Two WPIAL baseball powers collided for a key section game Monday afternoon, and a costly miscue decided the outcome in what was an impressive pitching duel.
Class AA No. 2 Riverside edged No. 3 Neshannock, 1-0, in Section 5.
Riverside scored its run when Ian Sutherland struck out in the fifth inning. The ball got away from the Neshannock catcher, whose throw to first base to complete the strikeout was too late, allowing Ross Maietta to score.
Riverside (8-2, 5-1) had two hits and Neshannock (7-1, 4-1) six.
Tyler Falk earned the win for Riverside, while Alex Welker took the loss for Neshannock.
Other top baseball games
• Cameron Balego fell a home run short of the cycle and drove in two runs for Class AAAA No. 2 Central Catholic (6-1, 3-0) in a 9-8 win against visiting Franklin Regional (7-2, 3-1) in Section 3.
• Matt Waugaman's two-run home run in the fifth was the difference for Class AAAA No. 5 North Allegheny (6-3, 2-2) in a 2-1 Section 1 win at New Castle (3-5, 1-2).
• Jake Terrick hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to give host Elizabeth Forward (8-2, 2-2) a 3-2 victory against Thomas Jefferson (6-4, 2-2) in Class AAA Section 4.
• Class AA No. 5 Washington (6-1, 5-0) took sole possession of first place in Section 2 with a 4-1 triumph at Fort Cherry (4-3, 4-1). Winning pitcher Jordan Allen pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts.
• Jake Pilewicz picked up the win and Nelson Westwood had three hits to help host Quaker Valley (7-0, 5-0) remain unbeaten after a 7-1 win against New Brighton (4-3, 3-2) in Class AA Section 1.
• Jake Jessel drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the game's only run as host Woodland Hills (3-5, 2-2) dealt Class AAAA No. 3 Pine-Richland (6-1, 2-1) its first loss, 1-0, in Section 4.
• East Allegheny (1-7, 1-3), which had been winless, stunned host and previously undefeated Jeannette (4-1, 3-1), 10-0, in five innings in Class AA Section 4. Ryan Kearns went 3 for 3 with three RBIs for the Wildcats.
Top softball games
• Trinity (7-0, 7-0) increased its lead in Class AAA Section 2 to two games by winning at Montour (7-4, 5-2), 11-4. Trinity's Brooke Beck went 4 for 4 with five RBIs.
• Class AA No. 3 Riverside (4-0, 4-0) gave up its first runs of the season, but got enough offense to defeat host Mohawk (6-1, 5-1), 9-5, in Section 5. Natalie Pritts went 4 for 5 with four RBIs for Riverside.
• Erica Burns tossed an eight-inning one-hitter for Class A No. 2 Carmichaels (11-1, 7-0) in a 1-0 win against visiting West Greene (7-3, 4-3) in Section 2. Burns had 14 strikeouts and just one walk.