Alle-Kiski roundup: Deer Lakes caps perfect section run
Drama-filled games failed to shake Deer Lakes' baseball team from its path to a perfect Section 3-AA record.
The Lancers (15-3, 12-0) topped Freeport, 4-3, on Monday night to complete their section schedule. They finished with just four hits while Freeport (11-3, 9-3) had eight, but their defense made the difference.
Adam Fredley picked up the victory and Scott Ventura doubled for Deer Lakes, which won three section games by one run.
Ryley Cowan drove in two runs with a double in the bottom of the second for Freeport, which allowed two runs in the top of the inning.
Ford City 18, West Shamokin 2 (5 inn.) — Dave Lattanzio, Justin Retzer and Ashton McGinnis combined for 10 of Ford City's 17 hits in the Section 3-AA win, which kept in the Sabers (7-7, 7-5) in position for a playoff spot. Lattanzio went 4 for 4 with a double, three RBI and three runs scored. Winning pitcher McGinnis held West Shamokin (2-13, 1-10) to two hits and struck out six.
Fox Chapel 10, Baldwin 4 — Greg Yaksich, Anthony Veltri and Joe Lisowski each homered for Fox Chapel (11-7) in its nonsection road win. Yaksich also doubled and scored twice. Winning pitcher Chad Bartlett limited Baldwin (5-11) to four hits.
Vincentian 7, St. Joseph 1 — St. Joseph (2-12) and Vincentian (12-4) each finished with seven hits, but the hosts proved better at moving their runners around the basepaths.
Seneca Valley 7, Plum 3 — Plum (14-6) put up a fight, despite finishing with just four hits in the nonsection loss to Seneca Valley (15-2).
Riverview 16, West Shamokin 5 (5 inn.) — Kasey DeRiggi homered and drove in five runs during a three-hit day for Riverview (11-6) during the nonsection win over West Shamokin (5-13). Winning pitcher Hannah Larkin tripled and had four RBI, and Taylor Killmeyer also finished with four RBI.
Kiski Area 20, Penn Hills 0 (3 inn.) — Lyndsey Weiser went 3 for 3 with a homer and a double, while Emma Weaver doubled twice for Kiski Area (5-9) in the nonsection home win. Weiser finished with seven RBI. Winning pitcher Kelsey Kinnamon held Penn Hills (2-12) hitless.
Kittanning 1, Burrell 0 — Nellie Toy homered in the top of the fourth to lead Kittanning (9-6) past Burrell (13-3) in nonsection play. Winning pitcher Emily Kutch held the Bucs to one hit, a single by Jaila Manga in the second.
Plum 3, Hampton 2 — Stella Pratt, Jordan Seneca and Melissa LeClair each drove in a run for Plum (13-5), which scored all of its runs in the bottom of the third during the nonsection game.
Karlie Sewakowski had the game's only extra-base hit, a double, and winning pitcher Jess Bitsura struck out four for Hampton (6-8), which scored its runs in the third inning as well.
Jeannette 10, Ford City 9 (8 inn.) — A late-game rally failed to pay off for Ford City (8-7), which scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, fourth in the sixth and one in the seventh during the nonsection contest.
Andrea Markliniski doubled twice during a four-hit performance, and Jenna Wolsonovich had two doubles and a single.
Jeannette (13-3) led, 7-0, after three innings. It finished with seven hits to Ford City's 17.
Blackhawk 3, Fox Chapel 1 — Jen Moran and Megan Walkowski each doubled for Fox Chapel (2-5) in the nonsection loss to Blackhawk (9-5).
Valley 5, Keystone Oaks 0 — Cody Schrecongost, Adam Barone, Josh Denham and the doubles pairs of Calvin Schafer-Josh Frazee and Andrew Macura-Quentin Gatto secured a victory in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA team tournament. The Vikings advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. They'll host quarterfinal-round opponent Vincentian at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
North Allegheny 4, Fox Chapel 1 — Ben Short, Fox Chapel's No. 2 singles player, beat Stephen Chuirazzi to get the Foxes' only win in the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament quarterfinal-round match.
Beaver 4, Burrell 1 — Beaver won a first-round match to eliminate Burrell from the WPIAL Class AA team tournament.