Luke Mary and Matthew Levi each had a pair of hits, Garrett Miller struck out seven in 3⅔ innings of relief as Peters Township held on to defeat Mt. Lebanon, 5-4, and clinch the final playoff spot in Class 6A Section 3 Wednesday night.
Peters Township leaped the Blue Devils, who were in the fourth and final playoff spot entering the game, with a two-run sixth inning.
Mt. Lebanon trailed 5-3 entering its final at-bat but could only cut the deficit in half and stranded the tying run at second base.
Mary went 2-for-3 with three RBI and scored twice for the Indians, who improve to 6-5 in the section and 9-8 overall.
Ethan Cuccarese went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI for Mt. Lebanon (5-6, 7-10).
Koby Bubash had two hits and scored a run and Ringgold clinched at least a share of the Section 3-AAAA title when it held off Elizabeth Forward 3-2.
Ringgold (11-2, 12-2) can win the outright title by defeating McGuffey today if West Mifflin loses Friday at South Park.
The Rams built an early 3-0 lead against EF (2-11, 5-13), then needed a game-ending double play to fight off a Warriors comeback. EF scored twice in the sixth inning to close to within 3-2, then the Warriors’ Nate Cole was hit by a pitch with one out in the seventh. Jacob Schmidt lined out to Bubash, and the Rams’ shortstop doubled Cole off first base to end the game. It was Ringgold’s fourth one-run win of the season.
Bubash and starting pitcher Ryan Varley each doubled for Ringgold and Luke Winterbottom smacked a triple. Varley and Jake Mullen combined on a seven-hitter that included two doubles by Nate Homa.
• Cameron Schaub belted a home run and Fort Cherry moved closer to clinching a playoff berth with a 9-3 victory over visiting Frazier in Section 1-AA.
The Rangers (8-3, 8-3) used two big innings, a four-run first and five-run third, to overwhelm the Commodores. Winning pitcher Blake McElhaney allowed six hits and one run over five innings. He struck out five and did not issue a walk.
Schaub opened the scoring with a solo homer off Frazier’s Mason Kelly two batters into the game. Max Paterni had a double and two RBI and Jake Tkach also doubled.
Frazier (2-8, 3-9) had 10 hits, including three by Shane McGavitt, but left 10 runners on base.
• Kyle Steele threw a six-hitter on Senior Day, and Trinity used two triples in the fourth inning to break a tie and defeat winless Brashear 7-3 in Class 5A Section 2.
The teams were locked in a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fourth when Trinity (4-7, 4-8) scored three runs after having two outs and nobody on base. Cameron May belted a triple and scored on an error to give the Hillers a 4-3 lead. Zack Johnston followed with a run-scoring triple and scored on a single by Brandon Robaugh.
That was enough offense for Steele, who struck out seven.
• South Fayette ran its winning streak to five games by defeating visiting Central Valley 9-6 in Section 2-AAAA.
The Lions (10-2, 12-4) scored six times in the second inning and led 8-3 in the third. Central Valley (4-8, 6-9) made the game close as Brendan Jugan hit a home run and double.
Matt Primm was 3-for-4 with a double for South Fayette. Winning pitcher Richie Dell doubled and drove in two, and Nolan Lutz had a double. Dell struck out eight over five innings.
South Fayette is in second place in the section and hosts leader Blackhawk today.
• Brownsville clinched at least a share of the Section 3-AAA title by defeating host Waynesburg, 10-1.
Dylan Brosky had a big game for Brownsville (9-2, 10-2), tossing a four-hitter and driving in three runs. Brosky struck out nine and did not walk a batter. He needed only 90 pitches for the complete game.
Brody Bagwell had two hits, including a triple, and scored three times to lead the Falcons at the plate. Trevor Stephenson had a double for Waynesburg (6-4, 6-4).
• West Mifflin kept its hopes alive for a share of the Section 3-AAAA title with a 14-2 victory over McGuffey in a five-inning game.
West Mifflin (10-3, 13-4) scored 10 runs over the first two innings and that was enough offense for winning pitcher Jonathan Taylor. Nick Ackerman hit a home run for the Titans.
Adam Blacharczyk had two of the six hits by McGuffey (1-11, 3-13).
• Playoff-bound California defeated Bentworth 14-4 in Section 1-AA.
Brendan Sheehan had a double, single and three RBI to spark Cal (8-4, 8-5) at the plate. Payton Conte and Richie Stimmell each drove in two runs and Jacob Swartz was the winning pitcher.
West Greene split a pair of Section 2-A games and clinched a playoff berth in the process.
The Pioneers defeated Mapletown 6-3 before losing to Greensburg Central Catholic 20-2 in four innings.
Against Mapletown, the Pioneers trailed 3-0 until scoring five runs in the fifth inning to take the lead for the remainder of the game.
Zach Pettit hit a two-run triple to spark the offense in the fifth for West Greene. He went 2-for-4.
Christian Fox and Caleb Rice each had a double against Greensburg Central Catholic.
Mapletown also played a second game. After losing to West Greene, the Maples hammered Hundred (W.Va.), 17-2 in four innings.
• Winning pitcher Lance Stevenson struck out eight and helped his cause by going 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI. Brandon Donley also was 3-for-3. He had a triple, four RBI and three runs. Dylan Rush hit an inside the park home run, scored three time and stole three bases, Lane Powell tripled and Noah Haines had three singles and three RBI.
Mapletown is 2-9 in section, 3-11 overall.
• Joe Sabolek threw a two-hit shutout and Logan Seliga had a two-run single as Belle Vernon blanked host Uniontown 2-0 in Section 3-AAAA.
Sabolek struck out six, walked only one batter and needed just 92 pitches for the complete game. All the support he needed came in the third inning when Seliga’s two-out single scored Nolan Labuda and Jake Rathway.
Belle Vernon is 8-4 in section and 9-4 overall.
Chris Demoss threw a six-hitter in a losing effort for Uniontown (6-7, 8-8).
• Seton-La Salle swept a Section 3-AAA doubleheader from Washington, 12-2 in five innings and 18-3 in four innings.
Seton-La Salle (6-6, 8-8) kept its slim playoff hopes alive by using an offense that had 26 hits, including 12 for extra bases. Trevor O’Donnell had a home run and four RBI in the second game and winning pitcher Joe Grimm hit two doubles and drove in four.
Washington’s Jordan Swart was 2-for-3 with a double in the opener and doubled against in the seconds game. Cooper Sharp also doubled for the Prexies (3-8, 3-11).
• Cory Fleming hit a solo home run to begin the sixth inning and break a 6-6 tie as Monessen defeated Jefferson-Morgan, 9-6, in a Section 2-A game.
Fleming’s leadoff home run sparked a three-run inning for the Greyhounds, who have won three straight to improve to 8-3 in the section and 9-5 overall.
Antonio Rhome had a pair of doubles for Monessen.
Colten Davidson hit a double and Bryce Bedilion had a triple for Jefferson-Morgan (4-6, 5-6).
• Anthony Dellapenna only allowed two hits and struck out six in a five-inning, complete-game shutout to lead Beth-Center over Burgettstown, 14-0, in a Section 1-AA contest.
The Bulldogs provided Dellapenna with offense in the middle innings, scoring four runs in the third and eight in the fourth to reach the mercy rule. Bailey Lincoski had two hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs for Beth-Center (6-5, 7-6). Andrew Bower also had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Burgettstown drops to 5-8 in the section and 6-9 overall.