MSA Sports Baseball & Softball Playoff Recaps for Tuesday, May 13th

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | 1:04 AM

After a Monday of rain delays, lightning delays, suspended game and postponements, the sun was shining bright…at least during the afternoon hours as two classifications in baseball and two classes in softball nearly put round one in the books. Here are recaps from the WPIAL Baseball Class AAA and Class A First Round games as well as the WPIAL Softball Class AAAA and Class AA Round One contests.

A special thanks to Brian Mroziak, Josh Rowntree, Mark Schaas, Don Rebel, Jason Tennant, Randy Gore, Bob Gregg, Steve Nagler, Greg Kuntz, Lee Mohn and Mike Azadian for their help on these recaps.


Blackhawk Cougars 17 – Uniontown Red Raiders 1 
Top seed Blackhawk (12-2) steamrolled through the first round of the WPIAL Playoffs, scoring a 17-1 mercy rule victory over No. 16 Uniontown (8-10) on Tuesday at Fox Chapel High School. The Cougars received a strong effort from Senior pitcher Dante Parente, who pitched all five innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run, while striking out two batters and walking four. Parente also was a factor at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and a game-high five RBIs. Every starter for Blackhawk scored a run and notched an RBI, as the Cougars roughed up Uniontown starter Luke Wallace. Wallace, who threw over 120 pitches in just four innings, allowed nine runs on seven hits, while walking six batters. His replacement, Zack Stashick did not fair much better, giving up 6 earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning of work. But the tone was set early, as Blackhawk loaded the bases in the top half of the first and, with no outs, Joe Campagna blasted a grand slam over the left field wall. Parente would single home a run in the 3rd inning before the flood gates opened for the Cougars. After Stashick hit into an RBI groundout in the bottom half of the third, cutting the lead to 5-1, Parente would drive a 3-RBI double in the 4th inning, capping a four-run frame for Blackhawk. The fifth inning saw 13 Blackhawk batters, five walks, four hits and a decisive eight runs, pushing the Blackhawk lead to 17-1. Tito Cantalamessa picked up all three hits for Uniontown, which was playing in its first postseason game since 2002. The win is particularly important for Blackhawk because now the Cougars can pitch ace Brendan McKay, a Louisville recruit who currently holds the fourth longest scoreless inning streak in United States history, in the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship game, if necessary. McKay finished 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, three runs scored and an RBI. He will likely be on the mound to face Indiana in the WPIAL Quarterfinals on Wednesday at North Allegheny High School. The Cougars last met the Little Indians in the 2011 AAA First Round, a game won by a then-Freshman McKay and Blackhawk 2-0.

Indiana Little Indians 10 – Mars Fighting Planets 0 
Sean Thompson was out of this world on the hill for the Little Indians as they move on to Round Two with a whitewash of the Fighting Planets Tuesday afternoon at Fox Chapel High School. Thompson not only pitched a complete game three-hitter for Indiana, he also had a pair of hits at the plate. Also contributing at the dish with two hits each in a 12-hit attack for the Little Indians were Bo Putt, Danny Clark and Cole Shaffer. Mars season ends with a final record of 11-7 while Indiana improves to 13-7 and is the lone survivor from Section 2 into the second round. The Little Indians will have their hands full on Saturday in the Quarterfinals when they likely face Brendan McKay and the top-seed Blackhawk Cougars.

West Allegheny Indians 5 – Laurel Highlands Mustangs 3 
West Allegheny scored 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning to set the tone in a 5-3 WPIAL win over Laurel Highlands in a AAA 1st Round Game played on Tuesday Afternoon at Ross Memorial Field.  Alex Palmer, Brandon Pouch and Chasen Claus picked up 1st inning RBI singles for the Indians.  Laurel Highlands answered back in the bottom of the 1st inning as Ted Sova tripled in Drew Deberry.  The Indians would add single runs in the 3rd and 4th innings to extend their lead to 5-1.  The Mustangs clawed a little closer in the bottom of the 5th inning.  With one out, Drew Deberry singled, Nick Lancaster pushed Deberry to 2nd, before Ted Sova drove in Deberry for his 2nd RBI of the game.  Giuseppe Schiano walked to give the Mustangs runners on 1st and 2nd. Ted Sova stole 3rd base and a throwing error allowed him to score to pull the Mustangs back to within two again.  Corey Dascenzo would strike out to end the inning.  The Mustangs threatened again in the bottom of the 6th inning after Mustang sophomore Dom Peroni’s one out double.  The Mustangs couldn’t push Peroni across as Steve Salanick struck out and Zach Uhazie grounded out to end the inning.  West Allegheny Junior Pitcher Colin Claus retired the Mustangs 1-2-3 in the 7th inning to improve his record to 7-0 on the season.  Claus pitched a complete game with 9 strikeouts and only yielded two walks.  Drew Deberry and Ted Sova were both 3 for 4 for Laurel Highlands, in fact Sova was only a Home Run short of a cycle.  The Mustangs who were a perfect 12-0 in Section 2 and seeded 7th see their season end with a 16-5 overall record.  It was the 1st time the Mustangs were in the playoffs since 2010.  10th seeded West Allegheny improves to 15-4 and will take on the #2 seed Chartiers Valley at Ross Memorial Field on Wednesday Night at 7:30pm.

