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Alle-Kiski Roundup: Highlands softball hits five homers in win

| Thursday, April 25, 2013, 11:57 p.m.
Bill Shirley | For the Valley News Dispatch
Leechburg second baseman Lindsey Rowe (left) avoids Vincentian's Serena Morreale and throws on to first base to complete a double play Thursday April 25, 2013, at Leechburg Community Park.

Highlands won the home run derby at Indiana.

The Golden Rams softball team ripped five home runs — three by Cassidy Runyan and two from winning pitcher Gabby Miller — as they downed Indiana, 13-3, in five innings in Section 5-AAA.

Runyan went 4 for 4 with five RBI, and Miller had three hits and drove in four runs for Highlands (5-4, 5-4), which had 13 hits and moved closer to clinching a playoff spot. Miller struck out four.

Kaitlyn Palmer homered twice for Indiana (6-6, 3-6).

Knoch 7, Hampton 4 — Abbie Thrower went 2 for 3 with four RBI, and Knoch (8-7, 4-5) overcame six errors to down Hampton (4-5, 4-5) in a Section 5-AAA game.

Karsan Simpson homered for the Knights

Leechburg 1, Vincentian 0 (9 inn.) — Leechburg's Missy Jones was hit by a pitch and stole second in the ninth before Shelby Greece's single brought her home in a Section 3-A victory over Vincentian (6-4, 6-4).

Kenzie Young pitched all nine innings and struck out eight for the Blue Devils (9-2, 9-2).

Burrell 16, Apollo-Ridge 0 (5 inn.) — Claire Fisher went 3 for 4 and picked up the pitching win as Burrell (9-2, 9-2) rolled past Apollo-Ridge (3-9, 3-8) in Section 3-AA.

Burrell scored eight times in the first inning and limited the Vikings to five hits for the game.

Valley 6, Shady Side Academy 3 — Kelsey Belitskus' two-run double highlighted a five-run first inning for the Vikings (4-7, 4-7) in Section 3-AA. Courtney Toney earned the win, striking out four and recording six putouts.

Freeport 13, Ford City 1 (5 inn.) — Jess Kelley homered, singled, scored three times and drove in a run in a Section 3-AA win over Ford City.

Alyssa Meta singled twice and drove in two for Freeport (9-4, 9-3). Paige Klingensmith homered for Ford City (5-6, 5-6).

Springdale 22, Ellis School 9 (5 inn.) — Winning pitcher Amanda Koprinikar hit a grand slam, drove in six runs and picked up the win for the Dynamos (2-8, 2-10).

Kelley DeSantis tripled and drove in five runs for Springdale.

Baseball

Knoch 11, Highlands 1 (6 inn.) — Knoch (6-5, 4-2) cruised to a Section 5-AAA victory over Highlands (3-6, 2-4) as Caleb Thorn, Andy Fritz and Cole Shinsky each doubled and drove in two runs for the Knights.

Deer Lakes 2, Apollo-Ridge 1 — Tanner Baylor singled three times and drove in the go-ahead run for Deer Lakes (11-2, 8-0) in a Section 3-AA win over Apollo-Ridge (7-7, 3-3).

Apollo-Ridge scored a run in the bottom of the seventh but left the bases loaded.

Burrell 3, Ford City 2 (9 inn.) — Burrell won a pitchers' duel in Section 3-AA, holding off Justin Retzer and Ford City. Ben Pish worked all nine innings and doubled for Burrell (4-7, 4-4).

Retzer matched a season-high with 16 strikeouts and also pitched nine innings for Ford City (4-5, 4-4). He helped his cause with three singles.

St. Joseph 18, Summit Academy 3 (4 inn.) — Bobby Celendar and Joe Luciana each drove in three runs as St. Joseph (1-7) won a nonsection game and broke a seven-game losing streak.

Hixenbaugh resigns — Kiski Area athletic director Ryan Berberich confirmed that Cavaliers baseball coach Daryl Hixenbaugh resigned last week after five-plus seasons.

Assistant Shawn Schwarz will be the interim coach for the remainder of this season.

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