High school roundup: Blackhawk edges Hickory in PIAA 1st round
Michael Turconi stepped into the spotlight Tuesday evening and helped lift WPIAL champion Blackhawk to a victory in the opening round of the PIAA tournament.
Turconi was 1 for 3 with a triple and two runs scored, and he also struck out the side in the top of the seventh to secure the Cougars' 2-1 victory over District 10 runner-up Hickory in a Class 4A first-round game at Neshannock.
Blackhawk (22-2) advanced to Thursday's quarterfinals and will play District 6 champ Forest Hills at 3 p.m. at Fox Chapel.
State College 1, North Allegheny 0 — WPIAL runner-up North Allegheny (17-8) managed just two hits in a PIAA Class 6A first-round loss at Bald Eagle Area.
Dan Caropresi scattered five hits over six innings in defeat.
Penn Manor 7, Pine-Richland 5 — Matthew Wood doubled in a run for Pine-Richland (18-5), but the WPIAL champion Rams managed only five hits in a PIAA Class 6A first-round loss at Somerset. Thomas Zbzenski allowed five hits and two runs with four strikeouts and took the loss.
Riverside 5, Fairview 4 — Ricky Wass was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs to help WPIAL champion Riverside score a PIAA Class 3A first-round win at Neshannock. Gunnar Boehm allowed three hits with seven strikeouts in 5 1⁄3 innings to earn the win for Riverside (19-1), which will play Central (Martinsburg) in the quarterfinals
Saegertown 7, California 3 — At Neshannock, Wesley Price and Alan McGill each had three hits to lead District 10 runner-up Saegertown to a PIAA Class 2A first-round win. Brandon Powell took the loss for California (20-3), the WPIAL champion.
Oswayo Valley 8, Union 3 — Union (11-8) had its season come to a close in a PIAA Class A first-round game in DuBois.
West Allegheny 5, Lower Dauphin 4 — At Cal (Pa.), Savanna Lewis hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give WPIAL champion West Allegheny (22-1) a PIAA Class 5A first-round win.
West Allegheny will play Central Mountain in the quarterfinals.
Cedar Cliff 9, Moon 6 — Marissa McGiniss, Clara Niglio, Emily Vith and Lauren Protch all had RBIs, but WPIAL runner-up Moon (13-6) lost a PIAA Class 5A first-round game at Messiah College.
Belle Vernon 1, Punxsutawney 0 — Hanna Legazza hit a walk-off single to give WPIAL champion Belle Vernon (20-1) a PIAA Class 4A first-round victory at Hampton.
Alex Sokol tripled and scored the winning run.
Bailey Parshall threw a two-hitter to earn the win.
The Leopards will play Mt. Pleasant in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Frazier 13, Lakeview 3 (6 inn.) — Emi Curcio hit a three-run double, Savannah Berklovich had a two-run double and Lauren Mastowski added three RBIs as WPIAL champion Frazier (19-2) won a PIAA Class 2A first-round game at North Allegheny.
Frazier will play Chartiers-Houston in the quarterfinals.
Chatiers-Houston 1, Moniteau 0 — Macie Kesneck singled home Kayla Alderson in the sixth inning to give Chartiers-Houston (17-4) a PIAA Class 2A first-round win over previously-unbeaten Moniteau at Clarion-Limestone.
Kaitlyn Dittrich threw a two-hitter for the win.
Seton-La Salle 9, Sharpsville 5 — Seton-La Salle (13-5) earned a meeting with South Side Beaver in the quarterfinals after a PIAA Class 2A first-round win at Penn State Behrend.
West Greene 10, Shanksville-Stonycreek 0 — Jade Renner was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs and also threw a two-hitter to help WPIAL champion West Greene (23-1) tally a PIAA Class A first-round win at North Allegheny.
McKenna Lampe was 4 for 4, Kaitlyn Rizor went 3 for 3, Madison Lampe doubled, homered and had three RBIs, and Madison Renner was 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBIs.
Dubois Central Catholic 18, Carmichaels 3 — Carmichaels (17-7) had its season come to a close after a loss to the District 9 champion in the PIAA Class A first round at Clarion-Limestone.
Commodore Perry 7, Monessen 2 — District 10 champion Commordore Perry ousted Monessen (16-7) from the PIAA playoffs with a Class A first-round win at Penn State Behrend.
Conestoga 13, Mt. Lebanon 3 — WPIAL runner-up Mt. Lebanon ended its season with a loss in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals at Cumberland Valley.
WC Henderson 20, Mars 9 — In the PIAA Class AA semifinals at Cumberland Valley, Mars came up short to the District 1 runner-up.
North Allegheny 3, Central Dauphin 1 — Canyon Tuman had 13 kills, and Luke Visgitis added 10 as WPIAL champion North Allegheny win a PIAA Class AAA semifinal match.
The Tigers will make their 15th appearance in the PIAA final against Central York at 1 p.m. Saturday at Penn State's Rec Hall.
Beaver County Christian 3, Cochranton 1 — In the PIAA Class AA semifinals, WPIAL champ Beaver Country Christian earned a spot in the finals with a victory over the District 10 champion, 25-23, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18.
Beaver County Christian will play Northeastern in the finals at 11 a.m. Saturday at Penn State's Rec Hall.