High school roundup for May 1, 2019: Quaker Valley upsets No. 1 Blackhawk

By: HSSN Staff
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 10:44 PM


The Quaker Valley baseball team pulled of a second straight upset Wednesday afternoon, taking down top-ranked Blackhawk, 9-1, in a Section 2-4A game at Chippewa Park.

Christian Johnson hit a grand slam, and Isaac Guss hit a two-run double for the fourth-place Quakers (10-4, 5-4), who also defeated New Castle (7-6, 6-3) on Monday.

Jacob Commens allowed five hits over 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts to earn the win.

John Malagise doubled for the Cougars (10-4, 8-2).

Quaker Valley, which has won six of its past seven games, will look to keep the run going against Beaver (8-6, 7-2) on Friday.

North Allegheny 4, Seneca Valley 3 — Cole Young knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give No. 5 North Allegheny (12-5, 6-2) a Section 1-6A win over No. 3 Seneca Valley (9-5, 3-4).

Butler 5, Central Catholic 1 — Kyle Weitzel doubled in two runs, and Cooper Baxter doubled in another as Butler (5-9, 3-4) won in Section 1-6A.

Baldwin 3, Canon-McMillan 2 — Kieran Schmidt was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Josh Dadig knocked in a run as Baldwin (5-8, 3-7) won a Section 3-6A game.

Gateway 7, Armstrong 6 (11 inn.) — Luke Jackson hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give No. 4 Gateway (11-4, 8-1) a Section 1-5A win. Anthony Cammuso was 4 for 6 with a double and three RBIs for the Gators.

North Hills 6, Hampton 5 — Jordan Albright and Aidan Knupsky each had two hits, and Drew Garth homered as North Hills (3-12, 2-6) topped No. 3 Hampton (9-6, 6-2) in Section 2-5A.

Shaler 10, South Fayette 8 – Justin DeSabato had three RBIs to help Shaler (9-5, 4-3) win a Section 2-5A game.

West Allegheny 13, Laurel Highlands 3 — Austin Hendrick hit two home runs and had four RBIs to help No. 1 West Allegheny (13-2, 10-0) win a Section 3-5A game.

Central Valley 3, Ambridge 1 — In Section 2-4A, Zak Phllis threw a four-hitter with eight strikeouts to help Central Valley (5-6, 4-5) earn a victory.

Hopewell 3, North Catholic 2 — Roman Gill struck out 10 batters in six innings to help No. 2 Hopewell (11-4, 9-1) win a Section 2-3A game. Mark Phillippi had an RBI for the Vikings.

Brownsville 10, Chartiers-Houston 5 — Chris Moats was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs as Brownsville (9-4, 5-4) won in Section 1-2A.

Serra Catholic 15, Brentwood 3 (5 inn.) — Mark Black smacked a grand slam, and Nico Eremic and Patrick Brennan also homered as No. 2 Serra Catholic (14-2, 7-1) won in Section 3-2A. Eremic had four RBIs. Winning pitcher Alex Glumac was 3 for 4 with two RBIs.

Rochester 13, Bishop Canevin 3 (6 inn.) — Rochester (4-6, 4-5) scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a Section 1-A win. Caleb Smith had two hits and two RBIs, and Zaine Jeffers had three hits for the Rams.

Connellsville 8, Latrobe 7 — Kade Musgrove had two RBIs to help Connellsville (7-4, 5-3) win a Section 2-6A game. Tucker Knupp and Ben Rafferty had two RBIs each for Latrobe (7-8, 2-5).

Penn-Trafford 2, Plum 0 (8 inn.) — Mario Disso doubled in two runs in the top of the eighth inning to give No. 1 Penn-Trafford (13-2, 6-2) a Section 2-6A win.

MacLean Maund allowed one hit and struck out 10 in 513 innings, and Tyler Chrise earned the win after throwing 223 innings of hitless relief.

Highlands 7, Derry 6 (11 inn.) — Jett Slepak drove in Matthew Cekada with a two-out single in the bottom of the 11th inning, giving the Golden Rams a walk-off victory in a crucial Section 1-4A game.

The Golden Rams (9-7, 5-4) rallied from a 5-0 deficit and forced extra innings by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Luke Beer’s single drove in D.J. Loveland for the tying run with one out.

Ryan Hood went 3 for 5 with an RBI for Derry (4-8, 3-7), and Ryan Bushey drove in two runs.

Mt. Pleasant 8, Indiana 2 — Aaron Alakson was 4 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI, and Joe Shrum had two hits and four RBIs as Mt. Pleasant (7-7, 5-5) won in Section 1-4A. John Wagner earned the win for the Vikings, who are a half-game out of third place.

Belle Vernon 4, Ringgold 3 — Garrett Greco had two RBIs, and Mason Pascoe knocked in a run as part of a four-run fifth inning, leading Belle Vernon (8-5, 7-4) to a Section 3-4A win.