WPIAL CLASS A First Round:

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojans 4 – Rochester Rams 1 
Pitcher Nick Tunstall was the story in the second game of two at Matulevic Field, the lefty fanned 14 batters and allowed only one run to help the Trojans to the quarterfinals. Tunstall was also on base three times as the leadoff hitter, he scored twice and stole three bases. The Trojans jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Nick Nyman’s single brought home Tunstall. Ballie Synan made it 2-0 in the fourth, his ground ball brought home Tyler Ellwood when the Rams could not turn a double play. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic put the game out of reach in the fifth, Tyler Morris singled home a run and later scored on a bad pickoff attempt at third. The Rams took advantage of two errors in the sixth to plate their only run, Rochester had only four hits. Tunstall was the winning pitcher, going the distance, he walked only three as the Trojans go to 9-8 overall. The junior said his fastball was working well early until he was hit by a pitch in the third, Tunstall hits from the right side of the plate. He said he mixed in his curve more in the later innings to keep the Rams hitters off balance. Isaiah Hauser took the loss for Rochester, he pitched four innings, allowing two runs on five hits, he fanned four. The Rams end the season at 8-6.

Sewickley Academy Panthers 6 – Bishop Canevin Crusaders 4 
In a completion of a suspended game from Monday at Matulevic Field, the Panthers rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to claim victory and advance to the quarterfinals. Sewickley Academy led 2-1 when lighting and heavy rain forced play to be stopped in the bottom of the third inning. That lead lasted two pitches into today’s play as Zach Cortese ripped a two-run single to put the Crusaders up 3-2. Bishop Canevin added to the lead in the fifth when Sam Smallhoover doubled to lead off the inning, a pair of wild pitches allowed him to score. The Panthers left the bases loaded in the fifth inning, they did not repeat in the sixth as two singles and a hit batter loaded filled the sacks. A wild pitch brought home courtesy runner Christopher Dick to cut the lead to one with no one out. Martin Tancer struck out, Drew Zbihley delivered a single to bring home Ben DiNardo and tie the game. Mike Manzinger singled to load the bases again. Coach Andrew Heck brought on Millen Schuchert to run at third. With the score tied, the key hit came off the bat of John Nagel, who hit a liner to right field that sailed over the head of Garrett Godlewski, Schuchert scored but Zbihley and Manzinger had to hold up to see if the ball would be caught, both runners came around third base one right behind the other. Zbihley was able to slide to the inside of the plate and score, but Cortese tagged out Manzinger for the second out. Both Cortese and head coach Dale Checketts protested that Cortese was able to tag both runners but the Crusaders did not win the argument. Staked to a two run lead, pitcher Sam Duerr allowed only one base runner the rest of the way and the Panthers, now 8-5, move on. Duerr came on in relief of starter Joe Nagel when play resumed today, he picked up the win, allowing one run on two hits and fanned four. Manzinger and DiNardo each went 2 for 3. Mitchell Tauffer took the loss for the Crusaders, allowing six runs on seven hits, he fanned five. Smallhoover went 2 for 3 for Bishop Canevin, who ends the season at 10-4.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers 11 – Monessen Greyhounds 4 
The Chargers outhit the Greyhounds 12-5 and cruised to a seven-run victory in the First Round of the Class A playoffs Tuesday at the Washington & Jefferson College Sports Complex. Freshman Kiefer Bishop led the way for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart with three hits, including two doubles and five RBI. Santino Pratt picked up the victory on the mound for the Chargers, who improve to 14-5 and will face Sewickley Academy for the third time this season on Wednesday in a Class A Quarterfinals contest. The Chargers and Panthers split their first two meetings. A successful season for Monessen on the dimaond comes to an end with a final mark of 9-6.

