WPIAL Softball/Lacrosse Recaps From Thursday, May 18th

Summaries From Quarterfinals Softball & Boys Lacrosse
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A week of district softball playoffs almost made it through the first two rounds without an interruption from Mother Nature...almost. Twelve Quarterfinals contests were slated for Thursday and eleven were completed with one Class 5-A Second Round game suspended until Monday. Here are summaries from the softball and boys lacrosse Quarterfinals games as heard here on The Network.

A special thanks to Nate Regotti, Rennie Detore, Bob Gregg, Bobby Fox, James Dotson, Justin McCauley, Sean Saputo, Jason Tennant, Don Rebel, Bob Orkwis, Donny Chedrick and Kevin Zielmanski for their help on these recaps.

SOFTBALL:

WPIAL CLASS 5-A Quarterfinals:

West Allegheny Indians 7 - Plum Mustangs 0
West Allegheny tamed the bats of the red-hot Plum Mustangs to win and advance with a 7-0 victory tonight at North Allegheny High School. Plum winners of nine out of the last ten couldn’t figure out West Allegheny pitcher Ashley Seamon. West Allegheny who lost their perfect season in the regular season finale played their first game since losing some ten days later. If there is supposed to be rust on the bats of the Indians they shoke it quickly putting a three run first inning in the books and never looked by. West Allegheny will play Montour on May 23rd. 

Montour Spartans 7 - Connellsville Falcons 3
The first-round bye proved to be unfriendly to the higher seeds at California University (PA) Thursday, as the fourth-seeded Connellsville Falcons fell to the fifth-seeded Montour Spartans 7-3. The Spartans didn’t lose a step after its 10-3 victory over Kiski Area on Tuesday, as it put up a four spot on the Falcons right out of the gate. After a one out single and hit batter, Spartan designated player, Sarah Wilcop, notched a double, scoring both second baseman Hannah Gallagher and Lindsey Penz to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead. Catcher Leah Vith followed Wilcop and crushed a two-run home-run to left field, to extend the lead to 4-0. The Falcons cut the lead to 4-1 in the second inning when designated player Kylee Hoover drew a bases loaded, RBI walk, with no outs. However, despite bases loaded, still with no outs, the next two Falcon batters grounded into fielder’s choices with the force outs happening at home plate. Starting catcher Francesca Stefano popped out to end the inning and the bases were left loaded with Falcons. Things settled down, until the fifth inning, when the Spartans added two more runs to make its lead 6-1. Vith drove in shortstop Brittney Seibert with an RBI groundout and center fielder Elaina Huntley followed with an RBI single, scoring Penz. Connellsvile cut the lead in half to 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth on RBI singles by center fielder Josey Moorhead and third baseman Lexi Fada. Montour added one more for good measure in the seventh inning when Vith drove in her fourth run of the game on an RBI groundout, making the score 7-3, which ultimately was the final. Alyssa Bortis picked up the win on the mound for the Spartans, allowing three runs, all earned on seven hits, while walking four over seven innings. Mia Burd received the loss for the Falcons, allowing seven runs, all earned on eleven hits, striking out six and walking three, also throwing a complete game. Connellsville’s season comes to a close with a final overall record of 11-6. For Montour, it moves on to the WPIAL Class 5A semi-finals to face West Allegheny on Tuesday, May 23, at a site and time to be determined. The semi-final matchup marks the first time Montour has reached the semi-finals since its WPIAL championship season in 2012. 

Albert Gallatin Colonials 9 - Penn-Trafford Warriors 5
After a four-run 1st inning, things looked good for the #2 Penn Trafford Warriors, but their opponents wouldn't go quietly. The Colonials of Albert Gallatin would scratch two runs across in the 2nd to get back into the game. Then the power would surely shift to the AG side. Maddie Flowers connected on a solo home run to make the deficit just one. One inning later, starting pitcher Madison Hershberger would help her own cause in a big way by sending a two-run shot over the right field fence giving the Colonials their first lead. PT would come right back and tie it in the same frame at 5 until the Colonials got another shot and made it count. AG sent all nine to the plate in the 6th and scored four times to put the game on ice. The #2 Warriors went down quietly the rest of the way and Albert Gallatin was en route to the Class 5-A semifinals as a 7 seed.

