Local roundup: Valley routs St. Joseph to give new coach 1st win
Valley finally played a baseball game, and gave rookie head coach Jim Perry his first win in the process.
The Vikings, hampered by weather-related postponements like so many other WPIAL teams, rolled to a 12-5 victory over St. Joseph on Wednesday in New Kensington.
Dan Farinelli's three-run homer highlighted a five-run third inning for Valley (1-0) in the nonsection win, the first for Perry, a former assistant at Plum and Burrell.
Bill Clark went 3 for 4 with a double, and Jordan Frame earned the win.
Joe Luciana doubled twice for St. Joseph (0-1).
Riverview 10, Apollo-Ridge 0 (5 inn.) — Nick DiBucci pitched a five-inning shutout, striking out five for Riverview (2-0) in a nonsection win over Apollo-Ridge (3-4).
Anthony Malky, Jake Paradise and Joe Gent each doubled for Riverview.
Shaler 10, Plum 8 — A seven-run fifth inning propelled Shaler (1-3) to an upset over Class AAAA No. 5 Plum (4-1) in nonsection play.
Brian Albert and Alex Kirilloff each homered for the Mustangs in the loss.
Penn Hills 9, Fox Chapel 4 — Steven Zang picked up a complete-game win and Cameron Franklin doubled to lead Penn Hills (1-1) to a nonsection win over Fox Chapel (1-2). Joe Palumbo doubled and Zack Burkehart tripled for the Foxes.
Burrell 8, Freeport 7 — Melissa Mazzei scored on an error to cap a seventh-inning comeback for Burrell (1-0 ,1-0) in a Section 3-AA win over Freeport (1-1, 1-1). Burrell trailed, 7-6, going into the seventh. Morgan Matthews homered and doubled, and Jaila Manga and Ashley Szymkowiak also doubled for the Bucs.
Karlie Hill homered for Freeport.
Deer Lakes 15, Valley 0 (4 inn.) — Deer Lakes' Tiffany Edwards pitched a two-hitter and helped her cause with a double and four runs scored in a Section 3-AA win over Valley (0-1).
Katie Gozzard singled three times, scored four runs and drove in three for Deer Lakes (2-0, 1-0), ranked No. 1 in Class AA.
Riverview 15, St. Joseph 2 (5 inn.) — Riverview (1-1) hit four home runs in its first win of the season, a Section 3-A rout of St. Joseph (0-1). Sadie Buchser hit a grand slam, winning pitcher Hannah Larkin added a two-run homer, and Nikki Anderson and Taylor Killmeyer had solo shots. Larkin and teammate Leah Sero each had three hits.
Leechburg 13, Springdale 0 (5 inn.) — Senior ace Kenzie Young pitched a no-hitter, striking out 13 for Leechburg (1-0, 1-0) in a Section 3-A win over Springdale (0-1, 0-1). Young and Marissa George each doubled for Leechburg.
Valley-Burrell match set — Valley and Burrell both won matches to set up their Section 4-AA clash at 4 p.m. Thursday in Lower Burrell. Burrell (4-0, 4-0) downed Indiana, 4-1, with Tom Spagnolo and Nick Linza earning singles wins for the Bucs. Valley moved to 6-0 (4-0 in section) with a 5-0 win over Springdale.