Alle-Kiski roundup: Burrell knocks off Deer Lakes
Burrell started fast this baseball season, winning its first three games. But the Buccaneers reversed course and dropped four in a row.
Desperate to get back on track, they rallied behind an eight-run third inning to down three-time defending Section 3-AA champion Deer Lakes, 9-7, on Wednesday in Lower Burrell.
Ryan Sowol and J.R. Andrejcik hit two-run doubles each to fuel the big inning, which countered a five-run third by Deer Lakes (6-3, 3-1).
Dustin Maloney pitched a complete game to earn the win for Burrell (4-5, 1-4). Jim Fiel had a two-run triple for Deer Lakes.
Ford City 5, Freeport 4 (9 inn.) — Anthony Falsetti scored the winning run from third when Mike Fennell hit an infield fly rule out that was dropped by the Freeport defense in a wild Section 3-AA game at Ford City. Fennell tied the game 2-2 by scoring on a error in the sixth, and the Sabers (2-4, 2-2) plated two more runs in the eighth to extend the game after Freeport (4-4, 4-1) scored two in the top half of the inning.
Caleb Zablocki struck out eight in eight innings for Ford City, and Blake Bower earned the win in relief. Nathan Pastorek struck out nine in five innings, and Noah Shannon tripled, doubled and scored a run for Freeport.
Highlands 9, Kittanning 8 — Corey Rezak not only tied the game with a three-run single in the bottom of the seventh, but also scored on a wild pitch to end the game and secure Highlands its first win overall and in Section 5-AAA. Mike Helgert doubled, and Robbie Hanford picked up the win for Highlands (1-6, 1-2). Sam Keibler hit a three-run homer for Kittanning (1-5, 0-3).
Fox Chapel 12, New Castle 2 (5 inn.) — Zach Burkhart went 4 for 4 and drove in a pair of runs, and winning pitcher Jake Pilarski struck out five and allowed five hits as the Foxes (5-5, 1-4) broke a four-game losing streak.
North Catholic 7, Springdale 4 — Springdale helped to give North Catholic four runs on five errors in the first inning and fell to the Trojans (4-5, 4-0) despite outhitting them 9-5. North Catholic scored four runs in the first on no hits. Alex Pane doubled for the Dynamos (2-5, 1-2). Winning pitcher Nick Tunstall struck out 11.
Leechburg 9, Riverview 6 — Miranda Reesman had a three-run double to jumpstart a six-run third inning as Leechburg defeated Riverview in Section 3-A.
Kassidi Horrell delivered an RBI double, and Lindsey Rowe pitched a complete game and earned the win for Leechburg (4-2, 4-2).
Nikki Anderson doubled twice for Riverview (4-4, 3-3).
Ford City 3, Valley 2 (8 inn.) — Lexi Myers drove in the game-winner with a single in the eighth inning for Ford City (2-3, 2-2) in a Section 3-AA game. Lexi Turek and Jess Jubec doubled for the Sabers, and Jubec was the winning pitcher. Valley fell to 2-3, 2-3.
Freeport 11, West Shamokin 4 — Karlie Hill had two hits and drove in three runs, Morgan McCarthy doubled twice and Alexis Roenigk had two RBIs to lead Freeport (2-3, 2-3) to a Section 3-AA victory over West Shamokin (2-3, 2-3). Kelly Clowser and Emilee Wilson had two hits each for the Wolves.
Latrobe 7, Kiski Area 2 — Despite a home run by Emma Weaver, who went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Kiski Area (1-5, 1-4) fell to the Wildcats (7-1, 5-1) in a Section 1-AAAA game. Madeline Stein went 2 for 3 with a homer and three RBIs for Latrobe.
Knoch 2, Hampton 1 — Despite giving up a run in the bottom of the seventh, Knoch withstood a Hampton (3-3, 3-2) comeback and grabbed a Section 5-AAA win. Jessi Reed had an RBI single, and Hayle Fox had a sacrifice fly to round out the offense for Knoch (5-3, 3-2). =
The softball showdown between Class AAAA No. 2 Plum (8-0) and Class AA No. 2 Deer Lakes(5-0) was postponed Wednesday and will be made up at 4 p.m. April 25 in West Deer.