Western Beaver Golden Beavers 11 – Avella Eagles 4 
The defending WPIAL Class A champion Golden Beavers got off to a big start in defense of their crown by cruising past the Eagles Tuesday evening at the Burkett Complex in Robinson Township. Cody Aton led the Western Beaver attack with a pair of hits and two RBI while teammate Steve Menich picked up the victory on the mound with five innings pitched. Avella’s season ends with a 7-6 record while Western Beaver wins their 15th consecutive game to improve to 15-1 and move on to face Carmichaels on Wednesday in a Class A Quarterfinals contest at the Washington & Jefferson College Sports Complex. 

Union Scotties 6 – Vincentian Academy Royals 5 in 10 Innings 
In a game that took two days and ten iings to play, the 14th-seed Scotties squeezed past the 3rd-seed Royals in a first round stunner. Vincentian Academy trailed on Monday 5-0 before scoring five runs in the 6th inning to tie the game. it was at that point the contest was suspended due to weather. When they game resumed on Tuesday at the Burkett Complex in Robinson Township, the game remained tied until Union’s Tim Sumner laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to score Kody Smith with the game winning run. Smith and Logan Shuller had three hits each for the Scotties who improve to 8-7 and will face Riverview on Wednesday in the Class A Quarterfinals in an improbable battle of #14 vs #11. Vincentian Academy ends their season at 17-2.

Riverview Raiders 6 – Serra Catholic Eagles 1
Dom Conte lined a 3-run homer over the left field fence in the top of the first inning, which was all starter Nick DiBucci would need as #11 Riverview knocked off #6 Serra Catholic Tuesday afternoon at West Mifflin High School. Conte’s drive came with two out after Zach Hanus reached on an error and Jake Paradise singled off freshman sensation Cole McCombs. Serra Catholic plated their only run in the bottom of the first when Noah Kinser’s two out single scored Brandon Coddington. The Raiders added on three runs in the fourth inning while chasing McCombs after Tanner Bierly scored when Eagles center fielder Marty Slovanic juggled but couldn’t hang on in an effort to make a sliding catch in shallow center field with what would have been the third out. With DiBucci at third and Hanus at second, a pair of wild pitches made it 6-1 Riverview. DiBucci went the distance for the victory but was far from dominant as he allowed one earned run on eight hits with two walks, a hit batter and eight strikeouts. Serra had the lead off man on base in five of the seven innings. Riverview, which has seven seniors in their starting lineup, improve to 13-5 and will now face Union Wednesday in a #11 vs #12 Class A Quarterfinals contest. That game is at Fox Chapel High School at 3:00pm. Serra Catholic, which only had one senior among its starters, ends it season which included a share of the Class A Section 2 title, with a final mark of 11-6. 



North Allegheny Tigers 1 – McKeesport Tigers 0 
A two-out RBI single by Laura Cotter in the top of the seventh inning lifted North Allegheny to a 1-0 win over McKeesport on Tuesday in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs. The Cotter base hit in the seventh provided the only run necessary for NA starting pitcher Madi Beining who tossed a complete game one-hitter, striking out seven batters along the way.  McKeesport’s lone hit was a harmless infield single by Kierston Spiewak in the sixth inning.  With the game scoreless in the top of the seventh, junior Mackenzie Gostomski dropped down a perfect bunt for a two-out infield single. A wild pitch advanced Gostomski to second and Cotter followed with a lined single through the right side of the infield to score Gostomski and give the NA Tigers a 1-0 lead. Beining secured the win with a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh.  McKeesport’s Jess Beitler was the hard luck loser with a complete game effort. Beitler surrendered only four hits and worked out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the fifth without yielding a run. North Allegheny improves to 16-4 on the season and will face Canon-McMillan in the quarterfinals in a rematch of last year’s WPIAL Class AAAA championship.  McKeesport’s season ends with a mark of 13-6.

