Local roundup: Freeport shuts down another offense to win
Runs remain difficult to find for opponents of Freeport's baseball team.
The Yellowjackets (5-1, 3-1) held an opponent to one run for the third time this season Monday afternoon, as they topped Apollo-Ridge, 3-1, at home in Section 3-AA play. Freeport has allowed eight runs in six games, and only one opponent scored more than twice.
Luke Mariotti delivered on the mound in the latest win. He pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts, surrendered just five hits, and didn't walk a batter.
Dustin Koedel hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth for Freeport. Apollo-Ridge answered with a sacrifice fly by Ryan Ferguson in the seventh.
Springdale 11, St. Joseph 1 (5 inn.) — John Kern went 3 for 3 with two doubles and earned the victory for Springdale (3-2, 1-0) in Section 4-A play. He finished with nine strikeouts.
Zach Simcic doubled and triple for the Dynamos, Austin Pocco doubled twice, and Luke Wisniewski drove in two runs.
St. Joseph (0-5, 0-3) finished with three hits.
Highlands 10, Kittanning 6 — A six-run bottom of the third inning gave Highlands a comfortable lead in its Section 5-AAA win. Tyler Alworth hit a two-run single in the inning to put the Golden Rams ahead.
Nick Borkowski and Phil Cowan doubled and scored twice for Highlands (2-3, 1-2).
Connor Blose singled twice and scored twice for Kittanning (1-4, 0-3).
Riverview 13, Leechburg 5 — Riverview (6-0, 3-0) scored four runs in the second, third and fourth innings during the Section 4-A win at Leechburg (1-2, 1-3). Dom Conte drove in two runs, and he picked up the victory with five strikeouts in four innings.
Anthony Malky and Jason Anthony doubled for the Raiders, and Nick DiBucci went 3 for 4 with four RBI. Alex Sipolino doubled for Leechburg.
Ford City 13, Summit Academy 2 (5 inn.) — Ford City scored at least three runs in four of the five innings during the Section 3-AA win over Summit Academy (0-4, 0-4).
Justin Retzer doubled, tripled, drove in five runs and scored three more to lead Ford City (3-1, 3-1).
Dave Lattanzio singled twice and scored four times for the Sabers.
Deer Lakes 11, West Shamokin 1 (5 inn.) — Winning pitcher Adam Fredley finished with eight strikeouts and allowed three hits for Deer Lakes (5-2, 3-0), which scored all 11 runs in the first three innings of the Section 3-AA game.
Colton Kennedy doubled for West Shamokin (2-3, 1-2).
Norwin 2, Kiski Area 1 — Troy Glendenning doubled twice, but his Cavaliers (2-4, 2-3) came up short in the Section 2-AAAA home game. Norwin (4-2, 4-1), which scored the winning run in the top of the fourth, finished with four hits to Kiski Area's six.
Ford City 10, Apollo-Ridge 7 — Jenna Wolsonovich and Brooke Stitt each doubled, and Karlee Smith hit three singles for Ford City (4-3, 4-3) in the Section 3-AA win.
Sammy Geracia finished with a triple and a home run for Apollo-Ridge (0-5, 0-5).
Freeport 18, Shady Side Academy 1 (4 inn.), Freeport 18, Shady Side Academy 0 (3 inn.) — Karlie Hill hit two home runs and drove in four runs, and Taylor Massart also had four RBI in the four-inning Section 3-AA victory for Freeport (6-2, 6-2). Jess Kelly doubled and earned the win as pitcher.
Alyssa Meta pitched the shutout win, during which Massart hit a grand slam and Karlie Hill finished 3 for 3 with three RBI. Kelly also had three hits.
Franklin Regional 9, Plum 1— Plum (5-2) dropped its second contest in a row, as Franklin Regional (6-4) finished with 17 hits and scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth during its nonsection win.
Lyndi Garesis and Jordan Seneca each doubled for Plum.
WPIAL Class AA singles tournament — Valley junior Cody Schrecongost exited the Class AA singles championships in the quarterfinals for a second straight year.
Schrecongost, the No. 2 seed, defeated Blackhawks' Jonah Cooper, 10-7, in the first round at Keystone Oaks High School, but he lost, 10-6, to Thomas Jefferson's Jake Mascaro in the next round.
Mascaro ultimately advanced to the finals, which begin Tuesday.
Sewickley Academy's Patrick Dillinger won, 10-1, in the first round to eliminate Burrell's Tom Spagnolo.
WPIAL Class AAA singles tournament — Fox Chapel's Sid Rajupet won his first-round match, 10-8, over Hampton's Brad Cisek, but he lost, 10-8, in the next round to Mt. Lebanon's Peter Hazlett.
Kiski Area's Tyler Paunovich exited in the opening round with a 10-1 loss to North Allegheny's Kevin Goth.