Roundup: Fredrick leads Quaker Valley over Shady Side Academy
Greg Fredrick pitched a complete game and singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to lead Quaker Valley past Shady Side Academy, 3-2, in a Class AA first-round game at Herb Field in Ross.
The right-hander surrendered five hits and struck out 15 batters. Shady Side (13-6) managed just six base runners.
“I threw hard, and my off-speed stuff was working,” Fredrick said. “I left the ball up a couple times and they hit some shots, but I felt like I could go nine more.”
Fredrick ensured that wouldn’t be necessary.
Second baseman Evan Fields’ swinging bunt to third put him on base to start the ninth. After an out, sacrifice bunt and base hit, Fredrick stepped in with runners on second and third with two outs.
The lanky hurler drilled a 1-0 fastball to center to score Fields with the game-winner.
“It was knee-high, right down the middle,” Fredrick said. “I just hit the grounder right back up there, and that did it.”
Fredrick struck out the side twice but allowed two doubles and a triple and walked only one batter.
Quaker Valley (13-7) advances to play Riverside in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Center 1, Deer Lakes 0
All the offense Center (16-4) needed in its first-round playoff game in Robinson Township came in the top of the fifth inning. Winning pitcher Ryan Thomas doubled to open the inning and was replaced by courtesy runner Ryan Hesske. Hesske was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a fly out. He scored when Nate DeFilippi flew out to left to make it 1-0.
Thomas, a 6-foot-4 junior, struck out seven and walked one to improve to 4-0.
Deer Lakes (11-9) won its preliminary round game Tuesday against Brownsville, also by a 1-0 score. The Lancers had six hits in both games.
Center will play New Brighton (14-6)on Saturday at a site and time to be determined.
New Brighton 10, Beaver Falls 7
Kevin Majzlik and Jeremy Custer hit doubles to lead New Brighton (14-6) to a first-round victory against Beaver Falls (12-10).
Ford City 10, Charleroi 2
Sophomore Josh Hospodor’s two home runs and four RBI helped Ford City (13-5-1) beat Charleroi (11-7) in the first round of the Class AA playoffs at Mount Pleasant High School. Hospodor hit a solo homer in the second and a three-run shot in the third inning for Ford City, which will play Seton-La Salle on Saturday.
Seton-La Salle 6, Burrell 5
Mike Wahl’s two out, two-run triple in the top of the seventh inning was the eventual game-winner in Seton-La Salle’s AA playoff victory over Burrell (16-4) at Matulevic Field in Shaler. Trailing 5-1, the Rebels (12-8) capitalized on three walks and two hit batsmen to score three runs in the top of the sixth.
Riverside 13, Brentwood 3
John Elms hit three doubles and finished 4 for 4 with 5 RBI in Riverside’s Class AA playoff victory over Brentwood (10-9) at Chippewa Park. Dan Brown struck out seven for Riverside (18-1).
Washington 9, Laurel 3
Kyle Winter homered to lift Washington (15-3) to a first-round playoff victory against Laurel (10-9). Washington will play North Catholic in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Allderdice won the City League championship for the sixth consecutive year after defeating Peabody in the finals, 2-0, at Langley High School. The Dragons defeated Perry (25-20, 25-13) and Brashear (25-14, 15-25, 15-4) in the first two rounds before securing their seventh title in eight years.
After losing to Brashear in the first round, 2-0 (25-14, 25-20), Peabody bounced back and defeated Perry (25-19, 22-25, 15-11) and won its rematch with Brashear (15-25, 26-24, 15-13) to qualify for the championship match.
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