PIAA quarterfinals roundup: Keystone Oaks ace shuts down WPIAL champion South Park
Keystone Oaks senior Jared Skolnicki threw a five-hit shutout in Friday's 3-0 quarterfinal victory over South Park, ousting the previously unbeaten WPIAL champion from the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.
Skolnicki struck out six, including the final out of the sixth inning with the bases loaded. Had the game not been postponed Thursday by rain, the left-handed ace wouldn't have been eligible to pitch; Skolnicki had thrown Monday.
South Park (25-1) won, 1-0, when these teams met in the WPIAL semifinals.
“Everybody asks if I did a rain dance,” KO coach Steve Crimone said. “No, we've got faith in all of our pitchers, but Jared really wanted revenge. So when the call came that it was canceled, I sent him a little text that said, ‘You know what this means?' ”
Ultimately, it meant that Keystone Oaks (20-5), making its first state playoff appearance, would reach the PIAA semifinals Monday.
Keystone Oaks scored twice in the top of the sixth to break a scoreless tie. Singles by Skolnicki, Ryan Ribeau and Nick Riggle, along with a South Park throwing error, led to the runs.
“I told the kids, they don't have anything to apologize for,” South Park coach Steve Bucci said. “Actually, Mother Nature probably defeated us today.”
Quaker Valley 7, Shady Side Academy 3 — The Quakers erupted for four first-inning runs and belted 12 hits in a Class AA quarterfinal win at Fox Chapel. Tyler Garbee earned the win for Quaker Valley (23-1), which will play the winner of Saturday's game between Beaver and Mount Union in Monday's semifinals.
California 6, OLSH 3 — The Trojans scored three runs on five hits in the first inning en route to a Class A quarterfinal victory at Fox Chapel. Aaron Previsky had four hits, and Brian Fisher and Louden Conte had two hits for California (20-5), which will play District 9 runner-up Johnsonburg in the semifinals Monday.
Riverside 13, Ligonier Valley 0 (5 inn.) — Kirsten Wilson allowed just one hit, and Ligonier Valley committed seven errors, as the Panthers won a Class AA quarterfinal game at Woodland Hills. Nicole Pritts added three hits for Riverside (21-0), which will play the winner of Saturday's game between Deer Lakes and Philipsburg-Osceola in the semifinals Monday.