Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Springdale rallies to edge St. Joseph
Springdale's baseball team has run the gamut this season, winning by 10 runs and losing by 10, twice. But high-scoring one-run games also are becoming a regular thing for the Dynamos, especially when they play St. Joseph.
Adam Lock's three-run, walk-off double in the seventh inning was the difference Saturday as Springdale came from behind to defeat Section 4-A rival St. Joseph, 12-11.
Two games earlier, the Dynamos lost to the Spartans, 11-10, meaning the teams split their season series by a combined score of 22-22.
Lock, who hit a walk-off grand slam when Springdale beat Riverview, 11-10, went 4 for 4 with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored.
Winning pitcher Alex Pane singled three times, drove in two and scored one. Zach Simcic singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in a run for Springdale (6-6, 6-2), which clinched a playoff berth.
Jake Klukaszewski singled, doubled and scored, and Chris Gamble doubled for St. Joseph (5-4, 3-3), which remains in the thick of the playoff race.
St. Joseph 11, Leechburg 6 — Peter Sturtevant went 4 for 5 with a double to lead St. Joseph over Leechburg in a Section 4-A game played later in the day.
Nick Pleva and Adam Corey doubled for St. Joseph (6-4, 4-3), which has scored 11 runs in four straight games.
Taylor Oberdorf, Mike Koleny and Quinton Wolfgang doubled for Leechburg (3-4, 3-4), another playoff hopeful that has St. Joseph, Springdale and Riverview left to play.
Deer Lakes 17, Summit Academy 2 (3 inn.) — Deer Lakes (12-4, 8-2) made quick work of Summit Academy (1-11, 1-10) in a Section 3-AA game. Scott Ventura singled twice and drove in a run, and Chris Skinner singled and drove in one for Deer Lakes (12-4, 8-2), which will look to forge a first-place tie with Freeport on Monday.
Ford City 17, Summit Academy 7 (6 inn.) — An eight-run third inning broke it open for Ford City as it upended Section 3-AA opponent Summit Academy (1-12, 1-11). Austin McGinnis, Mike Fennell and Johnathan Patcyk doubled for Ford City (4-8, 4-5).
Despite committing seven errors, Ford City stayed alive in the playoff race. The Sabers are tied with Apollo-Ridge for fourth place, one game behind third-place Burrell (8-5, 5-4). The top three teams go to the playoffs. Burrell and Ford City were scheduled to play Saturday, but the game was rained out and will be made up at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ford City.
Burrell has made the WPIAL playoffs 16 straight years.
Kiski Valley 49, North Park 0 — Tyler Worthing ran in five tries to propel Kiski Valley (7-2) to its first trip to the state playoffs. The Titans will learn their seeding and opponent Sunday.