Leader Times roundup: Mars baseball tops Kittanning in 12 innings
Kittanning's baseball team looked ready to play all night if it meant a chance to shake up Section 5-AAA.
Mars posted a three-run 12th inning to break the deadlock and escape a pitchers' duel with a 4-1 win Thursday afternoon in Kittanning.
Mitch Pirhalla drove in a run for the Wildcats (2-9, 1-5) to tie the game in the fifth inning, and starting pitcher Christian Miller went nine innings with only an unearned run surrendered for Kittanning.
David Bender allowed one run and struck out 11 in eight innings pitched for Mars (8-6, 5-1).
Burrell 3, Ford City 2 (9 inn.) — Justin Retzer had 16 strikeouts and allowed only two hits for Ford City, but he took the complete-game loss in a Section 3-AA game at Burrell.
Retzer also had three singles, and Brandon Dineley had a double for the Sabers (4-5, 4-4).
Burrell (4-7, 4-4) was led by pitcher Ben Pish, who allowed seven hits while also throwing a complete game. Pish also doubled for the Bucs.
Deer Lakes 2, Apollo-Ridge 1 — Apollo-Ridge's four-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of a Lancers team that now has 10 straight wins and remains unbeaten in Section 3-AA play.
The Vikings (7-7, 3-3) trailed, 2-0, entering the bottom of the seventh, but they scored once and loaded the bases with two outs before Deer Lakes (11-2, 8-0) secured the win.
Tanner Baylor had three hits and an RBI for Deer Lakes.
DuBois Central Catholic 15, West Shamokin 2 (5 inn.) — DuBois pitcher Mark Walker held the Wolves (2-8) to two hits, while his team posted eight runs in the second inning of an inter-district matchup.
Leechburg 1, Vincentian 0 (9 inn.) — Missy Jones was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Shelby Greece's RBI single for a walk-off Section 3-A win.
Kenzie Young struck out eight to outduel Kim Corcoran of Vincentian (6-4, 6-4) while pitching the win for the Blue Devils (9-2, 9-2).
Freeport 13, Ford City 1 — Jess Kelley homered, singled and scored three times to help Freeport clinch a playoff spot in a Section 3-AA game.
Winning pitcher Alyssa Meta helped her own cause with two RBI, and Alyssa Ravotti homered for Freeport (9-4, 9-3), which will be joined by Deer Lakes and Burrell in the postseason from Section 3.
Paige Klingensmith homered for Ford City (5-6, 5-6), which was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.
Burrell 16, Apollo-Ridge 0 (5 inn.) — Burrell scored eight times in the first inning on its way to a Section 3-AA win.
Apollo-Ridge (3-9, 3-8) got five hits off Burrell pitcher Claire Fisher but was unable to push a run across.
Fisher also was 3 for 4 for the Bucs (9-2, 9-2), who clinched a playoff spot.
Deer Lakes 23, West Shamokin 0 (3 inn.) — Class AA No. 1 Deer Lakes (12-0, 11-0) got three hits from Sierra Sarver to cruise to a Section 3-AA road win. Stephanie Schrecengost had the only hit for the Wolves (4-9, 4-7).
Mars 6, Kittanning 5 (13 inn.) — Mars (7-6, 7-2) clinched the outright Section 5-AAA title, and Kittanning (4-6, 4-5) missed a chance to clinch a playoff berth in a marathon game at Mars.