WPIAL baseball playoffs roundup: Big Macs pull off big upset
May 16, 2014 11:34 PM
Seneca Valley’s Matt Wagner, left, and Matt Rafferty celebrate after a four-run third inning Friday against top-seed Hempfield in a Class AAAA playoff game at West Mifflin. Seneca Valley won, 10-5.
Seneca Valley pitcher Brandon Schlick trades a fist bump with coach Eric Semega.
Seneca Valley's John Davis, left, is congratulated by teammates after his second-inning home run against Hempfield.
Seneca Valley's Matt Rafferty slides into home.
From local dispatches
After being rained out earlier in the week, defending WPIAL Class AAAA baseball champion North Allegheny (13-8) dropped a 4-2 decision against Canon-McMillan (13-5) in an eight-inning playoff opener Friday at Washington & Jefferson College.
With the score tied, 2-2, senior Trevor Schrecengost belted a two-out double that scored Jared Beach and Austin Berger in the eighth inning.
Jake Trainor pitched a complete game for the 14th-seeded Big Macs, allowing nine hits.
He struck out two and earned his seventh win this year.
The third-seeded Tigers had a chance to take the lead in the sixth, but failed to score with bases loaded and no outs.
"It was a key ingredient to the rest of the game," Canon-Mac head coach Frank Zebrasky said.
"It was a well-played high school baseball game. We had an outstanding pitching performance.
Beach led the Big Macs, going 2 for 2 including a tying home run in the fourth, a double, a sacrifice fly, a walk and two RBIs.
Other Class AAAA first round
■ Seneca Valley 10, Hempfield 5: Seneca Valley is familiar with playoff success but never before as a No. 16 seed. The Raiders (6-11) knocked off top-seeded Hempfield (16-4) at West Mifflin. Seneca Valley scored all 10 of its runs in the first four innings. Johnny Brittner was 4 for 4 at the plate with three runs and an RBI.
■ Baldwin 2, North Hills 1: Nick Bernick lifted second-seeded Baldwin (14-2) to its first playoff win since 2005 against 15th-seeded North Hills (12-8) at Burkett Complex in Robinson. Bernick's walk scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. He also picked up the win after relieving Alex Pantuso in the ninth. Chad Meyer took the loss for the Indians, pitching 81/3 innings and striking out 14.
■ Mt. Lebanon 4, Penn-Trafford 0: Austin Kitchen only needed one run of support as he threw a complete-game shutout as fifth-seeded Mt. Lebanon (12-9) beat 12th-seeded Penn-Trafford (15-5) at Washington & Jefferson College. Kitchen allowed one hit and struck out eight.
■ Moon 3, Butler 2: After eight days off, Rocco Maue got 11th-seeded Moon (14-3) back on track with a winning single in the seventh against sixth-seeded Butler (12-6) at Neshannock. Brian Casper chipped in with a home run for the Tigers, and Nick Rozzo picked up the win.
Class AA first round
■ Quaker Valley 4, Greensburg Central Catholic 3: Fifteenth-seeded Greensburg Central Catholic (9-8) scored two runs in the top of the seventh but came up one run shy of an upset against No. 2 Quaker Valley (16-2) at West Mifflin. It was the Quakers' 14th win in a row.
■ Steel Valley 1, Apollo-Ridge 0: Brandon Donovan outhit 14th-seeded Apollo-Ridge (7-8) to lead third-seeded Steel Valley (15-2) into the quarterfinals at Fox Chapel. Donovan had two hits and pitched a complete game one-hitter, striking out 13 batters, including six in a row at one point.
■ Riverside 4, Freeport 2: Jason Pettner allowed six hits and struck out five to improve his record to 7-1 as 11th-seeded Riverside (12-5) beat sixth-seeded Freeport (11-6) at Burkett Complex in Robinson. The Panthers jumped to a 4-1 lead before the Yellowjackets scored in the seventh.
■ Beaver 8, Washington 4: Jordan Yates got the defending WPIAL champion off to a fast start, belting a two-run homer in the first as 10th-seeded Beaver (11-5) beat seventh-seeded Washington (14-5) at Burkett Complex in Robinson. Yates picked up the win, going 31/3 innings in relief. Luke Scheidemantel had three hits, including a home run, two doubles and three RBIs.
■ South Side Beaver 6, Shady Side Academy 0: Dustin Lander threw a no-hitter to lead fourth-seeded South Side Beaver (16-2) to a victory against 13th-seeded Shady Side Academy (10-8) at Neshannock. Joe Conti went 1 for 3 and knocked in two runs.
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