High school roundup: Baldwin routs Plum to reach WPIAL semifinals
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Baldwin advanced to the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals for the first time since 2005 with a 14-4 five-inning victory over Plum at West Mifflin.
The No. 2 seeded Highlanders took advantage of a slew of miscues by No. 10 Plum (15-6) during an 11-run third inning.
Baldwin (15-2) sent 16 batters to the plate in the home half of the third, had five hits, walked five times and took advantage of four Plum errors in the mercy-ruled quarterfinal.
Morgan Schmitt went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, and winning pitcher Nick Bernick drove in two. Bernick also was the winner in Friday's 2-1 first-round win over North Hills.
Alex Kiriloff hit a two-run homer for Plum in the first inning, and Mike Maleski went 2 for 3.
Moon 5, Canon-McMillan 3 — Sophomore Austin Hoffman hit a bases-loaded single as part of a five-run second inning in Moon's WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal victory over Canon-McMillan (13-6) at Washington & Jefferson.
Colton Hower of Moon (15-3) went the distance, giving up three runs on six hits with six strikeouts.
West Mifflin 4, Elizabeth Forward 3 — West Mifflin (16-4) withstood a furious seventh-inning rally as Section 4 foe Elizabeth Forward (12-8) left the winning run on second base as the Titans advanced to their first WPIAL Class AAA semifinal with a win at Woodland Hills.
Zach Fodor got Steve Welsh and Justin Bakewell to fly out with the bases loaded to secure the victory.
With the Titans holding onto a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, EF loaded the bases with one out off reliever Dom Robinson. Mark Simon and Wes Scott reached on singles and Jake Terrick walked, forcing Fodor into the game. Luke Padezan reached on an error to make it 4-2. Ryan Wardropper walked to make it 4-3 before Fodor got the last two outs.
West Mifflin got RBIs from Fodor and Howard while taking advantage of four EF walks.
Padezan picked up the loss as he gave up one earned run in seven innings.
Blackhawk 4, Indiana 0 — Brendan McKay stretched his scoreless streak to 65 innings and struck out 16 to lead No. 1 Blackhawk (13-2) to a Class AAA quarterfinal victory in Butler.
The Louisville recruit's scoreless streak is the third longest in high school history nationwide.
The Cougars will play No. 4 West Mifflin in the semifinals.
Steel Valley 14, Riverside 7 — Steel Valley (16-2) banged out 18 hits and advanced to the Class AA semifinals for the first time since 2006 with a win at Woodland Hills.
Seven of Steel Valley's starters had at least two hits led by Brandon Donovan, who went 3 for 5 with a single, double and first-inning two-run homer.
Sam Ligeros and Michael Hoesch added three RBIs while Matt Hoesch and Bryce Varhola had two hits to help starter Derek Morrison improve to 6-0.
Morrison went the distance allowing only one earned run while striking out four and walking two. Riverside (12-6) got three hits from Trevor Moser and a three-run homer from Ross Maietta.
Quaker Valley 9, Beaver 2 — The Quakers (17-2) extended their winning streak to 14 and eliminated defending WPIAL Class AA champion Beaver (11-6) in the quarterfinals at Kelly Automotive Field in Butler.
Quaker Valley never trailed after a double from Alex Tanabe and a triple from Matt Delie put it up in the top of the second inning.
The Quakers defense stranded 14 Bobcat runners to reach its second straight WPIAL semifinal.
Seton-La Salle 3, Neshannock 2 (9 inn.) — Seton-La Salle (14-5) won with a walk-off single in the ninth inning after allowing Neshannock (18-2) to tie their Class AA quarterfinal game in the seventh.
Matt Wilke singled with one out in the ninth and advanced to second on a single from David Boehme. Liam Sweeney drove in Wilke for the winning run with one out. Carson Rebel picked up the win for Seton-La Salle while also going 3 for 4 with one double.
Deer Lakes 2, South Side Beaver 0 — Sophomore Ryan Petrone pitched a four-hit shutout and catcher Matt Olesnevich scored twice for No. 5 seed Deer Lakes (16-4) in its WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal-round win over No. 4 South Side Beaver (16-3) at Burkett Complex.
Losing pitcher Nolan Lamont struck out 13 in a complete-game effort.
Seneca Valley 3, Shaler 0 — Vince Augustine, Johnny Brittner drove in runs with sacrifice flies, and Connor Coward scored on a wild pitch as No. 16 Seneca Valley (7-11) earned a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal-round victory at Fox Chapel.
The Raiders are in the WPIAL semifinals for the fourth straight season. They will play Pine-Richland in the semifinals.
Pine-Richland 16, Mt. Lebanon 4 — The fourth-seeded Rams (16-5) clinched a berth in the semifinals with a Class AAAA quarterfinal-round victory at West Mifflin.
West Allegheny 4, Chartiers Valley 2 — The Indians broke open a 2-2 tie with two runs in the bottom of the third inning and held on for a Class AAA quarterfinal-round victory at Washington & Jefferson.
West Allegheny (15-4) will play the winner of Monday's game between Hampton and Knoch in the semifinals.
Hampton and Knoch were postponed Saturday and will play at 5 p.m. Monday at North Allegheny.
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