PIAA baseball roundup: Norwin ousted in 10th inning
Chris Adams hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to give District 6 champion State College a 4-3 win over Norwin in the PIAA Class AAAA first round Monday at Hollidaysburg.
Norwin led 2-0 after two and added a run in the top of the third, but State College scored three times in the bottom of the third to tie the game.
Reno Rainey allowed two hits in the final inning and took the loss. Starter Nick Amendola struck out seven in nine innings. Rainey and Vincent Shoff each had RBI doubles for Norwin (15-6).
Shaler 3, Central Catholic 1 — Shaler starter Jake Potock threw a three-hitter and struck out 11 in the PIAA Class AAAA first round at West Mifflin. The Titans (19-5) beat the WPIAL champion Vikings (12-8) for the first time in four chances this season. With RBI singles from Noah Seelhorst and Anthony Venezia, Shaler scored three runs in the fourth. Dom DeRenzo, who walked three times, scored Central's only run.
Central beat Shaler twice in the regular season and won 6-2 in a WPIAL semifinal. Shaler will play State College in the quarterfinals.
Knoch 1, Punxsutawney 0 — Junior pitcher Alex Stobert fired a four-hitter for his second shutout of the postseason, helping WPIAL champion Knoch (20-2) overcome four errors, a few base running mistakes and a controversial catcher's interference call that prolonged the game in a PIAA Class AAA first round at North Allegheny.
Punxsutawney (19-2) had baserunners in every inning but couldn't get a run across.
Penn State recruit Ryan Sloniger took the loss for Punxsutawney, allowing one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out five.
Dom Bucko doubled in Knoch's run in the third inning.
West Allegheny 8, Bellefonte 1— At Philipsburg-Osceola, starting pitcher Colin Claus allowed three hits and struck out six batters in six innings to lead West Allegheny (17-6) to a PIAA Class AAA first-round victory. Claus also went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. The Indians, who scored four runs in the third inning, will play the winner of Donegal and Franklin Towne in the quarterfinals.
Neshannock 1, Bellwood-Antis 0 — Ray Scala's single with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning earned Neshannock a victory in the PIAA Class AA first round at Chippewa Park.
Scala had two of Neshannock's five hits. Frank Fraschetti threw nine shutout innings, and Rich Serignese earned the win after a scoreless 10th. The Lancers (17-5) will play the winner of Tuesday's matchup between Steel Valley and Mercyhurst Prep in the quarterfinals.
Quaker Valley 3, Cranberry 1 (8 inn.) — At DuBois, John Medich walked in a run and Tyler Garbee grounded out to plate another run in the top of the eighth inning to give Quaker Valley (16-5) a PIAA Class AA first-round victory. Garbee threw seven innings, allowing one hit with 11 strikeouts. Medich earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning. The Quakers will play District 3's Upper Dublin in the quarterfinals.
California 10, Oswayo Valley 0 — Garitt Woodburn allowed three hits in four innings, as WPIAL runner-up California (20-2) rolled to a PIAA Class A first-round win at DuBois. Woodburn also had two hits and scored three times. Casey Zajicek doubled and singled, and Louden Conte scored three runs. California will play District 6 champion Juniata Valley in the quarterfinals.
Juniata Valley 3, Serra Catholic 1 — Pinch-hitter Jake Houck drove in the go-ahead run during a two-run sixth inning that carried District 6 champion Juniata Valley (17-5) over Serra Catholic (17-7) in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Mt. Aloysius College.
Konnor Barton and Hunter Houck hit one-out singles against Serra Catholic's Ben Visnesky before Jake Houck's single to center off Zac Quattrone scored Barton and Kordell Collins' groundout brought home Hunter Houck.
Serra Catholic scored first in the second inning when Cole McCombs and Visnesky singled and John Fazio's sacrifice allowed McCombs to score.
Games throughout the state were postponed until Tuesday because of inclement weather, including contests involving two WPIAL teams. Montour will play Cathedral Prep at 6 p.m. at Ainsworth Field in Erie in Class AAA, and Steel Valley will play District 10 champ Mercyhurst Prep at 1 p.m. at Ainsworth Field in Class AA.