Alle-Kiski roundup: Burrell softball rebounds to blank Freeport

| Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 10:57 p.m.

Burrell's softball team bounced back from its first loss of the season, blanking host Freeport, 10-0, in five innings Tuesday in Section 3-AA.

Buccaneers ace Claire Fisher surrendered three hits and struck out six for Burrell, which lost to Class AA No. 1 Deer Lakes, 2-1, on Monday.

Haley Kuzmirek hit a three-run homer and Fisher delivered a two-run triple for Burrell (7-1, 7-1).

Emily Lindsey singled for Freeport (6-3, 6-3).

Deer Lakes 6, Ford City 0 — Tiffany Edwards hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first for Deer Lakes (8-0, 7-0) in the Section 3-AA home win over Ford City (4-4, 4-4). As the winning pitcher, Edwards finished with 11 strikeouts and allowed three hits.

Catcher Hannah Blinn also drove in two runs for Deer Lakes.

Riverview 17, Ellis School 1 (4 inn.) — Riverview rolled past Ellis School in Section 3-A play as Ashley Bruni went 4 for 4, including a two-run double.

Hannah Larkin went 2 for 4 and drove in two runs and Candice Ashbaugh picked up the win for Riverview (5-3, 5-1).

Leechburg 15, Springdale 0 (3 innings) — Kenzie Young hit a two-run homer and struck out eight to pick up the win as Leechburg defeated Springdale (1-6, 1-5) in Section 3-A.

Lindsey Rowe went 4 for 4 and drove in two runs, Miranda Reesman hit a two-run double and finished with three RBI, and Missy Jones also added a two-run double for Leechburg (5-1, 5-1).

Kiski Area 6-2, Norwin 4-11 — Kelsey Kinnamon hit a two-run homer to lead Kiski Area to a Section 1-AAAA win over Norwin in a game that was postponed from earlier in the week. Emma Weaver hit a two-run single, and Sydney Greece picked up the win for Kiski Area (2-6, 2-6).

Hannah O'Block and Lauren Long each hit solo home runs for Norwin (4-4, 3-4). Norwin avoided a sweep in Game 2, although Montana Churma homered for Kiski Area.

Highlands 6, Knoch 3 — Holly Penn singled, doubled and drove in two runs, and Cassidy Runyan scored twice during a two-hit day that included a double for Highlands (4-2, 4-2) in the Section 5-AAA road win. Gabby Miller singled twice and earned the win as pitcher. Bethany Hay and Karson Simpson tripled for Knoch (6-6, 2-4).

Apollo-Ridge 15-7, Shady Side Acad. 1-3 — Sammi Geracia doubled, tripled, homered and drove in four runs in a Section 2-AA win for Apollo-Ridge (2-5, 2-5) over Shady Side Academy (0-8, 0-8). Dana Speranza had two doubles and drove in four runs for the Vikings.

In the first game, Geracia doubled for Apollo-Ridge, which scored all of its runs in the first four innings.

Plum 15, Oakland Cath. 0 (5 inn.) — Jordan Seneca went 3 for 3, including a three-run homer, as Plum cruised past Oakland Catholic (0-6, 0-5). Stella Pratt also hit a three-run homer for the Mustangs. Ashley Oravetz had three hits and drove in a run, and Lyndi Gareis picked up the win for Plum (5-2, 4-1).


Freeport 8, Burrell 4 — Ethan McCormick went the distance for the Yellowjackets (6-1, 4-1), striking out nine and surrendering two earned runs in the Section 3-AA win.

With the bases loaded in the second, Freeport's Damon Smith ripped a three-run double down the left-field line to break the game open.

Leechburg 12, Springdale 8 — Mike Koleny drove in three runs, and Wesley Gibson, Quinten Wolfgang and Tyler Dubovi each had two RBI in the Section 4-A road win for Leechburg (2-3, 2-2). Dubovi also earned the win as pitcher for the Blue Devils, who scored nine runs in the third and fourth innings combined.

Springdale (3-3, 1-1) scored three runs in the fourth and sixth.

Vincentian 5, Riverview 0 — Three errors proved costly for Riverview as the Class-A No. 2 Raiders were upset by unranked Vincentian. Jay Loftee doubled in a run for Vincentian (7-0, 4-0).

Jason Anthony went 2 for 3 for Riverview (6-1, 3-0).

Highlands 6, Valley 1(2 inn., suspended) — Highlands and Valley played two innings before thunderstorms suspended action. The game will resume at 6 p.m. Wednesday.


Blinn to Allegheny — Deer Lakes senior catcher Hannah Blinn, the reigning Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year, gave a verbal commitment to Allegheny College.

Blinn last season hit .534 with 27 runs and 15 RBI as the Lancers (20-2) won the WPIAL Class AA championship.

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