WPIAL Baseball/Softball/Lacrosse Recaps From Wednesday, May 17th

Summaries From Quarterfinals Softball & Girls Lax and First Round Baseball
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Mother Natures continues to shine bright on the 2017 district diamond playoffs as Wednesday action brought the end of the First Round in Baseball and the start of Round Two in Softball and Girls Lacrosse. Here are recaps from the many games heard on another busy day on The Network.

A special thanks to Dennis Fischer, Bob Gregg, Paul Paterra, Nate Regotti, Mike Azadian, Rennie Detore, Bob Orkwis, Mark Schaas, Sean Meyers, Lou Rood, Chris Lackner, Kevin Zielmanski, Donny Chedrick, Kyle Dawson, Don Rebel and Sean Saputo for their help with these recaps. 

BASEBALL:

WPIAL CLASS 5-A First Round:

Franklin Regional Panthers 4 - Hampton Talbots 0  
The Franklin Regional Panthers defeated the Hampton Talbots in the first round of the WPIAL Class 5A baseball playoffs, 4-0, at Fox Chapel High School on Wednesday afternoon.  The #8 seed Panthers scored three runs in the first inning on singles by Will Constantine and Hunter Hughes, a double by Noah Weiner, on a strike out, and a groundout to build a lead that was never threatened.  Franklin Regional added a run in the fifth without the benefit of a hit as Hampton committed two errors that led to a runner scoring.  Winning pitcher Alex Frey surrendered just an infield single, that coming in the fourth inning, for the complete game shutout.  He walked three and struck out five.  Kevin Morgan was the losing pitcher, giving up three earned runs on seven hits over six innings, walking one and striking out one.  Franklin Regional (12-6) will meet #1 seed West Allegheny in the quarterfinals next week at a site, day, and time to be determined.  Hampton, the ninth seed, ended its season at 13-7.

Moon Tigers 5 - Gateway Gators 2
The Moon Tigers behind a solid effort from a senior pitcher win a first round WPIAL 5A first round playoff game at North Allegheny High School over the Gateway Gators 5-2. Moon would score first in the 2nd inning and never trail. Justine Junes singled, was sacrificed to 2nd and driven in with an RBI single by Ryan Osman. They would make it 5-0 in the 4th inning with 4 runs on 2 hits and 2 Gateway errors. Jake Farringer and Nick Maue both had RBI for the Tigers. Gateway would score single runs in the 5th and 6th innings, but would have their comeback stopped as their potential 3rd run was cut off at the plate by a fantastic play by Moon Centerfielder Anthony Fachet. His throw ended the 6th inning and the Gators hopes. Osman went the distance for Moon giving up 8 hits, striking out 2 with no walks to get the win. He also had two hits and an RBI.  Maue had two hits for Moon as well and they improve to 13-6-1 on the season and will face Mars in the quarterfinals next week. Gateway who had won 5 in a row to get into the playoffs ends their season at 9-10. Kris Dick and Marc Gaggiano each had two hits to lead the Gator offense. 

