High school roundup: Bishop Canevin tops Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
Justin Dix tossed a complete-game shutout as No. 14-seeded Bishop Canevin edged No. 6 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 1-0, in the WPIAL Class A baseball quarterfinals at West Mifflin.
On a day where several games were postponed because of thunderstorms, the Crusaders managed to beat the storm and the Trojans, who finished the season 14-8.
Bishop Canevin scored the winning run in the fifth inning, when Austin Liebro reached on a two-base error and came around to score when Sam Smallhoover singled to center field. Liebro jarred the ball loose during a play at the plate.
Dix had seven strikeouts for Bishop Canevin (8-6), which will play the winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup between No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic (17-3) and No. 10 Carmichaels (13-3).
California 3, Western Beaver 1 — Garitt Woodburn tossed a complete game, did not walk a batter and struck out six to power California (18-1) to a WPIAL Class A quarterfinals playoff victory at Washington & Jefferson. Woodburn also hit an RBI single in the win. Nathaniel Luketich went 2 for 3 with one RBI, and Louden Conte knocked in a run with a single for the Trojans. John DeFranco chipped in a double in the win.
Cory Chaffee had a double and one RBI in the loss for Western Beaver (9-6).
California will move on to the semifinals against Serra Catholic at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Washington & Jefferson.
Serra Catholic 4, Jeannette 3 — Zac Quattrone had three hits, including a double and home run, as No. 5 Serra Catholic (16-5) earned a Class A quarterfinal victory at Latrobe. Brendt Billeck had a double for No. 13 Jeannette (10-6).
Cole McCombs had seven strikeouts for Serra, which will play No. 1 California (18-1) in the semifinals.
Quaker Valley 5, Riverside 0 — Tyler Garbee threw a complete-game six-hitter with eight strikeouts to lead No. 5 Quaker Valley (14-4) to a Class AA quarterfinal victory at Chippewa Park. Adam Pilewicz and John Medich each went 2 for 3 for QV, which will play the winner of No. 1 Keystone Oaks (12-3) and No. 8 New Brighton (12-3) in the semifinals.
Steel Valley 8, Brownsville 4 — In a wild seventh inning that included just two hits, No. 10 Steel Valley (11-5) scored eight runs to erase a 4-0 deficit and win a Class AA quarterfinal at Washington & Jefferson.
The Ironmen drew three walks and reached on two errors and one hit batsman. Freshman Alex Ligeros, batting for the second time in the inning, drove in the eighth run with a sacrifice fly. Ligeros went 2 for 2 with an RBI.
In the bottom of the seventh, Radford recruit Brandon Donovan retired the top three batters in the Brownsville lineup in short order to ensure the complete-game victory.
Steel Valley will play the winner of No. 3 Neshannock and No. 6 Shady Side Academy in the semifinals.
Montour 2, Indiana 0 — Trent Veitmeier and Chris Hanlon combined for a shutout in leading No. 14 Montour to a Class AAA quarterfinal victory at Latrobe.
The Spartans (12-9) will play the winner of No. 2 Knoch (16-2) and No. 7 Blackhawk (12-4) in the semifinals. No. 6 Indiana ended its season 12-9.
Jefferson-Morgan 3, Sewickley Academy 1 — Maddie Ludrosky had 11 strikeouts and Reagan Rush belted two doubles to lead No. 3 Jefferson-Morgan (13-2) to a Class A quarterfinal victory at Fairhaven Field. Chandler White doubled for No. 6 Sewickley Academy (13-2). Jefferson-Morgan will play the winner of No. 2 Frazier (13-1) and No. 10 Greensburg Central Catholic (10-4).
Hampton 12, Quaker Valley 5 — Steve DiBucci and Nick Grabowski each scored four goals to lead No. 3 Hampton (12-6) to a WPIAL Division II semifinal victory. Tyler Smith scored twice for No. 2 Quaker Valley (13-4). Hampton will play the winner of Canon-McMillan (15-1) and Mars (12-5) in the finals Friday.
Mt. Lebanon 10, Pine-Richland 6 — Sam White had three goals and Dan Lee and Brian Ward had two each to lead No. 2 Mt. Lebanon (14-6) to a WPIAL Division I semifinal victory. Matt Lee made 10 saves in the win. Mt. Lebanon will play the winner of No. 1 North Allegheny (14-2) and No. 5 Shady Side Academy (10-7) in Friday's finals.