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| Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Nicki Bush threw her second consecutive shutout, this one a two-hitter, to lead Allderdice to a 4-0 victory over Brashear in the City League softball semifinals.

The Dragons (11-3) will go for their second consecutive City League championship when they play Perry (10-4) at 1 p.m. May 30 in the title game at McGibbney Field.

Perry beat Carrick, 12-2, in Wednesday's other semifinal game, with Amee Hilson going 4 for 4 with a double and a triple.

Allderdice (11-3) scored all four runs of its runs against Brashear in the bottom of the sixth.

Brashear fell to 5-12.

SOFTBALL

WPIAL


Class AAA

  • North Allegheny 3, Norwin 0 - Liz Vrabel struck out eight batters and walked none in a two-hit shutout to move the Tigers (16-3) into the second round.

    Norwin dropped to 9-11.

    North Allegheny will play at a time, date and site to be determined against Connellsville (15-3), which beat Penn Hills, 1-0.

    Dana Perry and Jess Givens drove in runs with fielders' choices in the first, and Ashley Nikithser doubled in a run in the second for North Allegheny.

  • Shaler 2, Latrobe 0 - Nataly Valeriano hit a two-run single to score Becky Santo and Chrystal Delgado in the first inning, and Jesse Pranaitis pitched a three-hitter, as Shaler advanced to the second round of the WPIAL Class AAA softball playoffs. The Titans will play the Ambridge-Elizabeth Forward winner.

  • Connellsville Area 1, Penn Hills 0 - Bethany Swink tossed a no-hitter and struck out 10 to help Connellsville (15-3) to a Class AAA playoff victory.

    Connellsville scored the game's only run in the fourth inning when Shawna Little doubled and scored on a single by Natalie Bukovac.

    Losing pitcher Amber Pazzaccoli struck out 10 for Penn Hills.

  • Elizabeth Forward 3, Ambridge 1 - Heather Riley (14-3) picked up the win for Elizabeth Forward (18-3) as the Warriors won a first-round Class AAA playoff game. Riley and Amy Twele combined for four hits in the win.

    Class AA

  • Burrell 5, West Allegheny 4 - The defending champion Bucs (14-2) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to advance to the semifinals.

    Burrell will play Riverside (16-1) in the semifinals in a rematch of last year's championship game.

    Kayla Hornack tied the score with a two-run single, then Kara Wojcik scored the game-winner on Jen Stiveson's grounder to first.

    Jessi Speer hit a two-run double for Burrell in the first inning.

    Class A

  • Leechburg 8, Vincentian 1 - Jen Kulick singled three times, drove in three runs and struck out 10 batters to put the Blue Devils (15-3) in the Class A semifinals.

    Amanda Skura singled twice an RBI.

    BASEBALL
  • Franklin Regional 3, Trinity 2 - The Franklin Regional baseball team was down to its last strike when lightning struck in the form of the McAfoose brothers.

    Mike McAfoose singled home winning pitcher Art Yerecic on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score, and Bryan McAfoose followed with a run-scoring double to rally Franklin Regional to a 3-2 upset victory against third-ranked Trinity in a WPIAL Class AAA first-round playoff game.

    'We saw an opening and took it,' said Franklin Regional coach Larry Wayman. 'The two deciding runs in the seventh inning proved to be the difference.'

    With Trinity leading 2-1, Yerecic opened the seventh inning with a single to left field. Yerecic then made it to second after a sacrifice bunt by brother Mike Yerecic.

    'We played good, sound defense with strong pitching,' Wayman said. 'Both teams played a great game, with the focus of each team being on the strong pitching.'

    Yerecic struck eight and walked one. Losing pitcher Jim Blue struck out five.

  • Mt. Lebanon 3, Connellsville Area 0 - Matt DeGiovanni had a run-scoring double, and pitcher Adam Snyder scattered five hits to pace Mt. Lebanon. Greg Beucher drilled a double for Connellsville.

  • Burrell 4, Washington 0 - Bob Reifschneider threw a three-hit shutout, and Craig Licata was 3 for 3 with two doubles as the Bucs remained undefeated.

    Burrell (17-0) will play Mohawk (13-5) in a Class A second-round game.

  • Derry Area 5, Mars 2 - Zach Lukon drilled a double, and Greg Lasinski picked up the win as Derry Area (10-7) defeated Mars in the first round of the Class AA WPIAL playoffs. Brian Rosswog hit a double in the loss.

  • California 6, Mapletown 0 - Shaun Rice pitched a two-hitter to lead California past Mapletown in a WPIAL Class A playoff game. Ryan Robinson had a home run for California, and teammate Shane Tonkavitch added a double. Rice had six strikouts in the win, while Brent Lapana took the loss for Mapletown.

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