Daily News roundup: EF softball earns share of section title
Elizabeth Forward clinched a share of the Section 3-AAA title in dramatic fashion. Ashley Hoak hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to score pinch runner Jessica Guffey to give Elizabeth Forward (13-3, 9-3) a 2-1 win.
The win, coupled with West Mifflin's 4-2 loss to Thomas Jefferson, gave the Warriors a piece of the section championship.
Katie Shinavski and Virginia Roche collected a pair of hits for EF while Caitlyn Arico and Ashley Baker doubled. Portia McBride struck out five in picking up the win.
Woodland Hills 10, Penn Hills 0 — Woodland Hills (7-5, 7-5) locked up a playoff spot for the first time since 2002 with a Section 2-AAAA win over Penn Hills (2-11, 2-10). Hannah Bennaugh doubled twice and had three hits for Woodland Hills. Kelsey Geyer picked up the win, allowing only three hits.
Penn-Trafford 9, Norwin 1 — Penn-Trafford (12-5, 8-4) scored six runs in the first two innings and eliminated Norwin (10-6, 6-6) from playoff contention in Section 1-AAAA. Jess Zavolta went 3 for 4 with a grand slam and seven RBI for the Warriors.
McKeesport 5, Gateway 0 — Vanessa Falce hit a pair of home runs for the third time in a week as McKeesport finished the Section 2-A schedule a perfect 12-0. Kasey Dansak added a two-run single to make Jess Beitler a winner. Beitler struck out six and gave up three hits in seven innings.
Serra Catholic 10, Monessen 5 — Amy McNeil had a double, two singles and three RBI as Serra (10-5, 9-5) cruised to a Section 2-A win. Sam Andrekanic struck out six and allowed eight hits in picking up the win. Monessen made seven errors.
Leechburg 10, East Allegheny 0 — Kenzie Young pitched five scoreless innings to lead Leechburg (11-3) to a nonsection victory over East Allegheny (2-12). Young struck out seven and drove in two runs. Miranda Reeseman doubled and drove in three runs, and Shelby Greece scored three times for the Blue Devils.
Serra 5, Bishop Canevin 2 — Serra (15-1, 10-0) scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to beat visiting Bishop Canevin (6-4, 6-3) and close the Section 2-A schedule a perfect record. Parker Janosko, Wayne Hydak and John Fazio all doubled for the Eagles in helping Chad Hazaga pick up the win.
Shady Side Academy 10, South Allegheny 3 — Shady Side Academy managed only five hits, but it was good enough to get past South Allegheny and set up Monday's showdown with Steel Valley for the Section 4-AA title. Jake Kleinel, Brian Hannon and Chuck Calabrese all doubled and knocked in two runs for Shady Side Academy. Brandon Ruffing took the loss for SA.