#3 Moon Tigers (11-4) vs #6 Franklin Regional Panthers (14-5) AT West Allegheny High School on Monday, May 22nd at 4:00pm  (Game Suspended in 4th Inning With Moon Leading 2-0)
The start of the WPIAL Class 5A softball quarterfinal game between Moon and Franklin Regional was delayed 80 minutes. The 6:00 nightcap at West Allegheny High School was delayed due to the first game of the evening (a Chartiers-Houston 7-6 victory over Mohawk) incurring a 45 minute lightning delay and then going nine innings. Moon jumped early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a grounder by Alyssa Sisko and a sacrifice fly by Lauren Protch. Now pitching with a lead, Protch began to get into a groove, striking out four consecutive Panther batters at one point. The game was postponed due to darkness after three full innings played at 8:18. The Tigers and Panthers will resume play, tentatively, at 4:00 on Monday.

WPIAL CLASS 2-A Quarterfinals:

South Side Beaver Rams 9 - Serra Catholic Eagles 0
The South Side Beaver bats come alive in quarterfinal action with a 9-0 win over Serra Catholic. Southside were looking for a quick start and that is what they got with a five run first inning. The Rams didn’t look back scored four more runs over the next two innings before a twenty-minute rain delayed stopped everything in the fifth inning. Once the game came back McKenna Smith didn’t miss a beat and finished the game with 14 strikeouts shutting down the bats of the Eagles. Smith has 29 total strikeouts in two playoff games. South Side plays next on May 23rd against Charties-Houston. 

Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers 7 - Mohawk Warriors 6
Kaci Alderson walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth gave Chartiers-Houston a 7-6 win over Mohawk and a berth in the WPIAL Softball Semifinals.  Two innings earlier, the freshman shortstop had committed an error that allowed the tying run to score, sending the game to extra innings.  Chartiers-Houston (16-3) built a 5-0, thanks to a couple long balls--a three-run shot by Kasey Scears in the third and Lauren Lober's two-run blast in the fourth.  Maddie Shiderly's three-run home run in the Mohawk fifth got the Warriors on the board in the fifth.  Courtney Upham led off the Warriors' sixth inning with a double and score on a pair of groundouts.  The Bucs got that run back in the bottom of the frame when Brittney Blumen singled up the middle, scoring Jessica Ford.  Down by two runs, Mohawk (13-4) got a leadoff single from Tristan Voss, the sixth straight inning a Warriors' batter opened the inning with a basehit.  Natalie Grimm ran for the Mohawk pitcher.  One out later, Trinity Voss singled, putting runners on the corners.  Upham's groundout drove in Grimm and moved Trinity Voss to second.  Amber Izzo's grounder to short was misplayed with Voss crossing in front of Alderson without making contact.  With the ball laying behind the shortstop, Voss came all the way home to tie the game.  Chartiers-Houston had opportunities to win it in the seventh and eighth innings but Voss shut the door.  Mohawk did not have a base-runner in the extra innings.  In the bottom of the ninth, after going 0-for-4 in regulation, Alderson blasted a 2-2 pitch well over the left field fence and quickly circled the bases.  Kaitlyn Dittrich got the win, allowing six runs (5 earned) on 10 hits, two walks and a hit batter over nine innings.  The right-hander struck out six in the win.  Tristan Voss took the loss, charged with seven runs, all earned on 11 hits, two walks and three strikeouts.  Kayla Alderson had three hits for CHHS, Ford had a double and a single.  Upham had two bunts singles ahead of her double for Mohawk.  Tristan Voss singled twice along with Alyssa Young.  The game was halted for 52 minutes in the top of the second due to lightning in the area. Chartiers-Houston advances to the WPIAL semifinals for the third straight year and the seventh time in the last 8 seasons, reaching the finals five times in the last six trips to the semis. 

