Alle-Kiski roundup: Springdale's Lock key to victory
Springdale is determined to “Lock” up a playoff spot.
The Dynamos' baseball team turned to sophomore outfielder Adam Lock to inch closer to a postseason berth in Section 4-A. Lock ripped three home runs, had seven RBI and scored five runs for Springdale in a 14-7 victory over St. Joseph at Agan Park.
Springdale improved to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in section. The top three teams qualify for the playoffs. The Dynamos are a half-game up on Leechburg (2-5) for third place.
Lock was 5 for 5 for the Dynamos, who had 14 hits and had a six-run first inning. John Arcuri went 3 for 3 for the Spartans (2-10, 1-6), who are not mathematically eliminated.
Freeport 3, Burrell 2 — Josh Beale singled in Luke Mariotti to cap a three-run seventh, as Freeport (10-2, 8-2) completed a comeback over Burrell (5-7, 5-4) in a Section 3-AA game.
Mariotti doubled in two runs earlier in the inning to tie it. Robbie Miller pitched a complete game and struck out nine.
Kiski Area 5, Latrobe 2 — Winning pitcher Doug Donatelli allowed only four hits over seven innings to help Kiski Area (4-10, 4-7) defeat Latrobe (7-7, 5-5) in Section 2-AAAA. Tyler had two hits for the Cavaliers.
Apollo-Ridge 2, West Shamokin 1 — Mike Percic pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts, as Apollo-Ridge (9-9, 5-5) edged West Shamokin (2-11, 1-8) in a Section 3-AA game. Sam Held doubled for the Vikings.
Riverview 8, Leechburg 1 — Winning pitcher Nick DiBucci struck out 10, and Class A No. 2 Riverview (11-2, 6-1) downed Leechburg (2-6, 2-5) in a Section 4-A. Riverview is tied for first with North Catholic and can earn at least a share of the section title Friday.
Kittanning 8, Highlands 2 — Sam Kiebler went 2 for 4 with three RBI, and Blake Davis doubled as Kittanning (3-11, 2-7) held off Highlands (3-9, 2-7) in Section 5-AAA play. Ryan Richards doubled for Highlands.
Burrell 10, Hampton 3 — Kelsey Oddis went 2 for 4 with a double, triple and three RBI to lead Class AA No. 5 Burrell (12-2) to a nonsection win over Class AAA Hampton (5-7). Ashley Syzmkowiak also went 2 for 3 with two RBI, and Claire Fisher and Abby Nitowski each had three hits for the Bucs.
Kiski Area 6, Franklin Regional 2 — Emma Weaver went 3 for 3, drove in two and doubled twice, as Kiski Area (4-9, 3-9) picked up a Section 1-AAAA win over Franklin Regional (6-11, 2-10). Maddie Antone doubled for the Cavaliers.
Highlands 8, Leechburg 7 — Gabby Miller hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth to give Highlands the lead for good in a nonsection game.
Miller had three hits, and Cassidy Runyan added a three-run homer for Highlands (7-5). Monica Enrico drove in three runs, including a two-run double, and Kenzie Young had a solo homer among her three hits for Leechburg (10-3).
Track and field
The Freeport girls team will go for its third WPIAL Class AA championship after advancing out of the semifinals. Freeport, which hosted the playoff meet, decisively swept Freedom, Quaker Valley and Trinity Christian to reach the finals, set for May 9 at Baldwin.
Freeport won the three meets by an average of 81.3 points.
The Freeport boys defeated Trinity Christian and Fort Cherry, but lost to Freedom, which advanced.
Fox Chapel will open the WPIAL Class AAA team playoffs at 3:30 p.m. Friday at home against Chartiers Valley. The Foxes are seeded No. 7.
Shady Side Academy is the No. 1 seed in the bracket and received a first-round bye.