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Plum, Kiski Valley win openers

| Sunday, July 27, 2008

The American Legion baseball playoffs go from seven to nine-inning games at the regional level.

Plum didn't need to go that far in its opening game of the Region 6 tournament on Saturday afternoon.

Brad Beckett went 4 for 4 with three RBI and three runs scored, and Plum knocked in 17 hits as it toppled Charleroi, 14-0, in seven innings at Blackhawk High School.

Plum (29-4) will play Blackhawk at 4:30 p.m. today at Chippewa Park as the double-elimination tournament continues.

Scott McGough and Nick Ferracano each had three hits, with McGough driving in three and Ferracano scoring three times for Plum.

Winning pitcher Richie Navari allowed five hits but struck out five to improve to 4-1.

Plum has limited the opposition to 66 runs in 33 games.

Kiski Valley 17, Westmont 3

At the Region 7 tournament at the Shaner Complex in State College, Kiski Valley out-hit Westmont, 20-5, and cruised to the win.

Kiski Valley (26-2) will play Hollidaysburg, the top team from the Central Penn league, at 4 p.m. today.

Tyler Garrone had five hits, including a home run and two doubles, Jake Shaffer homered and doubled, and Blake Pavlik had four hits for Kiski Valley.

Pavlik also pitched eight innings, striking out 10 with no walks and one earned run.


Springdale 6, Youngstown 2

Jim Devine pitched a four-hitter for Springdale, as it defeated Youngstown in the second game of the winner's bracket of the Palomino Regional playoffs at Highfield Park in Butler.

Devine had seven strikeouts and gave up one earned run. He was helped by the Sprindale defense, which turned two double plays.

J.R. Leonardi led Springdale with three hits and two RBI.

American Legion Region 6 Tournament

(at Chippewa Park, Chippewa)

Saturday's results

Hopewell 10, Bethel Park 6

Plum 14, Charleroi 0 (7 inn., at Blackhawk High School)

Uniontown 8, CV/SF 7

Blackhawk 15, Peters Township 1 (7 inn.)

Today's games

Bethel Park vs. Chartiers Valley/South Fayette, 9:30 a.m.

Charleroi vs. Peters Township, 12:30 p.m. (at Beaver Falls High School)

Hopewell vs. Uniontown, 1 p.m.

Plum vs. Blackhawk, 4:30 p.m.

Plum 14, Charleroi 0 (7 innings)

Plum 044-020-4--14-17-1

Charleroi 000-000-0--0-5-2

WP: Rich Navari (4-1)


2B: P: Dave Wiefenbaugh, Clint White.

3-or-more hits: P: Brad Beckett (4-for-4), Nick Ferracano (3-for-4), Scott McGough (3 for 4).

Region 7 Tournament

(at Shaner Complex, State College)

Kiski Valley 17, Westmont 3

Kiski Valley 304-000-046 -- 17-20-5

Westmont 000-200-010 -- 3-5-3

WP: Blake Pavlik (9-1)

LP: Dave McKolosky

2B: KV: Tyler Garrone (2), J. P. Samay, Justin Colamario, Jake Shaffer, Preston Jones. W: Sam McDonald.

HR: KV: Shaffer, Garrone.

3-or-more hits: KV: Garrone (5 for 6), Pavlik (4 for 6), Shaffer (3 for 6).

Palomino Regional Tournament

(at Highfield Park, Butler)

Springdale 6, Youngstown 2

Youngstown 000-000-2 -- 2-4-3

Springdale 220-200-0 -- 6-7-1

WP: Jim Devine

3-or-more hits: S: J.R. Leonardi (3 for 4).

North Hills Federation League Colt


Deer Lakes 16, Ingomar 10

Freeport International Baseball Invitational


Apollo Legion 12, Maryland 7

Kentucky 3, Natrona Heights Palomino 0

Bluegrass, Ky. 12, Freeport Gators 0

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