Frazier Commodores 7 - Laurel Spartans 6 
The skies above Peterswood Park turned from sunshine to dark clouds and lightning, symbolic of how this game unfolded for Laurel in their WPIAL Class 2-A quarterfinals matchup against Frazier that saw the Commodores score a 7-3 victory on Thursday night to advance to the semifinals. Laurel jumped all over Frazier starting pitcher Logan Hartman, tagging her for three first-inning runs, while Hartman's mound mat, Laurel starter Maddie Boyd handcuffed the talented Frazier lineup and held them scoreless through the first three innings. Hartman looked out of sync, a stark contrast to how she pitched in Frazier's first round thumping of Greensburg Central Catholic, a 15-0 victory that saw Hartman strike out nine and give up one hit. Boyd worked efficiently and gave up just one hit and one walk in the first three innings. Then, the game came to a screeching halt thanks to a lightning delay in the fourth inning and put a stop to any momentum the Spartans had. The game resumed in the top of the fourth inning, and the Laurel bats went quiet, while conversely Frazier scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull within one, thanks to back to back singles by Kayla Matway and Emi Curcio, the latter scoring Matway with Curcio scoring on a ground out by Juliann Johnson. The Commodores (16-2) rode that fourth-inning momentum and scored four runs off Boyd in the bottom of the fifth. Boyd was a completely different pitcher before and after the lightning delay as she was out of sorts and consistently missed her spots. When she did throw strikes, Frazier pummeled pitch after pitch, and that four spot in the bottom of the fifth was keyed by a leadoff single by Savannah Berklovich, followed by an RBI triple from Kathryn Barch that tied the game. Hartman helped her own cause with an RBI double that scored Barch, and Hartman would score on a Matway ground out that put Frazier ahead 5-3. The sixth running for Frazier and fourth of the bottom of the fifth inning came when Lauren Mastowski crushed a triple to left field, scoring Curcio, who singled before her. Frazier added its seventh run in the bottom of the sixth after Berklovich led off the inning with a triple, and scored on a perfect bunt by Barch. As Boyd struggled in innings fourth, five and six, Hartman composed herself after that three-run first and retired at one point 10 straight Spartans' batters through innings two through six. Hartman finished with five strikeouts and went the distance, although Laurel wouldn't go away quietly with a three-run top of the seventh, but ultimately the Spartans rally fell short. Brooke Atkins was 2 for 4 for the Spartans, including a two-run home run in the first inning off Hartman. Atkins was the only Spartan player to notch more than one hit against Hartman. Laurel finishes the season 11-5, while Frazier will play in the semifinals against Shenango, a 4-2 winner over Seton-LaSalle on Tuesday at Hampton High School.

WPIAL CLASS 1-A Quarterfinals:

West Greene Pioneers 17 - Bishop Canevin Crusaders 0  
The West Greene Pioneers needed only two innings at the plate to rack up 17 runs, advancing to the WPIAL Semifinals, 17-0 over Bishop Canevin.  The Crusaders seemed to have something going at the start of the game with two on and nobody out, but when Taylor Lokaitis grounded hard down the third base line to Madison Lampe, who completed a third-to-first double play, it was all Pioneers from that point on.  Alena Losego grounded out to third the next at bat to end the inning and then the West Greene parade at home plate began.  The Pioneers sent 15 to the plate in the first inning, scoring 10 runs on 6 hits including an RBI single from Madison Renner, a 2-run double by Madison Lampe, a 3-run bases-clearing double by Linzee Stover, and then there was Kaitlyn Rizor's first inning...Her first time up she smashed a 2-run homerun over the left field fence, and her second time up was a 2-run double.  That's 6 total bases, 4 RBIs, plus a run scored for Rizor, all in one inning!  Eight different Pioneers scored in the inning and both Madison Lampe and Haleigh Thomas (running for Madison Renner) scored twice! Trailing 10-0 after 1, Bishop Canevin did threaten in the second inning with a lead-of walk and back-to-back singles by Kasey Kaczorowski and Tamara Blue, but Jade Renner struck out the next three in a row to retire the side.  In the bottom of the second, the Pioneers went to work again, this time sending 12 batters to the plate, the Pioneers scored 7 more runs on 5 hits.  Bishop Canevin went down in order in the top of the third to end the game after just two-and-a-half innings. Jade Renner got the win, striking out 4 and walking 1 while Losego took the loss.  She struck out one and in addition to giving up the 11 hits, she walked 5 and hit 3 batters. West Greene will move on to face Leechburg in the Semifinals.

