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

| Thursday, April 18, 2013, 9:54 p.m.
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.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
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.

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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