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Valley News Dispatch roundup: Freeport girls defeat Valley

Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Valley's Allie Aftanas (left) dives safely back to first base as Freeport's Karlie Hill applies the tag after a pickoff attempt Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Freeport High School.

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By Staff Reports
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 11:12 p.m.
 

Don't count Freeport out of the Section 3-AA softball race just yet.

If the Yellowjackets continue to pile up the offense and extra-base hits like this, their season could go on for a while.

The team has scored 13 or more runs seven times after a 13-3 win over Valley in five innings Tuesday.

Alyssa Ravotti drove in four runs, Taylor Massart belted her fifth home run of the year, and Emily Lindsey doubled three times as the Yellowjackets (7-4, 7-3) out-hit Valley (3-6, 3-6), 15-4.

Freeport has 14 home runs among its 49 extra-base hits.

Deer Lakes 11, Apollo-Ridge 1 (5 inn.) — Katie Gozzard hit a two-run single and scored two runs to lead Class AA No. 1 Deer Lakes (11-0, 10-0) to a Section 3-AA win over Apollo-Ridge (3-8, 3-7). Tiffany Edwards struck out seven to pick up the win, and Courtney Lubick contributed a run-scoring double for Deer Lakes.

Burrell 10, Ford City 2 — Claire Fisher threw a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts as Burrell (8-2, 8-2) knocked off Ford City (5-5, 5-5) in a Section 3-AA game. Fisher also had an RBI double.

Also for Burrell, Ashley Szymkowiak had a two-run homer and RBI single.

Jenna Wolsonovich singled and scored for Ford City (5-5, 5-5).

Plum 29, Penn Hills 1 (3 inn.) — Plum (9-2, 8-1) scored for 17 runs in the second inning and quickly dispatched Penn Hills (2-7, 2-6) in a Section 2-AAAA game.

Melissa LeClair drove in three runs, and Ashley Oravetz hit a three-run double for Plum.

Kittanning 6, Highlands 1 — Nellie Toy had three hits, including a double, to lead Kittanning (4-5, 4-4) to a Section 5-AAAA victory over Highlands (4-4, 4-4).

Courtney Edwards picked up the complete-game win, allowing just three hits. Alexis Pesci doubled for Highlands.

Baseball

Riverview 9, Jeannette 0 — Anthony Malky's 14 strikeouts helped lead Class A No. 2 Riverview (8-1, 4-0) to a nonsection win over Jeannette (5-3, 4-3). Malky allowed only two hits in the complete-game victory.

Offensively, Dom Conte picked up three hits, including triple, and knocked in two runs for the Raiders.

Deer Lakes 8, Kittanning 2 — John Carnprobst struck out seven to help lead Deer Lakes (11-2, 8-0) over Kittanning (2-8, 1-4) in nonsection play. The win was the Lancers' 10th in a row.

Zach Hudicek homered and had two RBI in the win.

Burrell 19, West Shamokin 1 (3 inn.) — Burrell (3-7, 3-4) erupted for 14 runs in the third inning and blew past West Shamokin (2-7, 1-5) in Section 3-AA.

Eric Clausen doubled for one of the Bucs' 12 hits.

The Wolves committed seven errors.

Freeport 12, Summit Academy 2 (5 inn.) — Nate Pastorek struck out seven and picked up the win as Freeport (7-2, 6-2) cruised by Summit Academy in five innings in Section 3-AA action. Dustin Koedel scored three runs and had an RBI triple. Levi Negley drove in three runs including a two-run single, and Ethan McCormick hit a solo homer for Freeport.

Boys tennis

Section doubles — Two local doubles teams advanced to next week's WPIAL championships after competing in the Section 4-AA tournament. Valley's Cody Schrecongost and Adam Barone defeated Burrell's Luke Lynam and Tom Spagnolo, 6-3, 6-1, in the finals.

The top three teams in each section reach the WPIAL tournament.

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