Jeannette 11, Riverview 1 — Zander Malik was 4 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI, and Derrick Miller had three hits and three RBIs to help Jeannette (9-5, 5-3) win a Section 3-2A game.

Vincentian Academy 8, Greensburg Central Catholic 2 — Danny Morgano knocked in two runs to help No. 1 Vincentian Academy (8-0, 7-0) win a Section 3-A game. Zach Kuvinka was 3 for 3, and Brendan McGowan knocked in a run for the Centurions (7-8, 6-2), who had 10 hits.

Leechburg 11, Springdale 1 (5 inn.) — Jacob Pochiba scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Mangee to kick-start a nine-run fourth inning as Leechburg clinched a spot in the Class A playoffs with the win over Section 3 rival Springdale (2-10, 1-6). Dalton Hamm knocked in two runs for Leechburg (5-8, 4-4). Pochiba picked up the win, giving up five hits and striking out five.

Fox Chapel 6, Penn Hills 2 — Noah Marks and Jacob Gruden had a double and an RBI each for Fox Chapel (8-4, 6-3) in a Section 1-5A win at Penn Hills (2-10, 2-7).

St. Joseph 7, Clairton 0 — Tyler Wood singled three times and drove in three runs for St. Joseph (4-6, 2-4) in a Section 3 victory at Clairton (1-7, 1-5). Hayden Mallin doubled and was the winning pitcher.

Valley 6, South Allegheny 3 — Valley scored five runs in the first inning on its way to a Section 1-3A win over South Allegheny (2-11, 1-8). Cayden Quinn pitched five innings of relief and struck out 10 for the Vikings (4-6, 3-6). Shane Demharter and Javon Keys had two hits apiece. Isaac Kelly singled and had a pair of RBIs.

Kiski Area 17, Woodland Hills 1 — Ryne Wallace drilled a three-run homer over the right-field fence in the top of the seventh inning as Kiski Area rolled big past Section 1-5A opponent Woodland Hills (1-11, 1-9). Zach Morrill doubled and knocked in a run to pace the Kiski Area (7-8, 4-5) offense. Wallace picked up the win, striking out four.

Softball

Upper St. Clair 9, Peters Township 1 — Danielle Orendi threw a three-hitter with four strikeouts to lead Upper St. Clair (11-5, 9-4) to a Section 1-6A win that clinched the Panthers’ first playoff berth in 20 years.

Albert Gallatin 6, Connellsville 0 — Maddy Hershberger threw a two-hitter with seven strikeouts as Albert Gallatin (6-7, 6-6) beat No. 5 Connellsville (9-5, 8-4) in Section 1-5A. She also had two hits and three RBIs.

Armstrong 13, Laurel Highlands 9 — Michaela Ban, Chloe Hayes, Leah Barlett and Chloe Patz all had two RBIs, and Barlett, Patz and Mackenzie Egley homered as Armstrong (1-13, 1-10) won in Section 1-5A.

Kaia Zungri was 4 for 5 with two homers and four RBIs for Laurel Highlands (2-12, 2-10).

South Fayette 6, West Allegheny 5 — Liv Goerdt homered, and Lexie Vetter, Lauren Bernetta nd Ashley Micholas all had two hits as South Fayette (10-6, 7-4) won in Section 3-5A. Britney Wilson had two hits and an RBI for West Allegheny (7-6, 7-4).

Elizabeth Forward 13, McKeesport 0 (6 inn.) — Grace Smith was 2 for 4 with a home run and five RBIs, and Kailey Larcinese threw a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts as No. 4 Elizabeth Forward (12-3, 11-0) won in Section 2-4A.

Thomas Jefferson 7, Ringgold 3 — Haleigh Karcher doubled in two runs to help No. 5 Thomas Jefferson (11-3, 7-3) win in Section 2-4A.

Avonworth 9, North Catholic 5 — Cat Barie had two hits and three RBIs, and Maya Kozup homered and had two RBIs as No. 1 Avonworth (16-1, 9-1) won in Section 2-3A.

South Allegheny 10, Waynesburg 0 (5 inn.) — Sydney Kirkwood and Madison Kirkwood each hit a home run and had three RBIs to help No. 5 South Allegheny (13-2, 7-2) to a Section 3-3A win. Mikala Swearingen was 4 for 4 with two doubles.

Laurel 12, Freedom 0 — Mackenzie Latess hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and had seven RBIs as No. 5 Laurel (15-1, 11-1) won a Section 4-2A game.

Jefferson-Morgan 3, Mapletown 0 — Kyra Smitley knocked in two runs, and Jasmine Demaske doubled in another as Jefferson-Morgan (8-4, 7-2) won in Section 2-A. Cait Dugan threw a six-hitter with 10 strikeouts.

West Greene 14, Avella 0 (5 inn.) — Kiley Meek threw a one-hitter as No. 1 West Greene (13-3, 9-0) won in Section 2-A. Kaitlyn Rizor also threw a one-hitter as the Pioneers won another game in the doubleheader, 15-0, in three innings. Madison Lampe homered and had three RBIs.

