Belle Vernon Area: No softball playoffs, but getting hot
For the first time in 11 seasons, Belle Vernon Area won't be going to the WPIAL softball playoffs.
But that doesn't mean the Lady Leps can't make some noise until the regular season ends.
For the second consecutive day, BVA shut out a team headed for the playoffs as the Lady Leps downed South Park, 4-0, in a Section 3 AAA contest.
BVA (8-10, 4-7) has won five of its last six games after a disappointing start.
“It's really simple,” said BVA coach Tom Rodriguez. “We're getting better pitching and the defense did not make an error again today. And we have started to get some timely hits.
“It's a shame things didn't come around for us earlier.”
Lacey Washowich pitched a four-hitter against South Park (9-5, 7-5) as she hurled her second straight shutout. She struck out four and walked three.
BVA scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning and added one run in the fifth.
Natalie Bashada had two hits for the winners, while Nicole Ashcraft had a double.
Frazier 7, Serra 3
The Lady Commodores (14-2, 12-1) fell behind 3-0 in the Section 2 A game before roaring back for the win.
Kelly Holp had three hits and winning pitcher Andrea Lash added a triple for Frazier.
Carmichaels 11, California 1
Carmichaels (17-2, 12-1) scored eight runs in the third inning of the Section 2 A game to blow the contest open.
Lindsay Osborne homered for the winners.
California (3-12, 2-11) managed just one hit off winning pitcher Eric Burns.
Jeff-Morgan 11, Monessen 1
The Lady Greyhounds (8-8, 6-7) suffered a costly loss in Section 2 A, knocking them out of the playoff chase.
Monessen needed to win its two final section contests to have any shot at reaching the post-season.
Jeff-Morgan (10-7, 6-7) avenged an earlier loss to Monessen.
Elizabeth Forward 9, Thomas Jefferson 1
Caitlyn Arico had three hits, including a double and a home run, while senior pitcher Portia McBride allowed just three hits as the Warriors (12-3, 8-3) locked up second place in Section 3 AAA.
Courtney Hrabosky also homered for EF.
BaseballMonessen 7, Clairton 0 (forfeit)
The Bears forfeited to Monessen (5-9, 4-4) leaving the Greyhounds in the thick of the playoff chase in Section 2 A.
Monessen goes to Geibel today and then travels to Bishop Canevin next week. Monessen needs two wins or one win and one Frazier loss to clinch its first playoff berth since 1985.
Brownsville 7, Bentworth 5
The Bearcats (8-4, 7-4) suffered a tough loss in Section 2 AA to Brownsville (10-4, 7-4).
The loss dropped Bentworth into a three-way tie for second with Brownsville and Chartiers-Houston with Fort Cherry (6-8, 6-5) one game behind.
Brownsville built a 7-1 lead and then held on as Bentworth scored four times in the fifth inning.
Burgettstown 16, Charleroi 10
The Cougars (1-15, 0-11) dropped their 13th straight game in the high-scoring Section 2 AA affair.
No other information was available on the game.
Derry 6, Yough 4
The Cougars (8-8, 6-4) led 4-1 going into the fifth inning of the Section 2 AAA game, but could not hold on.
Luke Ridilla homered for Derry (8-5, 7-3) and Luke Spisak doubled for Yough.