High school roundup: Late homer leads No. 1 Hopewell past Central Valley

Hopewell catcher Austin Mike turns a double play in front of Central Valley's Matt Melchiorre with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Hopewell.
Hopewell catcher Austin Mike turns a double play in front of Central Valley's Matt Melchiorre with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Hopewell.
Photo by Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
| Thursday, April 18, 2013, 9:54 p.m.

Stefan Mrkonja's home run in the sixth inning sealed No. 1 Hopewell's 6-4 victory over Central Valley in a Section 1-AAA matchup Thursday.

Tim Hughes also homered for the Vikings (12-1, 5-0), who had 12 hits and rebounded from Tuesday's nonsection loss to Seneca Valley.

Blackhawk 13, Ambridge 12 — In Section 1-AAA, Collin McCowin hit an RBI double in the seventh, which proved to be the winning run for Blackhawk (4-4, 3-2). Craig Addis had three hits for Ambridge (4-5, 1-4).

South Park 11, Ringgold 1 (6 inn.) — Nick Yobbi had three hits, and Jake Bywalski earned the win as No. 2 South Park (13-0, 6-0) won in Section 4-AAA.

Hampton 7, Highlands 1 — Ben Vey went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBI to lead No. 4 Hampton (9-1, 5-0) in Section 5-AAA.

Central Catholic 9, Baldwin 6 (8 inn.) — Sabatino DiNardo and P.J. DeMeo homered in the seventh inning to tie the game, and No. 2 Central Catholic (7-1, 4-0) scored three runs in the eighth to secure a Section 3-AAAA win.

Mt. Lebanon 6, Upper St. Clair 0 — Zack Bahm struck out four and allowed four hits in a complete-game win for Mt. Lebanon (5-6, 4-1) in Section 3-AAAA.

Plum 8, Franklin Regional 1 — The No. 5 Mustangs (9-2, 4-1) picked up their 12th win in a row over Franklin Regional (8-3, 3-2) in a Section 3-AAAA game.

Woodland Hills 8, Penn Hills 1 — Jake Jessell went 3 for 3 with four RBI and picked up the win on the mound for Woodland Hills (5-5, 3-2) in Section 4-AAAA. Cameron Franklin homered for Penn Hills (3-6, 1-4).

New Brighton 7, Freedom 0 — Chuck Zahn had nine strikeouts in a complete-game victory for New Brighton (6-3, 5-2) in Section 1-AA.

Seton-La Salle 20, Brentwood 9 — Danzel Lewis went 3 for 5 with three home runs and six RBI to guide Seton-La Salle (4-5, 4-3) to a Section 1-AA win. Chris Shortley had two homers for Brentwood (0-5, 0-5).

Brownsville 6, Charleroi 3 — Pitcher Tyler Spohn set a new Brownsville record with his 17th career victory as the Falcons (7-2, 4-2) won in Section 2-AA.

Riverside 12, Ellwood City 8 — Ian Sutherland homered and had three RBI to help No. 3 Riverside (9-2, 6-1) to a Section 5-AA win.

OLSH 10, Cornell 0 (6 inn.) — Santino Platt struck out eight and scattered three hits in a complete-game victory for No. 1 OLSH (8-2, 4-0) in Section 5-A.


Seneca Valley 8, Fox Chapel 4 — Jess Neill went 3 for 4 in guiding Seneca Valley (3-5, 3-5) to a Section 3-AAAA win.

Baldwin 4, Peters Township 1 — In Section 4-AAAA, Jamie Schleicher struck out six in a complete-game victory for Baldwin (6-4, 5-4). Kayla Eberst also homered for the Highlanders.

Bethel Park 22, Mt. Lebanon 14 — Jen Rimmel had six RBI, and Bethel Park (6-3, 6-3) rolled in Section 4-AAAA.

Chartiers Valley 2, Upper St. Clair 1 — Libby Chidlow, who had three hits, belted a single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to give Chartiers Valley (5-5, 5-5) a Section 4-AAAA victory.

Moon 7, Allderdice 6 — Kyle Bondi hit a walk-off two-run single as Moon (6-3, 3-2) won in Section 4-AAAA.

Trinity 3, Moon 0 — Tiffany Clark threw a complete-game, allowing just two hits while striking out nine as Trinity (9-0, 9-0) won in Section 2-AAA.

Elizabeth Forward 2, West Mifflin 1 (8 inn.) — Virginia Roche hit a sacrifice fly to score Katelyn Shinavski, as No. 3 Elizabeth Forward (9-2, 6-2) won in Section 3-AAA.

South Park 5, Yough 3 (9 inn.) — Lexie Ruzzi hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give South Park (7-3, 6-3) a Section 3-AAA win. Dana Achille had 13 strikeouts in a complete-game victory.

Knoch 19, Kittanning 8 (9 inn.) — Bethany Hay and Codi Reed hit grand slams during an 11-run ninth inning for Knoch (7-6, 3-4) in a Section 5-AAA win.

Mars 10, Highlands 5 — Erin Hershman went 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBI to lead Mars (6-5, 6-1) to a Section 5-AAA win.

Seton-La Salle 16, Quaker Valley 0 — Lauren Zola struck out nine and allowed just one hit in a Section 1-AA victory for No. 4 Seton-La Salle (7-0, 7-0).

Steel Valley 5, South Allegheny 3 — Maddie Cotter struck out 10 in a complete-game win for Steel Valley (5-2, 4-2) in Section 4-AA. Cotter allowed three runs in the seventh, the first she had allowed in 22 innings.

Riverside 4, Mohawk 1 — Kirsten Wilson went 2 for 3 with an RBI and threw a complete game, allowing two hits and one run while striking out 12, in leading No. 3 Riverside (7-0, 7-0) in a Section 5-AA win.

Sewickley Academy 15, Cornell 5 — Lauren Gedeon went 5 for 5 with three RBI as Sewickley Academy (5-4, 5-3) won in Section 1-A. Sarah Manzinger also had five hits for the Panthers.

Sto-Rox 18, Avella 0 (5 inn.) — Aimee Miller struck out nine and threw a no-hitter to lead No. 3 Sto-Rox (8-2, 6-1) to a Section 1-A win. Shyanne Ripple homered for the Vikings.

Carmichaels 15, Serra Catholic 3 (6 inn.) — Erica Burns had five hits and earned the win for No. 2 Carmichaels (13-1, 9-0) in Section 2-A.

Scholar-athlete awards

The four winners of this year's WPIAL Scholar-Athlete Awards are Freeport's Brendan Lynch, Penn Hills' Peter Gula, Margaret Gruber of Mars and Alexis Hilzendeger of Ambridge. Each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship and will be honored at a luncheon May 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree.

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