Leader Times roundup: Rocco, Retzer dominate on mound in wins
The K's kept coming for seniors Anthony Rocco and Justin Retzer on Thursday afternoon.
West Shamokin's Rocco and Ford City's Retzer each finished with 16 strikeouts in Section 3-AA-opening wins for their respective teams.
Retzer's complete-game performance on the mound allowed Ford City to overcome underwhelming offensive production in a 2-1 win over Freeport.
He held the Yellowjackets to five hits.
Rocco tied his own team record during the Wolves' season-opening 10-2 victory over Summit Academy, which finished with five hits.
He had just one walk.
Retzer will continue his baseball career at West Liberty University. Rocco will play at Mount Aloysius.
Ford City 2, Freeport 1 — Mike Fennell drew a bases-loaded walk that allowed Aaron Shaner to score the game-deciding run for Ford City (1-1, 1-0).
Robbie Miller starred for Freeport (0-1, 0-1), and went 4 for 4 with an RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh and kept the score close with his pitching.
West Shamokin 10, Summit Academy 2 — Travis Anderson hit a bases-loaded double during a four-run top of the fifth inning for West Shamokin (1-0, 1-0). Anderson finished with three RBI.
Rocco also doubled for the Wolves, who had six hits.
Summit Academy (0-1, 0-1) scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to break the shutout.
Kittanning 8, Redbank Valley 4 — Kittanning (1-0), which had three hits, took advantage of 11 walks in a nonsection home win. Blake Davis earned four walks, scored three runs and stole two bases for the Wildcats, while Sam Keibler drove in two runs.
Redbank Valley (1-1) twice scored on wild pitches.
Kittanning 10, Knoch 3 — Courtney Edwards held Knoch (4-3, 0-1) to five hits and went 3 for 4 at the plate with a home run and a double for Kittanning (1-0, 1-0) in its Section 5-AAA and season opener.
Terra Schall and Nicole Johnson each doubled twice during 3-for-5 performances.
Schall drove in four runs. Johnson and Edwards each had two RBI.
Freeport 15, Valley 3 (6 inn.) — Emily Lindsey crushed everything she came across at the plate, as she went 4 for 4 with a double, two triples and a grand slam in a Section 3-AA win for Freeport (2-1, 2-1).
Lindsey drove in eight runs. Taylor Massart and Karlie Hill each homered and doubled.
Valley (0-2, 0-2) led, 2-0, after two innings.
Burrell 13, Ford City 3 (6 inn.) — Kelsey Oddis drove in six runs and doubled during a 3-for-4 performance at the plate for Burrell (2-0, 2-0) in a Section 3-AA win.
Haley Kuzmirek also was 3 for 4 with a double.
Ford City (1-1, 1-1) led, 3-0, after the first inning. Bethany Meyer, Karlee Smith and Jenna Wolsonovich each scored. Wolsonovich also drove in a run.
Deer Lakes 16, Apollo-Ridge 0 (4 inn.) — Tiffany Edwards held Apollo-Ridge (0-1, 0-1) hitless and struck out eight to help Deer Lakes (3-0, 2-0) to a Section 3-AA win.
Deer Lakes 3, West Shamokin 0 — West Shamokin dropped to 1-1 in Section 2-AA as it lost to Deer Lakes (2-1, 2-1) by scores of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-16.