High school roundup: Highlands wins belated season opener
Highlands was the only WPIAL Class AAA baseball team not to play a game heading into Saturday's action.
Scratch the Golden Rams from the list of teams without a win, now, too.
Highlands was solid in its season debut —15 days after the season opened — as it held off Burrell, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon in Lower Burrell.
Poor field conditions and postponements kept Highlands out of action.
“We were getting scared there for a while,” Highlands second-year coach Jeff Weissert said. “We didn't want to go into our first section game Monday with no games in.”
The win breaks a six-game losing streak for Highlands dating to last season. Highlands' Ryan Richards, who had three steals, had a two-run single and scored the eventual game-winning run on a passed ball in the third inning.
John Vause had two hits and came on to earn the save for Highlands (1-0), which used four pitchers.
Nick Artman was 3 for 3 for Burrell (1-4).
Freeport 4, Knoch 3 — At Butler's Pullman Park, shortstop Robbie Miller went 2 for 4 with two RBI, and pitcher Levi Negley picked up the complete-game win for Freeport (2-1) in a nonsection victory over Knoch (1-3).
Zach Junk doubled and Ty Smith tripled for Knoch.
Deer Lakes 4, Derry 3 — At PNC Park, Kevin Begley and Scotty Ventura each doubled as Deer Lakes rallied to defeat Derry in nonsection play.
The Lancers (4-2, 1-0), who had nine hits, have won three straight.
In order to play at PNC Park, Deer Lakes and Derry each had to sell 500 Pirates tickets.
Springdale 18, Leechburg 8 (6 inn.) — Austin Kline tripled for the Dynamos (1-2, 1-0), who nabbed their first section 4-A victory at West Leechburg field.
Jake Heilman and Adam Lock doubled for Springdale. Luke Camp doubled for the Blue Devils (0-1, 0-1).
Ellwood City 10, Kittanning 0 (5 inn.) — Jake Daratti doubled and Ellwood City (1-5) scored eight runs in the fifth inning to cruise past Kittanning (1-1) in a nonsection game.
Kittanning was held to two hits.
Burrell 9, West Shamokin 1 — Second baseman Morgan Mathews went 4 for 5 with an RBI, and Claire Fisher struck out 10 for Burrell (4-0, 4-0) in a Section 3-AA win over West Shamokin (0-3, 0-3).
Burrell out-hit the Wolves, 12-4.
Plum 16, Allerdice 1 (4 inn.) — Karlie Serakowski earned the nonsection win for the Class AAAA No. 5 Mustangs (3-0), striking out five over four innings without surrendering an earned run.
Jordan Seneca tripled and homered, and Melissa Leclair homered for Plum, which has outscored its three opponents, 44-7.
Latrobe 10, Kiski Area 0 (5 inn.) — Shelby Noll pitched a complete game as Class AAAA No. 3 Latrobe (4-0, 3-0) stayed unbeaten with a Section 1 win over Kiski Area (0-2, 0-2).
Noll and teammate Ashley Perillo each homered.
Karns City 11, Kittanning 4 — District 9 Karns City pulled away after a five-run sixth inning to down Kittanning (2-1) in a nonsection game.
Nellie Toy and Maggie McCanna each had three hits for the Wildcats.
Lelis gets victory — Springdale junior Emily Lelis, who won two WPIAL and PIAA Class AA hurdles titles last season, won the 100-meter hurdles title at the ninth annual South Hills Classic at Baldwin.
Lelis ran a time of 14.95 seconds to cruise past runner-up Beatrice Goodyear of Mt. Lebanon (15.51). Goodyear is the defending WPIAL Class AAA champion in the 100 hurdles.
Burrell 29, Woodland Hills 7 — Matt Hess had four tries and two conversions to lead the Buckheads to the win in PA West League play.
Scott Hare added a try for Burrell (1-0).