South Park, Yobbi stop BV Area, 2-0
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If Belle Vernon Area is going to defend its Section 4 AAA title this season, the journey just got significantly tougher.
The Leps dropped a rain-shortened 6-inning decision. 2-0, to unbeaten South Park at the John DiVirgilio Complex Tuesday night.
With the loss, BVA (6-4, 3-2) drops two full games behind South Park (12-0, 5-0).
South Park pitcher Nick Yobbi fired a three-hitter with six strikeouts and one walk to earn the win.
“We ran into a buzz saw,” BVA coach Dan Palm said of Yobbi. “He's a great pitcher and he never let us get anything going. He was on today.”
Meanwhile, BVA's Tyler Frankel was saddled with a tough loss as he gave up two runs - one earned - on seven hits. Frankel struck out five and walked one.
“Tyler really pitched a great, great game,” Palm said. “That's about as good of a game you can pitch against a team like that. He deserved a batter fate.”
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Greg Pantuso and Carter Grote singled to put runners on first and second.
Yobbi then hit a grounder that the Leps tried to turn into an inning-ending double play, but the throw to first was in the dirt and first baseman Dylan Pietrantoni couldn't handle it and Pantuso scored.
In the fifth, the winners got their second run when Chris Winkler's two-out single scored Jake Bywalski, who had opened the inning with a single.
BVA's best chance to score came in the fourth when Dom Francia drilled a one-out double to center field. However, Francia got caught in a rundown between and second and third and was tagged out.
In the sixth inning, South Park loaded the bases with one out. However, Frankel knuckled down and struck out Pantuso and Grote to end the threat.
Winkle had two hits for South Park and BVA's other hits were singles by Matt Callaway and Joe Simsic.
Although Palm isn't giving up on defending the section title, he did admit that doing so is going to be tough two games behind.
“With this loss, it will be tough for us to win it again,” he said. “Things aren't going the same was for us as they did a year ago. But we will keep fighting that's what we do.”
Elizabeth Forward 10, Ringgold 7
EF (9-2, 3-2) moved into a four-way tie for second place in Section 4 AAA with BVA, Thomas Jefferson and West Mifflin with the win.
The Rams (2-4, 1-4) held a 6-5 lead when EF scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Ryan Wardropper had three hits for EF while Jeff Toth had three hits, Mike Cramer a double and Justin Rich a triple for Ringgold.
Carmichaels 5,California 4
The Trojans (9-3, 3-1) suffered their first loss in the Section 1 A showdown for first place.
Carmichaels (7-1, 4-0) scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning on Mike Blasinsky's bases-loaded single up the middle.
For California, Jake Columbus and Brian Fisher each had two hits.
Serra 15,Monessen 0
The Greyhounds (3-7, 2-2) were hammered in Section 2 A as Wayne Hydak pitched a three-hitter.
Serra got four hits from Dylan Kugler.
Yough 7,L. Highlands 0
Yough (4-5, 3-2) shut out Laugh Highlands (4-6, 2-3) as Reid Gadagne had four hits.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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