High school roundup: Top-seeded Seneca Valley headed back to WPIAL championship game
Connor Coward pitched a complete game and struck out seven to lead Seneca Valley to a 6-0 win over Pine-Richland in the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals at Pullman Park in Butler on Tuesday.
Carson Kessler led two-time defending WPIAL champion Seneca Valley to victory, going 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI.
The Raiders (18-3) will play second-seeded North Allegheny in the championship game either Tuesday or Wednesday at Consol Energy Park in Washington, at a time that has yet to be determined.
Pine-Richland (17-5) will play Hempfield (19-4) in the third-place consolation game at a date, site and time to be determined.
The top three teams qualify for the PIAA tournament.
Hopewell 4, West Allegheny 0 — Clayton Covalt pitched a complete game and struck out six, and Hopewell won in the semifinals at Burkett Field in Robinson.
Arion Sepp went 3 for 3 with an RBI for the Vikings (21-3), who will play top-seeded South Park (23-0) in the championship game.
West Allegheny (17-6) will play Keystone Oaks (17-5) in the third-place consolation game.
Beaver 8, Shady Side Academy 1 — Austin Ross pitched a complete game and struck out six to lead the Bobcats to a semifinal win at Pullman Park in Butler. Ross also went 3 for 4 with three singles.
Beaver (16-3) will play Quaker Valley in the championship game.
Quaker Valley 4, Deer Lakes 0 — Top-seeded Quaker Valley got run-scoring triples from Nelson Westwood and Matt Delie, and Clayton Bouchard had two hits, including a triple, and scored two runs in a semifinal win at Fox Chapel.
Quaker Valley advanced to the title game for the first time since 1984. Deer Lakes will play Shady Side Academy (15-8) in the third-place consolation game.
OLSH 2, California 1 — Preston Falascino pitched a complete game and struck out seven to lead OLSH to a semifinal victory at Burkett Field in Robinson.
Falascino also had a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly that scored the eventual game-winning run in the fifth inning.
OLSH (19-2) will play Western Beaver in the championship game.
Western Beaver 5, Serra Catholic 1 — Nick Miller tossed a complete-game five-hitter, stuck out 14 batters and had two hits, including a RBI double, as Western Beaver won in the semifinals at North Allegheny.
Western Beaver (17-2) got unearned runs in the first and third innings before stringing together four hits in the fourth to plate two runs and put the game away.
Serra Catholic (18-2) will play California (17-5) in the third-place consolation game.
The WPIAL boys volleyball finals are set after semifinal matches were held Tuesday night. No. 1 seed North Allegheny and No. 3 Bethel Park swept Penn-Trafford and Norwin, 3-0, respectively, and will face off in the WPIAL Class AAA finals Thursday at Baldwin.
In Class AA, top-seeded Ambridge and No. 2 Derry won, 3-0, over Beaver County Christian and OLSH, respectively. They will face off in the WPIAL Class AA finals Thursday at Baldwin.