Kiski Valley Legion advances to District 31 semifinals
Looking to break a long streak of early playoff exits, Kiski Valley turned to JJ Brestensky to pitch the deciding game of its District 31 American Legion opening-round playoff series with West Hempfield and he delivered.
Brestensky pitched a complete game to help No. 2 Kiski Valley advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2008 in an 11-6 victory Friday at Freeport Community Park.
Kiski Valley (19-5-1) won the series 2-1 and advanced to play Murrysville. Game 1 of the semifinals is 1 p.m. Sunday at Freeport Community Park.
Brestensky put up five straight scoreless innings before giving up three runs in each of the final two innings.
The Vikings gave Brestensky plenty of early run support, scoring four in the bottom of the first and three in the second.
Tyler Grosholz, Jordan Weaver and Jon Thomas all doubled for Kiski Valley.
Jordan Fiedor homered for No. 7 West Hempfield (13-11-1) and Justin Liberty tripled.
East 8, West 3 — Valley Legion’s Noah Aftanas had two hits and Jeremy Iellimo added one to help the East division defeat the West in the Butler County American Legion All-Star game at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler.
Valley’s Jordan Frame, Jake McNabb, Mike McNabb and Anthony Guzzo also participated in the All-Star game. BCABL’s version of Kiski Valley, which is not affiliated with the Kiski Valley team that plays in District 31, had six representatives in the game — Tanner Bierly, Brian Komoroski, Connor Smotzer, Nick Sofaly and Nick Madz.