After blowing a six-run lead, Riverview appeared to be on its way out of the WPIAL baseball playoffs. But a seventh-inning rally changed that.
Tanner Bierly's two-run double capped a five-run seventh and Riverview escaped with a 12-10 win Wednesday against Union in a Class A quarterfinal at Fox Chapel.
Riverview (14-5), the No. 11 seed, took a 6-0 lead in the top of the third, but No. 14 Union (8-8) stormed back and went ahead, 10-7, on Cole Gorgacz's RBI single in the sixth.
Riverview loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh. Jason Anthony hit an RBI single, Dom Conte drew a bases-loaded walk and Shayne Slebrich tied the score with an RBI groundout.
With two outs, Bierly came through with the winning hit.
While the ending was sweet, Bierly said surrendering the huge lead was an uncomfortable feeling.
"It's something I definitely don't want to feel anymore. We kind of let up on them," Bierly said. "They're a great hitting team, so you have to give them credit.
Anthony was the winning pitcher and went 4 for 4 with two RBIs.
Other Class A quarterfinals
■ California 2, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 0: Josh Luko fired a five-hit shutout and struck out 13 to lead No. 1 California (18-0) to a win against No. 8 North Catholic (9-9) at Washington & Jefferson College. California, which had just three hits, scored on an error in the third and Luko's sacrifice fly in the fourth.
■ Carmichaels 17, Western Beaver 8: Brandon Lawless had two, two-run singles and picked up the win by striking out 10, as No. 10 Carmichaels (13-2) stunned defending champion Western Beaver (15-2) at Washington & Jefferson. Western Beaver, the No. 2 seed, had won 15 consecutive games.
■ Sewickley Academy 4, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 2: Drew Johnson struck out seven and got out of a jam in the seventh to help No. 13 Sewickley Academy (9-5) defeat No. 5 OLSH (14-6) at North Allegheny. OLSH had its first two batters reach base in the final inning, but they were stranded.
Class AAA first round
■ West Mifflin 8, South Fayette 3: Ryan Kandsberger went 3 for 4 and scored three runs to push No. 4 West Mifflin (14-4) past No. 13 South Fayette (10-9) at Burkett Complex in Robinson. West Mifflin led, 2-0, when play was suspended Tuesday due to severe weather. When play resumed Wednesday, the Titans scored three runs in the second to take control.
Boys lacrosse quarterfinals
■ Mt. Lebanon 5, Fox Chapel 5: Dan Lee and Louis Lucerne scored three goals apiece and Brian Kelly added two to propel defending champion Mt. Lebanon to a win against visiting Fox Chapel in Division 1.
■ North Allegheny 9, Sewickley Academy 5: Nick Koebley's two goals and two assists helped host North Allegheny edge Sewickley Academy in Division 1.
■ Upper St. Clair 13, Pine-Richland 8: Mac Madson's five goals vaulted Upper St. Clair to a Division 1 home win against Pine-Richland.