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Valley News Dispatch high school roundup: Freeport beats Valley, enhances playoff chances

| Friday, April 25, 2014, 12:12 a.m.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Freeport's (13) Kristen Karcher slides safely into home plate as Valley's (2) Megan Hooks finishes the play at Valley High School on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

It took extra innings, but Freeport made a significant step toward a return to the WPIAL softball playoffs with its fifth straight victory Thursday.

The Yellowjackets rallied to win 6-3 over Valley with Kristen Karcher driving home Kristie Radvan with the go-ahead single in the top of the eighth inning in New Kensington.

Radvan doubled to open the inning for Freeport (5-3, 5-3), which earned a split in the season series with Valley (6-4, 5-4) and holds a half-game lead over the Vikings for third place in Section 3-AA. The top three teams make the playoffs.

Emily Mann went 3 for 4 with a double, one RBI and one run scored for the Vikings.

Burrell 13, Ford City 0 — Abby Nitowski went 4 for 4 as Burrell (7-3, 7-3) routed Ford City (3-7, 3-6) in Section 3-AA play. Nitowski drove in four runs for the Bucs, while Alaina York added four hits and Kasey Wolford pitched a complete-game two-hitter.

Deer Lakes 19, Apollo-Ridge 0 (3 innings) — Deer Lakes (10-0, 10-0) used a 12-run second inning to topple Apollo-Ridge (0-10, 0-9) in three innings in Section 3-AA play. Tiffany Edwards hit a three-run home run and Maria Taliani hit a two-run homer, while Maureen Hutchinson and Katie Gozzard each had three RBIs. Shae Robson struck out eight to earn the win for Deer Lakes.

Plum 18, Penn Hills 3 (6 inn.) — Hannah Adamski homered and Jordan Seneca doubled twice for Plum (11-1, 9-1) in a Section 2-AAAA win over Penn Hills (4-5, 3-5).

Adamski drove in three and Seneca had two RBIs for the Mustangs. Samantha Billstone drove in four runs and Michaela Palmieri drove in three for Plum.

Highlands 5, Kittanning 4 — Holly Penn went 3 for 4 with a double for Highlands (5-2, 5-2), and she drove in Melissa Gustafson with the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning during the Section 5-AAA game. Emily Fries scored twice and had an RBI for Kittanning (1-8, 1-6).


St. Joseph 11, Springdale 10 — Jake Klukaczewski's walk-off single gave St. Joseph (4-3, 2-2) a Section 4-A victory over Springdale (4-6, 5-2). Alex Demonte and Adam Lock each doubled for the Dynamos. The game was tied 9-9 heading to the sixth inning.

Riverview 12, Eden Christian 2 (5 inn.) — Jared Culligan singled three times and drove in three runs to pace Riverview (9-2, 4-2) in the Section 4-A win over Eden Christian (0-10, 0-7). Shane Larkin finished 2 for 2 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Raiders.

Apollo-Ridge 11, Ford City 8 — Apollo-Ridge's Mike Percic homered twice and picked up the win in a Section 3-AA win over Ford City. Percic went 3-for-3, doubled, drove in five runs and scored twice. Austin Laird doubled and scored twice for Apollo-Ridge (3-6, 3-3). Blake Bower hit a grand slam for Ford City (3-7, 3-4).

Burrell 14, Summit Academy 0 (4 inn.) — Ryan Sowol doubled, drove in four runs and earned the win as he struck out seven for Burrell (7-5, 4-4) in a Section 3-AA win against Summit Academy (1-7, 1-6). Cody Wolfe doubled and drove in five runs for Burrell (7-5, 4-4).

Freeport 14, West Shamokin 2 (5 inn.) — Justin Brestensky led off the game with an inside-the-park home run and Freeport (7-4, 7-1) needed only five innings to dispatch of West Shamokin (2-8, 2-5) in Section 3-AA action. Brestensky finished with three RBIs and Noah Shannon singled twice and drove in four runs for Freeport.

Plum 11, Gateway 4 (9 inn.) — Ethan Winesburg went 3 for 6 with a double, a triple and two runs scored, and he also earned the win in relief for Plum (10-4, 5-2) in the Section 3-AAAA game. The Mustangs rallied for seven runs in the top of the ninth. Gateway (1-8, 1-5) scored all of its runs in the bottom of the third.

Mars 6, Highlands 1 — Matt Parrish had an RBI double as Mars (8-5, 5-2) cruised past Highlands (2-9, 2-5) in Section 5-AAA action. Noah Gasparin doubled and Nathan Furl tripled. Cameron Smith pitched a complete game and struck out 12 for Mars. Corey Rezak singled and drove in a run for Highlands (2-9, 2-5).

Connellsville 3, Kiski Area 2 — Kiski Area (5-7, 2-7) mounted a mild comeback, scoring a run in the sixth, but Connellsville (7-8, 3-6) hung on to win a Section 2-AAAA game. Jake Poremski doubled for the Cavaliers.

Knoch 4, Valley 2 — Cole Shinsky pitched a complete game, striking out eight, to help Knoch (6-4, 5-2) defeat Valley (3-9, 2-5) in Section 5-AAA play. Chris Law added a double and two RBIs for the Knights. For Valley, Nick Marzullo pitched a complete game.

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