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American Legion playoff roundup: Kiski Valley opens Region 7 Tournament with victory

| Saturday, July 16, 2016, 9:33 p.m.

After giving up three runs in the first inning, Kiski Valley starting pitcher Jon Thomas settled down and delivered a gem as District 31 champion Kiski Valley downed Young Township, 16-3, on Saturday in the first round of the Pennsylvania Region 7 American Legion Tournament at Everett Area High School.

Kiski Valley will meet Cambria County champion Claysburg at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the double-elimination tournament.

Thomas gave up just one hit the rest of the way, and the game was called in the bottom of the seventh inning when the 10-run rule went into effect.

Kiski Valley (24-6-1) pulled away from the Indiana County runners-up with a four-run third inning. Anthony Falsetti and Frankie Stefko scored on bases-loaded walks.

IUP recruit Josh Beale blasted a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to extend Kiski Valley's lead to 16-3.

“I told a friend that came up here today to take in the game, that Beale was putting one out of here today,” Kiski Valley coach David Montgomery said. “They were hanging too many fastballs from the belt up, and their starting pitcher didn't survive the first (inning).”

Tyler Grosholz went 3 for 5 and scored three runs. Jordan Weaver had two singles, scored twice and had two sacrifice flies for Kiski Valley.

Kiski Valley 4, Meridian 0 — Kiski Valley's Shane Sleberich hit a leadoff triple scored on a Connor Smotzer sacrifice fly to kick-start No. 3 seed Kiski Valley's shutout of No. 8 Meridian in the second round of the loser's bracket of the Butler County American Legion Tournament at Kiski Area High School.

Kiski Valley (16-5) advanced to play the East Butler/Saxonburg winner Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.

Noah Hansen hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the sixth inning for Kiski Valley. Brian Comoroski hit a two-run bases-loaded single later in the inning to cap the scoring.

Kiski Valley pitcher John Bowser pitched a complete game. He gave up three hits and struck out seven.

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