Carmichaels Mighty Mikes 12 - St. Joseph Spartans 0  
Carmichaels took advantage of early mistakes to knock of St. Joseph's 12-0 in five innings in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class A playoffs at Peterswood Park. St. Joe's (10-5) committed two errors in the first two batters before Carmichaels (16-5) strung together four hits to take a 4-0 lead. The Mikes added two more in the opening frame when Maddie Ewart scored from second on a throwing error and Megan Walker singled home Shelbee McCann to take a 6-0 lead after the first inning of play. Carmichaels added six more in third highlighted by a two RBI double by Walker. Freshman pitcher Kylie Sinn picked up the shutout win for the Mikes giving up just three hits, striking out two and did not walk a batter. Anna Swierczewski took the loss for St. Joe's, giving up 12 runs, but only four were earned. Walker finished 2-3 with 3 RBI. Both Ewart and teammate Katilyn Wilson went 2-3 with 2 RBI for Carmichaels. Jules Nichols was 2-2 at the plate for St. Joe's.

The second-seeded Mighty Mikes cruised into the semifinals of the WPIAL Class A softball tournament with a 12-0 win over St. Joseph on Thursday at Peterswood Park. With the victory, Carmichaels (16-5) advanced to face fellow Section 2, 1-A member Monessen in the semifinals on Tuesday, May 23. After freshman pitcher Kylie Sinn retired the Spartans (10-5) in order in the top of the first, the Mikes used four hits and three St. Joseph errors to take a 6-0 lead. After both teams failed to score in the second, Carmichaels tacked on six more in the third to jump out to a 12-0 lead. The Mikes allowed just three singles in the victory, two of which came from second baseman Juliana Nichols in two at-bats. All nine Carmichaels hitters in the starting lineup reached base at least once and eight of them scored at least one run each. Four members of the victorious team scored twice on the day. Sinn struck out two and didn’t’ walk a batter over the five-inning complete game. The loss ended a historic playoff run for St. Joseph. It was the school’s first trip to the postseason in the 30-plus-year existence of the program. Carmichaels is 2-0 against Monessen this year, beating the Greyhounds by the final scores of 7-2 and 6-0.

Monessen Greyhounds 19 - Sewickley Academy Panthers 3  
There was a 40 minute lightning delay in the second inning of the WPIAL Class 1-A Quarterfinals game between #3 Sewickley Academy and #6 Monessen, however break did not slow down the thunder the Greyhounds offense was displaying. Monessen scored four in the first, then when Sewickley Academy pulled to within one run in the bottom of the inning, the Hounds went off with 5 runs in the 2nd, 5 more in the 4th and 4 in the fifth to win and advance in five innings. A day after driving in 8 runs in an 11-0 whitewash of Riverview, Maddy Telegraphis was 4 for 5 with 5 more RBI. But that took a a backseat to Kelsey Bachinski, who had 3 hits and 7 RBI. Maddy Guzzie had 2 hits and 2 RBI, Destiny Hebeck had 2 hits and 3 runs scored and Dana Vatakis was 1 for 1 with four walks and four runs scored. Even #9 hitter Janay Evans had a hit and 3 runs scored. Robert Morris recruit Vatakis struggled in the circle with three walks and a hit batter in the first inning, but then did not allow a run and gave up only two more hits the final 5 innings. Section 1 champion Sewickley Academy finishes with a 13-3 record and will lose only one starter to graduation with five sophomores and two freshmen in the starting lineup. Monessen improves to 15-5 and will advance to the Final Four for the second straight year as they will face Section 2 rival Carmichaels in the Semifinals on Tuesday.


