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Alle-Kiski roundup: Springdale softball ends 35-game losing streak

| Saturday, April 6, 2013, 12:12 a.m.
Burrell's Haley Kuzmirek glances back after sliding into home plate against Apollo-Ridge's Kristen Faiola during the softball game at Bon Air Elementary School on Friday April 5, 2013.
Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch
Burrell's Haley Kuzmirek glances back after sliding into home plate against Apollo-Ridge's Kristen Faiola during the softball game at Bon Air Elementary School on Friday April 5, 2013.

Springdale did a U-turn on recent team history Friday.

The Dynamos softball team broke a 35-game losing streak with a 20-4 clubbing of Ellis School, the team it last defeated May 4, 2010.

Shannon Franks had four hits and drove in four runs, Liz Wallander had four hits and Amanda Koprivnikar doubled twice and had four RBI for Springdale (1-2, 1-2) in the Section 3-A victory over the Tigers (0-2, 0-2).

“We needed this for their confidence,” Springdale first-year coach John Robbins said. “It was a nice bus ride home, I'll tell you that.

“Our first two section games were probably against the two toughest teams. Leechburg — we've never gotten past three innings, and this year, we went five. I've been really pleased with the way we're playing. We've still got a lot of work to do, but we're getting there.”

Springdale scored 24 runs all last season.

Leechburg 7, Vincentian 6 — Leechburg (2-1, 2-1) survived a late rally to upset Tribune-Review News Service Class A No. 5 Vincentian (1-1, 1-1) in Section 3-A play. The Blue Devils allowed four runs in the bottom of the seventh before closing the door on the Royals. Miranda Reesman paced Leechburg with a double, triple and two RBI.

Riverview 10, Jeannette 2 — Ashley Bruni and Nikki Anderson each went 4 for 4, while Rachel Suchevich and winning pitcher Hannah Larkin each had three RBI for Riverview (2-1, 2-0) in the Section 3-A win. Suchevich hit a bases-loaded triple in the bottom of the sixth. Larkin held Jeannette (1-2, 1-1) scoreless until the sixth.

Freeport 6, Ford City 1 — Karlie Hill hit a two-run homer in the top of the second inning for Freeport (3-1, 3-1) in a Section 3-AA victory. Alyssa Meta earned the win as she finished with nine strikeouts and held Ford City (1-2, 1-2) to four hits. Ford City's Karlee Smith drove in Paige Klingensmith with a triple in the fourth.

Burrell 13, Apollo-Ridge 0 (5 inn.) — Winning pitcher Claire Fisher homered twice, and Krista York had two hits to lead Burrell (3-0, 3-0) to a Section 3-AA win over Apollo-Ridge (0-2, 0-2). Fisher struck out five and allowed three hits for the Bucs, who scored 10 runs in the third inning.

Deer Lakes 15, West Shamokin 0 (4 inn.) — The beneficiary of 17 walks, top-ranked Deer Lakes (4-0, 3-0) scored 12 runs in the bottom of the second in a Section 3-AA game. Tiffany Edwards held West Shamokin (0-3, 0-3) to one hit and had seven strikeouts. The shutout win was Deer Lakes' third in a row. The Lancers have allowed three runs this season.

Valley 18, Shady Side Academy 16 — Freshman pitcher Courtney Toney helped lead Valley (1-2, 1-2) to a wild Section 3-AA victory.

Toney struck out six while throwing 145 pitches. She helped her cause with four RBI. The Vikings led, 15-5, after five innings.

Megan Hooks had three doubles, and Blaise Dawson tripled in the go-ahead run. Dawson, Allie Aftanas and Megan Jackson also doubled.

Knoch 17, Indiana 2 (4 inn.) — Knoch (5-3, 1-1) was powered by winning pitcher Codi Reed, who helped her cause with three hits, including a grand slam and seven RBI. Teammates Karsan Simpson and Chandler Krelow also homered for the Knights in a Section 5-AAA win over Indiana (1-2, 1-2).

Knoch led, 15-1, after three innings.

Highlands 16, Kittanning 7 — Dakotah Yaworski scored four runs and was part of a trio of players with three hits for Highlands (1-1, 1-1) in a Section 5-AAA game, which was scoreless through three innings. Kaylee Simpson and Danielle Voytko rounded out the trio, and Alex Pesci doubled twice. Gabby Miller also doubled and earned the win. Terra Schall and Nellie Toy had three hits for Kittanning (1-1, 1-1).

Fox Chapel 4, North Hills 3 — Kaylee Pistorius homered, and Isabella Bungo pitched a complete game as Fox Chapel (1-2, 1-2) won a Section 3-AAAA game. Jen Moran had an RBI for the Foxes.

Plum 11, Woodland Hills 6 — Jordan Seneca and Kaitlyn Mallik each homered as Plum (2-0, 2-0) downed Woodland Hills (0-1, 0-1) in Section 2-AAAA. Plum broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning. Seneca had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBI.


Burrell 14, Ford City 9 —Alex Karnarcik pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts as Burrell (1-3, 1-1) picked up its first Section 3-AA win. Nick Artman went 4 for 4 with five RBI for Burrell, including a two-run double. Blake Bower went 4 for 5 and drove in three runs for Ford City (1-2, 1-1).

Deer Lakes 15, Apollo-Ridge 7 — Adam Fredley drove in four runs on three hits to lead Deer Lakes (3-2, 2-0) past Apollo-Ridge (3-5, 0-1) in Section 3-AA. Winning pitcher Dom Chiera struck out six and added three hits and two RBI. Sam Held homered, singled and drove in four runs for Apollo-Ridge.

Freeport 16, Summit Academy 1 — Freshman pitcher Nathan Pastorek struck out eight and drove in two runs, and Robbie Miller and Levi Negley each had two hits and two RBI to lead Freeport (1-1, 1-1) to a Section 3-AA win.

Riverview 6, West Shamokin 2 — Dom Conte of Class A No. 4 Riverview (3-0) struck out 13 batters to lead the Raiders over West Shamokin (1-1) in the sixth annual Wooden Bat Classic at Pullman Park in Butler. Jason Anthony went 2 for 4, driving in two runs and scoring two for the Raiders.

Fox Chapel 11, Gateway 1 (5 inn.) — Dan Vargo went 3 for 3 and drove in three runs as Fox Chapel (2-2) won a nonsection game.

Plum 5, Mt. Lebanon 1 — Nick Stotler's bases-clearing double in the ninth scored three and helped Plum (5-1) pull away from Mt. Lebanon (4-1) in a nonsection game.

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