Montour Spartans 5 - Thomas Jefferson Jaguars 4
The Thomas Jefferson Jaguars jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, in the top of the first, when shortstop Luke Galioto scored on a wild pitch. However, from that point, Montour Spartans starting pitcher Trent Vietmeier settled in and the game later turned into a thrilling see-saw battle, that ended in favor of the Spartans 5-4. After trailing the first three innings, being limited to just two hits, the Spartans finally broke through on Jaguar starting pitcher Ian Logue in the fourth scoring two runs to take a 2-1 lead after four. Shortstop Anthony Tambellini drove in the first run with an RBI double and left fielder Sam Medvitz followed immediately after with an RBI single. The Spartans added a run in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead when Vietmeier singled in center fielder Cam Pies. To cut the deficit back to one, the Jaguars scored in the top of the sixth when Logue’s courtesy runner Zach Wagner scored from second base, on a wild pitch, on ball four to left fielder Garret Fairman. Montour took its two run lead right back in the bottom half of the sixth when Tambellini scored on an RBI single by Pies, making it 4-2. The Jaguars, looking for its first playoff win since 2013, had one last chance to stay alive and found a way against Spartans reliever Devin Dunn in the top of the seventh. After two quick outs, Dunn hit Jaguar second baseman Kevin Rehak and Galioto followed with an RBI double (2nd double of the game). First baseman Luke Warhola stepped in and on what was a routine ground ball, Tambellini lost it between his legs, scoring Galioto to tie the game at four. It was a quiet eight for the Jaguar offensively, while the Spartans managed to leave runners stranded on second and third. In the ninth, Jaguar catcher Bobby Kelley led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Warhola ripped a single to center, but Kelle leave runners stranded on second and third. In the ninth, Jaguar catcher Bobby Kelley led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Warhola ripped a single to center, but Kelley was gunned at the plate on a fantastic throw by Pies in center field, hitting his cutoff Vietmeier, who tossed it to his cousin, catch Logan Vietmeier, to apply the tag for the out. Trent Vietmeier led off the bottom of the ninth for the Spartans and was sacrificed to second and reached third on a groundout. Then, the bold decision made by the Jaguar coaching staff put the season on the ropes. With a 3-1 count and 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth, Jaguar head coach Kevin Gryboski elected to complete the at bat, giving Spartan third baseman Jaxon Schrenker, who was 1-for-4 on the night, the free base. The walk brought to the plate Tambellini, who was 3-for-3, with a double, two singles, a hit by pitch and two runs scored. The gamble didn’t pay off, as Tambellini blooped a single into right field, scoring Vietmeier from third, giving the Spartans the 5-4 win in nine innings. Devin Dunn picked up the victory after four innings of relief and John Stover was awarded the loss in relief for the Jaguars. With the victory, Montour moves into the WPIAL 5A Quarterfinals to face-off against Latrobe on Monday at 4:30pm at Hempfield. For the Jaguars, their season finished with an overall record of 11-9 and a third consecutive playoff loss, dating back to 2013. 

WPIAL CLASS 3-A First Round:

South Side Beaver Rams 4 - Waynesburg Raiders 1
South Side Beaver capitalized on Waynesburg's early mistakes to capture a 4-1 win in a pitcher's duel at Upper St. Clair's Boyce-Mayview Park. South Side (11-10) scored three runs in the top of the first inning without a hit, taking advantage of three Waynesburg (12-5) errors. Nate Statler reached base on a walk and advanced to third on a two-base past ball before Casey Jones struck out on a dropped third strike. The throw to first to retire Jones allowed Statler to score from third to give the Rams a lead they would never relinquish. Waynesburg then committed errors on each of the next three ensuing ground balls allowing two more runs to score and giving South Side a 3-0 lead after the first. The Raiders knocked on the door, but left Kyle Blasco stranded at third after his one-out triple in the second, and let two men stranded in scoring position in the third due to a base running error. South Side tacked on an insurance run in the fourth with a Jake Conti RBI single that scored Jake McDougal from second. Waynesburg finally got on the board in the seventh when Trey Rohanna stroked the first pitch he saw over the left field fence for a solo home run. Rams starting pitcher Casey Jones picked up the complete game win allowing one run on just three hits and struck out five. Hunter Robinson took the loss for the Raiders despite not allowing a hit until the fifth inning. Robinson pitched six innings giving up just three hits and struck out eight. South Side advances to face Brownsville in the quarterfinals on Monday. 

Ellwood City Wolverines 6 - Charleroi Cougars 2
A highly-touted pitching matchup was the headliner at the Burkett Complex in Robinson on Wednesday, as Josiah Fisher for Charleroi took on Tyler Good of Ellwood City. After setting the first six batters he faced down, Fisher ran into a bit of trouble, giving up two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, making up for Ellwood City’s six runs. On the mound, Good had seven assists and surrendered just three hits and two runs in 6.2 innings, while taking advantage of several base running errors by the Cougars and some solid defense behind him. Ellwood City stole a few handfuls of bases and took advnatge offensively of three Charleroi errors in the field en route to a 6-2 first-round win that matches the Wolverines up with the #2-seeded Steel Valley Ironmen in the quarterfinals, while Charleroi’s season comes to an end.

