Alle-Kiski roundup: Back-to-back homers in 7th lift Plum softball over Serra
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Plum's softball team showed it has a flair for the dramatic.
The playoff-bound Mustangs used back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on Tuesday to edge Serra Catholic, 11-10, in a nonsection thriller.
The solo homers came on the first two at-bats of the inning, the first with the Mustangs trailing, 10-9.
Melissa Leclair led off with a fence-clearing blast to tie it at 10, and Karlie Serakowski followed to give Plum (14-5) the walk-off win over the Eagles (10-6).
LeClair also doubled and drove in three runs. Teammates Jordan Seneca, Ashley Oravetz and Lyndi Garesis added doubles.
Kiski Area 5, Burrell 4 — Kelsey Kinnamon hit a two-run homer to lead Class AAAA Kiski Area (6-9) past Class A No. 5 Burrell (13-4) in a nonsection game. Maddie Antone doubled twice, one to drive in two runs, and Emma Weaver picked up the win for Kiski Area.
Ashley Szymkowiak hit two solo homers for Burrell.
Highlands 17, Ford City 6 ( 6 in n.) — Gabby Miller went 4 for 4 with two homers, two singles and six RBI as Highlands (8-5) breezed past Ford City (8-9) in nonsection play.
Miller also picked up the win, going all six innings and striking out eight. Cassidy Runyan drove in four runs, including a solo homer and a two-run triple, and Kaylee Simpson chipped in a solo homer for Highlands.
Holly Penn had three hits, including an RBI single, and scored three runs for Ford City.
Burrell 11, West Shamokin 0 (5 inn.) — Dustin Maloney's no-hitter helped Burrell (7-8) clinch its 16th straight playoff berth with a Section 3-AA win.
Maloney struck out seven, and Justin Fleck doubled and had two RBI for the Bucs.
Riverview 2, Apollo-Ridge 0 — Anthony Malky pitched a one-hitter for the Raiders (13-2) during the team's fan-appreciation event at Riverside Park. Malky struck out 15 to raise his WPIAL-leading total to 101.
Zach Aber and Kevin Gray each drove in runs in the fourth inning for the Raiders, ranked No. 2 in Class A.
Mitch Johnston doubled for Class AA Apollo-Ridge (9-12).
Fox Chapel 7, Penn-Trafford 4 — Taylor Huber, Bobby Killian and Joe Palumbo had consecutive triples that produced three runs for Fox Chapel (12-7) in a nonsection win over Penn-Trafford (12-6).
Fox Chapel is headed to the Class AAAA playoffs for the first time in six seasons.
Vincentian 3, Valley 2 — Valley's first loss came in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals as the third-seeded Vikings fell to the No. 11 Royals.
The No. 2 doubles tandem of Andrew Macura and Quentin Gatto won in three sets, and Josh Denham earned a victory at No. 3 singles for Valley (15-1). Vikings' No. 1 singles player, Cody Schrecongost, fell to WPIAL singles champion Derek Chen, 6-3, 6-3.
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