Latrobe edges Trinity
Natalie Ferrari knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning for Latrobe (16-3) as it blanked Trinity, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAAA softball playoffs at California (Pa.). Latrobe’s Alex Bryson struck out 12 and walked none.
Seneca Valley 9, Connellsville 2 – Lindsay Troyer hit a grand slam and Lauren Pennell struck out six in a complete game, as Seneca Valley (18-1) defeated Connellsville (7-12) to advance to the Class AAAA semifinals.
Belle Vernon 2, Ellwood City 0 – Ashley Nichols struck out 10 to help Belle Vernon upset No. 1 seeded Ellwood City in the Class AAA quarterfinals.
Peters Township 1, Shaler 0 (14 innings) – Freshman second baseman Kelsey Cunningham’s double in the bottom of the 14th inning capped Peters Township’s upset of top-seeded Shaler (16-3) in a quarterfinal game.
Cunningham doubled off Shaler senior right-hander Joci Daley, who pitched 14 innings. Winning pitcher Shaylee Ianno struck out 16 in 14 innings for Peters Township (15-4).
Hampton 3, Ambridge 0 – Winning pitcher Lis Schulz helped move Hampton (14-6) into the semifinals for the second time in three seasons, recording three singles and two RBI and striking out four.
Valley 4, South Allegheny 1 – Bethany Nealer struck out 15, as No. 4 seeded Valley (16-1) beat No. 5 South Allegheny (17-3) in a quarterfinal game.
Vincentian 7, Bentworth 0 – Trish Melvin handled matters at the plate and in the field, recording 15 strikeouts, hitting a home run among her three hits and driving in four runs for Vincentian (19-2).
Peters Township 7, North Hills 0 – North Hills’ season ended, but it had nothing to do with errors, strikeouts or missed scoring opportunities.
Peters Township was awarded a forfeit victory in a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal game when North Hills used an ineligible pitcher after taking a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning.
Nate Buttenfield, who’s in his first year as North Hills’ coach, brought in Andy Heck as a relief pitcher. Heck had thrown seven innings in a 3-1 victory against Penn-Trafford on Friday, and a WPIAL rule states that any pitcher who works six or more innings must wait three calendar days before pitching again.
As soon as Heck threw one pitch in the seventh inning, Peters Township coach Joe Maize protested to WPIAL game manager Randy Cosgrove.
“The rule is black and white,” Cosgrove said, noting that Heck was not eligible until today.
Blackhawk 6, Laurel Highlands 3 – Blackhawk (11-9) used RBI doubles by Craig Denman and Derek DiRuscia in a four-run first inning and held on to upset No. 3 Laurel Highlands (17-3) in a quarterfinal game at Gateway.
Bishop Canevin 13, Burrell 10 – A bases-loaded double in the top of the seventh by Dan Hrapla drove in the deciding runs, as Bishop Canevin (14-6) came from behind to defeat No. 1-seeded Burrell in a quarterfinal game.
Burrell (15-2) erased a six-run deficit before taking the lead.