Shady Side Academy Indians 5 - Avonworth Antelopes 4
The #6/#11 first round matchup in Class 3A of the WPIAL Baseball playoffs pit the Avonworth Antelopes against the Shady Side Academy Indians on Wednesday afternoon at North Allegheny High School. Avonworth entered today losing their last 3 regular season games. Shady Side Academy had lost their last 2 regular season games entering today's opening round. The #11 Indians opened the ballgame as strong as a lower season can entering a playoff matchup. SSA batted around in the 1st inning scoring 5 runs on 5 hits. Singles by Ben Kosbie, Luke Keenan, Billy Frohlich, and Heath Newman with a double sprinkled in by Michael George propelled the Indians to an offensive outburst in the very first frame. That was just about all the offense they needed with the senior captain starting pitcher Nick Tarasi taking the mound in the team's most important game this year to date. Tarasi was a bulldog on the mound for Shady Side Academy. He went 5+ innings, striking out only 3, walking 3, and surrendering 4 hits. With Nick Tarasi out of the game in the 6th inning, Avonworth began to claw back into the ballgame. Patrick Gannon led the 6th inning off with a walk. Followed a hits by Jacob Gustic, Matt Cubellis, and pitcher Nathan Slenska with Timmy Stewart being hit by a pitch put the Antelopes in business to stage an exciting comeback. It was not to be though, as center fielder-turned-pitcher Billy Frohlich shut the door on Avonworth in the 7th to lock down the upset for SSA. Avonworth's nice season ends with an overall record of 10-5. The Indians now take some momentum into the second round as they move on to take on Mount Pleasant in the 3A WPIAL Baseball quarterfinals. That game will take place on Monday May 22 at Hempfield High School at 2 P.M. 

WPIAL CLASS 1-A First Round:

Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions 10 - Quigley Catholic Spartans 2
#8 seeded Greensburg Central Catholic defeated #9 Quigley 10-2 in WPIAL 1A first round playoff action at Boyce-Mayview Park in Upper St. Clair on Wednesday.  GCC pitcher Neil McDermott handcuffed Quigley for most of the game allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits while recording 15 strikeouts out of 21 total outs in the game.  The 3rd inning was the only blip on McDermott’s radar as the Spartans garnered their 4 hits and 2 runs in the inning as the senior hurler set them down 1-2-3 in every other inning.  McDermott struck out the side in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th innings and had two K’s in the 6th and 7th.  The Seton Hill recruit also led the charge offensively going 3-3 with 3 RBI and his courtesy runner Josh Nelson scored 3 runs in the game.   Ethan Bailey, Antonio Cavallo, and Bryce Kurpiel also added 3 hits apiece and Nicholas Ruggeri and Jason Hoover added 2 each for the Centurions as they pounded out 17 hits for the game.  GCC scored 2 in the 1st, 1 in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 3 in the 5th, 2 in the 6th to seal the victory.  With the loss Quigley will finish with a 9-6 record overall.  The win ups the Centurions to 10-4 and sends GCC into the quarter finals and a matchup with #1 seed, and defending state champion Vincentian, on Monday, May 22 at a time and place to be determined. 

Jeannette Jayhawks 4 - Western Beaver Golden Beavers 3
Entering Wednesday’s Class 1A first round matchup between the Jayhawks and Golden Beavers, both teams had won a game and were feeling good. Western Beaver scored first with two, first-inning runs off the bat of pitcher Jeddy Young with two outs. Young pitched extremely well through four innings, but faltered in the fifth, after the Golden Beavers added a fifth-inning run to make it 3-0. Jeannette scored three in the bottom of the fifth, on a base hit by Michael Pompei and a two-run single by Tyler Elliott. It would take extras to find a winner, as Jeannette stranded the bases loaded in the seventh, before an infield single from Pompei with the bases full of Jayhawks in the bottom of the eighth ended it as Eric Hall scored to send the Jayhawks to the quarterfinals. Tre Cunningham, who worked three scoreless innings in relief, was the winning pitcher while Nate Hepler took the loss. Western Beaver finishes 6-12 while Jeannette moves on to play #2 Eden Christian in the quarterfinals Monday. 

