Valley Independent roundup: California Area comes out hitting — again
If the first two games of the season mean anything, Malden Yards will be the place to be for baseball this spring.
California Area (2-0) rolled over visiting Uniontown, 16-7, Wednesday in a non-section game.
In their first two games, the Trojans have scored 30 runs.
On Tuesday, after falling behind 5-4, California scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning and then exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning for a 15-5 lead.
“Our offense looks in mid-season form already, which is nice to see,” said Cal coach Nick Damico. “We're hitting the ball really well. We just need to get our pitching down pat.”
Leading the Trojans' 11-hit attack were Louden Conte, Aaron Previsky and Nate Luketich with two hits each.
John DeFranco had a double and four RBIs for the Trojans, while Luketich knocked in three runs.
Chris Swartz pitched five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits with four strikeouts to get the win.
Uniontown (0-2) got three hits each from Tyler Frazee and Mark Fike.
Charleroi Area 9, Southmoreland 0
The Cougars (1-1) got solid pitching from Josh Sidary as they shut out the Scotties in the non-section game.
Sidary went six innings, giving up three hits, before Jesse Andrehek came on to pitch the final inning.
Charleroi scored two runs in the second inning and then tacked on three in the third for a 5-0 lead.
Sam Miceli had three singles and a triple and Sam Pager had two singles for Charleroi.
Yough 5, Trinity 4, 9 innings
Matt Huss' two-run single in the seventh inning sent the game into extra innings before he stroked a walk-off double in the ninth to win the non-section game.
Shane Fajt went the distance, giving up six hits, for the win. He struck out eight and walked one.
SoftballBV Area 11, Ligonier Valley 1
The Leopards scored five runs in the second inning and then breezed to the five-inning non-section win.
Kaitlynn Faiola led the hitting attack with two doubles, a home run and two RBIs.
Winning pitcher Bailey Parshall had a double and single.
Parshall went the distance, scattering three hits with 11 strikeouts and two walks for BVA (3-1).
Sara Klimchock had a double for Ligonier Valley (2-1), which committed seven errors.
BVA hosts Uniontown today at 4 p.m.
Yough 5, Uniontown 0
The Cougars (2-2, 1-0) opened play in Section 4-AAA in sparkling fashion with the shutout as Macy Mularski fired a one-hitter with 16 strikeouts and one walk.
Hannah Bach and Aubrie Mance each had two hits for Yough while Rachel Mlinek added a triple.
Frazier 2, West Greene 1
The Commodores (1-0) won the game as Miranda Shepler scored the game-winning run after stealing a base that forced an error. She advanced home on the error.
Shepler was running for Kayla Matway, who led off the inning with a double.
Winning pitcher Paige Hotz scattered four hits with six strikeouts.