PIAA softball roundup: Wilson's perfect game leads Riverside to opening-round win
Kirsten Wilson was perfect Monday afternoon but needed a little help to stay there.
The Riverside pitcher shut down Curwensville, 6-0, in the first-round of the PIAA playoffs at North Allegheny, but it was teammate Logan Snyder who preserved her perfect game. Snyder snared a line drive in the top of the seventh, and Wilson struck out the next two batters to seal the victory.
Wilson, who struck out 13 batters, also went 2 for 3 with two home runs and four RBI, and Snyder was 3 for 4 with an RBI. WPIAL champion Riverside (20-0) will play Ligonier Valley in the quarterfinals Thursday at a site and time to be determined.
Deer Lakes 3, Fairview 1 — Sophomore Tiffany Edwards pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout and also tripled and drove in two runs for Deer Lakes (19-1), which handed District 10 champion Fairview (22-1) its first loss of the season in a first-round game at Penn State Behrend. Sierra Sarver doubled twice and Rachel Tanilli had an RBI single in the victory for Deer Lakes, which will play District 6 champ Philipsburg-Osceola in the quarterfinals.
Ligonier Valley 6, Chestnut Ridge 5 — Ligonier Valley scored two runs in the top of the seventh to steal a first-round win at Bedford High School. With two outs, the Chestnut Ridge (20-3) shortstop bobbled a grounder from Courtney Frappier, allowing Frappier to reach base and Maddy Grimm to score the tying run. Another error brought Breanne Wallace in for the winning run. Grimm homered for Ligonier Valley (17-4).
Philipsburg-Osceola 4, Chartiers-Houston 1 — Mackenzie Burge struck out 10 batters and earned the win, as District 6 champ Philipsburg-Osceola won a first-round game at Penn State University. The Bucs finished the season 19-2.
North Allegheny 5, Dubois 3 — Sami Beining threw a complete-game six-hitter, and Christine Scherer went 2 for 4 with two RBI, as North Allegheny (18-5) won a first-round game at Brockway High School. The Tigers will play WPIAL champion Canon-McMillan in the quarterfinals.
Ambridge 5, Hollidaysburg 2 — Lexi Hilzendeger went 2 for 4 with three RBI and Kelly Haslett had three strikeouts in five innings, as Ambridge (17-4) won a first-round game at Penn State University. The WPIAL runner-up Bridgers will play District 3 champ Greencastle-Antrim in the quarterfinals.
Fort LeBoeuf 2, West Allegheny 0 — District 10 champion Fort LeBoeuf scored two runs in the second inning and held on for a first-round win at Penn State Behrend. West Allegheny (13-8) managed two hits in the loss.
Greensburg Salem 2, St. Marys 0 — At Hampton, Greensburg Salem pitcher Jayne Oberdorf tossed a three-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts, and Kellie Hutchinson had two sacrifice flies to score Claire Oberdorf, in a first-round victory at Hampton. Hutchinson had a triple and Claire Oberdorf smacked two singles for Greensburg Salem (22-2), which will play District 10 champ Fort LeBoeuf in the quarterfinals.
Claysburg-Kimmel 4, Burgettstown 0 — Malisa Coho held Burgettstown (17-6) to just two hits in a complete-game victory for Claysburg-Kimmel in the first round at Penn State University.
Carmichaels 13, Saegertown 9 — Erica Burns threw a complete-game eight-hitter with three strikeouts, and eight starters had at least one hit, as Carmichaels (22-3) won a first-round game at Penn State Behrend. Burns had three hits for the Mighty Mikes, who will play District 6 runner-up Southern Huntingdon in the quarterfinals.
Neshannock 9, Elk County Catholic 1 — At Hampton, pitcher Madison Shaffer and Alexandra Fischer each drove in three runs to lead Neshannock (19-2) to a first-round win. Fischer had three triples, Shaffer a triple, double and single, and Rayanna Furst three hits for the WPIAL champions, who will play District 6 champ Claysburg-Kimmel in the quarterfinals.