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By The Valley Independent
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:06 a.m.

The California Area Trojans roared back from a 5-2 deficit to defeat host Carmichaels, 6-5, in a Section 1-A contest before a huge and noisy crowd.

The Trojans (16-0, 10-0) not only wrapped up sole possession of the section crown, but they wrestled it away from the Mikes (10-2, 7-2), the defending section champs. California has won the section four of the last five seasons.

California scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning as Ronnie Baron singled home one and Jake Columbus doubled home a pair to tie the score.

With two outs, Casey Zajicek reached on an error with the winning run scoring on the play.

“It was a great game,” said first-year California Area coach Nick Damico. “It was really wild there. A lot of people and a lot of noise. I had to yell the whole time so my players could hear me.

“I'm really proud of my guys.”

Columbus and Aaron Previsky had two hits for California while reliever Garritt Woodburn pitched two scoreless innings to get the win.

Michael Blasinsky homered for Carmichaels.

California plays Belle Vernon Area Thursday at the DiVirgilio Complex.

South Park 13, Ringgold 1

The Rams (3-10, 0-10) lost the Section 4-AAA contest in five innings as South Park (9-8, 7-5) scored four runs in the fourth and five in the fifth.

Ringgold managed just three hits in the game.

The Rams finish a game against Carrick away today and play Elizabeth Forward Thursday at home.

Elizabeth Forward 5, South Park 2

Elizabeth Forward kept its playoff hopes alive with its third straight Section 4-AAA win in a game that was resumed in the third inning because of rain last week.

The Warriors (10-7, 6-5) scored four runs in the fourth inning of a 1-1 game on back-to-back hits by Jake Terrick and Luke Padezan that scored all the runs EF would need. Padezan picked up the win as he threw three innings before Ryan Wardropper closed out the seventh.

EF will qualify for the playoffs with a win over Ringgold.

Bishop Canevin 5, Frazier 2

The Commodores (6-9, 5-5) dropped the Section 2-A game as Canevin (9-3, 7-2) moved into a tie for first place with Serra.

Travis Sanner doubled for Frazier.


Elizabeth Forward 5, BV Area 4

The Lady Leps lost a heart-breaker in eight innings to EF (11-5, 8-3) in Section 3-AAA.

BVA (5-10, 3-8) was led by Ashley Semon and Angela Sullivan with four hits each while Lexi Church had two hits.

The Lady Leps had 16 hits.

EF got two singles and a home run by Caitlyn Arico and two hits each from McKenna Kern, Ashley Baker and Lauren Cain.

Cain knocked in the winning run in the top of the eighth inning.

South Park 8, BV Area 5

BVA (5-11, 3-9) closed on the Section 3-AAA campaign with a loss as the winners jumped out to a 8-2 lead after two innings.

Erica Amoroso, Kaitlyn Faiola, Sullivan and Church had two hits each.

T. Jefferson 3, Elizabeth Forward 2

EF (11-6, 8-4) dropped the Section 3 -AAA game even though Kelsey Benedek slugged a home run.

TJ got two-hit pitching from Laci Lautner, who struck out eight batters.

Monessen 8, Mapletown 3

The Lady Greyhounds (8-9, 6-8) closed the Section 2-A campaign with a road win.

Winning pitcher Taylor Guzzie gave up just two hits and struck out six.

Monessen, which closed the season winning seven of nine game, got two hits each from Shelby Minardi and Ondrea Burroughs and doubles from Cara Grogan and Bailey Matush.

Ringgold 8, Moon 2

The Lady Rams (3-8, 3-8) won the Section 2-AAA game, snapping a five-game losing streak.

No other information was available on the game.

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