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Trojans retake Section 1 lead

| Thursday, May 3, 2007

California High's baseball team is back in first place today in the tight Class A Section 1 race.

The Trojans moved into the top spot with a 13-9 victory at Geibel Wednesday when Bentworth dropped a 15-5 decision at Carmichaels.

Jefferson-Morgan downed Mapletown, 9-3, to put four teams in the title picture.

California (7-2) is percentage points ahead of Bentworth and Jeff-Morgan, both 8-3, with Carmichaels (6-3) a game back.

At Connellsville, the Trojans exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning to erase an 8-5 deficit.

Three freshmen -- Zac Edminson, Dom Roach and Wade Stinnett -- played key roles in the decisive fifth inning.

Roach and Stinnett started the rally with singles before Edminson's triple trimmed the lead to 8-7.

Sophomore Ben Carson doubled to tie the game with Travis VanOlst's two-run single putting Cal ahead to stay.

Waugh Carter's two-run single widened the margin to 12-8.

Besides collecting three hits and scoring three runs, Carson went the distance, scattering 12 hits.

California (13-2) started four freshmen due to injuries and disciplinary reasons.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Geibel (6-7, 5-4).

California hosts Frazier today.

At Carmichaels, the Mikes spotted Bentworth a 3-0 lead before scoring six in the third inning and eight in the fourth.

The Mikes capitalized on seven walks in the fourth inning including three with the bases loaded.

Bentworth is home with Jefferson-Morgan today.

Yough 8, Laurel Highlands 3

The Cougars won their sixth straight in the showdown for first place in Class AAA Section 2.

Josh Aldridge had a double and two singles for Yough (12-2, 9-2), which cashed in on four Mustang errors.

Justin Shaffer tossed a two-hitter for the Cougars.

Elizabeth 10, BVA 7

The Warriors (6-7, 4-5) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first two innings to win a second straight game for the first time in Class AAA Section 4.

The trio of Brandon Myers (three singles), Zach Mikolics (double and two singles) and Bill Meyers (two singles) combined for seven of Elizabeth's 11 hits and each had two RB I.

Bret King drove in five runs with two homers and a single for the Leps (7-9, 5-6), who've lost three in a row. Teammate Tyler Shutterly added three RBI with a double and single.

West Mifflin 11, Ringgold 6

The Rams' losing streak reached eight in Class AAA Section 4.

Ringgold (2-10, 1-9) led 3-1 before the Titans (11-3, 8-3) went ahead to stay with a seven-run fourth inning.

Kyle Fisher, Jim Koontz, Dave Bassi and Jon Kendra each had two singles for Ringgold. which stranded 12.

The Rams will host McGuffey at 2 p.m. today and then face the Highlanders again at 7 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Park.

Waynesburg 15, Charleroi 0

The Cougars (3-8, 2-6) fell into last place in Class AA Section 2 with the four-inning defeat.

Troy Cree held Charleroi to four hits.

Waynesburg (6-5, 6-2), which pounded out 14 hits, scored four runs in each of the first three innings and three in the fourth.

Cornell 15, Monessen 5

The Greyhounds took an early 5-1 lead before the hosts had back-to-back five run innings in the second and third in Class A Section 2.

Michael Pica doubled and singled for Monessen (2-13, 2-8).

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