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Daily News roundup: East Allegheny tops 1st-place Steel Valley

| Monday, April 22, 2013, 10:57 p.m.

East Allegheny might not make the playoffs, but the Wildcats are playing tough against the rest of Section 4-AA.

First, they topped undefeated Jeannette last week. On Monday, it was first-place Steel Valley.

East Allegheny rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit to take the lead with a five-run fourth and held off Steel Valley for a 9-7 victory.

The win dropped Steel Valley (5-2, 5-4) into a second-place tie with Greensburg Central Catholic and a half-game behind idle section leader Shady Side Academy. East Allegheny (3-8, 3-4) climbed within two games of the third and final playoff spot in the section.

Adam Jacko picked up the win. He went the distance, scattering seven hits and allowing five earned runs while striking out seven.

EA got two hits and two RBI from Tanner Link and two singles from Ryan Coles.

The Wildcats scored five in the fifth to take the lead, on RBI singles by Coles, Jacko, Link and Jason Henshawe to go along with a run-scoring groundout.

Derek Morrison and Brandon Donovan doubled for Steel Valley.

West Mifflin 10, Belle Vernon 8 — Ryan Kandsberger hit a two-run homer off of Dylan Pietrantonio in the 11th inning to give West Mifflin a key Section 4-AAA win at the John DiVirgillio Complex in a game that ended just before 11 p.m.

A.J. Olasz allowed a homer in the 11th and walked a pair before getting out of a bases-loaded jam to get the win. Olasz threw four innings of relief for the Titans.

The win created a four-way tie for second place in the section with Elizabeth Forward, Thomas Jefferson, Belle Vernon and West Mifflin.

McKeesport 7, Montour 2 — Joe Driscoll and Dylan Derst had extra-base hits, and Colton Joseph earned the win for McKeesport (3-6) won in nonsection play.

Franklin Regional 20, Woodland Hills 5 — Nick Munson went 1 for 2 with four RBI for Franklin Regional (8-3) in a three-inning, nonsection rout.

Yough 7, Uniontown 3 — Josh Sterner had a double and two RBI, and Luke Spisak picked up the win for Yough (6-6, 5-2) in Section 2-AAA.

Serra Catholic 5, Northgate 0 — Dylan Kugler went 3 for 4 with two RBI to lead the Class A No. 4-ranked Eagles (10-1) in a nonsection win. Winning pitcher Wayne Hydak worked three innings and striking out five.

Softball

Elizabeth Forward 4, McKeesport 2 — The Tigers may want to avoid playing teams in Section 3-AAA.

Katelyn Shinavski and Caitlyn Arico each had doubles for the Warriors in their nonsection win. Grace McBride, the team's No. 2 pitcher, got the win for Elizabeth Forward (10-2), which can clinch a WPIAL Class AAA playoff berth with a win Tuesday at Yough.

McKeesport (10-2) opened the season 10-0 but had its winning streak snapped with a 12-11 home loss to West Mifflin on Friday.

Norwin 3, Latrobe 2 — Maddy Miller pitched a complete game and struck out five to lead Norwin (6-4, 5-4) in Section 1-AAAA. Jenna Adams had three doubles for the Wildcats (9-2, 8-1), who remain in first place despite the fact they lost their first section game.

East Allegheny 15, Springdale 4 (6 inn.) — The Wildcats (1-8) scored 12 runs in their first eight games but broke out in a big way to pick up their first win of the season in a nonsection victory. Kathy Kenny had two doubles to lead the 16-hit East Allegheny attack.

Greensburg Salem 3, Yough 0 — Jayne Oberdorf struck out nine — eclipsing 100 strikeouts on the year — and the Class AAA No. 1 Golden Lions won in nonsection action.

Claire Oberdorf homered for Greensburg Salem (10-1).

Steel Valley 19, St. Joseph 9 (6 inn.) — Skyler Vinay had five hits, including a double and a triple, and Chelsea Rohan tripled twice as part of her three hits as the Ironmen (7-2) pulled off an easy victory over a Class A opponent.

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