A-K Valley roundup: Highlands edges Knoch in Section 5-AAA softball

Knoch's Abbi Smithmyer slides safely into second base as Highlands' Cassidy Runyan prepares for the throw Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Highlands.
Knoch's Abbi Smithmyer slides safely into second base as Highlands' Cassidy Runyan prepares for the throw Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Highlands.
Photo by Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
| Thursday, March 27, 2014, 11:27 p.m.

Katie Grosholz drove in both runs for Highlands with a double in the bottom of the second inning Thursday as the Golden Rams edged Knoch, 2-1, in a Section 5-AAA softball game.

Grosholz also was the winning pitcher for Highlands (1-0, 1-0), allowing four hits. Dakotah Yaworski went 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored, and right fielder Lauren Torgent threw a runner out at home in the fourth inning.

Codi Reed delivered the only run for Knoch (0-1, 0-1) with a solo homer in the top of the sixth.

Plum 9, McKeesport 0 — Hannah Adamski homered in the second, third and fourth innings and notched four RBIs as Plum (1-0, 1-0) blanked McKeesport in Section 2-AAAA action.

Shortstop Jordan Seneca doubled three times, and Amanda Dynoske pitched a complete game to earn the win for Plum.

Ford City 10, Apollo-Ridge 0 (6 inn.) — Jess Jubec pitched a shutout while striking out five as Ford City cruised to a Section 3-AA win over Apollo-Ridge. Lexi Turek singled twice and drove in three runs for Ford City (1-0, 1-0). Mariah Laird singled for Apollo-Ridge (0-1, 0-1).

Deer Lakes 14, Valley 0 (5 inn.) — Rachel Tanilli homered and scored three times, while Maria Taliani went 3 for 4 with three RBIs to pace Deer Lakes (1-0) to a Section 3-AA victory. Tiffany Edwards held Valley (0-1) to two hits and also went 2 for 4 at the plate.

Burrell 10, West Shamokin 0 (6 inn.) — Melissa Mazzei hit a solo home run in the second inning, and Haley Kuzmerik had an RBI-double in the first for Burrell (1-0) during a Section 3-AA win over West Shamokin (0-1).

Krista York held West Shamokin (0-1) to two hits and finished with five strikeouts.


Riverview 8, Highlands 1 — Riverview (3-0) not only has played all of its scheduled games this season, but it has yet to lose. Dom Conte surrendered just one run, striking out five while driving in two runs on two hits for Riverview (3-0) in a nonsection win over Highlands (0-2).

Jason Anthony went 4 for 4, driving in two and scoring twice for the Raiders.

Burrell 3, Springdale 2 — Shawn Lamberton scored on a passed ball in the third inning as Burrell held off Springdale in nonsection play. Ryan Sowol and Cody Wolfe each had a run-scoring single for Burrell (2-0).

Dustin Maloney struck out seven to earn the win. Michael Banachoski singled twice for Springdale (0-1).

St. Joseph 5, Apollo-Ridge 4 — St. Joseph scored all of its runs in the first two innings to get past Apollo-Ridge in the season opener for both teams. Sam Thimons went 3 for 3 and drove in three runs for the Spartans (1-0).

Valley 11, Freeport 1 (6 inn.) — Mike McNabb went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs to lead Valley (1-0), which scored six runs in the top of the third inning during the mercy-rule non-section win over Freeport (0-1). Jeremy Iellimo also had two RBIs, and Ian Kelly went four innings on the mound to earn the win.


Dedert to SVC — Plum senior basketball standout Austin Dedert committed to St. Vincent College. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 14.5 points and 10.1 rebounds this season for the Mustangs. He was chosen for the Cager Classic and Roundball Classic all-star games.


Driscoll finalists named — Kiski Area's Brent Kennedy and Valley's Cody Schrecongost are among the finalists for the Judge John J. Driscoll scholar-athlete award, given annually to a senior male and female student-athlete from Westmoreland County. The 58th annual awards banquet will be April 29 at Ferrante's Lakeview in Hempfield Township.

Other local nominees include Jaila Manga and Brennan Brothers of Burrell, Morgan Kiebler of Kiski Area and Dominic Guzzi of Valley.

PIAA champion wrestler Steven Edwards of Burrell also will be honored.

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