Local roundup: McKeesport softball stays unbeaten
McKeesport junior Jess Beitler allowed her first run against a section opponent, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers rolled over Woodland Hills (1-2, 1-2), 8-1, in their home opener Monday at Stephen Barry Field.
Vanessa Falce and Kai Gooden each had three hits to anchor a McKeesport (6-0, 3-0) attack that is averaging 9.7 runs per game this season. Beitler and Falce also tripled for the Tigers' only extra-base hits in the game.
Yough 10, Thomas Jefferson 9 — Kelsie Marconi hit a grand slam, and Macy Mularski struck out nine as the Cougars staved off a late Jaguars run in Section 3-AAA.
Elizabeth Forward 3, South Park 1 — Virginia Roche doubled and drove in all three Warriors runs as Elizabeth Forward (6-1, 3-1) rebounded from its tough loss Friday at Southmoreland.
Serra Catholic 12, Mapletown 0 (5 inn.) — Nicole Jezerski allowed one hit and also doubled to help the Eagles to a Section 2-A win.
Norwin 10, Albert Gallatin 4 — It wasn't quite home run derby, but J.J. Matijevic, Jake Pribanic, Cody Sabol and Noah Smith each went deep for the Knights, who won their second consecutive Section 2-AAAA game.
Indiana 5, Yough 4 — The Cougars rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth but couldn't come all the way back against the Little Indians. Indiana pitcher Sean Thompson did not allow an earned run, struck out 11 and drove in two at the plate.
Jeannette 14, South Allegheny 4 — Garrett Elliott went 3 for 5 with two RBI and threw a complete game to lead Jeannette (3-0, 2-0) to a Section 4-AA win.
Steel Valley 12, Southmoreland 2 (5 inn.) — The Ironmen jumped out to a nine-run lead after the first inning and cruised to a Section 4-AA victory.
Serra Catholic 8, Frazier 4 — Jamie Fell was a one-man wrecking crew for the Commodores with two doubles and a homer, but Wayne Hydak picked up the win while also hitting a three-run double in the first inning to lead the Eagles.
Clairton 14, Geibel 4 (5 inn.) — Last season, the Bears ended a 48-game losing streak and now are tied with Serra Catholic and Bishop Canevin for first place in Section 2-A.