Latrobe Wildcats 8 – Woodland Hills Wolverines 1
Meredith Carr did it with both her arm and her bat as Latrobe beat Woodland Hills Tuesday in a Class AAAA First Round game at Hempfield High School. Carr pitched a two-hitter in shutting down the Wolverines while adding a pair of RBI in the Wildcats offensive cause. 5th-seed Latrobe improves to 14-3 and will face the 4th-seed Seneca Valley Raiders in the Quarterfinals of Class AAAA next week. The Raiders had a First round bye. Woodland Hills season ends with a mark of 8-7. 

Bethel Park Black Hawks 6 – Norwin Knights 0
The Black Hawks surprised the Knights thanks to the work in the circle of Taylor Andres. Andres pitched threw a shutout and allowed only two Norwin hits as 10th-seed Bethel Park improves to 11-4 and advances to the Quad-A Quarterfinals next week to play the #2-seed Shaler Titans, who enjoyed a first round bye. Norwin’s ends up with a final record of 12-4.

Plum Mustangs 4 – Baldwin Highlanders 3 
The Baldwin Fighting Highlanders, one of the 7 reams in MSA Sports Hometown Softball program, got off to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st as Jamie Schleicher reached base on an error.  She would score 2 batters later on a ground-out by Melissa Paterni.  The score would remain 1-0 until the bottom of the 4th when Michaela Palmieri led off for the Plum Mustangs with a walk.  2 straight singles by Jordan Seneca and Melissa LeClair loaded the bases, and a walk would drive in Palmieri.  A subsequent fielder’s choice drove in Seneca to give Plum the 2-1 edge.  The Mustangs added a run one inning later as Seneca drove an Anastasia Hale pitch out of the yard over the the left-field wall.  There was no quit in the Highlanders, however.  The top of the 7th saw a 1-out single by Kaitlyn Higgins.  Two batters later Baldwin would reel off 3 straight singles by Schleicher, Ashley O’Brien, and Paterni, driving in Higgins and Schleicher to tie the game at 3.  The Mustangs would put the game away in the bottom-half of the inning as with 1 out, Seneca tripled and would score the winning run on a sacrifice fly by LeClair.  The Mustangs, the #6-seed in the Quad-A bracket, move on to the quarterfinals to face the #3-seeded Penn-Trafford Warriors, who earned a first-round bye.  Plum’s continues at 16-3 while the Baldwin has been eliminated and finish their season at 11-7.

WPIAL CLASS AAA Preliminary Round:

Central Valley Warriors 6 – Ellwood City Wolverines 0 
The lone play-in game of the WPIAL Softball Playoffs pitted 2 section rivals against each other for the right to play top-seeded Greensburg-Salem in Round 1.  The Warriors would do mostly all of their damage in the bottom of the 2nd inning as Ashley Herrington led off with a single, moved to 2nd on a sacrifice and to 3rd on a single by Hannah Daman.  She would score on Jordan Uhing’d RBI single to makr it 1-0.  A walk to Lauren Maly would load the bases, and a single would drive in Daman and Uhing.  Leah Treemarchi’s base hit would plate both Maly and  Caitlyn Suter to make it a 5-0 game.  CV got an insurance run in the 6th when Jess Homol singled with 1 out.  A fielder’s choice put her at 2nd, and she was driven home on Suter’s RBI single.  The EC Wolverines could not get anything going as CV starter Jess Koshinski slammed the door on them by fanning 8 batters in a complete-game shutout.  The Warriors improve their record to 8-7 and will face the GS Lions in the open in round.  Ellwood City’s season comes to an end at 7-6.


Thomas Jefferson Jaguars 3 – Knoch Knights 2
At North Allegheny High School in girls AAA playoff softball action the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars win in walk off fashion 3-2 in a thrilling first round game. The 13th seeded Jaguars scored 1st getting an unearned run on 2 singles,  an error, and an RBI ground out by Emily Scheidter to make it 1-0 after one inning.Both teams pitchers dug in and thru 4 innings there was a combined 5 hits. TJ’s Lacie Lautner had 6 strikeouts thru the first four, and Knoch’s Codi Reed left 5 runners on base thru the first four frames as the score remained 1-0 Jaguars. In the top of the 5th inning for the Knights, with one out Shaely Renfrew walked then lead off hitter Bethany Hay drilled a ball to the RF corner, the Jaguar outfielder dove and just missed catching it, and Hay circled the bases for a 2 run inside the park HR to make it 2-1 Knoch.Headed to the bottom of the 6th there would be a 42 minute lightning delay. Immediately after the game resumed TJ batted in the 6th. Lead off batter Lauren Herazo doubled, was sacrificed to second and would score on an error by the Knight Shortstop to tie it at 2-2. To the 7th and Knoch would be retired in order in the top of the inning. The Jaguars would get a lead off double by Rachel Bowers, she would be sacrificed to 3rd, and score on an RBI single by Janelle Allison for the walk off win. Knoch ends  their season at 10-4 while Thomas Jefferson improves to 12-5 and will move on to face the winner of Trinity and Uniontown in the 2nd round.


