Daily News roundup: Elizabeth Forward softball cruises past Belle Vernon
Elizabeth Forward did all of its scoring in the top of the fifth, getting six runs on four hits — the two biggest being an RBI triple by Caitlyn Arico and a two-run home run by McKenna Kern — as the Warriors (8-1, 5-1) rolled over Belle Vernon (2-7, 1-5), 6-1, at Tom Rodriguez Field in Washington Township.
“That was a big inning, and we finally put our hits together,” Elizabeth Forward coach Harry Rutherford said. “We had our shots earlier but couldn't break through.”
Elizabeth Forward, which played in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game in 2012, remains tied with West Mifflin for first place in Section 3.
West Mifflin 4, Thomas Jefferson 0 — Crystal Cook threw a complete-game shutout, allowing four hits and one walk with four strikeouts, as No. 5 West Mifflin (8-1, 5-1) won in Section 3-AAA. Amanda Leschak had three hits for the Titans.
Yough 1, Southmoreland 0 — Macy Mularski won a pitching duel with the Scotties' Anna Marie Gatti as she helped the Cougars (5-3, 3-3) move within one game of South Park for the third and final Section 3-AAA playoff spot.
McKeesport 6, Gateway 5 — Tigers pitcher Jess Beitler was knocked around for the first time this season, but Vanessa Falce provided the team all the offense it needed as she went 4 for 5 with three doubles and a game-winning two-run homer in the top of the seventh.
McKeesport (8-0, 5-0) opened a season 8-0 for the first time this century.
Norwin 11, Penn-Trafford 2 — Sophomore catcher Maddy Wensel doubled and homered to help the Knights (3-3, 2-3) win their third consecutive game after opening the season 0-3.
Brentwood 2, Steel Valley 1 — The Ironmen (1-2, 1-2) scored in the top of the first but could not hold onto the lead as Lisa Straub took the loss on the mound.
Norwin 17, Latrobe 11 — Cody Sabol and Dylan Sabo each had three hits, and Casey Rebosky and Dom Farina homered to lead Norwin (3-2, 3-1) to a Section 2-AAAA victory.