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Alle-Kiski roundup: Knoch softball team gives 'extra' effort against Kittanning

| Friday, April 19, 2013, 1:26 a.m.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Deer Lakes' Rachel Tanilli slides safely into third base as the throw skips away from Burrell third baseman Krista York during action Thursday night at Burrell, April 18, 2013
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Deer Lakes' Tiffany Edwards (center) celebrates with assistant coach John Yourish (left) and teammate Hannah Blinn (15) after her home run on Thursday night at Burrell. Thursday April 18, 2013.

Extra innings meant extra offense for the Knoch softball team.

Knoch scored 11 runs — fueled by a pair of grand slams by Bethany Hay and Cody Reed — in the top of the ninth inning as it pulled away late from host Kittanning on Thursday in a wild, 19-8 Section 5-AAA game.

Abbi Smithmyer went 4 or 6 with four RBI for Knoch (7-6, 3-4), which went ahead, 7-6, on a solo homer by Karsan Simpson. Chandler Krelow's RBI single tied it in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

Reed, who had five RBI, drove in a run in the eigth on a sacrifice fly, but Kittanning (3-5, 3-4) tied it again on an RBI single by Nellie Toy.

Krelow finished 4-for-6.

Nicole Johnson had four hits, including a home run, for Kittanning.

Plum 10, Woodland Hills 2 — Kaitlyn Mallik doubled twice and knocked in two runs as Plum (7-2, 6-1) defeated Woodland Hills (4-4, 4-4) in Section 2-AAAA.

Lyndi Gareis pitched a complete game for the Mustangs, striking out five.

Mars 10, Highlands 5 — Erin Hershman went 3 for 3 with a homer and pair of RBI, and Blake Kitt scored three runs for Mars (6-5, 6-1) in a Section 5-AAA win over Highlands (4-3, 4-3).

Ashley Guillory had two hits and three RBI for Highlands, which allowed seven runs in the sixth inning.

Mars pitcher Taylor Rotz struck out nine.

Deer Lakes 11, Burrell 5 — Class A No. 1 Deer Lakes remained undefeated with its second win over Section 3-AA opponent Burrell in four days.

Hannah Blinn singled twice, doubled, and drove in five runs, and winning pitcher Tiffany Edwards struck out 10 and homered for Deer Lakes (9-0, 9-0) under the lights at Burrell's Bon Air field.

Haley Kuzmirek doubled for Burrell (7-2, 7-2).

Apollo-Ridge 11, Valley 6 — Sammy Geracia's four hits and three RBI sparked an Apollo-Ridge (3-6,3-6) win over Valley (3-5, 3-5) in 3-AA.

Dana Speranza doubled twice for the Vikings.

Freeport 14, West Shamokin 2 — Alexis Roenigk had three hits, including a triple, and Karlie Hill and Amanda Gomez doubled to lead Freeport (7-3, 7-3) to a Section 3-AA win over West Shamokin (2-8, 2-6).

Freeport scored five times in the seventh inning.

Ford City 14, Shady Side Academy 6 — Karlie Smith drove in three runs, and Brooke Stitt had three hits as Ford City (5-4, 5-4) downed Shady Side (1-9, 0-9) in a Section 3-AA game.

Jenna Wolsonovich added a solo home run for the Sabers, who scattered 16 hits.

Leechburg 12, St. Joseph 0 — Kenzie Young's five-inning shutout led Leechburg (8-1, 8-1) as the Blue Devils defeated St. Joseph (2-6, 2-6) in Section 3-A. Young had 11 strikeouts and allowed only one hit. Amber Stull doubled twice for Leechburg.

Riverview 13, Vincentian 4 — Riverview (6-3, 6-1) scored 13 runs in three innings to ease past Vincentian (4-3, 4-3) in Section 3-A. Freshmen Sadie Buchser hit a three-run homer, and Taylor Killmeyer doubled and drove in three runs for the Raiders.

Leah Sero doubled, and winning pitcher Candace Ashbaugh singled three times for Riverview.


Apollo-Ridge 9, Burrell 4 — Mitchell Johnston hit a two-out, two-run homer in the fourth to help Apollo-Ridge (4-7, 1-3) to a Section 3-AA win over Burrell (2-6, 2-3). The win is the first for Apollo-Ridge coach Jeremy Smail against Burrell in 11 tries. Sam Held added three hits for the Vikings, who scored eight runs across the fifth and sixth innings.

Delbert Brown picked up the complete-game win on the mound.

Ford City 4, West Shamokin 2 — Blake Bower had three hits to pace Ford City (4-3, 4-2) to a Section 3-AA win over West Shamokin (2-5, 1-3).

Travis Anderson had three hits, including a triple, for West Shamokin.

Riverview 5, Springdale 0 — Nick DiBucci of Riverview (7-1, 4-0) struck out 10 with no walks in a complete-game shutout of Section 4-A opponent Springdale (3-5, 1-3). Jake Paradise doubled, scored two runs and drove in another for the Raiders.

Cole Quino had two singles and two RBI for Riverview.

Kittanning 8, Valley 7 — Christian Miller's two-run double in the bottom of the seventh secured the Section 5-AAA win for host Kittanning (2-7, 1-4).

Mitch Pirhalla allowed five hits as the winning pitcher and went 2 for 4 at the plate with three runs scored, including one of Kittanning's two in the seventh.

Valley (1-7, 0-5) scored five runs in the top of the seventh to take a 7-6 lead.

Plum 8, Franklin Regional 1 — Plum (9-2, 4-1) scored six runs in the fourth inning, and Zac Manuppelli pitched a two-hitter in a Section 3-AAAA win over Franklin Regional (8-3, 3-2). Plum's Alex Kiriloff doubled for the game's only extra-base hit.

Fox Chapel 7, New Castle 5 — Joe Palumbo singled, doubled and drove in two runs to help Fox Chapel over Section 1-AAAA opponent New Castle (3-7, 1-4).

Zack Burkhart tripled for the Foxes.


Lynch wins award — Freeport three-sport senior Brendan Lynch is one of four recipients of the WPIAL Scholar-Athlete Award. A standout in football, basketball and track, Lynch will receive a $5,000 scholarship and be honored at a luncheon May 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree.

Lynch, a 10-time letterwinner, will continue his football career at Case Western.

Another Freeport senior, Ashley Sample, was a runner-up for the WPIAL award and will receive a $500 scholarship.


Jaczesko picks UPJ — Valley News Dispatch Boys Basketball Player of the Year Tim Jaczesko of Deer Lakes will continue his playing career at Pitt-Johnstown.

Jaczesko, who missed his junior season with a leg injury, averaged 23 points, four assists, four steals and four rebounds per game as a senior this past season.

UPJ is coached by Bob Rukavina, a Lower Burrell resident.

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