Local roundup: Ford City blasts Summit Academy
Ford City turned on the offense early in a 13-2 road win Monday afternoon in Section 3-AA baseball at Summit Academy.
The Sabers (3-2, 3-1) led, 3-2, after one inning but scored three runs in the third inning, four in the fourth and three in the fifth to invoke the 10-run rule against winless Summit (0-4, 0-4).
Justin Retzer doubled, tripled, scored three times and finished with five RBI to lead Ford City. Blake Bower drove in four runs for the Sabers, and Dave Lattanzio scored four runs to back winning pitcher Brandon Dinely, who struck out four in four innings pitched.
Freeport 3, Apollo-Ridge 1 — Luke Mariotti struck out 13 and didn't allow an earned run to send Freeport (5-1, 3-1) to a Section 3-AA win at home.
Mariotti outdueled Apollo-Ridge (3-7, 0-3) starter Jarrett Geiger, who allowed two runs and pitched into the sixth inning.
Dustin Koedel hit a two-run double in the sixth inning for the Yellowjackets. Ryan Ferguson drove in Apollo-Ridge's run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the seventh, but Freeport turned an 8-6-5 double play to end the game on the same play.
Highlands 10, Kittanning 6 — Highlands scored six runs in the third inning to take the lead for good in a Section 5-AAA win over visiting Kittanning.
Tyler Alworth's two-run single gave the Rams (2-3, 1-2) the lead, while Nick Borkowski and Phil Cowan doubled and scored twice for Highlands.
Connor Blose singled twice and scored twice for Kittanning (1-4, 0-3).
Deer Lakes 11, West Shamokin 1 (5 inn.) — Adam Fredley allowed three hits and struck out eight to lead Deer Lakes (5-2, 3-0) to a Section 3-AA win at West Shamokin (2-3, 1-2). Colton Kennedy's double was the game's only extra-base hit for West Shamokin.
Riverview 13, Leechburg 5 — Class A No. 2 Riverview jumped out to a 12-0 lead to maintain its undefeated record with a Section 4-A win.
Dom Conte pitched four innings for the win, and Nick DiBucci went 3 for 4 and drove in four runs for Riverview (6-0, 3-0). Alex Sipolino doubled for Leechburg (1-3, 1-2).
Freeport 18, Shady Side Academy 0 (4 inn.); Freeport 18, SSA 0 (3 inn.) — Freeport dominated a Section 3-AA doubleheader against Shady Side Academy (0-6, 0-6) by taking the first game in four innings and the second game in three innings, 18-1.
Karlie Hill had two home runs and four RBI in the first game for Freeport (6-2, 6-2). Taylor Massart also had four RBI, and winning pitcher Jess Kelly drove in three runs.
In the second game, Massart hit a grand slam, Hill drove in three runs, and pitcher Alyssa Meta did not allow a hit.
Ford City 10, Apollo-Ridge 7 — Jenna Wolsonovich and Brooke Stitt both doubled and drove in two runs, as Ford City built an 8-0 lead and held on for a Section 3-AA road win.
Karlee Smith went 3 for 5 for the Sabers (4-3, 4-3), who have won three straight.
Sammy Geracia had a triple, a three-run homer and four RBI to lead Apollo-Ridge (0-5, 0-5) to its best offensive output of the season.
Redbank Valley 4, West Shamokin 2 (8 inn.) — Alex Bell, Tessa Troup and Darian Gruver drove in runs to send Redbank Valley to an extra-inning, nonsection win over West Shamokin.
Lyndsey Jones had five strikeouts and pitched the complete game for Redbank Valley, while Alecia Calhoun struck out four and pitched all eight innings for West Shamokin (2-6).
Stephanie Schrecengost tripled and had an RBI for the Wolves.