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High school roundup: Highlands wins belated season opener

| Saturday, April 6, 2013, 11:12 p.m.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Leechburg pitcher delivers a pitch against Springdale during their game in west Leechburg on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

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.

Softball

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.

Track

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.

Rugby

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).

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