Burrell Buccaneers 2 – Steel Valley Ironmen 1 in 9 Innings
In a rematch from last year’s first round game Burrell defeated Steel Valley 2-1 in nine innings to move on to the quarterfinals.  Last year Steel Valley defeated Burrell by the same score.  This game started out well for Steel Valley.  They took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.  With runners at second and third and two outs 3b Jailia Manga fielded a ground ball at third base but stepped on third thinking she had a force out and so everyone was safe and a run scored.  The pitchers duel between Steel Valley’s Maddie Cotter and Burrell’s Kasey Wolford then took center stage.  Wolford would only allow five hits the rest of the game and was never seriously threatened.  Meanwhile Cotter only allowed one hit through six innings.  Then the seventh inning Kasey Wolford would lead off with a single.  With one out pinch hitter Haley Kuzmirek lined a double to score Wolford to tie the game.  Then in the ninth inning Kuzmirek would strike again  She hit a home run over the left field fence for the winning run.  Initially the umpire ruled out looking like left fielder Veronica Sikora caught the ball but it popped out after she climbed the fence and Kuzmirek rounded the bases for the winning run.  Steel Valley finished their season at 10-5 and Burrell will now move on to play top seeded Beaver later this week.

Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles 3 – Laurel Spartans 0
The 4th seeded Keystone Oaks (12-4) scored the only goal they would need in the bottom half of the first inning of the opening round of Class AA WPIAL Softball Championships. In doing so, they now advance to the quarterfinals to play the Waynesburg Raiders. Meghan Jones led off the Golden Oaks’ first inning by reaching on an error. After Bri Fischer singled, Jones scored on an RBI single by Eryn Caragein. Keystone Oaks wasted a huge chance to add on in the same inning as they squandered a bases-loaded, no-outs situation by first bouncing into a fielders choice where Laurel forced the runner at home plate. Then, Mariah Callas grounded into an inning ending double-play. The Golden Eagles added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. With one out, Fischer drew a walk and was driven to third on a double by Caragein. Both Fischer and Caragein were driven home on a single by starting pitcher Lauren McMillen. McMillen was excellent in the circle, getting her first playoff shutout of her young HS career. She scattered four Spartans hits in striking out 5.  Laurel’s Makenna Natale led the way with two base hits and a stolen base. With the loss, Laurel finishes their season with a record of 8-7. 

Waynesburg Raiders 11 – Freeport Yellowjackets 6 
Despite allowing at least one extra-base hit in all but one inning, it was the Waynesburg Raiders who were able to consistently tack on runs and open up a late 8-run lead as they eventually advanced over Freeport, 11-6.  The game did not lack for base runners.  In the first inning, Freeport stranded two in scoring position and Waynesburg stranded a runner at third.  Freeport also stranded a runner at third in the second.  The first run was scored in the bottom of the second when Emily Luckey drove in Tiffany Ross who had reached on an error.  Luckey would drive in two more with a single in the very next inning and Ross scored again, this time from third base when Yellow Jacket catcher Kristie Radavan had to throw down to first to complete a strikeout.  The Raiders led 4-0 after three innings.  Freeport would make their move in the fifth inning as Alexis Roenigk led off with a double, advanced to third on an error and scored on a Karlie Hill sacrifice fly.  After another error, Alyssa Obringer drove in two with a double to pull the Yellow Jackets within one, 4-3.  Probably the most critical runs came in the bottom half of the fifth as Waynesburg was able to snatch the momentum right back with two runs as Jordan Moore scored on an error after leading off the inning with a double, and Felicia Spitznogle added an RBI-single.   After a quick two outs to start the top of the sixth, Freeport had Radavan at the plate representing the tying run with runners at the corners when Luckey caught Jess Kelley trying to steal second.  The play was especially risky with a runner at third, and proved to be huge as Radavan ended up leading off the top of the seventh with a solo homerun.  That was after Waynesburg had blown things open with 5 more runs in a bottom of the sixth that included an RBI-triple from Taylor Staley.  Freeport did add two more after the homerun to eventually fall, 11-6.  The Yellow Jackets had seven extra-base hits in the loss with two from Radavan, two doubles from Roenigk and two doubles from Obringer, who went 4-for-4.  Kelley had the other, a double, and took the loss.  She allowed 11 runs on 11 hits, struck out two and walked four.  Moore got the win for Waynesburg, never walking a batter, and striking out 3.  Waynesburg advances to the Quarterfinals to face Keystone Oaks.

