High School Baseball: Hempfield snaps streak in 2-1 victory vs. Norwin


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It took the No. 1 team in Class AAAA to finally cool down the WPIAL's hottest hitter.

Nolan Beresford's seventh-inning single drove in Joey DiBridge and allowed Hempfield to edge Norwin, 2-1, Wednesday in Section 2.

Behind the pitching of Tyler Tubbs and Matt Tarabek, Hempfield (8-3, 5-1) held Norwin's J.J. Matijevic hitless. Matijevic finished 0 for 3.

Matijevic, a University of Arizona recruit, had been on a tear. He entered Wednesday with home runs in six consecutive games and hits in 10 at-bats in a row.

Norwin (6-2, 3-2) had scored 58 runs in its previous four games.

Other top baseball games

■ Grant Gustic tossed a five-hit shutout and Dom DeRenzo drove in the only run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth to help Central Catholic (5-2, 2-1) earn a 1-0 win at Franklin Regional (4-4, 0-3) in Class AAAA Section 3.

■ Ben Haus' sacrifice fly scored Ken Rapko in the 10th to give host Upper St. Clair (7-4) a 3-2 non-section win against Class AAAA No. 4 Pine-Richland (9-3).

■ Corey Wheeler drove in two runs to keep Class AAAA No. 5 Butler (7-2, 4-0) perfect in Section 1 after a 10-9 win at Seneca Valley (3-7, 2-3).

■ Class AAA No. 2 West Mifflin (7-2, 5-1) scored both of its runs on suicide squeezes while defeating visiting Belle Vernon (6-3, 2-3), 2-1, in Section 4. Zack Salmon picked up a win after allowing one run and five hits in 51/3 innings.

■ Ryan Sowol went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs to propel host Burrell (4-4, 1-3) to a 9-7 win against Deer Lakes (6-3, 3-1) in Class AA Section 3. Deer Lakes had won four in a row.

■ Winning pitcher Jay Cortese homered and Ian Taylor homered and had four RBIs to lead Class A No. 4 Vincentian (8-0, 4-0) to a 10-1 home win against Sewickley Academy (4-2, 2-1) in Section 5.

Walk-off winner

■ Jordan Mooney's single in the seventh gave Washington (7-3) a 6-5 non-section win against Bolivar Richburg, N.Y.

Top softball games

■ Anna Sardon's two-out RBI single in the fourth was the difference for Class AAAA No. 3 North Allegheny (9-2, 6-2) in a 2-1 victory against visiting Butler (3-5, 2-5) in Section 3.

■ Winning pitcher Meredith Carr struck out 13 and Maddie Stein hit a three-run home run to lead host Latrobe (7-1, 5-1) to a 7-2 win against Kiski Area (1-5, 1-4) in Class AAAA Section 1.

■ Kelsey Benedek had four RBIs and Jessica Cartia added three to help host Elizabeth Forward (7-3, 5-1) topple Class AAA No. 5 Southmoreland (6-2, 5-1), 11-1, in five innings in Section 3.


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