Jefferson-Morgan (1-1, 1-5).
• Hunter Neely drove in three runs, including two in a four-run bottom of the sixth inning, as Bentworth edged Fort Cherry, 5-4, in a Section 2-AA game.
Jake Rothka doubled and drove in two runs for the Bearcats (1-2, 5-2), while Robbie Schlutz also doubled. Kirk Stechly picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief.
John Findling homered for Fort Cherry (0-2, 0-2), while Matt Heslin took the loss.
• Joe Ruffalo’s sixth-inning single to right field drove in Niko Taser with the game’s only run as Belle Vernon blanked visiting Ringgold, 1-0, in Section 4-AAA.
Winning pitcher Dylan Pietrantoni three a one-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts for Belle Vernon (1-1, 4-1). He issued four walks. Zach Byczynski’s single was the only hit for Ringgold (0-1, 2-1).
Losing pitcher Nick Maciejewski gave up three hits and one run in six innings. He struck out seven.