BOYS LACROSSE:

Peters Township Indians 11 - Pine-Richland Rams 10
Trailing 5-2 for nearly 6 minutes in the second quarter, Peters Township Junior Defender Nick Phelps scored his only goal of the match at the 10:17 mark to give the Indians a little momentum going into halftime. Credit Coach Michael Kaplan, his staff, and the players for whatever was discussed during the break because the adjustments made sparked a four goal outburst in the first 6:31 of the third quarter to give the #7 seeded Indians the 7-5 lead over the #2 seeded Pine-Richland Rams, a lead they would never relinquish as the Indians upset the the Rams on their home field to advance to the 3A Boys semifinals. Besides the aforementioned goal, Phelps had the biggest impact on this match in the face-off circle where he won most of the first half draws against Pine-Richland Junior Jake Freedlander who earned All-American status last season with a 80% face-off winning percentage, and he entered this match with a 76% success rate. Phelps clearly flustered Freedlander but Freedlander regained his face-off prowess in the second half which allowed the Rams to reduce a three goal lead by the Indians to only one goal in the last minute. With the Rams trailing 11-10, he won a draw that gave the Rams another possession and an opportunity to tie the game, but good defense created a ground ball and it was Phelps that scooped up the ground ball and flung it up the field as the clock expired. Junior Midfielder Tanner Scott tallied a hat trick to lead the offensive attack for the Indians while eight other teammates scored one goal in a very balanced attack. Peters Township will play Shady Side Academy in the semifinals next Tuesday at a site and time to be determined. Peters Township joins three other Section 1 rivals in the semifinals as Mount Lebanon will play Upper St. Clair in the other semifinal matchup.
Peters Township  1-2-6-2 = 11
Pine Richland       1-4-2-3 = 10

Shady Side Academy Indians 12 - Seneca Valley Raiders 11
Clayton Krol’s 5th goal of the game with 3.7 remaining in regulation gave the Indians their only lead of the game but it was enough to push Shady Side Academy past Seneca Valley 12-11 and give the Indians a berth in the WPIAL Boys Lacrosse Semifinals for the 6th consecutive season. Krol’s last second heroics weren’t limited to the game winning goal as the Highpoint (N.C.) bound senior tied the game at 11-11 for Shady Side with a man up goal with :23 remaining which marked the 6th time the match was even. Krol’s late burst spoiled a great game from Seneca Valley’s senior midfielder Daniel Rupert. The Seton Hill recruit scored his 6th goal of the game to give the Raiders an 11-10 lead at the 6:42 mark of the fourth quarter. Two of Rupert’s goals were short handed. Senior Mac Ferrence netted a hat trick for Shady Side Academy and freshman Jack Naughton added a pair of man up scores for the Indians who ) improved to (12-7) with the win. 6th seeded Seneca Valley (14-6) never led by more than two goals in the contest after the Raiders jumped out to a 2-0:56 into the game. The Indians scored 4 times in the game playing with a man advantage, although Shady Side Academy did allow the Raiders a pair of man advantage goals while Seneca Valley added three shorthanded tallies in the loss. Shady Side will face Peters Township in the semifinals on Tuesday night at a site and time to be determined. The Indians became the third team from (3A) Section 1 to reach the semifinals after upsetting 2nd seeded Pine-Richland, joining section mates Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair in the final four.

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