Union Scotties 3 - Monessen Greyhounds 2 in 10 Innings
The best way to describe this first round matchup in Class 1A is by using the word youthful. Not a single senior played for either team, as the Scotties outlasted the Greyhounds in 10 innings in an epic affair. Union struck first with a run in the bottom of the third inning on a ground out by starting pitcher Matt Castello, who also scored the game’s tying run in the bottom of the tenth after tossing seven strong innings on the bump for Union. Monessen got its only regulation tally in the fourth in response of that third inning run. After a leadoff double by Antonio Rhome, a wild pitch scored him, tying the game at 1. The teams would pitch their way through jams and put up zeroes all the way until the tenth inning when Nick Baker singled in the go-ahead run for Monessen. Just as it thought it was in the clear, Baker issued a leadoff walk to Castello in the bottom half, before a sacrifice moved him to second, a walk put runners on first and second, and eventually Brayden Porter’s sacrifice fly tied the game. Then Evan Pinkerton put the ball in play back towards the pitcher Baker. Coming towards the line at first base, Baker bobbled the ball and threw it high of the first baseman, allowing the winning run to score and Pinkerton to reach. The final was 3-2 in 10 innings as the Scotties move on to the 1A quarterfinals and the Greyhounds head home. Union matches up with #3 Rochester Monday on MSA.
 


SOFTBALL:

WPIAL CLASS 6-A Quarterfinals:

Hempfield Spartans 3 - North Hills Indians 2
It appeared there would be a major upset in the Class 6A softball quarterfinals.
It looked as if Hempfield's 34-game winning streak was coming to an end and the top-seeded Spartans would not get a chance to win another WPIAL and PIAA title. Looks can be deceiving and a two-run bottom of the sixth inning saw The Spartans overcome a 2-1 deficit to defeat No. 9 seed North Hills 3-2 in a quarterfinal contest played at Gateway High School. Back-to-back doubles by Stacey Walling and Autumn Beasley with two out accounted for the run that put the Spartans on top for the first time. Notre Dame recruit Morgan Ryan took care of the rest on the mound. North Hills took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, notching the first two runs scored against Hempfield all month. With one out, Madison Postervivo doubled, after Aidan Harrison was plunked with a pitch, Mekenzie Saban and Megan Hitchan collected RBI singles. Hempfield (21-0) got a run in the bottom of the fourth to slice the lead in half. Ryan walked and courtesy runner Peyton Ryan scored from first on a double by Madison Stoner. North Hills (11-10) had chances to put more runs on the board. The Indians got the leadoff runner on base each of the last three innings. Posterivo led off the fifth with a triple, but was stranded there when Morgan Ryan sandwiched three strikeouts around an intentional walk. The strikeouts were three of the 13 Ryan amassed. Kallie Kretzkler led off the sixth with a single for the Indians, but was erased on a neatly turned 4-6-3 double play from Jenna Osikowicz to Ali Belgiovane to Walling. Maddie Traub led off the seventh with a single for the Indians, but another double play followed when Posterivo hit a liner that was snagged by Ryan, who threw to first to complete the twin killing. Ryan struck out Harrison to end the game. The Spartans other run came in the top of the sixth due to some base-running exploits. Osikowcz reached base on an error and went to third on a Morgan Ryan single. With runners on first and third, courtesy runner Peyton Ryan took off for second on a delayed steal. The throw to second allowed Osikowicz to score. Stoner had two hits for the Spartans. Posterivo and Saban had two hits each for the Indians, who had seven hits.
Hitchan allowed just five hits in taking the loss for North Hills.
North Hills 002 000 0 - 2-7-1
Hempfield 000 102 x - 3-5-0 

