Daily Courier roundup: Connellsville baseball team gets 1st section win
Mike Parlak hit a solo homer, and Austin Puskar doubled and drove in a run as the Connellsville baseball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over host Kiski Area on Saturday in a Section 2-AAAA game. Jacob Wiltrout also ripped a double for the Falcons (5-6, 1-4). Ty Henry struck out 12 and earned the win on the mound for Connellsville.
Ryan Sciullo tripled, and Jack Emmerling was the losing pitcher for the Cavaliers (4-3, 1-3).
Laurel Highlands 7, Mt. Pleasant2 — Dom Teroni had three hits, including a double, as the Mustangs (7-3, 5-0) defeated host Mt. Pleasant on Saturday in a Section 2-AAA game. Giuseppe Schiano tripled, and James Gabler was the winning pitcher for Laurel Highlands.
Mitch Matlas doubled, and Greg Holzer took the loss for the Vikings (1-7, 0-4).
Greensburg Central Catholic 9, Southmoreland 0 — Cole Reese singled twice and doubled to lead the Centurions (5-4, 2-3) to a Section 4-AA victory Saturday over visiting Southmoreland. Eddie Kilkeary, Tony Pacelli, Sam Nowicki and Jacob Nesser each doubled, and Neal McDermott was the winning pitcher for Greensburg Central Catholic.
Max Ridenour doubled, and Tyler Baird took the loss for the Scotties (5-4, 2-3).
Track and field
Lady Spartan Invitational — Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout took first overall in the javelin with a throw of 144 feet, 9 inches at the Lady Spartan Invitational, held Saturday at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. Ashton Grimm took fourth in the 400 (1:01.21), and Ashley Pritts placed sixth in the shot put (33-0). Connellsville finished 10th in the team standings.
Southmoreland's Julea Claycomb took fourth in the javelin (108-6), and Sarah Opst finished fifth in the high jump (4-8). Hannah Porter was fifth in the 400 (1:01.46), and Mikayla Rhodes nabbed fifth in the discus (98-5). Southmoreland finished 13th in the team standings. Hempfield won the team championship.
Wildcat Invitational — Connellsville's Jacob Nichelson finished second in the discus (145-11), and Austin Heinbaugh took second in the shot put (48-3) and sixth in the discus (134-11) at the Wildcat Invitational, held Saturday at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. The Falcons' Jason Burkus finished third in the long jump (21-1 1⁄2). Connellsville finished 10th in the team standings.
Southmoreland's Ben Bickerton took fourth in the 1,600 (4:41.15) and the 3,200 (10:02.81). The Scotties placed 13th in the team standings. North Allegheny won the team title.
Penn State Fayette 6, Penn State Hazleton 3 — Jill Guthrie homered and doubled to lead Penn State Fayette to a win over visiting Penn State Hazleton on Saturday in the first game of a PSUAC doubleheader. Winning pitcher Jessica Stairs doubled and struck out seven. Moriah Kromer doubled, picked up the save and struck out four.
Penn State Hazelton's Martina Herr struck out nine in the loss.
Penn State Hazleton 3, Penn State Fayette 1 — Amanda Flinn homered, and Leanne Lagow doubled as Penn State Hazleton salvaged a split in its doubleheader with Penn State Fayette. Kayla Karchn was the winning pitcher.
Andrea Lash took the loss for the Roaring Lions (8-7, 7-2).