Deer Lakes Lancers 2 – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers 1
It was a struggle for the #2-seed Lancers, but they came back to edge the upset minded Chargers Tuesday afternoon at Baldwin High School. Our lady of the sacred Heart had a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning before Deer Lakes rallied with a pair of runs to make a winner out of pitcher Tiffany Edwards, who struck out ten Chargers. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart ends their season at 9-6 while Deer Lakes advances to the Class AA Quarterfinals where they will battle the McGuffey Highlanders. The Lancers are now a perfect 16-0.

McGuffey Highlanders 4 – Charleroi Cougars 0 
Five different players had at least two hits apiece as McGuffey downed Charleroi, 4-0.  Winning pitcher Cassie Weiss held the Cougars to three hits and no walks in tossing the complete game shutout. With the game scoreless into the bottom of the fourth, the Highlanders (14-3) got a one-out single from CC Wagner, followed by an groundball error and a groundout.  Mara McBride stroked a basehit to left, the second of her three singles in the contest, scoring Wagner to make it 1-0.  In the fifth, McGuffey got five hits and two balls hit the air weren’t caught, leading to three runs.  Weiss singled, her second hit, and her courtesy runner, Kenzie Ranko, moved to second on a wild pitch. When Rachel Kleinhans’ flyball to left was dropped, Ranko tried to score but was thrown out at the plate.  Marlie Mounts and Meghan Schutlz hit back-to-back run-scoring doubles.  Schultz scored from third when Moriah McGuire’s popup to short right was dropped, closing the scoring.  Mounts and Schultz each had a single, a double, a run scored and one driven in.  Wagner had two singles.  Morgan Riley had a double for Charleroi (11-4), the Cougars’ only extra base hit.  The Section 4-AA champions managed to get two baserunners on only once and were retired in order in three of the seven frames.  Jen Tilghman took the loss, allowing 11 hits but just one earned run.  The Charleroi defense committed four errors in the first five innings.

Seton-LaSalle Rebels 3 – South Allegheny Gladiators 2
A walk off victory in the bottom of the 7th inning helped the Rebels avoid an upset in the opening round for a second straight season with a win over the Gladiators Tuesday at Baldwin High School. Amanda Jeziorski scored the game winning run on a single by Lexi Mercurio as third-seed Seton-LaSalle improves to 11-2 and advances to the Double-A Quarterfinals to face defending champion Riverside. South Allegheny ends their season with a record of 8-5.

Riverside Panthers 4 – Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers 2 
The higher seed prevailed in the 6/11 matchup as the Riverside Panthers held off a game Chartiers-Houston squad who lost their starting pitcher, Kassie Kesneck, to an injury before the game even began. Freshman Kayla Elliott struggled early, giving up 3 runs to the Panthers in the bottom half of the 1st inning. However, she settled down nicely and kept the Buccaneers in the game, shutting down a very good hitting team. Riverside’s first three runs came via a pair of run-scoring doubles by Natalie Pritts, which scored Morgan McElwain and Logan Snyder, which scored Pritts and Morgan Bailey. Riverside scored their 4th run in their half of the 3rd inning as Pritts doubled in Brooke Barker. The Buccaneers cut the Panther’s lead in half when Haley Sutton doubled to deep centerfield with one out, scoring Christine Walsh and Jessica Blumen.  On the next pitch, however, Kassie Kesneck lined a ball into shallow centerfield that looked like it would be a hit. But, Ashley Boehm got a terrific jump and made a knee-high catch and was able to double off Sutton to end the threat. With the loss, the Buccaneers finish their season with a 10-7 record. The Panthers (11-2) now advance to the quarterfinal round and will face Seton-LaSalle.

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