North Allegheny Tigers 4 - Canon-McMillan Big Macs 2  
Kristen Chomos crushed a two-run home run with two out in the seventh, leading North Allegheny to a 4-2 win over Canon-McMillan.  Chomos was 0-3 entering the decisive at-bat and drilled the first pitch she saw down the line, just inside the left-field foul pole, snapping a 2-2 tie.  The two teams combined for just one hit through the first four innings before the Tigers (13-7) plated two runs in the top of the fifth.  Brooke Serbin singled with one out and moved to second when Mary Khoury was hit by a pitch.  Shannon Hamm's perfectly placed bunt single loaded the bases.  After a pop-out in the infield, Rachel Martindale walked, forcing in Serbin.  Khoury's courtesy runner, Ashley Borg, then scored on a wild pitch.  Canon-McMillan (10-5) tied it in the bottom of the inning.  Katelyn Greaves doubled and gave way to a pinch-runner, Bailey Nickles.  one out later, Makenzie Hollie was hit by a pitch and Ashley Buggey followed with a bunt single to load bases.  Erica Haught singled sharply to center, driving in a pair.  But the Big Macs could not add one, twice hitting soft grounders to first to end the inning.  Serbin got the win, the Tigers' third straight on Canon-McMillan in the WPIAL quarterfinals.  The right-hander allowed two runs on six hits and hit one batter.  She did not record a strike out and did not walk a batter.  Abi Michelucci took the loss, allowing four runs, all earned, on five hits, walking five and hitting one batter.  The CM junior struck out six.

Baldwin Highlanders 6 - Shaler Titans 1  
Strong pitching and explosive hitting allowed Baldwin to advance to the semis for the third straight year. Shaler led 1-0 in the first when Lindsey Lakatos doubled to right to score Lauren Miller. Baldwin answered in a big way in the bottom half as with two outs Samantha Wampler drove a three run home to left center field. The Carlow recruit was not done as she bombed a solo shot to the same part of the  field for a 4-1 lead. Baldwin plated two more runs in the fifth on singles by Addie Tagg and Carly Santillo.  Tagg did the job in the circle, allowing just four hits and striking out five for the win. Wampler had three hits, George Mason committ Taylor Dadig, Santillo and Katie Knezevich all had two hits. Baldwin is now 13-3 overall and will meet Latrobe in the semi finals. Lakatos, a Gannon recruit, was 2 for 3 for Shaler, who ends the season at 11-8.

Latrobe Wildcats 3 - Seneca Valley Raiders 0
The Wildcats went into Wednesday feeling an upset and after 7 hard-fought innings against the 3-seeded Seneca Valley Raiders, Latrobe was en route to the WPIAL Class 6-A softball semifinals after a 3-0 win at Gateway. It took until the third inning when Latrobe sent eight batters to the plate and crossed two runs on four hits in the inning. Karley Kovatch and Meredith Carr had RBIs in the frame, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. The next Latrobe run would come an inning later, as Makayla Munchinski doubled in Reagan McCracken to make it 3-0, where the score would stay. Meredith Carr carried her weight at the plate as well being more impressive in the pitcher's circle. Carr tossed a complete game shut-out while allowing three hits, 2 walks, hitting a batter and striking out five Raiders. Karli Hacker was on base twice for Seneca Valley - one via a hit by pitch, another from a double that was also the first Raider hit coming in the fourth inning. #6 Latrobe moves on and will play Baldwin next - a rematch from last year's Class 4-A semifinal that Baldwin won. 

WPIAL CLASS 4-A Quarterfinals:

Ambridge Bridgers 6 - South Fayette Lions 3  
The Bridgers were able to get an early lead and made it stand up at West Allegheny. Senior Brooklyn Kotula allowed only five hits and struck out six to get the win, she retired the last five batters to take the Bridgers to 12-3. Ambridge took advantage of an error for a 1-0 lead in the first, the Bridgers added three in the third. The key hit was a two run double by freshman Haylee Holman. Kotula helped the offense with a two run single and a 6-0 lead through four. Ally Bupp and Kim Kuzma each had two hits for Ambridge. South Fayette got a run on a sac fly from James Madison recruit Sara Jubas in the fifth and run scoring singles by Lauren Bernett and Mia Ely in the sixth. Ely finished 2 for 3 on the day. Claire Previte took the loss for the Lions, who finish at 12-8.

