Baseball: Conte pitches left-handed, right-handed as Cal wins at West Greene

April 27, 2015

• Louden Conte is not your normal pitcher.

The California junior is ambidextrous, and against West Greene in Section 1-A game Conte pitched both left-handed and right-handed. It worked well as Conte pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and California remained undefeated in the section with a 13-1 victory over host West Greene.

Cal’s Aaron Previsky was 2-for-3 with a home run, triple and five RBI, and Casey Zajicek also triple and drove in five runs.

The Trojans are 7-0 in section and 13-1 overall. West Greene is 1-6, 1-9.

• Austin Berger pitched shutout ball over the final six innings and Canon-McMillan scored four runs in the top of the third for a key 5-3 victory over Baldwin in Section 5-AAAA.

The win moves Canon-McMillan closer to clinching a playoff berth. The Big Macs (6-3, 9-4) are in second place in the section and a game ahead of third-place Baldwin (5-4, 7-4). The Big Macs swept the season series against Baldwin.

Baldwin scored three times in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-1 lead, but Berger pitched one-hit ball the rest of the way and retired 19 of the final 21 batters he faced. Berger struck out six.

C-M used a single, two walks and a wild pitch to close to within 3-2, and Andrew Wunstel gave the Big Macs the lead with a two-run single.

Losing pitcher Chris Eisel had a double in the first inning for Baldwin. Jared Beach doubled for C-M.

• Left fielder Garrett Briant hit a walk-off single and threw out a player at homeplate in the second inning to lead Trinity over South Fayette, 3-2, in a Section 3-AAA game at Consol Energy Park.

The Lions (3-5, 5-7) tied the score, 2-2, in the top of the seventh when Tristan Tinney hit a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Reyes. South Fayette stranded runners on first and second in the inning. Briant, who had an inning-ending diving catch in the fifth inning to prevent the Lions from scoring, ended the game with an RBI single to earn Guy Markley the win.

• Riley Nickerson pitched a complete-game four-hitter and Bentworth took advantage of four Jefferson-Morgan error for a 6-1 victory in Section 1-A.

The win keeps Bentworth (6-1, 9-2) in sole possession of second place, one game behind leader California. Jefferson-Morgan falls to 3-5, 5-8. The Rockets can still make the WPIAL playoffs but must close the season with wins Wednesday at West Greene and Friday at home against Carmichaels, and the Mikes must lost its three remaining section games. Camichaels has games remaining against Bentworth and California.

J-M had a 1-0 lead before Bentworth scored three times in the top of the fourth and added three more runs over the final two innings. That was enough support for Nickerson, who struck out eight and walked three. All of Bentworth’s nine hits were singles.

Jefferson-Morgan’s Joseph Headlee had the game’s only extra-base hit, a double.

• Carmichaels clinched a WPIAL playoff berth with a 10-0 victory over host Mapletown in a five-inning Section 1-A game.

Winning pitcher Michael Ludrosky threw a three-hitter. He struck out four and did not issue a walk. Josh Bogucki doubled for Carmichaels. Jacob Wamsley and Nick Mundell each had two hits for the Mikes.

Carmichaels can finish no lower than third in the section.

• New Brighton scored eight runs in the top of the first inning and moved into a tie for second place in Section 2-AA with a 19-1 victory over Fort Cherry in four innings.

Winning pitcher Justyn Francona was 3-for-3 with five RBI to lead New Brighton (6-3, 6-3). Kyle Bolland had a double.

Fort Cherry (3-7, 4-&) had only three hits but two were doubles, by Cole Clark and Alex Babirad.

• Chris O’Malley hit two doubles, a home run and had seven RBI to carry Avonworth to as 16-5 victory over Burgettstown in Section 1-AA.

The Antelopes (7-4, 8-4) had 16 hits, including five doubles, broke out for six runs in the sixth inning. Matt Cubellis earned the win wity two strikeouts.

Sam Hockenberry had two doubles for the Blue Devils (2-8, 4-8).

• Every player in Waynesburg had at least one RBI to help John-Glen Davis earn the victory as the Raiders defeated Charleroi, 14-6, in a Section 2-AA game.

Waynesburg (7-3, 8-4) can clinch a playoff berth with a victory over Chartiers-Houston Thursday, while the Cougars (3-6, 4-8) had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Braden Boosel hit two of the Raiders’ five doubles and drove in two runs.

• Beth-Center only allowed two earned runs, but three errors proved costly as the Bulldogs fell to Chartiers-Houston, 5-4, in a Section 2-AA game.

Jordan Davis earned the victory and Zack Southern closed out the game. The Bucs (4-4, 4-6) had just five hits, but scored two runs in the first inning and three in the fourth.

Tyler Ross, Ed Zellie and Nick Pryor had two hits each for Beth-Center (2-6, 3-7).

• Dalton Simonelli’s base hit with two outs in the fifth inning broke up Tyler Paranzino’s no-hitter, but it wasn’t enough to lift Avella to a win over Brentwood.

Paranzino had a double and limited the Eagles to one hit in a 10-0 Brentwood victory.

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