Our Lady of the Sacred Heart had never advanced to a WPIAL baseball championship.
A win Tuesday changed that.
Standout senior Preston Falascino had another outstanding performance to lead No. 2 OLSH's charge into the WPIAL Class A final with a 2-1 victory against No. 6 California in a semifinal at Burkett Complex in Robinson.
Falascino, the winning pitcher, scattered five hits and struck out seven in seven innings, and drove in what proved to be the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
OLSH (19-2) scored its first run in the second, while California (17-5) scored its run in the bottom of the fifth.
The Chargers, who have won 18 games in a row, lost in the semifinals last season.
"One of the things we've been working on the whole year was getting to the championship game," said OLSH coach Phil McCarren. "I told them after the game, 'We've been taking it one game at a time, and now you guys have a chance to win a championship.' "
Other Class A
• Western Beaver 5, Serra Catholic 1: Nick Miller allowed five hits and struck out 14 in seven innings to lead No. 5 Western Beaver (17-2) to the championship for just the second time by upsetting No. 1 Serra (18-2) at North Allegheny. Miller added two hits and an RBI for Western Beaver, which scored twice in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. Western Beaver has won 17 games in a row. The five runs were the second most Serra has allowed this season.
• Seneca Valley 6, Pine-Richland 0: Two-time defending champion and No. 1 seed Seneca Valley (18-3) advanced to the championship with the win against No. 4 Pine-Richland (17-5) at Pullman Park in Butler. Winning pitcher Connor Coward threw a complete-game four-hitter with eight strikeouts. Carson Kessler had an RBI single in the first and added a solo home run in the fifth. Alex Hajduk had two RBIs and Jon Dorogy went 3 for 4 with an RBI. The Raiders have not allowed a run in the playoffs.
• Hopewell 4, West Allegheny 0: No. 2 Hopewell (20-3) won the rubber match with Section 1 rival West Allegheny (17-6) at Burkett Complex to advance to the final. Winning pitcher Clayton Covalt pitched a four-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks, and drove in the game's first run with a double in the third. Arion Sepp sparked a three-run fourth with an RBI single. West Allegheny handed Hopewell its lone section loss May 1.
• Quaker Valley 4, Deer Lakes 0: Jake Pilewicz pitched a four-hit shutout to put No. 1 Quaker Valley (21-0) into the title game for the first time since 1984 after defeating No. 4 Deer Lakes (17-4) at Fox Chapel. Quaker Valley's Clayton Bouchard had two hits and an RBI. The Quakers scored twice in the first and again in the second and sixth. The Quakers have given up only four runs in the playoffs.
• Beaver 8, Shady Side Academy 1: Austin Ross tossed a complete-game four-hitter with six strikeouts and went 3 for 4 with an RBI to help No. 2 Beaver (16-3) defeat No. 14 Shady Side Academy (14-8) in the other semifinal at Pullman Park. Beaver's Jalen Lawson hit a two-run single in a four-run fifth. The Bobcats have won 11 of their past 12 games.