Southmoreland sports roundup: Girls track qualifies for WPIAL finals
What has been a great season for the Southmoreland girls track team continued May 1 when the squad qualified for the WPIAL finals.
The Scotties defeated Keystone Oaks 107-43, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 110-39 and Waynesburg 93-57.
With these victories, the Scotties qualified for Thursday's WPIAL team finals at Baldwin against Freeport, South Fayette and Beaver.
The boys track team wasn't as fortunate. The squad defeated Waynesburg, 102-38 and Chartiers-Houston 90-60, but lost to South Park, 106.5-43.5. South Park advanced to the WPIAL finals.
Southmoreland's success on the court continued with a 5-0 win over Indiana Monday in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.
Tyler Fox, Kevin Bundridge and Luke Zeleznik each posted singles victories for the Scotties. Also, the doubles pair of Davis Simon and Henry Riley continued its winning ways. Rounding out the match for Southmoreland with a win was the doubles pair of Isaac Proch and Shawn Potter.
“It was close at first, I think with nerves,” said tennis Coach Jim Kessler. “They really responded well. I was really proud of them.”
The Scotties were to play a quarterfinal match Tuesday at Quaker Valley, which upended Blackhawk, 3-2, in the first round.
Before that, the Scotties put the finishing touches on an undefeated regular season with a 4-1 victory over Brownsville May 1. Fox and Zeleznik each won their singles matches in straight sets, Zeleznik by a 6-0, 6-0 score.
The doubles teams of Simon and Riley and Adam Snyder and Adam Hernley also won in straight sets.
Also, Fox and Kevin Bundridge were eliminated in the second round of the WPIAL Class AA tournament at Keystone Oaks April 29 with a loss to Will Kleeman and Colin Kaye of Sewickley Academy by a 10-4 score. Fox and Bundridge advanced to the second round with a 10-7 win over Beaver's Connor Shallcross and Jimmy Cavato.
The Scotties had a tough loss April 30 when West Mifflin survived a nine-inning Section 3-AAA affair. Shannon Davis laced a two-run triple to give the Titans the win.
The Scotties took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on singles by Rikki Brown and Anna Gatti and a double by Briana Bunner.
Southmoreland also had a chance to tie the game in the ninth. Vanessa Richards knocked in a run with a triple, but was left at third. The Scotties outhit the Titans, 11-6.
“It was like a playoff atmosphere for a regular-season game, and for us it was a playoff game,” said Southmoreland Coach Kim Kelley. “I'm proud of the way the girls kept fighting. We fought down to the last out. I'm proud of their drive to win, and it's a shame somebody had to lose this game.”
The Scotties bounced back May 2 with a 13-2 win over Yough. Southmoreland plated eight runs in the third inning. Kristen Suhan was the winning pitcher.
The Scotties had a tough week on the baseball diamond dropping three Section 4-AA contests.
The first loss came April 30 by a 15-4 score to Shady Side Academy in five innings. Michael Baird paced the Southmoreland offense with two singles and an RBI.
The next day East Allegheny upended Southmoreland by a 7-1 score.
Greensburg Central Catholic downed Southmoreland, 15-8, on May 2. Mitch Ridenour and Doug Leighty each had a double for Southmoreland.
Jason Black contributed to this story.