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