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High school roundup: No. 1 Canon-McMillan advances after topping Penn-Trafford

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Canon-McMillan's Tara Fowler rounds the bases in front of Penn-Trafford third baseman Tory Lago after she hit a two-run homer off Penn-Trafford pitcher Nicole Smith in the sixth inning of their WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal game Monday, May 20, 2013, at California (Pa.) University's Lilley Field. Canon-McMillan won, 6-0.

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Monday, May 20, 2013, 10:03 p.m.

Home runs from Yaszmin Kotar and Tara Fowler, combined with the two-hit pitching performance by Alayna Astuto, helped No. 1 Canon-McMillan (19-1) to a 6-0 victory over Penn-Traffford (13-6) in the WPIAL Class AAAA softball quarterfinals Monday at California (Pa.) University.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Canon-McMillan scored three times.

Allison Bellaire's sacrifice fly scored pinch runner Taylor Bruno, and Kotar and Linda Rush had run-scoring hits.

Astuto struck out eight and didn't walk a batter for the Big Macs, who will play No. 4 Hempfield in the semifinals Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.

Hempfield 4, Shaler 1 — Hempfield's Hope Pehrson pitched a three-hitter, and the fourth-seeded Spartans (17-5) scored three runs with two outs in the second inning to take control of a quarterfinal game at Plum. Taylor Bartlow hit a solo home run for the Spartans.

Peters Township 1, Latrobe 0 — Kellyn Perich tossed a two-hit shutout, and Carly Konopka singled home the only run in the first inning to lift No. 7 Peters Township (18-4) to a quarterfinal win at California (Pa.) University.

Peters Township will play North Allegheny (16-4) in the semifinals.

Class AAA

Ambridge 4, South Park 1 Kelly Haslett pitched 6 13 innings, allowing one run on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts, as No. 3 Ambridge (15-3) won in the quarterfinals at North Allegheny. The Bridgers will play West Mifflin in the semifinals.

Greensburg Salem 2, Blackhawk 0 — Jayne Oberdorf pitched a four-hitter, and top-seeded Greensburg Salem (19-2) pushed across single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to win a quarterfinal game at Plum.

Taylor Meehan was 2 for 3 for Greensburg Salem, which will play West Allegheny in the semifinals.

West Mifflin 9, Trinity 5 — At California (Pa.) University, Crystal Cook and Lauren Ackerman each hit three-run home runs to help No. 7 West Mifflin (17-4) to a quarterfinal-round victory. Cook went 3 for 4 with four RBI. Delaney Elling went 3 for 3 with four RBI for Trinity (12-5).

Class AA

Beaver 7, Greensburg Central Catholic 2 — The Bobcats turned the only error of the game into a four-run rally, highlighted by Ashley Kondracki's two-run triple in the top of the fourth, as No. 13 seeded Beaver (12-6) won a quarterfinal game at Hampton.

The Bobcats will play No. 1 Deer Lakes in the semifinals.

Chartiers-Houston 8, Mohawk 4 — Kayla Briggs went 4 for 4 with an RBI and struck out nine in a complete-game victory for No. 2 Chartiers-Houston (18-0) in the quarterfinals at North Allegheny.

Toni Spossey went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Bucs, who will play No. 3 Riverside in the semifinals.

Deer Lakes 13, McGuffey 3 — Katie Gozzard went 4 for 5 with five RBI, and Becca Babincak was 3 for 5 with three RBI as top-seeded Deer Lakes (17-0), the defending champion, won a quarterfinal game at North Allegheny.

Riverside 6, Steel Valley 0 — Kirsten Wilson tossed her 14th shutout of the season and hit two home runs for third-seeded Riverside (17-0).

Senior Nicole Mansfield added two RBI for Riverside, which will play No. 2 Chartiers-Houston in the semifinals.

Class A

Burgettstown 2, South Side Beaver 1 — Bry Lonick struck out five and scattered five hits as No. 2 Burgettstown (16-4) won at Fairhaven Park.

Carmichaels 15, Jeannette 0 (4 inn.) — Erica Burns allowed one hit and had eight strikeouts, and Danielle McClellan had two singles and three RBI for the No. 2 Mighty Mikes (20-2), who face Burgettstown in the semifinals.

Frazier 9, Shenango 2 — Andrea Lash pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and seven strikeouts, and Alexis Livingstone homered to help No. 4 Frazier (18-2) to a quarterfinal victory at Fairhaven Park.

Neshannock 14, Serra Catholic 0 (5 inn.) — Katy Burrelli and Rayanna Faust homered, and Madison Shaffer struck out eight, as Neshannock (16-2) won a quarterfinal game at North Hills. The Lancers will play Frazier in the semifinals.

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