Daily News roundup: Elizabeth Forward takes down Ringgold
Elizabeth Forward won its third baseball game in as many days and continued to move up the section standings with a 7-3 victory over Ringgold (4-7, 4-6) in Section 4-AAA play Wednesday.
Following wins over West Mifflin and South Park this week, the Warriors (10-5, 7-5) scored three runs in the first inning then scored single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to go up 7-2 and push the game out of reach.
EF parlayed four hits and a walk into three runs in the first inning as Justin Bakewell, Garrett Martell and Wes Scott collected RBI singles off Ringgold starter Zach Byczynski, who got just one out before being lifted in favor of Bo Haines.
EF had 11 hits, with Wes Scott getting three and Will Scott and Mark Simon two each.
Wes Scott also picked up the win, giving up two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in five innings.
“Wes pitched a great game and he really hit the ball for us, too,” coach Frank Champ said. “He gave us everything we needed today.”
West Mifflin 5, Laurel Highlands 1 — Ryan Bytzura had three hits and two RBIs to lead West Mifflin (11-4, 9-2) to a Section 4-AAA victory. Zach Salmon allowed six hits and six strikeouts to earn the win.
Norwin 11, Connellsville 1 — Reno Rainey belted two home runs and had five RBIs and Ray Belchick had four hits to lead Norwin (9-3, 7-2) to a Section 2-AAAA win. Nicholas Amendola earned the win.
Yough 6, Kittanning 4 — Nolan Kosh struck out 12 and allowed two earned runs to help Yough snap visiting Kittanning’s seven-game Section 2-AAA win streak. Matt Huss and Ben Sabljak each drove in two runs in a four-run first inning for the Cougars (7-6, 3-6). Nash Matson had two RBI but took the loss for Kittanning (8-4, 7-3).
Geibel 13, Clairton 12 — Kyle Toth pitched a complete game and racked up 12 strikeouts to lead Geibel to a Section 2-A win, snapping a 33-game losing streak that dated back to the 2013 season for the Gators (1-12, 1-8).
Lamont Wade doubled and singled and Brandon Snowden tripled for the Bears (1-10, 1-7).
Jeannette 2, Serra Cath. 0 — The Jayhawks scored two runs in the bottom of the first and made it stand up in a Section 2-A victory. Tony Mash and Eric Hall each went 2 for 3 for Jeannette (8-4, 6-3). Mash allowed just one hit and struck out eight. Zac Quattrone took the loss for No. 4 Serra Catholic (13-5, 6-3).
South Park 13, South Allegheny 3 (6 inn.) — Kaitlyn Pavlik was 4 for 4 with a double to lead South Park (7-3, 7-3) to a Section 4-AAA win. Brenna Pribanic took the loss for South Allegheny (5-5, 5-4).
Yough 6, Elizabeth Forward 2 — Macy Mularski allowed two hits and struck out eight as No. 4 Yough (12-3) won a nonsection game. Sarah Turek had a triple and took the loss for EF (10-5).
Elizabeth Forward senior Talyn Boden signed a letter of intent to continue her swimming career at Westminster.
Boden, a four-time WPIAL qualifier, also was a member of the golf team, the cross country team and the track team.
She holds the school record in the 100-yard backstroke.
PSGA baseball advances
The Penn State Greater Allegheny baseball team opened the Penn State University Athletic Conference playoffs with a 4-3 victory over host Penn State Mont Alto.
Top-seeded PSGA (27-6), which posted a 16-0 regular-season record in the PSUAC, advances to face No. 3 Penn State Beaver (17-14) in the second round on Thursday.
Penn State Beaver defeated No. 6 Penn State Hazleton, 8-4, in its playoff opener.
Penn State Mont Alto (20-20) entered the playoffs as the fourth-seeded team.