Belle Vernon Leopards 4 - Central Valley Warriors 0  
It was just another day at the office for junior sensation Bailey Parshall of Belle Vernon as she threw a three-hit shutout as Belle Vernon eliminated Central Valley 4-0 Wednesday afternoon at Baldwin High School in a Class 4-A Quarterfinals contest. The Leopards scored all they would need in the first inning on back-to-back two out RBI doubles by Kourtney Gavatorta and Mekenzie Sokol. Kaitlyn Carr's run scoring single scored Jordan French in the 4th inning, then the final run was plated in the 5th inning when Gavatorta singled home courtesy runner Lindsey Steeber. In fact, all four BVA runs were driven home against Central Valley starter Jordan Uhing with two outs. Parshall had a perfect game through 4 innings before an error on the second baseman gave the Warriors their first runner in the 5th. Central Valley was able to get two runners on board in the 6th and 7th on singles by Carlie Smith, Leah Treemarchi and Leigha Knox, along with a rare walk to Tomasina Sciaretta with two out in the 7th, but the shutout was preserved as the left hander struck out 13. Central Valley's season ends with a mark of 11-6 while Belle Vernon heads to the 4-A Semifinals where they will face #3-seed and 2016 champion Mount Pleasant on Tuesday. The Leopards are now 17-1 and have won nine straight.

Mount Pleasant Vikings 3 - Elizabeth Forward Warriors 1  
Riding high from an impressive upset first-round victory over Beaver, Elizabeth Forward had momentum and confidence heading into its quarterfinal round matchup against the defending WPIAL champs and three-seeded Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday night at Lilley Field at California Pa. University. But Mt. Pleasant proved too much for Elizabeth Forward and held on for a 3-1 victory to advance to the semifinals against No.2 Belle Vernon next week at a site and time to be determined. The Vikings (12-2) jumped on Warriors' starting pitcher Lauren Mathews in the first inning for three runs, a total that ultimately would hold up as enough to win. Matthews started the game in the top of the first with a strikeout of Christiana Czegan, but surrendered a double to Adaline Kubasky, followed by a run scoring single from Ava Gnibus. Gnibus and Chloe Poulich would then score on a two run single by Autumn Shogun with two outs on a single that was dropped in just over the head of Warriors' first baseman Lexi Argyros. That three-run lead was protected quite well by Vikings' starting pitcher Meadow Uncapher, who pitched four scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits and striking out two, without issuing one free pass. Leading 3-0 after four inning, Mt. Pleasant head coach Lauren Shaheen opted to take Uncapher out of the game and replace her with Caroline Alincic, a questionable call given that Uncapher had, to that point, dominated the Elizabeth Forward lineup. The more had nothing to do it's Alincic, who arguably was the best pitcher for the Vikings all season, with an ERA under 1 and 58 strikeouts in the regular season. But Uncapher was dealing, and seemed well in control of this game. That decision looked as though it could have proved costly for Shaheen and Mt. Pleasant in the sixth and seventh inning as Elizabeth Forward scored a run in the top of the sixth on an RBI double by Jessica Cartia as Cassady Kern, who drew a walk, scored to cut the lead to two for the Warriors. But Alincic recorded three straight outs to strand Cartia at second, including two strikeouts. Alincic found herself in trouble again in the top of the seventh. After the Warriors' Lexi Argyros grounded out, Alincic gave up back to back singles to Lindsay Crovak and Lauren Matthews, but again was able to work out of a jam and get consecutive pop outs to end the Elizabeth Forward threat. Shaheen said the move to switch from Uncapher to Alincic had to do with what she called Elizabeth Forward doing a better job of "timing" the pitcher of Uncapher, promoting the change on the mound. Elizabeth Forward (9-12) got a solid effort from Matthews, who struck out five and gave up seven hits in a complete game. After giving up those three, first-inning runs, Matthews gave up just three hits over the next six innings.