Yough 1, Greensburg Salem 0 — Kaylynn Odelli’s walk-off single helped No. 2 Yough earn a Section 1-4A win.

Kierra Waywood threw a four-hitter with nine strikeouts for the Cougars (10-5, 7-2), who rebounded from Monday’s 4-3 loss to Mt. Pleasant and have won five of their last six games.

Rena Caruso allowed six hits and struck out four for the Golden Lions (5-9, 3-6).

Mt. Pleasant 5, Uniontown 0 — Mary Smithnosky and Carolyn Alincic combined for a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts to lift No. 1 Mt. Pleasant (13-0, 9-0) to a Section 1-4A victory. Smithnosky was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.

Hempfield 10, Butler 0 (6 inn.) — Ashley Orischak homered, and Emma Hoffner had four RBIs as Hempfield (11-5, 9-3) won a Section 2-6A game. Callie Sowers threw a two-hitter with eight strikeouts to earn the win.

North Hills 6, Norwin 5 — In Section 2-6A, Melanie Taylor hit a two-run home run to lead North Hills (9-6, 7-6) to victory. Makenzie Mihalko was 2 for 3 with a home run, and Bailee Bertani hit a two-run triple for No. 4 Norwin (9-5, 8-4), which allowed five unearned runs.

Penn-Trafford 12, Latrobe 2 (5 inn.) — Carlee Lamacz hit a three-run homer, and Brooke Cleland and Emma Little each homered and had two RBIs as No. 1 Penn-Trafford (14-0, 12-0) won in Section 1-5A. Mia Smith tossed a four-hitter to earn the win.

Jordan Novak was 2 for 3 with two RBIs for Latrobe (11-4, 8-4).

Franklin Regional 11, Kiski Area 7 — Angalee Beall struck out eight, and Kylee O’Neil doubled and tallied three RBIs for Franklin Regional (9-5, 8-3) in a Section 1-5A win.

Belle Vernon 15, Carrick 0 (4 inn.) — Sophia Godzack threw a no-hitter with nine strikeouts, and Jordan French, Vanessa Porter and Lindsay Steeber all knocked in two runs as Belle Vernon (6-11, 4-6) rolled to a Section 2-4A win.

Greensburg Central Catholic 17, St. Joseph 7 (6 inn.) — Bella Skatell was 4 for 5 with a double and RBI, and winning pitcher Jaden Cox knocked in three runs as Greensburg Central Catholic (5-8, 5-4) won in Section 3-A.

Central 8, Ligonier Valley 2 — Abi Cmar and Kaylee Colt each had RBIs, but Ligonier Valley (12-1) lost its first game of the season in nonconference play.

Apollo-Ridge 5, Serra Catholic 4 (8 inn.) — Emma Rametta hit a walk-off double that scored Addy Baustert in the bottom of the eighth to propel Apollo-Ridge (7-3, 6-3) to a Section 2-2A win over Serra Catholic (8-4, 8-3). Mollie Charlton and Kylee Wynn singled twice and had one RBI apiece for the Vikings. Grandley drove in two runs. The Vikings led 4-2 after six innings, but the Eagles scored twice in the top of the seventh to force extras.

Plum 14, Hampton 6 — Jillian Durst tripled among her three hits and had a pair of RBIs for Class 5A No. 5 Plum (13-2, 12-1), which handed No. 2 Hampton (13-1, 12-1) its first loss of the season and moved into a tie atop the Section 2 standings. Melanie Mienke doubled, had two RBIs and was the winning pitcher for the Mustangs, and Gabby Fischetti drove in three runs.

Burrell 10, Valley 2 — Sara Clark hit a leadoff home run to ignite a seven-run fourth inning as Class 3A No. 2 Burrell (10-2, 8-1) clinched at least a share of the Section 1 crown with the win over rival Valley (3-9, 2-7). Kayla Santucci singled twice and drove in four runs, Lea Coffman tallied three RBIs and Cara Fiore knocked in two runs.

Knoch 10, New Castle 0 (5 inn.) — Knoch pitcher Amanda Fischer gave up one hit and struck out 11 through five innings to lead the Class 4A No. 3-ranked Knights past Section 3 foe New Castle (5-6, 5-4). Brynnae Coe doubled and tripled for Knoch (11-0, 9-0).

Riverview 5, Northgate 1 — Alyssa Cappa pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead Riverview (6-4, 5-4) to a Section 2-2A win at Northgate (3-10, 2-8). Cappa also doubled and scored two runs. MiKaela Collins had a solo home run for the Raiders in the fifth inning.

Indiana 6, Highlands 5 — Highlands scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but its rally fell short in a Section 1-4A loss to Indiana (10-5, 5-4). Joie Beacom singled three times and scored twice for the Golden Rams (4-7, 3-6), and Jaycee Haidze singled twice and had a pair of RBIs.

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