Deer Lakes knocks off Burrell; Highlands stays undefeated
This was one of those games that can shake up a section race — even this early in the season.
Candace Scanga ripped a two-out, two-run double to break a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh and Deer Lakes upset Class-AA’s No. 1 softball team, Burrell, 3-0, on Friday in a Section 3-AA game in Lower Burrell.
Nancy Baumgartel added a run-scoring single in the seventh for the Lancers’ final run.
“Anytime you play a team of that caliber, it’s got to be motivation,” Deer Lakes coach Craig Taliani said.
Backed by a strong defense, pitcher Haliey Moretti picked up the win for Deer Lakes (3-1, 2-1). She struck out two and allowed four hits.
“She threw a lot of strikes and tried to work ahead,” Taliani said. “I think that kept them off balance.”
Casey Moses struck out six but took the loss for Burrell, which slipped to 4-1, 3-1.
“You have to give Deer Lakes credit,” Burrell coach Mike Spagnolo said. “They out-hit us and out-played us.”
• Highlands 5, Mars 4 — Cassidy Runyan’s fielder’s choice RBI drove in the winning run with one out in the bottom of the eighth as Highlands (4-0, 3-0) won a Section 5-AAA game over Mars (0-8, 0-3).
Alexis Pesci went 3 for 4 with a double and Ashley Guillory singled, doubled and tripled for Highlands.
Mars’ Erin Hershman homered to tie it 4-4 in the top of the seventh.
• Leechburg 14, Mt. Alvernia 6 — Winning pitcher Kenzie Young struck out 10 and went 4 for 5 with three RBI to power Leechburg (3-2, 2-0) to a Section 4-A victory over Mt. Alvernia (6-1, 3-1).
Lindsey Rowe went 3 for 3 with two RBI, and Kelly Klingensmith had three hits for the Blue Devils, who pushed head coach Jim Oberdorf to within two wins of 500.
• Kiski Area 6, Norwin 4 — Lyndsey Weiser hit two solo homers and Emma Weaver pitched a complete game to give Kiski Area (2-2, 1-2) its first Section-AAAA victory.
Emily Kramer’s two-run doubled keyed a four-run fourth inning and the Cavaliers never trailed. Weiser went 3-for-3 with three runs scored while Weaver added a double for Kiski Area.
Nikki Sich and Kelsie Marconi doubled for Norwin (4-2, 2-2).
• Ford City 18, Shady Side Academy 0 — For Ford City, winning pitcher Maria Prazenica doubled, singled twice and drove in six runs in a Section 3-AA win.
Lindsay Stewart doubled and drove in two runs for Ford City (5-1, 3-1).
• Kittanning 2, Knoch 1 — Logan Atwood of Kittanning started the day running track in the Butler Invitational, and ended it running the base paths at Pullman Park. Atwood, after competing in the long jump, left the track to play for the Kittanning baseball team in a Section 4-AAA game. Atwood went 3-for-4 with a triple, two stolen bases and a run scored. Justin Grossman of Knoch (2-5, 2-2) pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts, one walk and an earned run. Tim Crytzer of Kittanning (1-3, 1-2) pitched a complete game with six strikeouts, three walks and zero earned runs. Josh Sheppeck drove in Cody Beacom on a suicide squeeze for Knoch’s only run. Tyler Zboran doubled and scored a run for Kittanning and Mac Megahan tripled for Knoch.
• Apollo-Ridge 16, Summit Academy 0 ( 5 inn.) — Ryan Held picked up the pitching victory and hit a 2-run homer to help propel Apollo-Ridge (2-6, 1-3) to a Section 3-AA win.
Ryan Mack had three hits, including two doubles, for the Vikings, who led, 7-0, after three innings.
Ben Carnahan stole five bases for Apollo-Ridge.
• Burrell 10, Deer Lakes 0 ( 5 inn.) — Sean Bates drove in three runs and Justin Smith had two hits as Burrell (6-1, 5-0) downed Deer Lakes (2-2, 1-1) in a Section 3-AA game.
Dave Yakopec picked up the win, striking out six.
Cody Keenan doubled for Deer Lakes.
• Freeport 4, Ford City 2 — Freeport (4-2, 2-1) capitalized on a Ford City (3-2, 1-2) error to take a Section 3-AAA victory on the road. Freeport’s Alan-Michael Wisniewski hit a single in the top of the fifth inning, a Ford City error advanced Wisniewski to third base. Jake Campbell drove in the go-ahead run for Freeport.
Dalton Moore hit a solo home run for the Yellowjackets. Danny Russo doubled twice for Ford City.
Ryan Dunn was the winning pitcher, going 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts, while John Fetchko picked up the save for Freeport.
• Riverview 4, Brentwood 1 — Anthony Malky pitched a complete game, five-hitter with seven strikeouts to lead Riverview past visiting Brentwood (3-1, 1-1).
An RBI single by Troy Kumar and run-scoring grounder by Zach Aber in the first inning was all offense the Raiders needed. Kumar, Aber, Cayman Hoggard and Demetrius Kokales all singled twice for Riverview (4-3, 2-2).
• Kiski Area 3, Gateway 2 — Eric Weyant of Kiski Area (4-1, 3-1) hit a go-ahead homer in the bottom of the fifth to lead Kiski Area to a Section 4-AAAA victory over Gateway (2-4, 1-3). Bill Emerick pitched 6-2/3 innings for the Cavaliers, striking out seven while allowing two hits.
In the second inning, Troy Glendenning stole home, and Logan Brown picked up the save for Kiski Area.
• Leechburg 8, St. Joseph 0 — Lucas Teagarden singled, doubled and drove in two runs to help lead Leechburg over Section 4-A opponent St. Joseph.
Kyle Snyder and Tyler Swarmer each singled twice and drove in a run for Leechburg (2-2, 2-1).
Bobby Celender doubled for St. Joseph (1-2, 1-1).
Track and field
Kiski Area soars at Latrobe — Kiski Area posted a strong, second-place finish to Hempfield, while crowning four individual champions and a relay team at the 9th annual Latrobe Invitational.
Logan Haines (100-meter dash), Ryan Kennedy (1,600-meter run), Richard Lednak (3,200), Tre Carter (triple jump) and the Cavaliers’ 3,200 relay all won titles.
Highlands and Kiski Area were originally slated to compete in the Butler Invitational, but opted to go to Latrobe.
Kiski Area’s and Highlands’ girls will compete in the Lady Spartan Invitational today.