WPIAL CLASS 3-A Quarterfinals:

Southmoreland Scotties 8 - South Allegheny Gladiators 3
Southmoreland overcame an early deficit on Wednesday, as the Scotties notched an 8-3 win against South Allegheny in the Class 3A Quarterfinals at Lilley Field at California University of Pennsylvania. Southmoreland collected 14 hits, with leadoff hitter Olivia Porter contributing four of them, including a pair of doubles and a triple. Porter helped spark a three-run third inning in which fourth-seeded Southmoreland took the lead, and never relinquished it. The No. 4 Gladiators struck first in the opening inning, when Mikala Swearingen lead off the game with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. South Allegheny extended its lead in the second frame, with Madison Kirkwood drew a walk and later came home on a groundout by Sydney Kirkwood. That lead was short lived, though, as Porter tripled to start the bottom of the third, Bethany Bunner singled and Katie Troisi-Clark also singled. After two more Scotties singles, Charity Henderson grounded out to put the Scotties ahead 3-2. Adeline Nicholson extended the Southmoreland lead in the fifth stanza, when she led off with a home run to left field. McKenna Myers singled later in the inning, and scored on a Faith Miller single. After South Allegheny scored in the top of the sixth to trim its deficit to 5-3, the Scotties sealed the outcome by scoring three runs in the bottom of the frame, keyed by four consecutive hits. Troisi-Clark earned the win in the circle for Southmoreland, surrendering seven hits but also walking eight, while South Allegheny’s Sara Pribanic took the loss. With the win, the Scotties advance to the semifinals, where they will face Ellwood City next week. 


GIRLS LACROSSE:

WPIAL CLASS 3-A Quarterfinals:

Mount Lebanon Blue Devils 14 - Bethel Park Black Hawks 8
Mount Lebanon displayed a diverse offensive arsenal that included cuts, change of pace, and quick passing combinations to defeat Bethel Park 14 - 8 in a WPIAL Girls 3A Quarterfinal match at Mount Lebanon High School. Having lost two previous matches to the Blue Devils this season by a combined score of 30-8, the #10 seeded Blackhawks faced a daunting task on the home field of the #2 seed in 3A Girls Lacrosse. The match started well for Bethel Park as Senior Attack Jenny Gavett scored her first of four goals just 56 seconds into the first half. Giving up the first goal didn't faze the Blue Devils as they scored the next four goals of the match with relative ease, precisely executing their offensive sets. Bethel Park Coach Becky Luzier called a timeout after the fourth goal scored by Mount Lebanon and whatever adjustment she made seemed to work briefly as her players closed the deficit to two at 5-3.  However, another four goal run saw the Blue Devils push the lead to 9-3 at halftime. The two sides traded goals in the second half as Gavett scored the final two goals of the match to close the gap. Leading the offensive attack for the Blue Devils was Senior Attack Kate Sramac who tallied 3 goals and 3 assists and Junior Attack Cora Broadhurst who scored 5 goals. Maddie Reisinger, Ally Klaber, & Lexi Gibbons all scored twice. Mount Lebanon advances to play Pine-Richland in the Semifinas next Monday at site to be determined.
Bethel Park          3 - 5 = 8
Mount Lebanon   9 - 5 = 14

Pine-Richland Rams 10 - Peters Township Indians 8
The3rd seeded Rams outscored the Indians 6-3 in the second half of this WPIAL Girls 3-A Quarterfinal match at Mt. Lebanon Stadium to post a 10-8 victory and with the win Pine-Richland returns to the semifinals for the second consecutive season. The Rams, who had a first round bye, scored the first goal of the game when Gillian Brachocki found the back of the net. Peters Township had the answer scoring the next 4 goals to take a 4-1 lead. Senior attacks Kennedy King and Alyssa Ference each scored two goals in the run for the Indians. After Pine-Richland battled back to tie the game a 4-4, Ference netted the hat trick with: 17 left in the first half to give Peters Township a 5-4 lead. But Penn State bound junior attack Marina Miller and Slippery Rock recruit Caitlyn Byerly heated up for the Rams in the second half. Miller scored 3 times to finish with four goals and also added an assist while Byerly notched her third goal of the game and added three second half helpers to help the Rams improve to (14-4) on the season. Sophomore goalie Abbie Levier made several key saves in the second half to pick up the win for Pine-Richland. The loss ends Peters Township year at (16-4).  Pine-Richland gets a rematch with Mt. Lebanon on Monday night. The two schools met on April 19th with the Blue Devils coming away with a 12-10 win. The Rams and second seeded Mt. Lebanon will meet at a site and time to be determined.

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