Pittsburgh high school roundup: TJ topples Belle Vernon on suicide squeeze
It took seven innings for the Thomas Jefferson softball team to score a run against Belle Vernon pitcher Bailey Parshall, a Penn State recruit. And they scored that run without hitting the ball more than a few feet.
The Jaguars (4-1, 1-0) used a walk, sacrifice bunt and a suicide squeeze by Megan Fitzgerald to plate Alysa Fairman with the winning run in a 1-0 Section 1-AAA victory Tuesday afternoon.
Laci Lautner earned the win for TJ, tossing a complete-game four-hitter with six strikeouts. Parshall allowed three hits with six strikeouts.
Deer Lakes 10, Highlands 1 — In Section 5-AAA, Ryan Petrone and Shawn Logan combined for a no-hitter to lead Deer Lakes (4-2, 1-0) to victory. Petrone tossed five innings with eight strikeouts and Logan threw two innings with four strikeouts.
Gateway 6, Plum 4 — Madison Lewis had a two-run home run as Gateway (2-3, 2-1) won a Section 2-AAAA game. Lewis scattered three hits and had 11 strikeouts to earn the win.
Moon 8, Pine-Richland 5 — Alyssa Sisko was 4 for 5 with a double as Moon (3-1, 2-1) won a Section 3-AAAA game.
Burrell 5, Freeport 4 — Brittany Dunn doubled, homered and picked up a save as Burrell (2-0, 1-0) knocked off previously undefeated Freeport (4-1, 0-1) in the Section 3-AA opener for both teams.
Seton-La Salle 4, Steel Valley 1 — In Section 4-AA, Lexi Wagner was 2 for 3 with a three-run home run as Seton-La Salle (1-1, 1-0) earned a win. Maddie Cotter took the loss but had 12 strikeouts for Steel Valley (2-1, 1-1).
Bethel Park 7, Carrick 0 — Justin Meis tossed a complete-game two-hitter with five strikeouts as Bethel Park (5-0, 1-0) won a Section 5-AAAA game.
Peters Township 7, Baldwin 1— Tor Sehnert belted a three-run home run in the sixth inning, his fifth of the season, as Peters Township (3-3, 1-0) won in Section 5-AAAA. Eric Riotto had a two-run double and also threw a complete-game three-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Hopewell 18, Beaver 8 — Tim Sabo went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and Austin Tisch, Mitchell Heranic and Christopher Skelton added two hits each as Hopewell (3-1, 1-0) earned a Section 1-AAA win.
South Park 6, Elizabeth Forward 1 — Kyle Thompson allowed five hits and had six strikeouts in 6 2⁄3 innings to lead South Park (5-2, 1-0) to a Section 4-AAA win.
Knoch 9, Hampton 8 — In Section 5-AAA, Dominic Bucko had two home runs and two RBIs as No. 1 Knoch (2-0, 1-0) earned a victory. PJ Gourley had a double and three RBIs, and winning pitcher Alex Stobert also had a two-run homer for the Knights.
Chartiers-Houston 9, Frazier 8 — In Section 2-AA, Jordan Davis was 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs as Chartiers-Houston (3-1, 1-0) earned a win. Hunter Patterson had two triples and four RBIs for Frazier (0-3, 0-1), which rallied with seven runs in the final two innings.
Allderdice 8, South Fayette 3 — Chris Hough, Sam Greenberg and Matt Gayda all went 3 for 4 as Allderdice (1-2) won a nonsection game.
Central Catholic 2, Franklin Regional 1 — Drew Cebulak allowed five hits in five innings and Jack Tumolty earned the save as Class AAAA No. 1 Central Catholic (3-2) picked up a nonsection win. Zach Simchick had a double for the Panthers (2-4).